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Pu-Erh ()

Produced by

K’Now Theatre

Playwright: Norman Yeung
Director: Keira Loughran


Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace


May 6th, 2010 – May 15th, 2010


A son is leaving. Hours before the flight, son and father try to have a conversation. The father speaks only Cantonese, the son only English. They drink tea. They have decades of regret and silence to reconcile. The son returns five years later to a changed family, to a mother he hardly recognizes. She has gone on a journey of her own. She must rediscover the joy of being a parent to her child; the son must learn the responsibility of being a child to his parents. A story of unfulfilled hopes and remarkable achievement, Pu-Erh shows how language can challenge, divide, and unite a family. With dialogue in English and Cantonese, this fresh and urgent examination of a modern immigrant family will speak to anyone who has wondered if life begins when you move away. (Show Press Release)


John Ng Father
Janet Lo Mother
Jeff Yung Raymond

Creative Team

Norman Yeung Playwright
Keira Loughran Director
Jackie Chau Set Designer
Jackie Chau Costume Designer
Arun Srinivasan Lighting Designer
Nicholas Murray Sound Designer
Alicia Ho Assistant Lighting Designer


Natalie Woodburn-Heron Stage Manager
Shannon Jank Apprentice Stage Manager
Doug Morum Technical Director
Doug Morum Production Manager
Sue Edworthy Associate Producer
Stephanie Milic Scenic Artist
Alice Shih Cantonese Consultant
Gee Yuen Yeung Scroll and Poetry
David Johnson Load-in Crew
Jazz Kamal Load-in Crew


David DeGrow Venue Technician