A Presentation by Pencil Kit Productions and Theatre Passe Muraille with support from Aluna Theatre
Community Engagement Partner Latin American-Canadian Arts Projects
Chicho, an ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela, hilariously attempts to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. In this wildly entertaining exploration of a diasporic experience, CHICHO meticulously presents the disparity between his own Queer-ibbean coming-of-age journey in Canada and the worsening socio-economic crisis in Venezuela.
Venue: Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.
Running Time: 100 minutes, no re-admittance on non-relaxed performance days
Content Warnings: Sexual content, profanity, 14+
Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can tickets on all Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm performances with cash at the door.
Playwright/Performer: Augusto Bitter
Director: Claren Grosz
Dramaturgy: Jivesh Parasram
Sound Design: Deanna Choi
Lighting Design: Giuseppe Condello
Stage/Production Management: Elyse Waugh
Wednesday March 13 @ 6:45pm * All ticket profits from this show will be donated to Venezolanos Por La Vida
What is The Preamble? This free pre-show program features Jivesh Parasram in conversation with a local expert, to talk about the way in which that piece of theatre is contributing to a broader conversation.
A discussion with Rebecca Sarfatti of Venezolanos Por La Vida— an organization that coordinates, collects and safely sends medical and surgical supplies and medicines to health service providers and Human Rights Organization across Venezuela and neighbouring countries— facilitated by Jivesh Parasram.
A link to Venezolanos Por La Vida Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=268731420162917&ref=content_filter
A link to Venezolanos Por La Vida fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/24mrt6qs
Sunday March 17 (post-show)
After the performance you are welcome to stay and take part in our Q&A with some of the cast and/or creative team. Q&A’s are a chance for you to ask questions or just find out more about the play or the process of creating the work.
The Q & A is generously catered by Arepa Cafe
Relaxed Performance Sunday March 10th, March 17th & March 24th @ 2:00pm
These special performances are open to everyone, but the environment is specifically adapted to relax the tradition rules around silence, darkness, and stillness in the audience. They are designed to benefit individuals living with autism or sensory and communication disorders, parents with babes in arms, and anyone who would welcome a more relaxed environment at the theatre. Patrons are allowed to leave their seats and return to them in the middle of the show, the house lights are kept on at a dim setting, loud sound cues are toned down, special effects are explained before the show starts, and all cast and crew members are introduced at the top of the show.
Audio Described Performance Saturday March 23rd @ 2:00pm
Audio Described Performances offer partially sighted and blind patrons a companion piece to the shows delivered through an earpiece and a small receiver. The Audio Described Performance will outline the events happening on stage – including relevant sets, costumes, and non verbal actions – in a delivery style that matches the tone and presentation of the play. The scripts for the Audio Described Performance are developed in conjunction with the creative teams at Theatre Passe Muraille, with the goal of giving visually impaired audience members a more immersive experience.
Pencil Kit Productions is a Toronto based indie theatre collective that was founded in 2016 by Artistic Director Claren Grosz. Our works are innovative, socially relevant and always originals. With an emphasis on alternative theatre-making processes, we are committed to generating bold independent theatre and supporting emerging artists with strong and unique vision. Whether we are supporting playwrights develop their projects or working with devising ensembles, we are passionate about providing opportunities for voices and stories that are underrepresented on the Canadian stage and empowering audiences and artists alike.
To find out more about Pencil Kit Productions check out their website here.
The artistic mission of Aluna Theatre is to embrace the myriad of voices, cultures, and stories of our population, which are transforming the landscape of Canadian theatre. In our plays, works in translation, and international co-creations, people are complex individuals who exist beyond the restrictions of cultural labels. We encourage new hybrids of theatre evolved from a rich collaboration of experiences, performance traditions and media by engaging both emerging and established theatre professionals.