march, 2022

wed30mar8:00 pmRise Up Sessions: The Parallel Project8:00 pm Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio TheatreEvent Type :Rise Up Sessions

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The Parallel Project was born out of a desire to increase the accessibility of monologues written by and for Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) artists. Since the project’s inception in July 2020, eleven monologues have been written by seven artists, undergone professional dramaturgy, and filmed for future distribution. From topics ranging from difficult conversations with friends, to navigating the pandemic, to discovering and embracing family and culture, this performance weaves together six of those monologues and offers a chance for six individual voices to be heard and celebrated.
Performance Program (monologue titles are subject to change): 

Argel Monte de Ramos, TPP Director of Programming, Director
Jocelyn Tsui, TPP Director of Operations, Producer, Performer
Elyse Wall, Stage Manager 

Going Home
Writer: Keira Jang
Performer: Jocelyn Tsui

Summary: “I need to explore who I am compared to who I might have been if I never moved. I need to see if there is any piece of me left in Hong Kong.” On the eve of her spontaneous work trip to Hong Kong, Jessie has a heart-to-heart with her mother about her tenuous feelings towards their extended family, their move to Canada, and her identity as a Chinese-Canadian.

Good Friends
Writer: Margarita Tellez España
Performer: Hira Lalani
Summary: “No one tells you, you’re probably gonna break up with your friends and it will be just as awkward and awful as a romantic relationship.” Esmeralda reflects on her cycle of past friendships, from immigrating to Canada, through teenagehood, to now, and wonders if she could have done anything differently.
People Without Colour
Writer: Claudine Paed
Performer: Claudine Paed
Summary: “You can call me tita! You will be like my protege pamangkin. That’s my novice niece. Just because I am a professional doesn’t mean we can’t be familiar.” In this social satire, Sampaguita, a casting director, applies their signature branding work to a Person Without Colour.
Two Pedestals
Writer: Trinity Jade
Performer: Aurora Rain
Summary:  “Can we talk about what happened? I wanna take us back to when we first met, because it’s important to me.”Jazz confronts a lifelong best friend about their different childhoods and privilege status, and how this is affecting their relationship.
On Pandemics and Penguins
Writer: Jocelyn Tsui
Performer: Taylor McKee
Summary: “How is it logistically and statistically possible to find the one person you’re willing to emotionally and sexually explore when the rest of the world is on lockdown?” Frustrated and lonely from the pandemic, Lina turns to the one avenue she swore she’d never try: dating apps. 
Writer: Argel Monte de Ramos
Performer: Trinity Jade
Summary: “You don’t have to deal with the pressure of having successful parents and their ridiculous expectations.” The day before a high-stakes exam, pressures from parents and overachieving siblings cause Ali to spiral.
Argel Monte de Ramos (TPP Director of Programming, Director, Writer)
Argel Monte de Ramos (he/him) is a Filipino-Canadian performer from Surrey, B.C. Canada. Argel uses the power of storytelling to inspire many through his music and theatrical performances. He is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program and the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University. Argel is the co-founder and Director of Programming of TheParallel Project. This project aims to help create new monologues that focus on IBPOC experiences written by IBPOC writers. Select performance credits include Eddie in MAMMA MIA! (Theatre Under The Stars), Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls (Fighting ChanceProductions) and Henry Allardyce in Betty Blue Eyes (Arbutus Studio) and director creditsinclude 50 years in the West and Where The Heart Is (INCentre Stage production company,Massey Theatre).
Aurora Rain (Actor)
Aurora Rain (she/they) is a multiple disciplinary artist residing in Vancouver who is over the moon to collaborate and present the work of the Parallel Projects writers, directors and organizers.
Claudine Paed (Writer, Actor)
Claudine (she/her/no pronouns) is a CapU Musical Theatre 2020 grad, a writer, a performer, and a musical theatre instructor to young ones. For Claudine, it has been a very affirming and freeing experience as an emerging BIPOC artist to work with The Parallel Project– it’s like having front row seats to the modern day shift of the theatrical landscape. Favourite credits: Lisa “Mamma Mia!” (TUTS), Princess Elizabeth “Betty Blue Eyes” (Arbutus Studio), and Bebe “A Chorus Line” (CapU Theatre).
Davey Samuel Calderon (Dramaturg)
Davey Samuel Calderon (He/Him or They) is an emerging director, curator, writer, producer, drag artist, dramaturg and settler on the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). He has a BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University and is Co-Founder of New (to) Town Collective, a theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops. His role asDramaturg, Public Engagement is the stewardship of the many people who come to PTC, where mutual trust is forged when melding stories into meaningful theatre for the community.Recently, he is the dramaturg for The Frontliners by Zahida Rahemtulla (PTC New Play in Development Prize 2020/21, 2021 RBC Emerging Playwright Prize Winner) and Opo by Bianca Miranda (2021 MSG Lab, vAct).
Elyse Wall (Stage Manager)
Elyse (she/her) is a graduate of the Capilano Technical Theatre Program. She is currently in her final year to complete her degree at UBC, focusing on stage management. Previous stage management credits include: It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Arbutus Studio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arbutus Studio), A Chorus Line (CapU Theatre), and Machinal (UBC Theatre). Elyse is ecstatic to work on this project and bring the arts back to the stage!
Hira Lalani (Actor)
Hira Lalani (she/her) is a performer of many facets. Primarily an actress and singer/songwriter, her need for self-expression fuels her creative fire among all her pursuits. Her love for performing started on the theatrical stage, leading her to participate in Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program. Past stage credits include Maria inWest Side Story, and Ballard inSeven Minutes in Heaven. She is honoured to be part of The Parallel Project and hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show! Thank you for coming and being part of welcoming back live theatre.
Jocelyn Tsui (TPP Director of Operations, Writer, Actor)
Jocelyn Tsui (she/her) is a mixed-race Chinese Canadian theatre performer, producer, and playwright. She is passionate about propelling the performing arts industry towards a more progressive and inclusive future, starting with youth and emerging artists. In July 2020, she co-founded The Parallel Project, a writing workshop and monologue festival, whose goal is to provide more opportunities for BIPOC artists to create and produce new work under the mentorship of industry professionals. As a performer, Jocelyn has been fortunate to work with several Vancouver companies, including Theatre Under the Stars, Gateway Theatre, and Align Entertainment. Jocelyn holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Capilano University and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University.
Keira Jang (Writer)
Keira (she/her) is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program. Her most recent theatre credits include: Annelle Dupuy in Steel Magnolias (Boone Dog Productions/MetroTheatre); Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (TUTS); Zebulun/Ensemble in Joseph (GatewayTheatre); Mrs. Metcalf/Mrs. Tillbrook in Betty Blue Eyes (Arbutus Studio). Along with theatre she is also an actress in film/TV her most recent credit being Batwoman (CW).
Margarita Tellez España (Writer)
Margarita Tellez España (she/her) is a Bolivian-Canadian writer and a sociologist student.Margarita’s love for writing came from her love of reading. Although writing is a hobby for her, she is extremely passionate about stories specially those led by people of colour. If she is not writing you can find Margarita reading, crocheting, or playing with her cat.
Taylor McKee (Actor)
Taylor McKee (she/her) is a mixed-raced performer and student. Graduated as valedictorian of the music program at Langley Fine Arts School, she is currently in her third year of her undergraduate degree at UBC, studying music and psychology. She has a long performance history in music and theatre, having performed with Theatre Under The Stars, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Awkward Stage Productions, and Align Entertainment to name a few.Taylor is a believer in the importance of storytelling, and would like to personally thank Jocelyn, Argel, and the team at The Parallel Project for telling these stories that need to be told.
Trinity Jade (Writer, Actor)
Trinity Jade (She/Her) identifies as a Queer Mixed-Race women of colour. She is very excited to perform “Adobo” by Argel Monte de Ramos and present her own written works “Jazz”. Trinity is an Actor, Singer, and Writer. She focuses her energy on advocacy for Theatre Artists through”The Parallel Project:” as well as her last organization “The Coalition”. Trinity is a recent graduate from Capilano University.
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