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SADEC 1965: A LOVE STORY at the Nanaimo Fringe Festival
August 15 @ 5:00 pm – August 20 @ 6:00 pm
SADEC 1965: A LOVE STORY, a solo show written and performed by Canadian storyteller Flora Le, is part of the 2023 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. This powerful storytelling piece is best described as Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’ but on a motorcycle on the Ho Chi Minh trail.
In 2013, Flora rode a motorcycle across Vietnam for six weeks, solo, in an attempt to make sense of her difficult relationship with her estranged Vietnamese father. Flora was on a quest to understand why her father, who left Vietnam with a scholarship to study in Canada in the mid-1960s, never spoke about Vietnam. Since the answers she was looking for would never come from him, Flora decided to go on a road trip across the country, riding a total of 2100 miles in six weeks, from the Chinese border in the North to the village of Sadec, her father’s hometown in the Mekong Delta, to reclaim the story of her origins and make sense of the difficult man that her father was.
Flora has been wanting to tell this story on a stage ever since she completed her motorcycle journey in 2014. But one piece was missing: her father’s old love letters. After her father passed away, Flora found the love correspondence he exchanged with his high school sweetheart, a woman named Hien, whom he left behind in Vietnam during the war. This woman turned out to be an important piece of the mystery her father was, and reading their correspondence promised to provide many answers.
Flora Le is a storyteller based in Washington DC. She is a lawyer by day, though she has always had the soul of an artist. Flora discovered storytelling in 2017 while attending a Snap Judgment show in Washington, DC and she felt at home instantly. The combination of writing and public speaking was exactly the medium she wanted for self-expression. In March 2019, Flora was selected to perform at Story District’s Tuesday Show in Washington DC, a popular storytelling show attended by 400 people. The performance of her #metoo story, an emotional and vulnerable experience, received a standing ovation, a rare occurrence at such shows.
Sadec 1965 is Flora’s first full-length solo storytelling show. One theme is common to Flora’s work: the transformation of pain into beauty. Flora uses her own painful life experiences to create beautiful stories of resilience, forgiveness, personal transcendence, and love. She is currently touring ten cities in the US (New York, San Diego) and Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, Nanaimo, Victoria and Kelowna) with her show.
Sadec 1965: A Love Story, a part of the 2023 Nanaimo Fringe Festival
WHAT: Sadec 1965: A Love Story, written and performed by Flora Le
WHERE: OV Arts Centre, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo
August 15 @ 5:00 pm
August 16 @ 7:00 pm
August 17 @ 5:00 pm
August 18 @ 7:00 pm
August 19 @ 3:00 pm
August 20 @ 5:00 pm
TICKETS: $14.50, available at the door or online.
FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM: @sadec1965