The Broken Shoe

Written by:

Vicki J. Zhang

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • People of Colour: 6
  • Women: 3


Asian Canadian Theatre




90 min.

Year Written:



Inspired by true events, The Broken Shoe follows a young Chinese woman has been “quarantined” for months after her childbirth. She goes down the memory lane – her years of wrestling with the traditional womanhood near Confucius’ hometown. Once with lofty career aspirations, she strove for success until life threw her into a downward spiral. Is she getting out of this forced quarantine, or is the sinister force closing in on her?


CUICUI (pronounced as “Tsweh-Tsweh”): Chinese/Asian female in her 30s.

YINGYING: Chinese/Asian female in her 30s.

MOM: Chinese/Asian female in her 50s or above.

TAO: Chinese/Asian male in his 30s.

WEN: Chinese/Asian male in his 30s.

DAD/ LIN: Chinese/Asian male in his 50s or above.

First Produced:

2019, Ergo Arts Theatre, Ergo Pink Fest, Toronto, ON


The Broken Shoe is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

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Directed by: Susan A. Lock

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Selection Notes:

The Broken Shoe is an exceptionally beautiful and moving script that had me invested from the first beat. Vicki J. Zhang's play clearly demonstrates what modern women in China's traditional patriarchal society continue to face today. Her characters are put under insurmountable levels of oppression and scrutiny, something we in Western society can not even begin to fathom; it truly leaves you affected and makes you stop in your tracks and think. This play also offers fantastically meaty roles specifically for Chinese-Canadian theatre artists, and an in-depth look into one of the many far too underrepresented stories on our stages nationwide.