MSG Lab Readings | December 11-13

We’re proud to present the MSG Lab Readings from December 11-13 at Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)!

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Year of the Frog
by Garvin Chan
Monday, December 11 at 7pm

Year of the Frog. Drawn from memory or the fabrication of a half-dream. An incomplete understanding of culture. A turn in a 34-year-long game of Chinese whispers.

In the wake of Grandma’s passing sometime in 2020, the Grandchild navigates the dual losses of a family member and the city they grew up in from the shores of Canada.

A darkly comedic desecration of Grandma’s memory. Made with love. A story of stories told, heard, and retold.

A tribute to Hong Kong’s spirit, and those who came before. With hopes they’d have a chuckle at this play.


Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm
by Christian Ching

Hiraeth: a home that you can not return to, a home that is forever changed, or a home that never was.

Hiraeth is a game about journeying. We follow characters that are co-created, through places that are co-written, in a story where no one knows what will happen, nor how it will end. Through playing a non-linear, active, and live collaborative storytelling game, we journey without destination to find what it means to be away from a home that lives on without us.

The Golden Dragon Cafe
Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm
by Jiejun Wu
A story about love, legacy, and looking forward after loss, told through the slippages in diasporic time.
Elaine, a Bay Street lawyer, returns to her hometown to sell her family’s Chinese restaurant after the sudden loss of her father. When she arrives at the now-shuttered Golden Dragon Cafe, she discovers that time moves a little differently here—and that her timeline keeps colliding with the story of her grandfather, who founded the restaurant ove fifty years earlier.


The MSG Lab is Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s annual new work development program. We present three brand new work-in-progress showings over the course of three days. The showing includes a moderated talkback, where the audience will have an opportunity to provide feedback and share their experience with the artists.

Facilitating the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists, this program is our commitment to the next generation of Asian Canadian theatre-makers. The MSG Lab showcases stories from Asian Canadian perspectives and develops new works for future production opportunities.