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“The New Canadians” by Carolyn Nakagawa
July 31 @ 12:00 am - August 1 @ 12:00 am EDT
Carolyn Nakagawa presents a video preview of an upcoming musical which is inspired by the true story of the grassroots Japanese Canadian newspaper The New Canadian. The New Canadian was founded in the late 1930s within the heart of the Powell Street neighbourhood, located in the New World building on the corner of Powell and Dunlevy Street from 1939-1942. This piece celebrates and interrogates the idealism and achievements of their young staff, both on Powell Street and as they were forcibly scattered into different lives, continuing in various ways as exemplary Canadian citizens during and after Japanese Canadian internment. This trailer-video will give some contemporary context to the piece, and present its opening number in a minimalistic, black-box environment as a teaser of the full production to come.
Carolyn Nakagawa is a fourth-generation Japanese-Anglo Canadian playwright, poet, and cultural organizer. Carolyn works in partnership with composer, music director, educator, and musical improviser, Peter Abando. Their creative team includes dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, performers Brent Hirose, Kaitlyn Yott, and Chris Lam, stage manager Jillian Perry, set dressing by Laura Fukumoto, and videographer Christian Y. Jones.
This project was made possible with support and funding from Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Firehall Arts Centre, Touchstone Theatre, and the Powell Street Festival.
July 31st & August 1st – On Demand