Magnetic North takes audiences on a surreal adventure with rice & beans’ production of Chicken Girl

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      Magnetic North, Canada’s only national theatre festival, continues to announce its lineup of great shows, taking place from June 1 to 9 at various locations in Vancouver. On June 4, audiences will have the opportunity to see rice & beans theatre's production of Chicken Girl. The company is best known for delivering theatre that is accessible, honest, uncompromising, and personal—and this play is no exception.

      Chicken Girl is written and directed by playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer Derek Chan, who has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. The production is featured in the company’s two-year residency at the Orpheum Annex Theatre, which is part of the SeeMore Theatre Series program funded by Vancouver Civic Theatres.

      It was developed with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, B.C. Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Green Thumb Theatre, Vancouver Civic Theatres, and the Georgia Straight.

      Chicken Girl embarks on a surreal adventure to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the protagonist’s Uncle Chan. Audiences will watch three magical worlds collide as a homesick intergalactic rock star struggles to reconcile with their estranged family and an anxiety-ridden submariner recruits an anthropomorphic cat to settle an old score.

      BC Lee and Amanda Sum in Chicken Girl.
      Emily Cooper

      Intertwining multilingual dialogue, flamboyant rock numbers, and idiosyncratic marine trivia, Chicken Girl contemplates ideas of home, cultural identity, and the point of our existence. The play is a vibrant reflection on the meaning of life and an incantation to raise hope in times of challenge.

      The $160 Magnetic North Festival Pass is on sale now and features all access to full festival activities and select shows, including Chicken Girl. The $60 Festival Pass Concession offers the same all access to full festival activities and select shows but at a lower price for anyone who needs or appreciates it. The donation of $40 or more to either pass comes with a tax receipt.

      For more information, to see the full festival lineup, or to purchase passes, visit the website. Chicken Girl takes place on June 4 at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Annex Theatre (823 Seymour Street). Follow rice & beans theatre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned for more coverage from the Georgia Straight.