Mr. Shi And His Lover North American Premiere At Summer Works Performance Festival

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The North American premiere of a contemporary Chinese musical! Performed in Mandarin with Chinese and English surtitles.

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MR. SHI AND HIS LOVER - the first-ever Chinese production at SummerWorks Performance Festival - will touch down at The Theatre Centre Mainspace on August 5! Featuring an international cast, this vivid music theatre piece created by artists from Toronto and Macau has been hailed by the international press as “gentle and elegant... yet possesses a determination that dares to dream.”

Inspired by the enigmatic real-life story of a Chinese opera performer and his French Diplomat lover who believed him to be a woman, this intimate two-hander re-imagines the characters’ innermost thoughts to illuminate their mysterious affair and the ensuing espionage scandal that rocked the political world in the 1980s. Stylistically varied and emotionally rich, the score draws inspiration from opera, musical, and vintage popular music from both East and West.

Theatre Centre Mainspace (1115 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON)
Run Time: 80 Minutes

Fri Aug 5, 8:00pm (Opening)
Sat Aug 6, 9:15pm
Sun Aug 7, 6:30pm
Mon Aug 8, 9:00pm
Thurs Aug 11, 5:15pm
Fri Aug 12, 10:15pm
Sat Aug 13, 1:15pm

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW ($15 + applicable fees, save with a pass!)
IN PERSON: Factory Theatre (as of August 2 - 125 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON)
AT THE DOOR: One hour ahead of showtime @ The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON)

Jordan Cheng (Art School Musical, Edward Lam Dance Theatre) as Mr. Shi
"Mystery Performer" as "His Lover"

Playwright - Wong Teng Chi (Amsterdam Études, Hiu Kok)
Director - Johnny Tam (Golden Dragon, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center)
Composer - Njo Kong Kie (Infinity, Volcano/Tarragon; knotty together and La Señorita Mundo, SummerWorks; Picnic in the Cemetery, Edinburgh Fringe)

Mr. Shi and His Lover offers a rare opportunity for Canadian audiences to revel in the beauty, passion and rich storytelling of modern Chinese music theatre. Featuring an internationally renowned cast and creative team, this SummerWorks Special Presentation is a co-production by Music Picnic, Macau Experimental Theatre, and Point View Art Association.

Twitter: @musicpicnicTO #SWmrshi #operaspy
Instagram: @musicpicnicTO

Presented as part of SummerWorks Performance Festival, August 4-14, 2016.

Founded in 1991, SummerWorks Performance Festival is Canada's largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art. Learn more at

Tickets $15, or save up to $30 with a 3-Show, 7-Show, or 10-Show Pass. Available online, over the phone (416-320-5779) or in person.

Connect: @SummerWorks #SW16
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