MSG Lab Readings

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Presented by VACT in association with PTC

Feb 22-24, 2018 | 8pm
PTC Test Kitchen | #202 – 739 Gore Avenue, Vancouver, BC

MSG Lab – Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s annual new play development program in association with PTC – facilitates the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists.

The Boat People by Sangeeta Wylie – Thurs, Feb 22, 8pm
Dramaturgy by Heidi Taylor, Directed by Manami Hara
Featuring Damon Bradley Jang, Thai-Hoa Le, Quynh Mi, Elizabeth Thai and Agnes Tong

Japanglish by Yumi Ogawa – Fri, Feb 23, 8pm
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty, Directed by Jane Heyman
Featuring Manami Hara and Hiro Kanagawa

i broke the ocean by Gary Mok – Sat, Feb 24, 8pm
Dramaturgy by Joanna Garfinkel, Directed by Jamie King
Featuring Diana Bang, Brent Hirose, Howei Lai, B.C. Lee and Melissa Oei



MSG 2018 Participants

Sangeeta Wylie, a proud Newfoundlander by birth, a Vancouverite by choice, and a former Torontonian by happenstance, is an actor, writer, and sometime director/producer. She has worked with director Deepa Mehta (Beeba Boys), and most recently appeared on stage in Refuge at the Firehall. This marks her first MSG Lab play; she is grateful for the opportunity to explore her playwriting dexterity with VACT.  When she is not working in theatre/film/tv, Sangeeta acts on the board of directors for The Cultch, plays classical piano, and practices dentistry at a not-for-profit clinic in Vancouver.

Gary Mok is a storyteller from Mississauga, Ontario and recent graduate of the Playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Written plays include Mum (University of Guelph), i’m thinking about thinking about crying (London Theatre Fringe Festival), and we could be clouds (NTS). Gary is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Adele. Gary is the winner of the 2017 RBC Emerging Playwright Award.

Yumi Ogawa is an actor and writer based in Vancouver. Some career highlights include, playing Linda in Mom’s the Word (Belfry/PTE), the Western Canadian tour of her critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical solo show, Japanglish, four years writing and performing sketch comedy with the Assaulted Fish, and playing Tess in Sex in Vancouver 1 & 2 (VACT). When Yumi isn’t wrangling her four-year-old daughter, she auditions for commercials/TV and is the writing instructor/dramaturge at Arts Umbrella, as well as a member of the Wet Ink Collective.