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  • Theatre Passe Muraille 16 Ryerson Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2P3 Canada (map)

Written and Performed by Augusto Bitter
Directed by Claren Grosz

A Presentation by Theatre Passe Muraille and Pencil Kit Productions with the support of Aluna Theatre

March 7-24, 2019 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace.
Tuesday through Saturday @ 7:30pm | Sundays @ 2:00pm

CHICHO is a one-man show written and performed by Augusto Bitter. The titular character, an ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela, attempts to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. In a rollercoaster performance exploring a diasporic experience, Chicho meticulously presents the disparity between his queer-ibbean coming-of-age journey in Canada and the worsening socioeconomic crisis in Venezuela.

The Artists
Augusto Bitter - Creator + Performer
Claren Grosz - Director
Elyse Waugh - Stage Manager
Deanna H. Choi - Sound Design
Frank Incer - Assistant Sound Designer
Guiseppe Condello - Lighting + Projections
Jivesh Parasram - Dramaturgy

Ticket Pricing
Adult $33.00 | Senior $28.00 | Arts Worker $25.00 | Under 30 $17.00 | Preview $22.50 | Preview Under 30 $15.00 | Matinees $20-22.50 in advance and pay-what-you-can at the door.

Special Events

Relaxed Performances March 10, 17, 24
These special Sunday matinees are open to everyone. The environment is specifically adapted to relax the traditional rules around silence, darkness, and stillness in the audience. They are designed to benefit individuals living with autism, sensory and communication disorders, parents with babes in arms, and anyone who would welcome a more relaxed environment at the theatre. Patrons are allowed to leave their seats and return to them in the middle of the show, the house lights are kept on at a dim setting, loud sound cues are toned down, special effects are explained before the show starts, and all cast and crew members are introduced at the top of the show.

Opening Night Reception
March 12
at Tequila Bookworm, following the performance.

Catered Benefit Performance with Preamble
March 13 6:45
A pre-show discussion with Rebecca Sarfatti of Venezolanos Por La Vida— an organization that coordinates, collects and safely sends medical and surgical supplies and medicines to health service providers and Human Rights Organization across Venezuela and neighbouring countries. Facilitated by Jivesh Parasram. 100% of the ticket sales will go towards the organization. The talk will be catered by Arepa Café.

Post Show Q+A
March 14 7:30pm
The artists will stay after the show to answer questions and talk about their process.

Catered Post Show Q+A
March 17 at 2:00pm
The artists will stay after the show to answer questions and talk about their process. The conversation will be catered by Arepa Café.

Open Audio Described Performance by the Director, with Post-show Q+A
March 23 2:00pm
Claren Grosz, the director of CHICHO, will describe the performance for partially sighted and blind patrons, along with their fellow audience members, in a live voice-over form. The Audio Described Performance will outline the events happening on stage – including relevant sets, costumes, and non verbal actions – in a delivery style that matches the tone and presentation of the play. The scripts for the Audio Described Performance are developed in conjunction with the creative teams at Theatre Passe Muraille, with the goal of giving visually impaired audience members a more immersive experience. “