What Kind of Brown Are you? 


Theatre artist Kris Alvarez and Curtain Razors present a series of performances on race, multiculturalism, and growing up brown in Regina.

Following the success of a sold-out workshop on April 3, 2018, Regina theatre artist Kris Alvarez is at it again – offering the public three more opportunities to participate in the thrilling experience of creating a new work of theatre. In What Kind of Brown are You?, Alvarez engages in the wonderfully messy process of creating a new work of performance that revisits her experience as a young Filipina growing up in 1980s Regina.

Not content with simply creating a traditional ‘one-person show’, Alvarez is conducting a series of participatory performances in the form of communal meals to explore this rich material. “I want these events to be like public/private dinner parties that feel spontaneous and improvised, and allow my special guests to talk about their ‘browness’ with humour and great care,” Alvarez says.

“It is a rare occasion that one gets permission to eavesdrop on a dinner conversation. Kris’s What Kind of Brown Are You? invitation was hilarious, thought-provoking and deeply personal. I have never been so aware of my whiteness while at the same time feeling so connected to folks around the table because we share the same community.” Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, CEO, YWCA

Curtain Razors invites you to participate in the development of this innovative experiment in participatory theatre, presented as part of its popular Moveable Feast series. Each performance offers a different meal and set of guests. You’re invited to attend one – or if you’re really hungry, joins us for all three!

Live. Here. Now.


We fully recognize that the real strength of theatre exists solely in its ability to engage a live audience to communally experience performance in real time. We are committed to theatre that innately understands why it’s a live event – a theatre that invites an audience to actively participate in a ritual of live performance and that reminds us of the complexity of the human condition. Theatre is essentially LIVE.


We treasure and promote the local and unique context of theatre in an era of increasing globalization. Our work is about this place, is about the local experience, and is about the narratives of Saskatchewan. We reject the idea that important culture can only come from elsewhere, but rather, we must prioritize, support and treasure the personal narratives and the artistic voices of HERE.


We celebrate the ephemeral and immediate nature of live performance. Live performance lives and breathes and only exists in the present – and yet each moment disappears quickly and is gone forever. Only in live performance can we ritualize the temporal nature of the human life cycle of birth and death. Live theatre is NOW.

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