A docu-theatre work will be showing during the PuSH Festival (Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival) that looks at the Monsanto four-year court case.
A wonderful and relevant opportunity for our LFS students in all programs, as well as a chance to get involved and immersed in Vancouver’s diverse performing arts culture.
For details about this mainstage performance, please visit their website to buy tickets or read below!
Porte Parole (Montreal, Canada)
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia
7:30PM (Jan 22–25)
2:00PM (Jan 25–26)
(160 min, with intermission)
Post-Performance Talks : January 23, 24, 26
Is that a mutant organism on your dinner plate? Some accuse the multinational agricultural company Monsanto of being a latter-day Frankenstein who has lost control of its genetically modified offspring, cropping up unexpectedly in fields and supermarkets across the land. When a Saskatchewan farmer decides to fight back, Monsanto flexes its muscles and a four-year court case ensues.
Consider these three things about this docu-theatre work: one, every word spoken onstage is a verbatim quote from court transcripts and interviews; two, it’s more than a modern-day David versus Goliath; and three, one story conceals a much more ominous one. In a suspenseful staging by Chris Abraham—featuring a cast of seven that includes iconic Canadian actor Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, Street Legal, Billy Bishop Goes to War)—Annabel Soutar’s explosive play lets everyone have their say: farmers, researchers, lawyers, activists and Monsanto public relations reps, each one playing a role in the grand theatre that is the modern economy.
Montreal’s Porte Parole uses theatre as its medium to engage in political dialogue. Each of their productions dives deep down into the human detail of urgent current event stories.