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2 Queer Brown Dudes Read from Their Work

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

The 519 - 519 Church Street, Toronto

This event is taking place on the traditional ancestral territories of the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee peoples.

The full title of this event is actually "2 Queer Brown Dudes Challenge the White Supremacist Heteropatriarchy by Reading Their Work." But the hegemons that run Facebook have deemed that title too long for the "event name" field, so here we are.:-)

Please join us for a reading by two QTBIPOC authors: Toronto-based Lebanese-Canadian playwright Makram Ayache and Vancouver-based Filipinx-Canadian playwright and author C.E. Gatchalian.

Makram Ayache is a Lebanese-Canadian playwright, performer, educator and activist based in Tkaronto. His theatre work is currently concerned with amplifying historically marginalized voices. As a playwright, he creates culturally specific work that speaks in a Canadian context. His play, “Harun” was developed at the Banff Center’s Playwrights’ Lab in 2018 and was nominated for Best New Play (non-professional) by Broadway World Regional Awards. He will graduate with an MFA in theatre performance creation in April 2019.

Born, raised and based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, C.E. Gatchalian is the son of mixed-race settlers from Imus, Cavite, Philippines and a queer-identified author, editor, theatre-maker and producer. A graduate of UBC’s Creative Writing program, his plays, which include Broken, Claire, Crossing, Motifs & Repetitions, People Like Vince and Falling In Time, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse, Writer-in-Residence at Berton House and the Joy Kogawa House, and Artist-in-Residence at UBC’s Faculty of Education. In 2013 he received the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. Formerly Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company (2011-2017), he is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer. His memoir, Double Melancholy (Arsenal Pulp Press), will be released in Spring 2019.

Hosted by dramaturge and academic Dalbir Singh.

Earlier Event: February 18
Pen Cap Chew, a monthly reading night
Later Event: February 19
The ArtBar