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Alunsina's Love by Christopher Gozum

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December 1 - December 3, 2022 


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Information about the show:

The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film presents the world premiere of Alunsina’s Love by Christopher Gozum December 1 to December 3, 2022, marking the first Department production to welcome back in-person audiences since the winter of 2020. 

Alunsina’s Love runs December 1 through December 3 at 7:30 pm each evening at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street (enter from Balmoral Street - see map here!).  

Admission is free; all performances are now sold out.

The talkback session planned for Friday has been cancelled.

Award winning Filipino playwright and filmmaker Christopher Gozum was commissioned by the department to write a piece exploring race and power inequities.  The resulting play, Alunsina’s Love, brings to the forefront forgotten migration stories in Canada’s history in a critical dialogue about how we respectfully bridge cultures.   

The play beautifully weaves together a Philippine creation story with 1970s Winnipeg garment industries, where many Filipinas found work as sewers. In the play, the factory workers’ demand for better working conditions amidst a declining economy and the rise of the global civil rights movement is juxtaposed with the traditional story of Alunsina, who fled the upper world controlled by her husband Tungkung Langit, as she too struggles to find her own emancipation. The non-linear storytelling incorporates masks, projection, and movement.

Director and new faculty member Dennis Gupa specializes in intercultural theatre work, and is a long-time artistic collaborator with Gozum.  

Read the full Press Release!

Adam Parboosingh, Associate Professor of Design, has powerfully represented the two worlds in his scenography. Costume Designer Kate George is a recent graduate of the program. Current 4th year production student Lovissa Wiens creates the projection design, and Filipina Canadian Winnipeg-based theatre actor, director, and producer Hazel Venzon extends her expertise as a historical and cultural consultant. Multiple production students support bringing the production to the stage. 

Alunsina’s Love runs December 1st to 3rd at 7:30 pm each evening at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street.  Entrance is from Balmoral Street - MAP HERE.

Admission is free; all performances are sold out.

Content and Trigger Warnings: Mature content and language.  Possible strobe light effect.  Use of a gun and depiction of death.  Suggestions of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Please note:  Audience members must wear masks while attending a performance in the ACTF Theatre.