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Photo of Cantonese opera singers from Toronto Archives

Part of Factory Theatre’s Audio Series: You Can’t Get There From Here, Vol. 2

Episode 2: The Standard Sing

From the corner of Spadina and Dundas in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown, two friends, Helen and Justin, find themselves led to an old and abandoned theatre after receiving a cryptic note. Known as The Standard in the early 1920s, during the height of Canada’s Chinese Immigration Act, this venue had a history of renting its space to Cantonese Opera performers. Once inside, Helen and Justin run into the theatre’s mysterious and charismatic caretaker, Mr. Sing, who muses enthusiastically about the theatre’s history of Cantonese Opera performance.

A gripping thriller from award-winning playwright Marjorie Chan, The Standard Sing shines an honest light on the history of the Chinese Canadian experience in Toronto and brings the echoes of this experience to the forefront…suggesting that they may not be at rest…

Writer: Marjorie Chan
Director: Aaron Jan
Performers: Derek Kwan, Richard Lam, April Leung
Sound Designer & Composer: Debashis Sinha
Dramaturge: Matt McGeachy
Apprentice Dramaturge: Kayla Ado
Assistant Production Manager: Christine Luksts

Special thanks to Arlene Chan for historical consultation!

INTERVIEW with Marjorie & Aaron:




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