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Prison Dancer: The Musical

An excerpt of In the Shadow of Elephants, our community partner Carlos Bulosan Theatre's next main production, is being read as part of Fu-Gen Theatre's GENesis Asian Canadian Theatre Conference.

Written by the creators of PEOPLE POWER, the CBT Collective (Leon Aureus, Rose Cortez, Nicco Garcia, Christine Mangosing and Nadine Villasin), In the Shadow of Elephants follows the journey of the Dreamweaver, an ancestral spirit who reveals herself by appearing in the dreams of those she chooses to visit. As she travels throughout time in an attempt to keep the spirit of Filipino resistance alive, the Dreamweaver exposes the nightmare of colonization and the dream of independence.

In the Shadow of Elephants by CBT Collective Friday, May 7, 2010 | 5 P.M.

Factory Studio Theatre 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto M5V 2R2

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Prison Dancer by Romeo Candido Saturday, May 7 | 8 P.M.

With hip-swaying, sweet melodies, Lola the flamboyant transvestite escapes his third-world prison life by choreographing dance routines, inspiring other inmates of grand dreams and fame. See how Kapisanan transforms into a musical stage and don’t forget to bring your moves tomorrow night!

Eating With Lola by Catherine Hernandez Saturday, May 8 | 2 P.M.

A one-woman puppet show takes you on a journey through the modern history of Manila—and the twists and turns of Lola’s hunt to find food for everyone. Sit along with Grace as she feeds her grandma.

Part of K7 Showcase - Len Cervantes Saturday, May 8 | 8 P.M.

Taste scrumptious samples from the next generation of Asian-Canadian playwrights at this showcase of original works by fu-GEN’s very own playwriting unit, the Kitchen. With fresh pieces by Kapisanan peeps, Len Cervantes and Darrel Gamotin, come prepared to be well fed!

Brown Balls by Byron Abalos Sunday, May 9 | 8 P.M.

Pseudo characters—a burly Bruce Lee, an intelligent Charlie Chan and a villainous Fu Manchu—explore Asian male stereotypes in a vibrant, explosive theatrical symposium. Unapologetic, sincere and hilarious, Brown Balls is the dynamic last piece in the Festival, a ‘balls out’ exposé of the Asian masculinity in a Western context.

To find out more about the GENesis conference and Fu-Gen's 7th Annual Potluck Festival be sure to check out: