Mrs. Desjardin by Norman Yeung

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Mrs. Desjardin by Norman Yeung

After school one day in 1899, Genevieve is confronted by her new student Deng in their rural schoolhouse. The city boy feels humiliated by something the teacher did in class, but she insists she was being helpful. Their tête-à-tête reveals that the Chinese-Canadian boy and Québecoise woman share struggles although they are from worlds apart.

On the cusp of a new century, the characters look ahead to a new world where marginalised women and immigrants forge a stronger voice to shape a new Toronto.

Keywords: Toronto, school, Asian-Canadian, Chinese-Canadian, history, historical, feminism, patriarchy, TYA, young audience, student
Year Printed: 2017
First Produced: April 19-22, 2017, Expect Theatre / Zion Schoolhouse, Toronto
Running TIme: 25 minutes
Acts: 1
Male Cast: 1
Female Cast: 1