The Banana Conundrum

part of the Provocation Series at the 2020 IGNITE! Festival


Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre presents:

The Banana Conundrum

part of the Provocation Series at Sage Theatre’s 2020 IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

Wednesday, June 10 – 7:05-7:55 pm MT
Thursday, June 11 – 6:40-7:30 pm MT
(All events are listed in Calgary / Mountain Time. Use the Time Zone Converter to figure out the time for where you are!)

Watch on the IGNITE! Festival Twitch channelparticipate on Zoom by registering through Eventbrite. See below for more information.

This is a free event, but we strongly urge you to donate to the Calgary Black Empowerment Fund, or other Black-centred organizations or initiatives.

Devin Kotani is a half-Japanese/half-Scottish actor. In the past, he has played characters of racial backgrounds different than his own, but now he wonders: “Is that okay?” Is it okay for an actor like Devin to play a Chinese character, for example? What about his own identity? Can he play a Japanese character? Can he play a Scottish character? A Canadian character? Or can he only play characters written specifically for a half-Japanese/half-Scottish actor?

Devin asks these questions and more through this theatrical exploration of race in the arts, while also asking of the audience: Who do you think of when you think of actors? Celebrities? How do these people relate to your own racial identities? Join Devin, and find your answers together in The Banana Conundrum.

How to Experience the Show:

Experience The Banana Conundrum by Devin Kotani either as an audience or as a participant.

What do these mean? Well, you have the unique opportunity to come see the show AS AN AUDIENCE MEMBER. You do so by going on the IGNITE! Festival’s Twitch channel:

OR can sign up on Eventbrite and experience The Banana Conundrum as a PARTICIPANT. As a participant, you will be emailed a Zoom link and be entered into the seminar itself. By signing up to be a participant, you will be given access to the Zoom chat to interact with Devin and maybe even get asked to chat with him LIVE ON THE SHOW! (HOW EXCITING!)

Eventbrite link:


Be sure to follow Sage Theatre and the IGNITE! Festival on Facebook, along with the festival hashtag: #IGNITEyyc

For more information, call 403.710.0093 or e-mail

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The Banana Conundrum

June 10, 2020 - June 11, 2020


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