Ins Choi’s Subway Stations of the Cross
As Kim’s Convenience tours the country, I’ve been partnering with local churches and charities in each city to perform my new solo show of songs and spoken words, Subway Stations of the Cross. It was inspired by an encounter I had with a homeless man a ways back. In 2002, I was in a little park in Toronto and heard this dishevelled man nearby muttering. He caught me looking at him and approached me with a stick in hand. He asked if he could show me something and began drawing on the ground as he explained secrets of the Hebrew alphabet, origins of European flags, Greek mythology, biblical UFOs, Illuminati conspiracies and Jesus. I dismissed him as a crazy homeless person at first. But by the end, knew that I had been visited by an angel of God or a prophet sent to tell me something; sent to lead me somewhere. I never saw him again. I began writing. Songs. Poems. Monologues. I began piecing together all the writing bits, bit by bit, and after performing them shaping the whole. That process has led me to this Easter weekend in Toronto.
Subway Stations of the Cross by Ins Choi in association with Soulpepper will be presented in Toronto on April 18th at Little Trinity Anglican Church at 8 p.m. ($15, all proceeds in support of Yonge Street Mission; www.littletrinity.org) and April 19th at Walmer Road Baptist Church at 8 p.m. ($15, all proceeds in support of The Daily Bread Food Bank; www.walmer.ca).