As part of the Purple Play Club, held this September, we asked participants to share pictures of themselves reading around the community. Those who did were entered to win a yearlong subscription to curated library bags delivered to their door each month. A big CONGRATS to Doug Mertz for taking home the prize!
Marty Chan curated November’s bag and now we would like to share it with you!
Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi – A humorous and poignant story of a Korean family and their convenience store set in modern day Toronto. Winning the Patrons Pick award at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival it went on to open Soulpepper Theatre’s 2012 season and tour across Canada. FUN FACT: It was just developed into a half hour TV comedy series, which premiered on CBC in October!
Café Daughter by Kenneth T. Williams – Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.
The Red Priest by Mieko Ouchi – A story about the healing power of music and the journey to become an artist The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) was the winner of the 2005 CAA Carol Bolt Award and a finalist for the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
The bag also included a BONUS PLAY
Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl by Marty Chan – A Chinese son must tell his parents he has moved in with his white girlfriend. In a counter-narrative, the play explodes Asian stereotypes in a B-movie spoof called Wrath of the Yellow Claw.
Marty Chan is best known for his hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl and his thriller The Bone House. He is currently the regional writer in residence for the libraries in St. Albert, Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan. The AFA recently named him one of Alberta’s 25 influential artists. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their two cats.