June 14

Image of a graphic that reads, “BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE QUEER PRIDE! June 2-25, 2023” with black block letters ranging in boldness. The text is surrounded by a black border, with a rainbow gradient background.

June 14, 7PM | The Cabaret | $16 / PWYW at the door

Presented by Mirror Me Productions

From playwright Chase Lo comes a theatrical thriller about a family of trans/nonbinary Asian and migrant sex workers on a vigilante search for their missing sister, Ruby. In their quest, they seek the aid of ancestral ghosts and memories to solve the puzzle of her disappearance. This is a story about chosen family and the choices we make to pursue our dreams; no matter the cost.

This will be the first public presentation of this work-in-development, so we are seeking audience feedback. Following the staged reading will be a talkback facilitated by Leon Tsai.

Half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network.

Creative Team

Chase Lo
// playwright
William Dao //  director/presentation dramaturge
Kai Cheng Thom // sensitivity consultant/workshop facilitator
Bilal Baig // dramaturge
Tammy Yu // stage manager
Leon Tsai // talkback presenter
Maher Sinno // presentation captioner
Adele Lee // ASL Interpreter


Kiara-Kumail // RUBY
Sze-Yang Ade-Lam // KU
Leon Tsai // ANN
Micah Chu // BELL
Ganesh Thavarajah* // SIMON/BROOKE

*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).

This reading presentation is supported by Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.

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Content warning: This play includes content that touches on topics of child abuse, physical and weapon (gun and knife) violence, and trauma connected to transphobia and death.

Accessibility Information: This production will have English captions for the reading presentation and ASL interpretation for the talkback/Q&A.


Photo and design: William Dao

Queer Pride Festival 2023