Banana Boys

By (author): Leon Aureus

Introduction by: Terry Watada

A smart, contemporary, and wickedly funny play about five young Asian Canadian men wrestling with issues of race, identity, and the death of a friend. Banana Boys is one story, fragmented into five and reconstructed throughout the course of the lives of the five young men it follows. Adapted from the novel by Terry Woo, Banana Boys is a “meditation for the restless” and a call to anyone who has felt out of place in the world.


Terry Watada

Terry Watada is a well-published writer living in Toronto. He has three novels, five poetry books (two with Mawenzi House), and a short story collection in print. His fourth novel, Hiroshima Bomb Money (NeWest Press) is set for release in 2024. His new play, Sakura: the Last Cherry Blossom Festival, will premiere in the summer of 2024 during the Lighthouse Summer Theatre Festival, Port Dover, Ontario. Above all else, he considers himself a poet.


Leon Aureus

Leon Aureus is an actor, playwright, and producer. He is the founding artistic director of The Gum San Theatre Company which blossomed into the fu-GEN Theatre Company in 2002. Banana Boys is his first play and was also fu-GEN’s first full production. The play’s development paralleled the exciting growth of the company, neither of which would have been possible without the vision, dedication, hard work, and brilliance of his fellow ‘fu-GEN’ers Nina Lee Aquino, Richard Lee, and David Yee. He thanks and cherishes them for being on that journey with him. He also wrote and directed the short film Friends Like These and co-wrote the play People Power (for the Carlos Bulosan Theatre Company). Born in Quezon City, Philippines, he immigrated to Canada at a very young age, growing up in Toronto’s East End (a few blocks away from the kids of Degrassi), and the ’burbs of Mississauga—but never forgetting his roots. Well maybe a little… or even a lot. But it’s that continuing path of searching and discovery that keeps him writing and creating. He currently lives in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood where the rowdy drunken college kids also keep him (up) writing and creating.


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108 Pages
8.38in * 5.40in * .25in


May 01, 2007



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