Written and Performed by Augusto Bitter
Directed by Claren Grosz

“Copious quantities of that hard-to-entirely-explain it-factor"

- The Globe and Mail

A Presentation by Theatre Passe Muraille and Pencil Kit Productions with the support of Aluna Theatre, March 7-24, 2019 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

CHICHO is a one-man show written and performed by Augusto Bitter. The titular character, an ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela, attempts to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. His journey is freckled with appearances from a host of other vibrant characters: Chichi the sinisterly charismatic Latin game show host, Aguacate the seductive and wise avocado, Chad the hip young Canadian priest and more. CHICHO is the story of a diasporic experience, and meticulously presents the disparity between Chicho's queer-ibbean coming-of-age journey in Canada and the worsening socioeconomic crisis in Venezuela. 

March 7-24
Tuesday through Saturday @ 7:30pm
Weekend matinees @ 2:00pm

Ticket Pricing
Adult $33.00 | Senior $28.00 | Arts Worker $25.00 | Under 30 $17.00 | Preview $22.50 | Preview Under 30 $15.00 | PWYC Matinees

"A must-see ... up close and personal is an understatement" -Drew Rowesome.

"An electrifying talent ... the material is delivered with such energy, skill, and urgency"

- The Toronto Star

Photos by Dahlia Katz

"Bursting with charisma that had be swooning." - Mooney on Theatre

Special Events

Previews March 7-10
Get a discounted sneak peak of the show before we open!

Relaxed Performances March 10, 17, 24
These special Sunday matinees are open to everyone. The environment is specifically adapted to relax the traditional rules around silence, darkness, and stillness in the audience. They are designed to benefit individuals living with autism, sensory and communication disorders, parents with babes in arms, and anyone who would welcome a more relaxed environment at the theatre. Patrons are allowed to leave their seats and return to them in the middle of the show, the house lights are kept on at a dim setting, loud sound cues are toned down, special effects are explained before the show starts, and all cast and crew members are introduced at the top of the show.

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Opening Night Reception March 12
at Tequila Bookworm, following the performance.

Catered Benefit Performance with Preamble March 13 6:45
A discussion with Rebecca Sarfatti of Venezolanos Por La Vida— an organization that coordinates, collects and safely sends medical and surgical supplies and medicines to health service providers and Human Rights Organization across Venezuela and neighbouring countries— facilitated by Jivesh Parasram. 100% of the evening’s ticket sales will go to the organization, and the discussion will be catered by Arepa Café.

Catered + Relaxed Post Show Q+A March 17, 23 2:00pm
Following the relaxed performance (which features less darkness, strobe and abrasive noise and more freedom to come and go) the artists will stay after the show to answer questions and talk about their process. The Q+A afterwards will be catered by Arepa Café.

Post Show Q+A March 14 7:30pm
Following the performance, the artists will stay after the show to answer questions and talk about their process.

Open Caption Audio Described Performance with Post Show Q+A March 23 2:00pm
Our Audio Described Performance features a live voice over of director Claren Grosz outlining the events happening on stage – including relevant sets, costumes, and non verbal actions – in a delivery style that matches the tone and presentation of the play. The scripts for the Audio Described Performance are developed in conjunction with the creative teams at Theatre Passe Muraille, with the goal of giving low vision audience members a more immersive experience. Please note: with open caption, the audio description will be heard by all audience member.


The Artists

Augusto Bitter - Creator + Performer
Claren Grosz - Director + Producer
Elyse Waugh - Stage + Production Manager
Deanna H. Choi - Sound Design
Guiseppe Condello - Lighting + Set Design
Jivesh Parasram - Dramaturgy

The 39th Rhubarb Festival. Photo by Dahlia Katz

The 39th Rhubarb Festival. Photo by Dahlia Katz

Past Presentions

39th Annual Rhubarb Festival
February 16-18, 2018
Buddies in Bad Times 

Theatre Passe Muraille BUZZ Series Workshop Presentation
February 3-4, 2018
Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

Caminos Festival
October 5, 2017
Aki Studio

CHICHO has also been developed with support from Factory Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Diaspora Dialogues and was written with support by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.

CHICHO is being presented with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.


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