August 28, 2022

Mackay’s Love

Premiere Performance


Formosan Delight

Mackay's Love

Photo courtesy of the artist


Learn about George Leslie Mackay and his work in Taiwan through Mackay’s Love, an adaptation of the 2018 musical theatre show: Kai the Barbarian: the George Leslie Mackay Story.

Mackay’s Love is Supported by Spotlight Taiwan, the Canadian Mackay Committee and the Association of Taiwanese Organizations in Toronto.

About Shuyuan Chien, Playwright

In grade school, Shuyuan Chien liked to read comics in the old bookstalls.  

In middle school, she read novels in class, hidden behind the textbooks. In university, she liked the elective courses more: literature and philosophy. After retiring, she slowly began to find her interests again.  

All these life experiences: the actions, thoughts and things Chien has seen and touched have become sources of inspiration. Playwriting often stumbles upon accidental sparks.  

In 2008, Chien was the Chair of Toronto’s Taiwanese Hakka Association. To revitalize the association, she began writing Hakka plays for the community to perform, inspiring budding actors and discovering her passion for writing. Her works include multiple languages: Hakka, Hokkien, Mandarin, and even English, with the help of her friends and daughter. The spark for writing continues to bloom. Chien hopes for the future: if she is alive, she will continue to write plays. 

Dates & Times

August 28
60 mins


Stage in the Park

A performance stage on our West Lawn

Outdoors; No formal seating

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W.

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords MusicPerformanceTheatre