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More than one family secret comes out of the closet in this cultural comedy with a fortune cookie twist! Chinese-Canadian Jade Wong is caught between being true to herself and living up to her family’s cultural expectations. When her father invites a surprise guest to celebrate Chinese New Years, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. Winner of the Discovery Prize in the 2006 Alberta Playwrighting Competition, this funny and heart-warming coming out story speaks to anyone who has ever faced an awkward family dinner!


Developed through the Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work. 



Chantelle Han - Lillian                                                 Jamie Matchullis - Jennifer                                Kelsey Verzotti - Jade                                              Ben Wong - Charlie                                                      


Dale Lee Kwong - Playwright                                 Trevor Rueger - Director                                       Chris Stockton - RBC Emerging Director     Terry Gunvordahl - Scenic & Lighting Design     Rebecca Toon - Costume Design                             Aidan Lytton - Sound Design                                  JP Lord - Assistant Sound Design                       Ashley Rees - Stage Manager


Read Playwright's notes about the play


Read Director's notes about the play



"Hear from playwright Dale Lee Kwong about her play Ai Yah! Sweet & Sour Secrets about family secrets being revealed during Chinese New Year."

Artslink, Listen to Interview HERE

"Lunchbox Theatre’s ‘Ai Yah! Sweet and Sour Secrets’ is putting the spotlight on awkward dinner conversations"

Downtown Calgary, Read Article HERE

"Emerging playwright thrilled to see her work premiere in Calgary"

Calgary Herald, Read Article HERE


"Kelsey Verzotti, sits down with Russell Bowers and CBC Daybreak to chat about how she ended up here to join the Wong Family"

Daybreak AB, Listen to Interview HERE

"February thought resident Kelli Fox was served a different kind of lunch break w/ @lunchboxtheatre in Calgary this week."

SpiderWebShow, Listen to Kelli HERE

"James Hutchinson and playwright Dale Lee Kwong sit down & discuss the 12 year journey of Ai Yah! 

James Hutchison, Read Interview HERE


"Asian coming-out story sweetly told"

Calgary Herald, Read Review HERE                        FOUR STARS

"Sweet and Sour Secrets a recipe for family comedy"

CBC News, Read Article HERE

"Lunchbox Theatre’s Ai Yah! Sweet and Sour Secrets has themes that resonate"

Downtown Calgary, Read Review HERE


"...A heartwarming, hilarious, and relevant show for this day and age that gives an insight into a world I’ve not seen a lot of theatre touch on."

Alberta Theatre Guide, Read Review HERE

"World premiere production is a dream come true for Calgary playwright"

Global News, Watch HERE



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