Acceptance, family explored in 'Ga Ting'

Minh Ly is making his debut as a playwright with Ga Ting, which runs at the Performance Hall from March 22 to 30.  -
Minh Ly is making his debut as a playwright with Ga Ting, which runs at the Performance Hall from March 22 to 30.
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A new play will makes its premiere at Richmond Cultural Centre later this month.

Ga Ting, an exploration of love, family, understanding and acceptance, runs from March 22 to 30 in the Performance Hall.

Written by budding playwright Minh Ly, Ga Ting, which means "family" in Cantonese, is about a Chinese couple that tries to learn more about their gay son Kevin, who has recently died of a drug overdose. The couple invites Kevin's Caucasian boyfriend over for dinner after the funeral, and for the first time acknowledge their son was gay and who he truly was as a person.

As the characters share memories of Kevin, feelings of sorrow, anger and guilt pour out. Their dinner conversation evolves into a fiery cultural and generational clash.

"In Chinese culture, among others, being gay is a topic that many do not want to discuss or even acknowledge," Ly said in a news release. "Parents and children need to realize how important it is to communicate with each other and to support each other, before regret sets in."

Vancouver’s Rick Tae directs, B.C. Lee, Michael Antonakos and Alannah Ong star.

The show is presented by Frank Theatre Company, whose mission is to produce and promote queer and sex-positive shows, and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, in collaboration with the City of Richmond. It will be performed in English and Cantonese with English and Chinese surtitles.

Richmond Multicultural Community Services will lead two talk-back sessions on March 25 and 26.

Tickets, $15 to $20, at vact.ca, or the Richmond Cultural Centre, 604-247-8300.

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