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Friday February 5, 2016 in Books

Inside the Seed

By Jason Patrick Rothery

Winner of the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script, Inside the Seed is a contemporary version of Oedipus Rex reimagined as a darkly comic political thriller.

Mirroring controversial real-life scientific and corporate controversies, Inside the Seed concerns a once-brilliant scientist who made a startling discovery: a bio-engineered form of rice that could save an overpopulated world on the brink of catastrophic famine. The play examines how good, smart, well-intentioned individuals are drawn into, and corrupted by, complex institutional systems, be they corporate, military, or governmental.

Read a scene from Inside the Seed.

ISBN 13: 9780889229860 | ISBN 10: 0889229864
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 144 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Rights: World
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA013000
Paperback Edition


“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

About the Contributors

Jason Patrick Rothery

Jason Rothery has produced full-length work as a playwright and collaborative creator, and has co-founded and directed theatre festivals in a variety of Canadian cities. He is currently a PhD student in communication studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Inside the Seed

Jason Patrick Rothery

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