July 25, 2019 — July 27, 2019 | Two Performances! Thursday July 25 & Saturday July 27 at 7:30 pm
Program Fee: $20
After 5 sold out shows in Toronto's Second City Theatre, touring in St. Catherines and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Vivian Chong and her dog Catcher bring The Sunglasses Monologue to artsPlace.
The Sunglasses Monologue is about embracing vulnerability and change. A decade in the making, Vivian Chong created this living memoir in response to endless questions about her day to day life as a person living with blindness. Original music and imagery convey the courage and joy at the heart of her remarkable journey. How did she overcome betrayal and multiple losses? Through quirky humour and wisdom, Vivian shares how creativity enabled her to resurrect a vulnerable self and life.
"An amazing experience. Through music, drama, laughter, and tears, Vivian squeezes your heart and shares her joy." - Brian Green
"Vivian takes you on a dynamic journey of heartfelt surprise, leaving you to marvel at the tenderness and fortitude of the human spirit." - Barbara Young
"Courageous and inspiring. You pushed our emotions every which way, and left us wanting more! Bravo!" - Shirley Yanover
In 2004 Vivian Chong suffered an extremely rare reaction to Ibuprofen and was put into a medically-induced coma. When she woke up, she found out that she had suffered internal burns. As her body recovered, her eyesight deteriorated — ultimately leaving her blind in both eyes.
With all of her family in Hong Kong, Chong had to build her life in Canada from scratch — and, along the way, found out that our relationship to people with disabilities is not what she expected.
The ability to laugh at her situation has played a huge role in Chong's physical recovery and her development as an artist when she was no longer able to produce visual art. She turned her artistic ability to the stage, where she began using comedy to describe the darkest moments of her experience: "I want people to think about the way they treat people with disabilities and even the word 'disabled,' but also to know it's okay to laugh at the situations I can get myself into."