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trace
By (author): Jeff Ho
9780369100566 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Toronto Oct 25, 2019
$17.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.37 x 8.36 x 0.34 in 96 pages Duration: 75 minutes FSC certified – mixed sources 0 Playwrights Canada Press

"I support you when you need, so that you support me when I need."

An elegant and sweeping story of a Chinese family’s history, trace follows the footsteps of four generations as their homes and identities are challenged. Jeff Ho brings life to his great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother through considerate storytelling as they recount their pasts, leading to a paralleled present.

Great-grandmother fled the Japanese during World War II by escaping China into Hong Kong, a traumatic effect that’s rippled down the family line. Grandmother married into the family after a childhood of poverty that will always stay with her. Mother decided to leave Hong Kong for Canada with her two sons, pursuing more opportunities, though dissatisfied with her son’s desire to focus on the piano rather than math. Though pain is a constant, there are plenty of wisecracks, games of Mahjong, and familiar family anecdotes swirling through Ho’s genealogical journey of survival.

Jeff Ho is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong. As a playwright, his works include the critically-acclaimed Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land); Antigone: ?; and trace. He has held residencies with the Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Cahoots, the Banff Playwrights Lab, and Factory Theatre, and is a Bulmash-Siegel Playwright-in-Residence with Tarragon Theatre. Jeff has been twice nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for performance, has been awarded a Harold Award, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School.

“Ho’s Chinese-Canadian immigration saga will resonate with anyone whose family has been forced to relocate, conveying universal themes of hardship, escape and hope distilled through the anxiety of defying great expectations to chart one’s own course.” —Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine

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