May 16 - May 31, 2015
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

DURANGO is generously supported by


"I thought we were going to be honest."

In May 2015, Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, in association with Buddies in Bad Times, will present the Canadian premiere of award winning playwright Julia Cho's script Durango. Named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best of 2007 by the L.A. Times, Durango explores the entanglement of familial obligation and personal exploration through the lives of widower Boo-Seng Lee, a middle-aged Korean immigrant, and his two sons as they take an impromptu and ill-advised vacation to Durango, Colorado. It is the story of a family road trip, of lost dreams and passed on ambitions. The play tackles big ideas: racism, homophobia and generational secrets, in an intimate and specific way. A poignant and heart-wrenching play, the play calls for feats of visual theatricality, while following the tradition of American family dramas such as Death of a Salesman; slowly and subtly drawing us into an emotionally complex and intimately relatable human story.

"CHO'S drama is the most emotionally shattering new play I've seen all year, and it is also the most satisfying." -


"Pitch-perfect performances"
★ ★ ★ (of 4)
The Globe and Mail

"Durango is a visceral tour de force"
- The Theatre Reader

"You can't miss Durango"
- Mooney on Theatre

NNNN (of 5)
- NOW Magazine

Featuring: Ardon Bess, Hiro Kanagawa, Philip Nozuka, Adrian Shepherd & David Yee
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran
Produced by Theatre Smash & fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, in association with Buddies in Bad Times

Set & Costume Designer: Jung Hye Kim
Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay
Sound Designer: John Gzowski
Video Designer: Alex Punzalan Jr.
Stage Manager: Natasha Bean-Smith

Photo by Tanja Tiziana, styling by Vanessa Fischer, make up by Sarah Campbell


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Photography by Jordon Probst