Red Snow

Written by:

Diana Tso

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Asian Canadian Theatre
Drama

Themes:

Chinese-Canadian
Family
History
Immigration
Trauma
War

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2012

Synopsis:

“Red Snow is a Canadian play, inspired by the forgotten holocaust of World War II. It is about one Canadian woman’s recurring nightmare which drives her on a quest to dig through her family’s buried history in China. When she meets a Japanese man, she must confront historical forces that threaten her own personal journey towards love. The play brings the message of collective healing and global peace.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Isabel Chang: Born in Toronto, Canada 1970. Chinese name: Chang Feng Huang; nickname is Xiao Feng Huang (Little Phoenix); she is the only daughter of Lily Chang.

Gung Gung (Grandfather): Chinese name: Chang Zi Xiu. Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China 1917. The only son of the Chang clan. He was a fisherman. He fled to Hong Kong with his daughter, Lily, after the Nanjing massacre of 1937.

Lily Chang: Chinese name: Chang Ai Lien. Born in Nanjing, China 1935.

Popo (Grandmother): Chinese name: Lai Hong Huang, meaning Red Phoenix. Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, 1918. Died in 1937. Wife of Gung Gung.

Jason Yamamoto: Born in Vancouver, Canada 1968.

Live Musicians: One Erhu Musician, One Percussionist.

First Produced:

2012, Theatre Passe Muraille

Resources:

Red Snow is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Erhu is Popo’s voice. Water sleeves: Long sleeves in Chinese Opera costumes are the physical extensions of a character’s inner emotions through its movement and manipulation.

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