Some Assembly Theatre Company presents:
Dates & Times:
Wed May 6, 11am & 1:30pm
Thurs May 7, 11am & 1:30pm
Fri May 8 & Sat May 9, 7:30pm
LOCATION: Roundhouse Performance Centre
*Donations are welcome. Limited seating. Q&A discussions follow each performance.
Ticket Reservations: www.someassembly.ca
For more Information: 604-684-8807 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Box Office opens one hour before each performance in Performance Centre lobby.
Uprooted stems from conversations with over a hundred youth who say they are worried and anxious about climate change. Written by youth with professional playwright Valerie Methot, Uprooted is a theatrical multimedia production that strengthens response to climate change and promotes mental health management.
Three friends on an annual camping trip must suddenly face down a threat to the BC forest they love. Will they take a stand for future generations and protect what they view as sacred?
Uprooted exists within a growing movement. Young people worldwide inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg are raising their voices to demand climate action from world leaders. At the September 2019 climate strike and October Rally, Some Assembly stood in solidarity with youth climate activists including Sustainabiliteens, Greta Thunberg, 15 young people who are suing the federal government over climate inaction and Indigenous land defenders who’ve long been on the frontlines defending Mother Earth.
Uprooted Performances take place May 6 – 9, 2020, during National Youth Arts Week and BC Youth Week.
Credits for Uprooted:
Playwright/Director/Set Design/Sound Design: Valerie Methot
Youth Writers/Actors: Haley Christenson, Rylan Adriano, Fox Hunt, Charles Campbell, Ben Gauthier, Mitch Broome, Ron MacGillivray, Ciara Wilkinson, John Aung & Veronica Johns
Community Partners, Sponsors, Funders:
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Children and Family Development, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Foundation, Hamber Foundation, Metro Vancouver, Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Boxmaster, Methotical Productions, Sparc BC and the Deryck Thomson Award, San Diego Foundation, Scene Ideas, Panago, WAVAW, Vancouver School Board, private donors and media sponsor The Georgia Straight.
ABOUT SOME ASSEMBLY THEATRE COMPANY AND RHYTAG
Some Assembly Theatre Company and the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) Project
The Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group consists of new and returning diverse youth who work in collaboration with professional artists on a new theatre creation project each year that addresses issues facing young people. Established in 2001, Valerie Methot as Roundhouse artist-in-residence developed the project and engaged in a process of youth outreach in and around the Roundhouse. With huge interest from youth community members, Valerie assembled Chandra Lesmeister and Jeremy Baxter to the team. The project led to the involvement of Ken Lawson, Allen Morrison, several guest artists and the development of Some Assembly Theatre Company, a charitable not-for-profit. Some Assembly is now in its 18th year of collaboratively creating and producing original plays that promote awareness, wellness, prevention and dialogue about issues facing youth. Some Assembly received the City of Vancouver Youth Award for outstanding contribution to the youth community. The company was recently honoured with the Deryck Thomson Award for exceptional contribution to community building and wellbeing.
As a director, playwright, designer and visual artist, Valerie Methot is dedicated to the creation of original collaborative theatre projects and providing opportunities for youth expression through the development of new works. Valerie Methot created the RHYTAG project in 2001 based on her MFA thesis project at UBC, as creator and director of ‘Treated with Tango’. Using theatre as an artistic tool to process trauma, Valerie developed the play based on her personal story with her friend dying of AIDS. In honour of John Saint Louis, who used tango to fight for his life, the moving experience led her to continue to use the power of art to raise awareness to issues facing youth and to promote positive social change. She is in her 18th year as the project’s artistic/project director, playwright, director, set/sound designer, and has produced twenty-nine collaborative theatre creations with many youth from all over Metro Vancouver. Valerie was nominated for Canada’s Siminovitch theatre directing award and is director/writer of several plays including: Treated with Tango, EXPOSE, Getting the Trendies, Marbles and Take a Breath. She achieved her BFA from Concordia University and MFA in theatre directing from UBC. Valerie is artistic/executive director/producer of Some Assembly. www.someassembly.ca
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