Alienate is a big word for the little kid who plays detective in The Mystery of the Frozen Brains.
But the ice-cold grip of alienation is not so hard to understand for his namesake and creator, an Edmonton novelist, playwright and radio commentator whose family members were the only Chinese in the small town where he was raised.
Marty Chan’s bank of experience with alienation is among the rich resources he has tapped in his pursuit of a creative career that has run well afoul of his parents’ hopes that he would excel in engineering.
Chan’s signature play, Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, had a successful Off Broadway run in New York and won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Work as well as the Adams Chinese Theatre Award at Harvard University.
Chan is now preparing to share his insight during a writing workshop at the Westpark Middle School, 3310 55th Ave. in Red Deer, on Saturday, March 31, hosted by Writer’s Ink, the Red Deer and District Writers’ Club.
Chan will give a writing workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon and then lead discussion of the business of writing after lunch, which is included in the $40 admission fee.
Contact Jock Mackenzie at 403-357-4895 or John Burnham at 403-314-2291 to reserve a spot. Rush seating will be available at the door.