Ga Ting looks to bridge a cultural divide


“In Chinese culture and other ethnicities being gay is even more taboo than other communities and it’s important to get a story like this out to show that we exist" - playwright Minh Ly.

Playwright Minh Ly brings Ga Ting, his story of family and acceptance, to the Richmond Cultural Centre in March.

B.C. Lee and Michael Antonakos star alongside Hong Kong film star, Alannah Ong in the world premiere of Minh Ly's Ga Ting.

B.C. Lee and Michael Antonakos (pictured) star alongside Hong Kong film star, Alannah Ong in the world premiere of Minh Ly’s Ga Ting.

A co-production of the frank theatre company and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, the play will receive its world premiere nearly a year after its first staged reading at the same venue in 2013.

Ga Ting weaves a powerful and emotionally-charged story about an immigrant Chinese couple trying to come to terms with the death of their son, Kevin. They invite Kevin’s Caucasian boyfriend for dinner after the funeral, and, for the first time, not only acknowledge that their son was gay, but who he truly was as a person.

Through Ga Ting, Ly brings the issue of homosexuality within the Chinese culture to the forefront, a topic he says is still very much off-limits at times.

“In Chinese culture, among others, being gay is a topic that many do not want to discuss or even acknowledge,” Ly explains. “I hope that Ga Ting will spark an important dialogue among families. Parents and children need to realize how important it is to communicate with each other and to support each other, before regret sets in.”

Vancouver’s Rick Tae, whose feature film John Apple Jack recently premiered to a sold-out audience at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, directs a cast including veteran actor and former Vancouver city councillor B.C. Lee, Michael Antonakos and Hong Kong film star, Alannah Ong.

The play will be be performed in English and Cantonese with English and Chinese surtitles.

Ga Ting plays the Richmond Cultural Centre March 22-30 with talk-back performances scheduled for March 25 & 26.  Visit for tickets and information.

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