Playwright: Shuyuan Liao Chien
Performed by Formosan Delight
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Aug 28th
Stage In The Park | Harbourfront Centre
What an interesting Canadian, MacKay is, giving his whole life to Taiwan. In the eyes of the Taiwanese, from a dark-haired barbarian to eternal love… This love that began in 1872 has never ceased, continuing to grow.
What is this love?
Learn about George Leslie Mackay and his work in Taiwan through Mackay’s Love, an adaptation of the 2018 musical theatre show: Kai the Barbarian: the George Leslie Mackay Story.
About the Artists
Shuyuan Liao Chien
In grade school, she liked to read comics in the old bookstalls.
In middle school, she read novels in class, hidden behind the textbooks.
In university, she liked the elective courses more: literature and philosophy.
After retiring, she slowly began to find his interests again.
All of these life experiences — the actions, thoughts, and the things she has seen and the things she has touched — love, people, all of these have become sources of inspiration. Playwriting often stumbles upon accidental sparks.
In 2008, she was the Chair of Toronto’s Taiwanese Hakka Association. To revitalize the association, she began to write Hakka plays for the community to perform, inspiring budding actors and discovering his own passion for writing. Her works include multiple languages: Hakka, Hokkien, Mandarin, and even English, with the help of her friends and daughter. The spark for writing continues to bloom — she hopes for the future: as long as she is alive, she will continue to write plays.
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