2018 / Los Angeles’ presentation of commissioned international project “Crossing Borders” written by Velina Hasu Houston, June 1

The Ryerson School of Performance (Toronto, Canada) in association with London South Bank University Arts & Creative Industries, the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts and Playwright Arena present an exclusive Los Angeles’ presentation of Crossing Borders.

Where Shadow Chases Light

Written by Velina Hasu Houston

As part of Crossing Borders

Written by Velina Hasu Houston & Alex McSweeney

Commissioned by Ryerson School of Performance for the Parodos Festival, Toronto, June 14-17.

Immigration. The lifeblood of every nation, and yet a source of such conflict and pain. The lives of three generations of a Japanese Canadian family – a grandmother in Japan, her son who emigrates to Canada, and her Japanese Canadian grandson who is fully assimilated into Canadian life – are interwoven. The obscure history of the Japanese Canadian forced incarceration during World War II is explored.

Free Event

June 1, 2018, 8:00pm
Martin Massman Theatre, USC School of Drama Arts
1029 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
In the campus of the USC

Cast: Tetsuyoshi Alex Aoki, Amir Ibrahim
Written by Velina Hasu Houston & Alex McSweeney
Directed by Peggy Shanon & Gill Foster
Company: Michael Bergmann – Projection Designer, Kristen Ferguson – Projection Designer, Noah Feaver – Lighting Designer, Aditi Sharma – Costume Designer, Rachel Forbes – Scenic Designer, Matthew Duarte – Sound Designer, Jenna Borsato – Stage Manager, Ed Richards – Movement Choreographer, Nathan Wang – Composer.

At Playwrights’ Arena, Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director
At the USC School of Dramatic Arts, David Bridel, Dean