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Chimerica ()

Produced by

Canadian Stage and The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre


Bluma Appel Theatre


March 29th, 2016 – April 17th, 2016


As tanks roll through Tiananmen Square, crushing the student movement’s cries for democracy, a young photojournalist from America captures on film a moment of defiance that comes to symbolize the struggle. More than twenty years later, a mysterious note appears in a Beijing newspaper and the now middle-aged journalist is driven to discover the truth about that fateful day, and the secrets that were buried as the world looked on. Lucy Kirkwood’s play examines the changing fortunes of two countries, their tied fates, and the fates of all caught in between. (


Elena Anciro Mary Chang / Michelle / Deng
Evan Buliung Joe Schofield
Jasmine Chen Liuli / Jennifer Lee
Terri Cherniack Barbara / Doreen / Maria
Laura Condlln Tessa Kendrick
Kevin Klassen Paul Kramer / David Parker / Peter Rourke
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee Zhang Lin
Richard Lee Zhang Wei / Wang Pengsi
Doug McKeag Mel Stanwyck
Ross McMillan Frank / Herb / Ming Xiaoli
Diana Tso Feng Meihui / Ming Xiaoli
Norman Yeung Benny / Young Zhang Lin

Creative Team

Lucy Kirkwood Playwright
Chris Abraham Director
Judith Bowden Set Designer
Judith Bowden Costume Designer
Deco Dawson Video Designer
Michael Walton Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Eric Armstrong Dialect Designer
Zack Russell Assistant Director
Rick Skene Fight Director


Yuan Liu Dialect Coach
Karyn Kumhyr Stage Manager
AJ Laflamme Assistant Stage Manager
Jessica Alexander Apprentice Stage Manager


Billy Wolf Technical Director
Heather Landon Assistant Production Manager
Alanna McConnell Assistant Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Ming Wong Head of Wardrobe
Mark Stedman Building Operations Manager
Susan Batchelor Wardrobe Mistress