With a refreshed script that delves deeper into issues of race and sexuality, Ga Ting saw sold-out houses at The Cultch in March 2016. Ga Ting weaves a powerful and emotionally-charged story about an immigrant Chinese couple struggling to come to terms with the death of their son Kevin. When they invite Kevin’s Caucasian boyfriend for dinner after the funeral, the evening devolves into a fiery cultural and generational clash.
“I don’t see Ga Ting as strictly a ‘gay’ play or an ‘Asian play’,” says playwright Minh Ly. “It’s a show about Chinese-Canadian immigrant parents grappling with their gay son’s death that I hope offers an authentic Canadian experience. We’re not all white and we’re not all straight, and Ga Ting is an onstage reflection of the issues that come with that. Hopefully it’s a conversation starter; an opportunity for dialogue that might not happen before it’s too late, before there’s regret.”
Featuring B.C. Lee, Alannah Ong and Brian Sutton
Written by Minh Ly
Directed by Rick Tae
Mar 8, 8 PM: Opening
Mar 9 – 12, 15 – 19: 8 PM
Mar 13, 19: 2 PM
Post-show talkbacks: Mar 9, 13, 15
Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission
Culture Lab @ The Cultch
1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Ga Ting premiered in March 2014 with a sold-out run at The Richmond Cultural Centre, in partnership with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and the City of Richmond. Michael Antonakos played the role of Matthew in that production.