EXIT is a show that takes audiences through the journey of what it means to be an immigrant

It was written, created and performed by Isaac Luy and it was directed by Francine Côté’s Clown and Comedy School. Based on original ideas workshopped in collaboration with Sue Morrison.

The story

img09This play is based on a true story. Isaac was born in Caracas in the mid-80’s, and like any other country, Venezuela has never been a perfect nation, but in the past 35 years things have gotten particularly bad politically, economically and socially. Which means that during his whole life, Isaac has been living the slow deterioration of the Venezuelan society, and even though things seem to only get worse, it is the love for his nation, of his culture and everyone he loves, that still keeps a small flame of hope for a bright future burning in his soul.
Growing up in Caracas is as much a beautiful experience as it is (at times) a terrifying one, and it is this perpetual contradiction lived by every Venezuelan that drives the force of this piece. Venezuela is such a rich country, such a beautiful country: Its weather is sunny and welcoming almost all year around; the culture is as rich as anyone could expect from a country that was build by Europeans, Africans and Indians; the landscape offers incredible variety, from white sandy beaches to snowy mountain peaks passing through the rain forests and the jungles. People in Venezuela (like in any Latin American country) are passionate and warm. It might sound like an exaggeration, but all the necessary elements are there for this country to be paradise, and yet Venezuela’s reality is very far from that. Being mugged, robbed, kidnapped or even killed has become part of our everyday life; our health care system, public and private, is collapsed; there’s a high rate of unemployment and the economy is so precarious that the employed are not able to establish a solid foundation for their own future. This dichotomy has every Venezuelan now a days struggling between staying and fighting against a very oppressive regime or leaving everything they know and love behind in search for happiness and stability.

img01A traumatic event threw Isaac‘s life on a spin, turned his compass around and set him in a completely different direction. He decided to move to Canada, in the search for a future and the much advertised (amongst south americans) “stability of living in the first world”. After a very long and complex process that is inaccessible to most students in his position, and like any immigrant he arrived in Canada with big hopes and dreams, thinking that now that he was here all his problems would be a thing of the past, HE HAD MADE IT!. But, what no one tells you when you move to the north, getting here is only a small fraction of the experience of being an immigrant. Facing a new climate, a new language, restrictive laws that requiere you to jump through unnecessary hoops to prove you are worth being here… a whole new culture and way of functioning; all this make the arrival to Canada, just the beginning of a journey of deep personal transformation. As an immigrant you have to start from scratch, as an immigrant you have to reassess everything in your life, and at 25-35 years of age, this can prove to be an everest to climb.

As immigrants, most of us were practically kicked out of our country, for whatever reason we had to leave in order to strive and we are deeply thankful to Canada for opening the doors and giving us the possibility of a bright future. Let us truly help build the country we all want to live in, let us never take what we are and have here for granted.

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The show

Venezuela is going trough a very rough time, the country is divided and there seems to be solution, no way of bringing the two sides to a reconciliation. These has forced many young talents to leave the country, the bright minds that could re-build the country left in search for a save and prosper future. Latin America has seen this story repeated over and over again over the years; the actors in the play change roles, but we have all lived this story before. This piece tries to shed some light into the position in which a big parts of the new immigrants are forced to; we are very grateful to have been received in this beautiful country, but we wish to be useful, to be more integrated into society and to be acknowledge. Being an immigrant is not easy.

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Isaac Luy

Writer, Producer and Performer

img11Isaac Luy is an actor originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He started performing when he was 14 years old with “Grupo Teatral Skena”, a theatre company with more than 35 years of history in Venezuela. Back home he performed in theatre, radio and television, on over 15 different productions.

In 2012 he founded Guayoyo Creative Collective, a small theatre company in Toronto, Ontario that produced and presented EXIT across Canada (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver). Read More >>

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Francine Côté’s Clown and Comedy School


At the Clown and Comedy School, the work of the physical actor is an exploration of physical space, direction and individual rhythms. The ease and the artistic background of the artist, as well as individual challenges are part of the personal process for each artist. The philosophy and artistic vision of the school is to develop the creativity and the personal signature of each student. The priority is placed on the art of clown and physical theatre. Our students are artists from different disciplines within the arts (theatre, dance, circus, stand-up comedy). And accordingly, the art of clown is fertile ground for this fusion of multidisciplinary arts par excellence. Francine Côté has developed a method of teaching where she can explore the individuality of each student. Read More >>

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