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Posted: Tuesday January 19, 2016
Jason Patrick Rothery

Jason Rothery has produced full-length work as a playwright and collaborative creator, including the space between us (Tziporah Productions), birth: e e cummings in song (Soulpepper), Wedgie (Upintheair), Something to Do with Death, Politiko (Ghost River), The Drop, and _Re:Generation (THEATREboom). He was the co-creator of The Walking Fish Festival (Vancouver), co-founder and festival director of the Calgary International Fringe Festival, resident playwright of the second Soulpepper Academy, and the erstwhile artistic director of Ghost River Theatre (Calgary), where he mounted dozens of productions and tours including NiX, presented as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. He is currently a PhD student in communication studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, where he is studying how historical and contemporary narrative systems manifest in various media platforms, including theatre and video games. As a component of his doctoral research, he is adapting China Miéville’s celebrated novel The City & The City for a co-production between Vancouver-based theatre companies Upintheair and The Only Animal.

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Inside the Seed

“A scathing look at a fictitious corporation so large it has lost track of its subsidiaries: while one part of the company is growing genetically modified rice, another is manufacturing defoliants. It’s about a corporation eager to ship 100,000 tons of its ‘Golden Rice’ to Africa without knowing – or caring – about the ‘statistically insignificant’ incidents of birth defects the product causes … Although it’s clear the playwright condemns corporations such as this, he sets up the debate fairly: millions of starving Africans will benefit from the shipment of the rice and [the main character] really does not know about the birth defects.But there are others who do know and don’t care; or who know but are prepared to make a deal.”
Vancouver Courier

Inside the Seed has important subject matter wrapped up in a sexy stylish production. Its corporate machinations are compelling and a little frightening when you realize most of the plot points are based on
real-life examples.”
Charlebois Post

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