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Soulpepper's KIM'S CONVENIENCE to Make Quebec Debut at Segal Centre

Kim's Convenience, the most celebrated and widely seen new Canadian play in recent history that launched the hit CBC sitcom of the same name, makes its way to Quebec for the very first time with an exclusive two week run at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. Ins Choi's personal, funny, and touching story has been resonating with audiences from coast to coast with its realistic portrayal of the Kim family and their life running a neighbourhood convenience store.

In Kim's Convenience, Korean immigrant Mr. Kim (Appa) works hard to support his wife and children with his Toronto convenience store. As he evaluates his future, he faces both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the gap between his values and those of his Canadian-born children.

Choi writes from personal experience, giving this award-winning play a feeling of integrity and authenticity. A fractured buT Loving family, led by the inimitable Appa played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee confronts an uncertain future while learning to forgive the past. Thoroughly funny and engaging, Kim's Convenience is a new Canadian classic and must-see comedy.

Originally created as a vignette in 2005 under a playwriting unit in the Fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, Kim's Convenience became the smash hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, taking Best New Play honours. It opened Soulpepper Theatre Company's 2012 season, going on to be remounted multiple times. The production was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Best New Play, and received the Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best New Canadian Play. It has been touring Canada under the Soulpepper banner and in 2017 makes its debut Off-Broadway at New York's Pershing Square Signature Center in July as part of Soulpepper's first NYC season. Ins Choi recently adapted Kim's Convenience into a hit TV comedy series on the CBC, featuring Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.

"Kim's Convenience has delighted audiences around the country with its hilarious and poignant story. I'm so excited that Montreal will finally get the chance to see what all the hype is about and rejoice in this Canadian classic," said Segal Centre Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.

The Montreal production will feature original cast members Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon reprising their roles as Appa and Umma Kim. Their daughter Janet will be played by Rosie Simon and their wayward son Jung will be played by Richard Lee.

As a special presentation at the Segal Centre, subscribers will be able to add this production to their subscription.

Performances play 5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7. Tickets: $60; Group, Senior, Student and Under 30 discounts available.

PERFORMANCES:

March 8 - March 19, 2017

Wednesday, March 8 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 9 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 12 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 13 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, March 14 - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 16 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 18 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 19 - 7:00 p.m.

Matinées:

Wednesday, March 15 - 1:00 p.m.

Sundays, March 12 & 19 - 1:00 p.m.

SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL

An enriching pre-show lecture on the history, themes and ideas behind Kim's Convenience.

Sunday, March 12 - 11:00 a.m.

MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS

A chance to interact with the creators and actors of the play after the curtain goes down.

Monday, March 13, 2016

Official Media Partner: CBC Montreal

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond. Founded in 1967, the Segal Centre has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal's programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org

Located in its multi-venue home, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is Toronto's largest not-for-profit theatre company. Founded and guided by artists, under the leadership of Artistic Director Albert Schultz and Executive Director Leslie Lester, Soulpepper has an integrated mission which includes: industry-leading youth outreach initiatives; the Soulpepper Academy, Canada's only multi-year paid professional training program for theatre artists of all disciplines; and a year-round diverse repertory season which is grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works, new forms, and innovative practices. Visit soulpepper.ca for more details.



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