When and Where

Monday, October 29, 2018 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Monday, October 29, 2018 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Rehearsal Room
Koffler Student Services Centre
214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9


JAPANESE PROBLEM is the award-winning, site-responsive experience about the Japanese Canadian incarceration at Hastings Park.

JAPANESE PROBLEM invites a small audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination.

The piece exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously, where evidence of Hastings Parks’ former tenants has been erased, where survivors are uncertain if they want their names included in a memorial; and where refugees to North America are being treated in a fashion that is terrifyingly familiar.

Click here to visit the JAPANESE PROBLEM website.

There are four performances taking place at the University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies. Please click on the date below and be sure to select your ticket next to "Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance Studies". If there are no tickets available, it means that all tickets have been reserved. There are CAP calls available; please click here to find out about the CAP calls. You will be able to see the production if you work a CAP call. 

Run time: 1 hour (includes 15 minute post show discussion).

**This presentation involves an audience lightly walking, though there are spaces to sit along the way. We hope you reserve those spots for those that need them most.

Other Toronto performances: JAPANESE PROBLEM's October 24-28, 2018 Soulpepper run is sold out, there will be a limited number of pay-what-you-can afford rush tickets available at each performance. Click here to find out about the Soulpepper run.

About Universal Limited Theatre

Universal Limited is a collective who works to uncover hidden stories in unusual locations. We work collectively to write and design our shows as experiences that are accessible to all. Previously they built the pedicab adventure Tour in Vancouver (premiering as part of the Cultural Olympiad/HIVE 3), Victoria (TheatreSKAM), and Toronto (SummerWorks), telling the hidden histories of previous residents--from First Nations, to waves of immigration, to the current stories buried beneath previously-familiar neighbourhoods.

For JAPANESE PROBLEM Yoshié Bancroft and Joanna Garfinkel set out to tell the unacknowledged story of the Japanese Canadian Incarceration at Hastings Park, interviewing  the incredible, resilient survivors and families who are grappling with the legacy of the Incarceration. The creators believe that our country, province, and city’s legacies of racially-motivated uncompensated labour, exclusion and dispersal must never be forgotten. Click here to learn more about Universal Limited Theatre.


Contact Information


214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9