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C.E. Gatchalian: Falling in Time

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Central Library


A major critical and commercial success when it premiered in Vancouver in 2011 C. E. Gatchalian’s Falling in Time is an epic exploration of armed conflict, masculinity, sexuality, love, and forgiveness. Originally published in 2012, C.E. is currently rewriting the work in a 2024 context. Come join us for a reading of this updated classic as well as a conversation about the creative process, what makes an artist revisit a completed work, and writing in multiple languages.

C.E. will be in conversation with his collaborator, playwright and actress Maki Yi to discuss the work they did together on Falling In Time. They will be joined by singer, actor and playwright Argel Monte de Ramos for what is sure to be an illuminating and inspiring conversation about the artistic process.

C.E. Gatchalian’s appearance is made possible by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


C.E. Gatchalian who was born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples (“Vancouver”), and is now based in Tkaronto (“Toronto”), is a Filipinx queer neurodivergent author, editor and playwright. The author of six books and co-editor of three anthologies, he was the 2013 recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize and is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, including for his play, Falling in Time. His memoir, Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty and the Making of a Brown Queer Man, was published in 2019 by Arsenal Pulp Press, and he is co-editor of the landmark anthology Magdaragat: An Anthology of Filipino-Canadian Writing, which was published by Cormorant Books earlier this year. In 2022 he was one of the recipients of the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards.

Maki Yi is a performer and playwright, with a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Regina and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University. She wrote and performed her autobiographic solo plays,Home of My Soul, Gramma, and Suitcase Stories for theatres, festivals, and conferences. Her acting credits include Kim’s Convenience (Pacific Theatre, Arts Club), God Said This (Pacific Theatre), and CHILD-ish (Pacific Theatre). Maki has also enjoyed translation and dramaturgy work for Korean language and culture both in her own work and in collaboration with multicultural artists. She is a member of Asian Theatre Working Group under International Federation of Theatre Research.

Argel Monte de Ramos is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter, actor, and an emerging playwright-producer based in Surrey on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations. He is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and the Bachelor of Performing Arts program. Argel has been an active member of the Metro Vancouver theatre community and has been a part of a few productions such as Theatre Under The Stars’ MAMMA MIA! (Eddie), Fighting Chance Production’s Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), and Fabulist Theatre’s All Together Now. CBC Music has also recognized him as one of the TOP 10 Finalists of CBC Searchlight 2021 for his single “It Doesn’t Matter.”

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