The Chemical Valley Project

The Chemical Valley Project

Date:Mar 7, 2018 Phone:519-578-1570 Price:$15-$20 Time:7:30 pm Location:122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON
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The Registry Theatre and Divest Waterloo

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THE CHEMICAL VALLEY PROJECT

by Broadleaf Theatre

Aamjiwnaang, an indigenous community of 800 residents, is smothered by Canada’s petrochemical industry. Two sisters, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray, have dedicated themselves to fighting environmental racism and protecting their community’s land and water. In The Chemical Valley Project, Broadleaf Theatre artists Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman document and explore environmental racism, Canadas energy infrastructure, its colonial past and present, and indigenous solidarity and reconciliation.

Through a unique blend of documentary-theatre, projections design, object puppetry, and solo-performance by Kevin Matthew Wong, the show seeks to spark conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights and indigenous relations, as well as the current nature of Canadian identity and values. The Chemical Valley Project is created by Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman, with the dramaturgy and advisement of Vanessa and Lindsay Gray.

Reviews and Buzz for The Chemical Valley Project:

“I highly recommend seeing this show for the important reality it exposes. To its diligent creators: thank you.”

– Mooney on Theatre

“Wong is sensitive to the idea of cultural appropriation, and so he lets the siblings talk for themselves in audio interviews; in a video clip, he even shows them the work in progress and asks for suggestions, which he then implements”

– NNNN / Now Magazine Critics’ Pick

“I left The Chemical Valley Project with a sense of the value in stories, and with a model for what it takes to really listen and come to understand others’ lived experience. I really do admire Kevin’s stage-craft, but more than that I respect his approach to the material. His performance is compelling because it is earnest, accessible, and very well told.”

– alt theatre magazine

Show History:
A workshop performance of The Chemical Valley Project won Theatre Passe Muraille’s fall 2016 Crapshoot! receiving praise for its captivating projections, visual magic, surprising theatricality, and vital message. The full show debuted at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival and was a Now Magazine Critics’ Pick and also was an honourable mention for the Theatre Centre Emerging Artists Award.

Since 2014, Broadleaf Theatre has produced original theatre productions that explore local, national and global environmental issues from a Canadian perspective. Broadleaf Theatre creates immediate, accessible, and engaging theatre to raise awareness about local and little known environmental issues. Learn more about Broadleaf Theatre and their projects at broadleaftheatre.com.

The Chemical Valley Project tours to BC in May, to Germany in June, and throughout Ontario in 2018/19. To bring the project to your community contact broadleaftheatre@gmail.com.

Credits:

Kevin Matthew Wong – Co-Creator / Writer / Performer / Concept

Julia Howman – Co-Creator / Production Designer

Vanessa Gray – Dramaturgy and Advisement

Lindsay Gray – Dramaturgy and Advisement

Minha Lee & Michael Henley – Music

 


 

Wednesday March 7, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $20, $15 Student/Senior

 

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

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