October 10th – 22nd, 2023
Segal Centre (5170 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine)
Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) explores the life of Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a Japanese picture-bride turned ‘underground’ businesswoman in 1930’s British Columbia. It delves into her history, not as a clichéd dragon-lady madam (although at times, perhaps she is), nor as a dutiful daughter (although at times, perhaps she is), nor as a submissive and sexualized female Asian body (although at times, perhaps she is), but as a valuable member of Canadian society who had to fight against expectation, and for autonomy and recognition every step of the way.
Mizushōbai was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.
Ashley Belmer, B-Rebel Communications
416 617 8934
Enemy Alien Kiyo
Julie Tamiko Manning
Production Manager and Technical Director