The MSG Lab is vAct’s annual new play development program, produced in association with PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Dramaturgy by Jesse Del Fierro
About the play:
Leigh, a Chinese Canadian woman, and her mother, Ming Yue, are immersed in their memories as they pack up the home of their family friend, Amalia. "Embers of the Past" does away with the long-held stereotype of nuclear Asian families, ones with strict yet well-meaning parents that expect perfect grades of their children, of the "model minority." Instead, it is a portrait of a single mother suffering from PTSD, forced to make difficult decisions that change the course of her and her daughter's life. This story is many things; words left unspoken, the ripple effects of trauma from the past that leaves its mark on the present, growing up, parenthood, long-held resentment, love, and forgiveness.