Patriot in Search of a Country

Co-written by virtuoso performer Grace Chan and Puente Theatre’s Lina de Guevara, Patriot In Search Of A Country tells the passionate and often humorous story of Chan’s life-journey as she searches for her identity and a country to which she can pledge allegiance.

The play chronicles Chan’s first awakening as a Voice in her birthplace, the Philippines, and follows her through her struggles as a young woman caught between traditional Chinese family rules and contemporary values, to her immigration to Canada as a young adult. We witness the resulting isolation, frustration, and confusion she experienced in this country until finding her place in the world of music and opera. Patriot in Search of a Country

Patriot In Search Of A Country is a truly unique piece of theatre, expressed through the spoken monologue and through Grace’s exquisite repertoire of classical opera and Chinese and Tagalog music and art songs.

Production of Patriot in Search of a Country as part of the Meli Festival:

Cast & Crew

  • Performed by: Grace Chan
  • Written by : Grace Chan & Lina de Guevara
  • Piano: Aya Fukuda
  • Artistic Direction& Dramaturgy: Lina de Guevara
  • Soundscape: Enrique Rivas
  • Lighting & Projections Design: William Mackwood
  • Stage Manager: Rebecca Mulvihill
  • Staging Consultant: Barbara Poggemiller
  • Producer: Marianne van der Meij

Music Credits

  • I am Chinese by Liu Jia Chang
  • Ako ay Pilipino by George Canseco
  • O Canada by Robert Stanley Weir/Calixa Lavallee
  • Lullaby from “Iron Road” by Chan Ka Nin
  • Ikaw Lamang by D. Simon/Arr 6. Palaruan
  • Bali Ha’i by Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • Ritorna Vincitor from “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi
  • An die Musik by Franz Schubert
  • Goldberg Variations #1,4 BWV988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • The Lark in the Clean Air by Phyllis Tate
  • Simple Gifts by Shaker Song/Arr. A Copland
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand by Spiritual/Arr. Margaret Bonds