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lady in the red dress

lady in the red dress

By David Yee
Subjects: History, Ontario Playwrights, Asian Canadian Playwrights, (Im)migration
Casting: 1 f, 4 m, doubling
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887549076, 96 pages, June 2010
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770910324, 96 pages, June 2010
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770910317, 96 pages, June 2010


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2010


The turmoil in Max's life was set in motion by Sylvia, an elusive figure who enters his life and charges Max with the task of finding Tommy Jade, a Chinese immigrant from the 1920s. Dragged further into the history of the Chinese-Canadian struggle for redress and into the lives of those involved, Max discovers that not only is his life in danger, but also his son's. A modern-day noir that draws from both Haruki Murakami and Frank Miller, lady in the red dress is a darkly comic story about the skeletons in our closets and the consequences of our inactions told by one of Canada's most-promising young playwrights.


"Resulting in a play that's part didactic narrative about the plight of Chinese Canadian immigrants, part magical realist fantasy, and part violent, hard-boiled noir. " —Torontoist