My Funny ValentineZee Zee Theatre
Hailed as “exceptionally beautiful” (Vancouver Courier), this Jessie-nominated work was written in response to the tragic 2008 murder of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old shot by his male classmate after asking him to be his valentine. In a series of profoundly moving monologues, Vancouver actor Conor Wylie will take audiences through the minds of those caught in the aftermath of an unspeakable hate crime. My Funny Valentine cracks open the greater humanity of a town trying to heal.
Hot off a hugely successful run at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and in Vancouver, the play is the recipient of the Sydney Risk Prize and was also nominated for Ireland’s Oscar Wilde Award for ‘Best Writing’.
“a play ripe for discussion…necessary viewing” -Stage Door (Toronto)
“an impressive display that’s spurred on by the playwright’s finesse with character-building” -Georgia Straight
“a thoughtful, moving exploration…complex, layered and compassionate” -Slotkin Letter (Toronto)
About the company:
Founded in 2008 by Cameron Mackenzie, for ten years Zee Zee Theatre has shared small stories by amplifying the voices of those on the margins. From our first production, Whale Riding Weather, to 2016’s huge hit, Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical, Zee Zee continues to drive conversations with diverse audiences on stages across Vancouver.
Through signature productions like Human Library and My Funny Valentine, the company has established itself as having unique and provocative conversations with diverse audiences. It offers recognizable situations with poignancy and builds a connection with our surrounding community in order to inspire unity in the shared human experience.
Directed by Cameron Mackenzie
Stage managed by Hannah Case
Set & costume design by Marina Szijarto
Lighting design by Jergus Orpsal
Sound design by Shawn Sorensen
Assistant directed by Bronwyn Carradine
My Funny Valentine has been generously supported by TD Bank.