Arts Club Theatre Company On Tour presents KIM’S CONVENIENCE
By Ins Choi February 13–March 28, 2020 Based on Pacific Theatre’s 2018 production IN BRIEF Ins Choi’s Kim’s Convenience, touring from February 13 to March 28 across the Lower Mainland and B.C.
Tickets from $29 at artsclub.com or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644
Kim’s Convenience, Ins Choi’s hilarious and touching debut play set in a family-run corner store, will be touring throughout the Lower Mainland and B.C. from February 13 to March 28, 2020.
Mr. Kim (James Yi), or Appa, a Korean shopkeeper in Toronto’s Regent Park area, grapples with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation Canadian offspring. This journey of a fractured but loving family confronting the future and forgiving the past is a Canadian classic in the making.
Kim’s Convenience was originally produced as part of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it won the New Play Contest and the Patron’s Pick Award. It went on to an enormously successful run in 2012 at Soulpepper, receiving the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best New Canadian Play and spawning a nine-city national tour. The play has since been published by House of Anansi Press and has been adapted into an award-winning television series for CBC and, now, Netflix.
Ins Choi is a Korean-Canadian actor, playwright, and director known for his plays Kim’s Convenience and Subway Stations of the Cross. Born in South Korea, Choi grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, and now resides in Toronto with his family. A graduate of York University’s Theatre Program, Choi has performed with Fu-GEN, Canadian Stage, the Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper. Director Kaitlin Williams said, “Having the opportunity to bring the show and Appa’s story to more communities is incredible. For me, this is a story about reconciliation, sacrifice, and deep family love. It means so much to our cast and creative team and we look forward to sharing it with audiences again.”
“Gut-bustingly funny with a huge heart” —Vancouver Sun
STARRING Andrew Creightney (Rich/Mr. Lee/Mike/Alex), Howie Lai (Jung), Jessie Liang (Janet), James Yi (Appa), Maki Yi (Umma)
Kaitlin Williams (Director), Carolyn Rapanos (Set Designer), Jessica Oostergo (Costume Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Designer), Jonathan Kim (Original Lighting Designer), Chengyan Boon (Sound Designer), Allison Spearin (Stage Manager), April Starr Land (Assistant Stage Manager), Soran Nakai (Assistant Director)
TOUR VENUES & DATES
WEST VANCOUVER – Kay Meek Arts Centre 604.981.6335
February 13 & 14
NORTH VANCOUVER – The BlueShore at CapU 604.990.7810
MISSION – Clarke Theatre 604.629.8849
NEW WESTMINSTER – Anvil Centre 604.521.5050
SURREY – Surrey Arts Centre 604.501.5566
February 19–March 1
COQUITLAM – Evergreen Cultural Centre 604.927.6555
CHILLIWACK – Chilliwack Cultural Centre 604.391.SHOW (7469)
MAPLE RIDGE – The ACT Arts Centre 604.476.2787
March 12 & 13
BURNABY – Shadbolt Centre for the Arts 604.205.3000
March 14 & 15
KELOWNA – Kelowna Community Theatre 250.862.2867
CRANBROOK – Key City Theatre 250.426.7006
REVELSTOKE – Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre 250.814.9325
NANAIMO – Port Theatre 250.754.8550
DUNCAN – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 250.748.7529
ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre—as well as on tour throughout the province