Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior

Gathering in community on the unceded, ancestral, occupied territories of the  xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

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Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior

Written and Performed by Monica Ogden

Directed and Co-Created by K.P Dennis

Produced by Rage Sweater Theatre Productions

Three Filipinas. 1000 internet comments. One traumatized comedian.

Award-winning Filipina storyteller and comedian Monica Ogden sheds light on activism and disability culture, mixed-race identity, and how white feminism is like Lays chips. From Lilang’s immigration, mom’s rise to stardom as Miss Kapuskasing, to Monica’s failed YouTube career, Monica lives in the reality of intergenerational trauma and how it affects the Filipina women who raised her. Monica vs. The Internet is a multi-media stand-up show that will leave you in tears, both the laughy kind and the heart ones.

Artist Bios

Monica Ogden (Writer, Performer, Producer): Monica Ogden (she/they) is an award winning queer, disabled, Filipina, Polynesian, British storyteller, actor and comedian. Her Lilang migrated to Kapuskasing ON from Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines in 1966, and Monica’s family live uninvited in the territories of the lək̓ ʷəŋən andW̱ SÁNEĆ peoples. Her solo show Monica vs. The Internet (★★★★★ Winnipeg Free Press) directed by K.P Dennis toured 6 cities across Canada in the summer of 2019, was presented at Second City Toronto (2019) and the National Theatre School of Canada (2020), and was recently recognized with the 2020 Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility

Through Art from the Pro Art Alliance and the Witness Legacy Blanket. Monica holds a BA with distinction in Gender Studies from the University of Victoria, works as the Education and Accessibility Manager at TYA company Story Theatre, and produces with Rage Sweater Theatre Productions, their disabled QT2BIPOC led/centered theatre company. Monica vs. The Internet will be presented as part of RISER 2022/23 with Why Not Theatre.

K.P Dennis (Director, Co-Creator): K.P Dennis is a Black and non-binary theatre creator, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. Their work is rooted in social justice as daily practice, hope as an active choice we make, and revolution as habit that starts in the home. Their work uses sci-fi/fantasy, afro-surrealism, memoir, and bio-mythology to explore the magic and spirituality inherent in all of us, connection across the digital realm, and the joys we must embrace, and the sacrifices we must make to liberate our futures. K.P Dennis was the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, the 2017 recipient of the VACCS (Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society) Community recognition Award, and in 2020 they received the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art.

About Rage Sweater Theatre Productions: Rage Sweater Theatre Productions are an unapologetically loud QT2BIPOC, non-binary, disabled theatre company whose work focuses on socio-political activism and sharing BIPOC stories.


Accessibility:

Here is some general accessibility info, please contact us with questions or requests.

  • Masks are mandatory at this event in consideration of the presence of immunocompromised artists and guests.
  • There are 2 common area entrances to the building. The front entrance has one flight of stairs. The back entrance provides access to the elevator. If you require elevator access, please contact us once you’ve purchased your ticket and we will meet you at the door to let you in and support. The back entrance is in the parking lot behind 910 Richards, cornering Smithe.
  • There is one wheelchair accessible and one gender neutral washroom.
  • During events, we request that people do not wear scents and we provide scent free soap in washrooms.


Photo credits

  • Monica Ogden by Sortome Photography
  • Event Banner: Alger Ji-Liang photographed by Beau Bonez / Graphics: Kelly McInnes