Studio Ensemble

CCPA Performance Hall

October 19- 22
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“A powerful fable about optimism and revolution” – Le Devoir

Indulge in a trippy political satire and an x-ray of our collective anxieties. An absurd and imaginative tale of two young people, forced to navigate the chaotic state of the world at one of the worst schools in history. Unforgettable laughs and razor-sharp social commentary await.

Directed by Jovanni Sy
Playwright, director, actor, and former Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC, and Cahoots Theatre in Toronto


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Ticket Pricing: 

  • Adult $30
  • Senior $28
  • Under 30 $25

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  • All seating for in-house performances is festival seating. We encourage you to arrive early to ensure you get your preferred seating. 
  • Additionally, in an effort to save paper, CCPA does not offer physical tickets for our events. Instead, when you arrive at the theatre, simply state your name to the Box Office staff and they will check your name off our guest list. 
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October 19 2023 | 7:30PM
October 20 2023 | 7:30PM
October 21 2023 | *2PM, 7:30PM
October 22 2023 | 2PM
*Relaxed Performance

Studio Ensemble Students

Directed by Jovanni Sy

A playwright, director, performer, and the former artistic director of Gateway Theatre (Vancouver) and Cahoots Theatre (Toronto).

Jovanni wrote Nine Dragons which premiered at Vertigo Theatre in 2017 before transferring to Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre. Nine Dragons received a Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play and was also nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award and a Winnipeg Theatre Award.

Jovanni’s solo play A Taste of Empire premiered at Cahoots Theatre in 2010 and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play. A Taste of Empire was revived by Boca del Lupo Theatre in 2014 and 2015 and then was translated into Cantonese as 食盡天下 by Derek Chan who performed the piece with Jovanni directing. 食盡天下 travelled to Toronto and was nominated for a Dora in 2018 for Best Touring Production. Carmela Sison is currently translating A Taste of Empire into Tagalog as Lasa ng Imperyo and will perform the piece with Nina Lee Aquino directing.

Jovanni’s directing credits include: The Five Vengeances, The Orchard (After Chekhov), Valley Song, Yoga Play (Vancouver); Stitch (Toronto); Murder on the Orient Express (Calgary); and Blackbird, Antigone, God of Carnage (Hong Kong).

In June 2022, Jovanni played Mr. Miyagi in the pre-Broadway tryout of The Karate Kid, the Musical in St. Louis. Other recent and upcoming credits include the world premieres of Forgiveness (Theatre Calgary/Arts Club) and Prison Dancer (Citadel Theatre/National Arts Centre).

Jovanni currently has three plays in development: Salesman in China (Stratford Festival); Kowloon Bay (a Nine Dragons prequel) for Vertigo Theatre; and his PGC Comedy Award winning play The Tao of the World (Citadel Theatre).

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