Canadian theatre group stages play about Fil-Canadians

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Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT), a theatre group in Canada, is staging “Anak,” a play about a Filipino-Canadian family’s hopes, dreams, and struggles to keep the family intact.

CBT Artistic Director Leon B. Aureus in an interview with Inquirer revealed the stage play was created based on the personal experiences of the group’s resident pool of artists: Ann Paula Bautista, Belinda Corpuz, Isabel Kanaan, Richard Mojica, Alia Rasul, and Anthony Raymond Yu.

The artists’ development program had them undergo a workshop where they revealed their personal stories about their personal lives, growing up in the Philippines and Canada.

After the workshop a new set of the C-B- T collective was created produce the stage play.

“They were committed to meeting regularly to workshop and develop this new play,” Aureus said.

A stage reading of the play was well received last year and prodded CBT to stage the actual play.

CBT has helped tell Filipino-Canadian stories for several generations since 1982 while helping Filipino-Canadians realize their potential as artists and storytellers. 

“Now more than ever the world needs theatre and art with purpose and heart, with depth, intelligence and soul (of the Filipino),” goes the CBT creed.

“Anak” premiers on March 3-4, 8pm, March 5, 3pm, March 10-11, 8pm, and March 12, 3pm at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh Streeet, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

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