A Green Light Arts Production with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille
Will You Be My Friend is an interactive musical satire about the limits someone will go to for companionship. The show is a funny, provocative, and personal exploration of navigating life as a Korean-Canadian woman in dominant white Canadian culture. It’s the first theatre piece by multidisciplinary folk artist Janice Jo Lee, who’s from Kitchener-Waterloo.
Creator/Performer: Janice Jo Lee
Director: Matt White
Set & Costume Designer: Julia Kim
Musical Arrangments/Recordings: Joni Nehrita
Lighting Designer: Paul Cegys
Wednesday October 31 @ 6:45pm
What is The Preamble? This free pre-show program features Artistic Director Andy McKim in conversation with an artist from the play, or a local expert, to talk about the way in which that piece of theatre is contributing to a broader conversation. There are always snacks from a local restaurant to keep things casual.
Sunday November 4 (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 usually hosted by TPM’s Associate Artistic Producer Jivesh Parasram. 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.
Theatre Passe Muraille will be piloting Relaxed Runs for select shows in our 2018-19 Season. This means if a show is doing a Relaxed Run that all of the performance in the show will be considered Relaxed Performances.
Relaxed performances offer a warm welcome to people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour. This can include: people with learning disabilities, movement disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, other neurological conditions, those with young children or babies, and people with Tourettes.
Many other people may choose to attend a relaxed performance, either as an access requirement or because they like the inclusive environment.
Relaxed performances take a laid-back approach to noises or movement coming from the audience. They give everyone permission to relax and respond naturally. Many people feel that relaxed performances offer a more dynamic theatrical experience, which benefits everyone.
Sunday November 11 at 2:00pm – Audio Description
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.
Founded in 2014 by Matt White and Carin Lowerison, Green Light Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company based in Waterloo Region. Their mission is to create and produce entertaining, challenging, and unique theatre experiences that engage and inspire audiences to make the world a better place. They strive to cultivate a relevant artistic voice in contemporary society and use theatre as the beginning of a conversation towards positive social change.
To find out more about Green Light Arts visit their website here.