New Societies by Re:Current Theatre
Thursday July 28 through Saturday July 30, presented as part of the 2022 In the Soil Arts Festival Summer Series
In the Soil Arts Festival presents New Societies, an interactive theatre experience from award-winning Re:Current Theatre of Vancouver and Toronto.
From Thursday July 28 through Saturday July 30, New Societies takes place in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Robertson Theatre from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at inthesoil.on.ca, and space is limited to 42 seats per show.
New Societies draws together the forms of a strategic game night and an advancing theatrical narrative, shaped by the audience’s choices. Players are placed in groups to compete against or collaborate with each other in order to build their ideal society. Guests are seated at tables up to 6 players and compete against or collaborate with each other in order to build their ideal society.
Director Brian Postalian explains, “As players socialize and form community, they choose to build their societies however they wish but each decision made will influence how all the other guests can play. They must be careful, because as their choices shape the direction of their society, there are seven other societies also creating an ever growing and responsive political landscape.” Filled with humour and levity, New Societies is a playful challenge to reflect on how we operate as inheritors of our current social structures, while giving players the opportunity to be the catalysts in crafting a better one.
Created by Re:Current Theatre
Direction by Brian Postalian
Performed by Sena Cagla, Howard Dai, Alexa Fraser, Evan Medd, Hannah Meyers, Pascal Reiners, Amanda Sum, Montserrat Videla, Meagan Woods
Dramaturgy by Evan Medd
Scenography by Christian Ching
Sound Design by Stefan Nazarevich
Digital Programming (for New Societies Online) by Howard Dai
Digital Interface Design by Sam Mackinnon
Concept by Brian Postalian, created with the company: Sena Cagla, Laura Coons, Howard Dai, Alexa Fraser, Evan Medd, Hannah Meyers, Pascal Reiners, Amanda Sum, Montserrat Videla and Meagan Woods.