we the same by Sangeeta Wylie
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About the Event
HOW TO ATTEND Click the link below at showtime ("doors" 5 minutes prior). https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82098839554 Our venue seats 100. Latecomers welcome - audience does not appear on screen.
ABOUT THE PLAY we the same is inspired by a true story. In 1979 a mother with six young children separated from their father as they flee Communist Vietnam, endure pirate attacks, typhoons, shipwreck, starvation and more. The story weaves between past and the present, between memory and truth, adventure and fantasy, secrets and forgiveness, vulnerability and courage; as an immigrant mother and her Canadian-raised daughter reconcile grievances born of cultural and generational differences. A word about the title: we the same comes from a line in the play: “We the same now. Refugee.” It has a bigger implication to our human race. Whether a king, a prostitute, or one with a drug addiction: this is for anyone who has every felt alienated, isolated, persecuted- whether due to politics, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and more. When we truly see each other, differences between us no longer pose as threats and we begin to find there are more things in common that bring us together. All Rights Reserved Sangeeta Wylie 2017; Copyright 2019
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Sangeeta Wylie is a playwright, and actor in film, television and theatre. Sangeeta has worked with director Deepa Mehta (Beeba Boys), and played the lead role in Refuge (Firehall, Vancouver). She has several film/tv and commercial acting credits. Turning to writing, Sangeeta co-wrote/directed/produced a one act play called disconnect.com in Toronto (2013). we the same is Sangeeta's first full-length play, under the dramaturgy of Rachel Ditor, and Heidi Taylor (Playwrights Theatre Centre). First selected for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s 2018 MSG Lab I, it advanced to MSG Lab II and was workshopped through Advance Theatre 2019 at Vancouver Fringe (Ruby Slippers Theatre). Sangeeta presented a paper, “Refugees, Politics, War: How Art Can Heal Us”, based on research for the play, at Tari’19, International Dance Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hosted by the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in Malaysia. In 2019 Sangeeta was a first time applicant and recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant to develop we the same. In 2020 she received a BC Arts Council grant to continue development of we the same. Sangeeta acts on the Board of Directors for the Cultch, plays classical piano, and holds degrees in Chemistry with a Music Minor and Dentistry.