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A PERFORMANCE SERIES CELEBRATING ARTISTS AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Green Light Arts presents In the Centre, a performing arts series from June 15-25, 2017 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Kitchener.

Events include an evening of Hip Hop music creation, a poetry slam, a play reading, and two full theatrical productions, one of which is a brand-new play by Janice Jo Lee called Will You Be My Friend.


Featuring: Izad Etemadi as Leila. Photo by Al Smith.

Featuring: Izad Etemadi as Leila. Photo by Al Smith.

Featuring: Izad Etemadi as Leila. Photo by Al Smith.

Featuring: Izad Etemadi as Leila. Photo by Al Smith.

Featuring: Izad Etemadi as Leila. Photo by Al Smith.

Love with Leila

Thur. June 15, 2017 | 8pm
Fri. June 16, 2017 | 8pm

She's FIERCE. She's BEARDED. She's LOOKING FOR LOVE.

A multiple award-winning play written and performed by Izad Etemadi about a charming, flamboyant and bearded Persian woman named Leila, who lives to please her parents and lose herself in love. Love with Leila has toured across North America to Stratford, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Off-Broadway in New York City where it won the 2016 award for Best Independent Production from Broadway world. www.laughwithleila.com/

General admission $20 | Student/Senior $15


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Life & Rhymes with Ramsay Almighty & Friends

Sat. June 17, 2017 | 8pm

One Night Only. Witness pure musical creation in its rawest form; Watch Ramsay unpack Hip Hop Music through beat making, freestyle and acoustic live performance. 

https://soundcloud.com/ramsayalmighty

General admission $20 | Student/Senior $15


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Photo of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht Before the Committee of Un-American Activities

Sun. June 18, 2017 | 4pm

After escaping from the Nazis and living in exile in the United States, Bertolt Brecht is brought before the House for suspected Communist activities. Taken from the transcripts of the actual trial.

A PLAY READING
Adapted by Gary Kirkham
Directed by Matt White
Featuring Pam Patel, Ahmad Mire'e,
and Majdi Bou-Matar as Bertolt Brecht

General admission $10


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Photo of Saleem Ansari

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Photo of Ifrah Hussein

 

K-W POETRY SLAM

Mon. June 19, 2017 | 8pm

A KWPS Showcase featuring Ifrah Hussein and Saleem Ansari. Hosted by Janice Jo Lee and Bashar Lulu Jabbour.

Saleem Ansari is a Hip-hop poet and Emcee, currently residing in Cambridge. In his writings, he touches upon his personal views of reality, world issues, spirituality and social "norms". He has been featured at poetry slams across the country and his latest rap album The Captain's Log is now available.

Ifrah Hussein is a poet and artist educator, born in Toronto and raised in Regent Park. Ifrah started writing at age 12 and first engaged in performance art/poetry at 14. Ifrah speaks mainly about her experiences, aspirations and world affairs. Ifrah became Burlington’s Grand Slam Champion in 2016, came in 5th of 96 Women at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, Texas and has officially been crowned the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion, making her the first woman to represent Canada in France next year. 

General admission $10


Featuring: Janice Jo Lee. Photo by: Hannah Yoon

Featuring: Janice Jo Lee. Photo by: Hannah Yoon

Featuring: Janice Jo Lee. Photo by: Hannah Yoon

Featuring: Janice Jo Lee. Photo by: Hannah Yoon

Featuring: Janice Jo Lee. Photo by: Hannah Yoon

Will You Be My Friend

Thur. June 22, 2017 | 8pm
Fri. June 23, 2017 | 8pm
Sat. June 24, 2017 | 8pm
Sun. June 25, 2017 | 4pm

Loving white people is hard. A new musical comedy.

Award-winning Kitchener-based artist Janice Jo Lee stars in new musical comedy about the journey to find her place in Kitchener as a strong, empowered, Korean woman.

Written and performed by Janice Jo Lee
Directed by Matt White
Stage Managed by Jane Honek
Original Music Composition by Janice Jo Lee
Music Arrang./Recordings by Joni Nehrita
Set & Costume Design by Julia Kim
Lighting Design by Paul Cegys

Dr. West, Pluto's leading expert on Earthian Friendiology, presents the findings from his latest experiment on Lonely Entity 1, the patient Janice Joanne Sung Hae Lee. Janice volunteered to be a part of the program because she was lonely and out of options. Mike is a charming and handsome white guy who is always looking for a way to “give back”, and so volunteers to be a part of the program and is paired with Janice despite Janice’s friend, Leila’s protestations.

The play is largely inspired by Janice’s personal experiences living in Waterloo Region. “For year’s I thought I was a white person” she says. This is a satire exploring how the dominant culture can program us to erase our sense of self, our ancestors, our identity.

General admission $20 | Student/Senior $15


The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

36 King Street W
Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3

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