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Lady Sunrise

Lady Sunrise

By Marjorie Chan
Foreword by Nina Lee Aquino
Subjects: Feminist Theatre, Community Theatre Picks, Large Cast, Asian Canadian Playwrights, East Asian Canadian Playwrights, Women Writers, Ontario Playwrights
Casting: 6 f
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369103543, 128 pages, June 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369103550, 250 pages, June 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369103567, 250 pages, June 2022


  • Nominated, Governor General's Literary Award 2022


From the glittering high-rise condos to the desperate streets of Vancouver, powerful stories told by women reveal the fraying social fabric among the wealthy and hangers-on in the city’s Asian Canadian community.

Lady Sunrise introduces us to six women who are risking everything, all motivated by the need for more money and the freedom it could buy, whether it’s the allure of expensive items and real estate to substitute what’s been lost or the safety of not being in abusive debt to anyone else just to survive. This heartbreaking examination of the effects of today’s hyper-consumerist society will challenge perspectives of strength and power, exposing painfully raw consequences.


“Seeing stories of strong and complex Asian-Canadian women on stage (or any other ethnic group, for that matter) is way overdue. What really stands out for me about Lady Sunrise is seeing all these women working together in telling these stories. They are finally able to control the narrative and bring these stories to life.”

- Heidy M., Hye’s Musings

“Its reluctance to sugarcoat harsh realities will leave audiences stinging from the engrossing narratives.”

- Samantha Edwards, NOW Magazine

“It was beautiful and tragic and left me breathless.”

- Isabella O’Brien, Mooney on Theatre