DBLSPK: Gramma

Friday, January 11th at 8 PM - 10 PM

The Fishbowl

Hosted by Boca del Lupo and rice & beans theatre


Boca del Lupo and rice & beans theatre presents DBLSPK: Gramma by Maki Yi. DBLSPK is a quarterly reading series in which we present and discuss works in translation. We talk about what changes linguistically, culturally, and performatively. Gramma extends this conversation to examine the notion of intercultural theatre, with translated texts built into its conception. Gramma is an autobiographical tale that explores cultural memories in a place of displacement through the integration of Korean traditional rituals and Western theatrical conventions. It depicts the relationship developing between two lonely persons, and addresses the possibility of human understanding and connection beyond fundamental differences. Gramma was created as an MFA project under the supervision and the dramaturgy of DD Kugler. It premiered at the Blackbox Theatre at Simon Fraser University in January 2007, directed by Esther Reich. The play was invited to the Festival of Original Theatre Conference at the University ofToronto in February 2007 and was remounted, under the direction of Kathryn Bracht, at the Regina Fringe Festival in July 2011. Maki Yi is a playwright and performer of Korean origin and residing in Vancouver. In September 2018, Maki appeared in Kim’s Convenience atPacific Theatre. Her play SuitcaseStories was premiered at Pacific Theatre in 2016/17 season, and remounted at Evergreen Cultural Centre in 2017/18. The DBLSPK series makes space to explore translation, both of language and culture. It welcomes audiences into the moments where artistic decisions are made, experiencing the dramatic possibilities inherent in the translation process. The DBLSPK Series is supported by CMHC Granville Island, Canada Council for the Arts,Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver.