Sometimes you wish you could tear yourself in two.
And maybe, this time, you do.

Videography by Justin Chen. Graphic Art by Mika J. Nakano.


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Tornkid is the first full-length production by the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective in collaboration with Cohesion Theatre Company. It premiered on May 23, 2019 and closed on June 9, 2019. All performances were in the “Fallout Shelter” at the United Evangelical Church in Canton.

Pizza or spam. Important, not important. American, Immigrant.

Tornkid just wants to belong: at school, at home, in their own skin. So what does Tornkid do? Tear themselves in two. Tricky thing is, Tornkid loses their voice and their other half runs away into a mythical land both achingly familiar and unfamiliar. This world-premiere play by Katelynn Kenney draws on the power of Southeast Asian and Pacific Indigenous mythology to take the audience on an elemental journey to literally find oneself. Under the direction of Cara Hinh, with puppetry created by Cohesion Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Jess Rassp, and masks created by Tara Cariaso, Tornkid promises to be a feast for the senses, and an exploration into a world rarely seen on the American stage.

production photos by shealyn jae photography


SPECIAL EVENTS


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opening night party

Join BAPAC + Cohesion Theatre Company immediately after the opening night performance for dessert and drinks. Come and toast with us as we celebrate our very first full-length production as an organization!

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Meet the creators of tornkid

Shortly following the performance on Saturday, May 25, stay for a 30 minute talkback with the playwright, director, and producers of Tornkid.

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meet the puppets

On Sunday, June 2, come to Cohesion Theatre before the 4 PM matinee for an interactive event for families and children. Learn how the puppets move, what they're made of, and the inspiration behind each one.

TICKETS: Free for children under 3. $10 for children ages 4-12 (includes admission to event and matinee). For kids 13+ and chaperones, free admission to event and Pay What You Can for matinee.

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Meet the actors of tornkid

Shortly following the performance on Friday, June 7 stay for a 30 minute talkback with the actors of Tornkid. Learn more about what drew them to the play, how they prepared for their roles, what it was like to work with puppets, and so much more.


The first production of Tornkid would not have been possible without the support of the following organizations and donors:

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Individuals who donated via GoFundMe

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