SEEDS

SEEDS

Critical Acclaim

Photo of Liisa Repo-Martell and Eric Peterson by Guntar Kravis

From the National Post:
“…one of the most impressive docu-dramas I’ve seen.”
From the Toronto Sun:
“…director Abraham leads his cast confidently and sure-footedly…”
From the Globe and Mail:
“Peterson is note-perfect”
From Post City:
“…stunning and vastly important piece of documentary theatre.”
From Lynn Slotkin:
“…as gripping and compelling as any play I’ve seen recently. The cast is stellar.”

SEEDS AT THE FESTIVAL TRANSAMERIQUES IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Dates: June 7 @ 7:00pm, June 8 @ 7:00pm and June 9 @ 4:00pm

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Think you know what’s on your plate?  Think again.

Centering on the four-year legal showdown between biotech giant Monsanto Inc. and Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser, SEEDS leads us through a high-voltage labyrinth of political maneuvering, patent wars, cash-fuelled science and the global domination of the planet’s seed supply.  A bold new documentary play by award-winning Annabel Soutar and director Chris Abraham.

 

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Cast and Creative Team

Annabel Soutar (Playwright):Annabel Soutar is a playwright, director and theatre producer. In 2000 she founded Porte Parole in Montreal with actor Alex Ivanovici and she has acted as Artistic Director of the Company since its inception. Annabel was born and raised in Montreal. She studied English and Theatre at Princeton University in New Jersey where she completed her degree in 1994. While at Princeton, under the tutelage of renowned American playwright Emily Mann, Annabel learned about the documentary approach to theatre and since 1998 she has been applying it to plays she produces in Montreal. Her original plays, Novembre, 2000 Questions, Santé!, Seeds, Import/Export and Sexy béton have been mounted in Montreal at the Monument-National, Place des Arts, Espace Go (in the 2008 edition of the Festival TransAmériques), and at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2003, the Montreal Gazette named Porte Parole ‘Theatre Company of the Year’. Annabel’s 2005 version of Seeds was named the best English production of the year by Montreal’s Association of French theatre critics and was nominated for Best New Text and Best English Production by the Académie québécoise du théâtre. Last fall Annabel’s play Sexy béton was a finalist for the prestigious Quebec playwrighting award Le prix Michel-Tremblay. Annabel lives in Montreal with husband Alex Ivanovici and their two daughters Ella and Beatrice.

Burce DinsmoreBruce Dinsmore (Actor): Bruce was born and raised in Vancouver where my career first began but soon moved to Montreal to attend The National Theatre School. Montreal has been his home for the last 25 years, where he’s had the good fortune to work onstage in studio and onscreen in both French and English. He lives with his wife and two kids in a quaint little town called Hudson. This town like so many others across Canada is surrounded by small farms that are disappearing like snow on wet pavement, swallowed by development or sold in the face of vanishing profit margins. In a world that brought us “Too Big to Fail”, and that seems to teeter from global crisis to crisis, what good sense it makes to buy your veggies just up the road. Bruce thanks Crow’s and Porte Parole for thinking along similar lines. Go Habs.

Marian IngerMariah Inger (Actor): A native Montrealer, Mariah Inger has been acting for over 20 years. Her film work includes such credits as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney), Time Bomb (Stephen Gyllenhaal), The Last Kiss, Lost Junction, Possible Worlds (Robert Lepage), The Spiderwick Chronicles, Murdoch Mysteries and Blindness. As a bi-lingual actor, she has worked on projects such as C’est beau la ville la nuit, L’Enigme, Temps Durs and La Dernière Chapitre. On stage she has starred in multiple projects and worked with a ton of great talent – projects such as Under the Influence (The Hudson Theatre), Play Boy Of The West Indies (Centaur), Black Medea (Obsidian) and The Overwhelming (Studio 180) and so on…

Alex IvanoviciAlex Ivanovici (Actor): Alex has worked as a bilingual actor and theatre director in Montreal since his graduation from Dawson College’s Dome Theatre School in 1992. In 1991, he received the Best Actor award in the Quebec Drama Festival.   Alex has appeared in over 50 plays on stages as far away as Belgium and Mexico, on film in Histoires d’hiver, for which he was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor, in 300, in Le Marais and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror by Tarsem Singh. On television, he has appeared in the first two seasons of the hit Quebec show Nos Étés, and Les Soeurs Elliot.

Tanja Jacobs (Actor): Tanja Jacobs has had an extensive career, working at theatre across Canada with some of this country’s foremost artists. Most recent:  Aunt Bertha in For This Moment Alone  (Theatre Aquarius);  Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion ( Montgomery Theatre); Winnie in Happy Days ( Theatre Columbus); Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children (National Arts Centre/Manitoba Theatre Centre co-production); Winnie in Happy Days (NAC); Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World (NAC/Soulpepper co-production). Other credits include: The Little Years (NAC/Neptune); The Blue Horse (Caravan Farm Theatre); The Innocent Eye Test (MTC/Mirvish Productions); Frozen (Citadel); Goodnight Desdemona / Good Morning Juliet (Festival of Classics,  and Nightwood’s original production); Hedda Gabler (Volcano); The Swanne, Part 3 (Stratford Festival); Phedre (Soulpepper); Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Elisa’s Skin, The Four Lives of Marie (Tarragon); The Tempest, The Queens, Richard III, Henry VI (Canadian Stage); The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Theatre New Brunswick). For her acting work in Toronto, Tanja has received eleven Dora nominations and two awards. Tanja is also a director, and a gifted artist educator.

Cary Lawrence (Actor): Based in Montreal, Cary Lawrence has performed in popular French television series such as Tabou, Nos Étés, and most recently, Yamaska. Cary was also in the critically acclaimed play La Comme Champ de Bataille as well as several summer stock plays. On the English side of things, Cary is a regular on the movie of the week circuit, playing mostly the ‘best friend’ to the American stars. She lends her voice to numerous radio adverts and has been privileged to work on many new plays at Playwrights Workshop Montreal as well as on the regular Montreal theatre scene. Cary is active with Equity’s sister union ACTRA, sitting on the National and Executive Council.

Eric PetersonEric Peterson (Actor): Eric is one of Canada’s most accomplished actors, a winner of five Gemini Awards, a Dora Award, and the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Performance. His television credits include CTV’s hit comedy series Corner Gas, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Street Legal, This is Wonderland, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Slings and Arrows, Traders and the infamous Puppets Who Kill to name but a few. Mr. Peterson is also highly recognized for his work in Canadian film and movies of the week with such credits as Trudeau, Earth, The Stork Derby and The King of Friday Night. Eric has performed at most of the major theatres across Canada including Soulpepper, Stratford, The National Arts Centre, the Wintergarden and Canadian Stage and also internationally at the Edinburgh Festival, the Morosco Theatre in NY and the International Theatre Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Liisa Repo-MartellLiisa Repo-Martell (Actor): Liisa has worked extensively in both television and film as well as the theatre. She won a gemini for her work in Nights Below Station Street, a CBC movie based on the novel by David Adams Richards. She has won awards across the country for her work in Kristen Thomson’s one-woman show I, Claudia and Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree. She has worked with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon, Factory, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour and others. Past work includes: Eternal Hydra, Antigone, Uncle Vanya, The Patient Hour, Top Girls, Chekhov Shorts and Longs, Perfect Pie.

Ana CappellutoAna Capelluto (Lighting Designer): Ana Cappelluto is based in Montréal. Her designs have traveled to numerous international festivals including Londrina International Festival in Brazil, Singapore Arts Festival, Valencia International Arts Festival in Venezuela, Festival International des Théâtres Francophones in France and Aoyama Round Theatre in Japan. In Québec she has worked with many independent companies including Black Theatre Workshop, Geordie Productions, Dulcinea Langfelder & Co, Imago Theatre, Pigeons International and Théâtre Le Clou. She is a Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University in Montréal.

Chad DembskiChad Dembski (Stage Manager): Artistic Director of surprise performance which is presenting Utopia – is it possible? at Studio 303 in Montreal on December 10th & 11th 2011.  Previous shows include Hamletown at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales in May of 2010 and save us!!! [Hamletown] at Harbourfront HATCH series in March of 2008. He has recently been collaborating with Dustin Harvey (secret theatre) in Halifax for a new project entitled Farewell Halifax! that is being presented November 3rd – 5th in a site specific downtown location.  The piece was recently adapted for the Experimentica 1.1 festival and entitled Farewell Cardiff! at the Chapter Arts Centre in October of this year.  He has also created and performed with Small Wooden Shoe (Dedicated to the Revolutions 2006-2011, performed in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Magnetic North (Kitchener), and Halifax), Public Recordings (/dance/songs/, performed in Terni, Italy (es Terni festival 2007), Montreal (FTA 2009), Halifax, St.John’s and Toronto, and most recently relay, performed in Paris, France, Vancouver, Edmonton and most recently Montreal).

Richard FerenRichard Feren (Sound Design & Composer): Richard has created soundscores and music for Canadian theatre, dance and film since 1992. Companies include Buddies In Bad Times (The Maids; Blasted; Silicone Diaries); Canadian Stage (The Test; Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet; The Soldier Dreams); Crow’s Theatre (Eternal Hydra; Dali); da da kamera (Cul-de-Sac; In On It; You Are Here; Monster; Here Lies Henry); Necessary Angel (This Is What Happens Next; Half-Life; Insomnia; The Eco Show); the Shaw Festival (When the Rain Stops Falling); Soulpepper (White Biting Dog; Fronteras Americanas; A Month in the Country; Antigone; Loot; A Raisin in the Sun; Uncle Vanya; Endgame); Theatrefront (The Mill); Theatre Passe Muraille (Possible Worlds; This Hotel); 2B Theatre (Revisited); and VideoCabaret. He has also composed music scores for films by Daniel MacIvor, Robert Lepage, Valerie Buhagiar, and others. Richard has won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and the 1999 Pauline McGibbon Award.

Julie FoxJulie Fox (Set/Costume Design): Since graduating from the National Theatre School in 1994, Julie has worked as a set and costume designer for theatres and dance companies across Canada, including the The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Stage Company, NAC, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Citadel, Theatre Junction, Theatre New Brunswick, The Grand Theatre, MoonHorse Dance Theatre, Chartier Danse, and Susanna Hood/hum.  She received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding set design, and has been nominated many times. She has taught at Concordia and The National Theatre School.

Elysha PoirierElysha Poirier (Video & Projection/Media Design): Elysha Poirier is a visual artist, working in various forms of new media. Her techniques in painting, illustration, design and stop-motion animation have been adapted to video for live performance. Elysha has produced several installations and has engaged in live performances stemming from experimental music, film, dance and performing arts including Dreamwalker Dance (Andrea Nann), Zata Omm Dance Projects (William Yong), and Kaeja d’Dance. Her work has been described as organic and playful and embraces strong relationships to sound, design, and movement. As an image collector, Elysha has been accumulating an ongoing reserve of image libraries – often collected from nature, society, and her own personal experiments in graphics, shapes and illustrations.  www.elyshapoirier.com

Mitchell Cushman (Assistant Director): Mitchell is a director, playwright, producer and theatre educator. Currently, he is a Resident Artist at Theatre Passe Muraille, and works as Director of Artistic Programs for the Paprika Festival. He is also founding Artistic Director of Outside the March, a Toronto-based theatre company dedicated to exploring unique forms of storytelling through theatre. Most recently, he directed Mr. Marmalade at the SummerWorks Festival, a site-specific show set in a kindergarten classroom; for his work on the show, he was co-recipient of the 2011 Theatre Passe Muraille Emerging Artist Award. Other recent directing credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre Edmonton), Oh My Irma (Edmonton Fringe) and Oh the Humanity and Other Good Intentions (Outside the March, Toronto). Assistant directing credits include A Month in the Country, Glengarry Glen Ross, Travesties (Soulpepper); Them & Us (Passe Muraille) and Cellular (Luminato). Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing Program.
* The services of Mitchell Cushman were made possible through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

Éric Savory (Apprentice Stage Manager):  Éric Savory has been working as a Stage Manager since 2006. Recent credits include Stori Ya and Raisin in the Sun (Black Theatre Workshop), Macbeth (Repercussion Theatre), Joe Louis: An American Romance (Infinitheatre), and The Dining Room, Blithe Spirit, Once Upon a Mattress and The Cherry Orchard (Monomoy Theatre). He is also a co-founder of Montreal’s Astra Theatre. He would like to dedicate this show to Jean-Louis Lapalme.

 

Angeline St. Amour (Video Manager):  Angeline is a 3rd year student of the National Theatre School’s Production Program and will be graduating in May. Recent Projects with the National Theatre School include; Video Manager for En Français, Comme en Anglais, It’s Easy to Criticize Co-Directed by Chris Abraham and Christian Lapointe and Lighting Designer for Everything in the Garden Co-Directed by Jennifer Tarver and Susanna Hood. This is her first production with Crow’s Theatre and Porte Parole.