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The Yoko Ono Project
by Jean Yoon
with Instruction Poems, Music, and other texts by Yoko Ono

August 2002
8.5 x 5.5, 11 b&w photos, 80 pp, tpb
drama (BISAC: DRA013000)
1 act, 38 scenes / 4 females, 2 males
Series: Velvet Touch, 4
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN-13 978-1-55391-001-5
ISBN 1-55391-001-X (tp)

“Often hilarious, surprisingly poignant play which looks at the life and works of the all-too-often caricatured Yoko Ono, perhaps the more talented (gasp! dare we say that?) of the Lennon-Ono duo.”
—Terry Hong, AsianWeek (San Francisco, USA)

“Yoon’s play is a successful effort at reconstituting an understanding of Ono. The Yoko Ono Project is a moving story . . . belongs to the class of identity plays.”
—Ingrid Mueller, Daily Gleaner

What the theatre critics said:
“Intelligent and provocative”
—Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail

“A terrific show . . . witty, deft, poignant and agile!”
—Robert Cushman, The National Post

“A ground-breaking look at what it means to be an Asian woman in contemporary North America ...”
—Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

“Bursts with energy and humour”
—Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

“Ambitious . . . well-written, well-performed and well-staged !”
—Rebecca Todd, Eye Magazine

“Remember identity politics theatre? Rumours of its demise have been highly exaggerated. It’s alive and kicking ass in a playful, sexy post-90s style”
—Kamal Al-Solaylee, Eye Magazine

“Arguably the most ambitious production created from and by the Asian-Canadian perspective.”
—Susan Oh, Maclean’s Magazine

“I was thrilled about it, and tickled about it. And I heard about it, that it was very good and bless them for doing it.”
— Yoko Ono on “The Yoko Ono Project” play

Quirky, obsessed, passionate, provocative, The Yoko Ono Project is a multimedia extravaganza that highlights the experience of three Asian Canadian women as filtered through and magnified by the icon of Yoko Ono. A celebration of the art, strength and unbridled imagination of “the most famous undiscovered artist in the world”, The Yoko Ono Project is an inventive melding of music, performance and multimedia, that explode myths and challenges perceptions about one of the most controversial modern artists.

The Yoko Ono Project was first workshopped in Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell Festival; presented in a public reading at the Theatre Centre West, workshopped at Banff Playwrights’ Colony in Banff, Alberta; premiered January 2000 at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto; and had its West Coast premiere at The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, November 2001.

Jean Yoon is a writer, actor and theatre artist living in Toronto. She was Co-Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects (1992-1994) and is currently Seoul Babe/Artistic Director of Loud Mouth Asian Babes – a company dedicated to developing and producing “Theatre for the Dis/Oriented and Culturally Confused”. Other works for the stage include “Sliding for Home & Borders”, produced by LMAB in 1995, and “Spite”, presented at Summerworks 2000.

Course Adoptions
• Theatre and Film 2C03: Dramatic Forms. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2003
• Women in Theatre. York University, North York, ON, 2003.
• Contemporary Canadian Theatre. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 2003.
• English 4311, Asian American Literature and Drama. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2005
• FPA 489, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 2006.

Selected Author Readings
29 Sept 2002, Word on the Street Toronto: @ the Great Books Tent

30 Sept 2002, 7-10 pm: Book launch/reading @ The Lava Lounge, 507 College St, Toronto, ON

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