MTL Fringe 2018: Barlizo Productions explores Asian stereotypes in “Lucky”

New Play Explores Deadly Pressures Put on Children of Asian Immigrants

(Photo credit: Katherine Dydyk)

MONTREAL, June 1st, 2018 – Marie Barlizo’s latest drama, LUCKY, examines the harmful stereotype of Asians asthe “model minority”—submissive, intelligent, well behaved—and the consequences of such simplistic preconceptions. This workshop production, inspired by a 2010 Toronto murder in the Asian community, world premieres at the Montreal’s 2018 St-Ambroise Fringe Festival from June 1 to 17 at Too Close to the Sun Studio. It is directed by Sophie Gee, who directed last summer’s Fringe hit, Pluck’d, which was later remounted as part of Centaur Theatre’s WildSide Festival. LUCKY is an exploration of how fear of the “other” affects the perception and treatment of immigrants, and how cultural expectations can affect happiness and self-esteem.

Nina, a Filipina who feels she can no longer meet her parents’ high expectations, decides to end it all. Sylvain, a former skinhead who now drives subway trains, is haunted by his violent and hateful past. Suffering from PTSD after hitting a woman who jumped in front of his train, he intervenes when Nina’s attempts suicide by jumping onto the Decarie expressway and invites her back to his apartment. When Nina discovers who he is, she tries to tempt him with an offer that could solve all her problems. As Sylvain begins to realize that Nina is not who she claims to be and urges her to confront her own self-loathing, he too must face the question: can we ever break free of our past to become who we truly want to be?

Jennifer Pan is a Vietnamese student-turned-murderer who, after failing to graduate from high school in Toronto, deceived her parents into thinking she was a model student by forging report cards and eventually, contracted a hit on them. For authenticity, Ms. Barlizo consulted Christian Picciolini, a former skinhead with the Alt-Right who now advocates for peace through his organization Life After Hate and is the author of “Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead”, which details his life as leader of one of the earliest North American skinhead organizations.

(Photo credit: Katherine Dydyk)

LUCKY was developed at the Banff Centre Playwrights’ Retreat and through support from Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Excerpts of Lucky were also read at Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story Cabaret and at PlayShed’s Multi-Disciplinary Showcase at the MAI this past December.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Montreal, Ms. Barlizo is a playwright, dramaturg and emerging TV writer. She was the first visible minority graduate of the National Theatre School’s Playwriting Program and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from UBC. She is a playwriting mentor for Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program and for the MAI, where she is the current Artist-in-Residence. She writes to introduce theatre audiences to different stories that reflect the vibrant multicultural society she knows and to give Asian actors opportunities to work.

The 2018 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival presents
barlizo productions’ “Lucky”

Written by: Marie Barlizo
Directed by: Sophie Gee
Featuring: Jeremy Cabrera, Christian Jadah, and Katharine So
Dramaturg: Emma Tibaldo
Stage Manager: Emlyn vanBruinswaardt
Assistant: Jill Morton

Venue: Too Close to the Sun Studio
5445 de Gaspé #408 Montreal, H2T 3B2

Performance times:
June 1, 2, 6 to 9, & 12 to 16 – 8:00 PM
June 3 & 17 – 2:00 PM

Admission: $10 (General)

Ages: 18+ | Language: English | Run time: 75 minutes | Latecomers: 15 minutes

Tickets and Info: 514 849-FEST

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