by: Annie Jang on
We are pleased to announce that we have selected Sangeeta Wylie as the playwright to receive continued development of her play, The Boat People. It was a tough decision since all three MSG plays had merit, but only one could be chosen. Congratulations Sangeeta!
The second public reading of The Boat People will be directed by Manami Hara, dramaturgy provided by Heidi Taylor and performed by Elizabeth Thai, Thai-Hoa Le, Nhi Doh, Melissa Oei and Conor Wylie. The free public reading will be held at:
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews,Vancouver
May 15, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
If you missed the reading the first time, this is what The Boat People is about:
The Boat People is a play based on a true story that took place in 1979-1980. It is an epic tale of a Vietnamese family, a mother with six children separated from their father on the sea, as they flee Communist Vietnam, surviving pirate attacks and typhoons, being towed out to sea and set adrift to die, shipwrecked onto a deserted island and starving nearly to death, before being rescued, living 9 months in refugee camps, and eventually reuniting with their father, presumed dead, in Victoria, BC. But the story is much more than a physical journey. It is a journey of human vulnerability, and internalized conflicts. It is a journey of finding one's courage and strength. It is a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation, grown out of a stark past. It is a journey of hope.