Witness the extraordinary tale of the Monkey King. Book and lyrics by Marty Chan (with lyrics, music and orchestration by Robert Walsh), The Forbidden Phoenix blends Peking opera, Western musical theatre, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts into a single play. Immigration is central to the show – the story of a father who comes to Canada looking for a better life. The Monkey King, Chinese mythology’s most beloved super hero, must rescue a damsel in distress and tame the Iron Dragon before he can be reunited with his son.
Jim Wong-Chu is a published poet, author, editor, and historian. He is well- known as a co-founder of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, Ricepaper Magazine, Pender Guy Radio Program, Asia Canadian Performing Arts Resource (ACPAR), literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing, and the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival. He has also co-edited several anthologies of Asian Canadian writers.