BROKEN by C.E. Gatchalian @ The Firehall Arts Centre
I have known playwright C.E. Gatchalian
for a few years now, when I featured him at an Asian Heritage Month
event at the Vancouver Public Library in 2003. He always seems
quiet and softspoken but with a underlying smouldering intensity.
That intensity gets explored in his latest theatrical exploration
titled BROKEN. I am reviewing Broken tonight, Friday, March 3.
Gatchalian's first book,
Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays (2003), was named a finalist
for the Lambda Literary Award, which honours the best in gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgendered literature in English.
Chris attended the 2006 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner and enjoyed it
tremendously. We gave out tickets to Broken as raffle
prizes. All part of promoting Asian Canada arts and talent.
BROKEN by C.E. Gatchalian
March 1 – 11, 2006
A project of Meta.for and Broken Whisper in association with the Firehall Arts Centre
Broken is a suite of five one-act plays linked
by common themes: repression, alienation, obsession, sexual identity,
and love. From a ménage a trois involving a trio of twentysomethings to
a middle-aged couple dealing with the truth about their estranged son,
to a fast-talking gigolo who brings a plague upon the city, Broken is
marked by the intensity, starkness, bleak humour and lyricism that have
made C. E. Gatchalian one of Canada’s most acclaimed and controversial
Directed by Sean Cummings, who
directed the critically lauded world premiere of C. E. Gatchalian’s
Crossing in June 2004, the show features a high-powered mixture of both
established and emerging professionals. The husband-and-wife team of
Tanja Dixon-Warren and Michael Fera, co-artistic directors of Hoarse
Raven Theatre (Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Corpus Christi), will be making
a rare appearance together onstage. Rounding out the talented cast is
Thrasso Petras (Corpus Christi, Never Swim Alone), Ntsikie Kheswa (The
Tempest), and Nelson Wong (Beyond Therapy, Sex in Vancouver). The set
design is nine-time Jessie nominee Yvan Morissette (Hosanna, The
Merchant of Venice).
For more information please visit
March 1 Preview
March 2 – 11 at 8pm (excluding Monday)
March 5 at 2pm
Wednesday, March 8 – 1pm pay what you can