A love letter to Russia: C. E. Gatchalian

The fifth in the series of six love letters to Russia, Vancouver writer C.E. Gatchalian continues with his own letter to show love and support to that country’s queer citizens as the world watches the Winter Olympics.

The final video from Charles Demers will be released before the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The video series is curated by C. E. Gatchalian with videography by Geoff Peters and produced through the frank theatre company. Love letters have already been written and read by Lucia Frangione, Aaron Chan, Nicola Harwood and David C Jones.


Born, raised and based in Vancouver, Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing program.   His plays, which include Broken, Crossing, Claire and Motifs & Repetitions, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. Recent work includes his play for young audiences, People Like Vince, which was commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre and toured BC, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and his latest play, Falling in Time, which premiered in Vancouver in November 2011, was published by Scirocco Drama/J Gordon Shillingford in 2012 and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. Since 2012 he has been the Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company.

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