Premiere March 5 – 9, 2013
The Cultch, Vancouver
Winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award
“Theatre Conspiracy’s Extraction is consistently thought-provoking, touching on the hot-button petro-power issues … For a show about the oil economy it seems only appropriate that Extraction is a hybrid part theatre, part TED Talk.“ — Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun
“Extraction uses an innovative mix of real stories and audience participation to get under the surface of the workings of the international oil industry … Insightful exploration into the industry that just might end up defining our country’s future.” — Schmuel Marmorstein, Sad Mag, Vancouver
“Having once been employed in the resource extraction industry in Fort McMurray and also having worked as a teacher in the Chinese city of Harbin, Extraction was a ‘must-see’ for me personally. Although, it would also appeal to anyone who might be cynical of big government and big corporations – which likely means everyone.” — John Jane, Review Vancouver
Through the biographies of three performers, the bilingual, documentary-style play Extraction looks at lives transformed by the rapid growth of Beijing and Fort McMurray, Chinese investment in Alberta’s tar sands and the evolution of Canada/China relations.
Extraction, directed by Amiel Gladstone, premiered March 5-9, 2013 as part of the season at The Cultch in Vancouver. Theatre Conspiracy was presented with the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, a $60,000 prize that supports the development and production of Extraction.
The performers in Extraction are not actors but people with distinct life experiences who play themselves: A former Canadian diplomat and journalist who spent the most of the past 20 years in China; a recent Chinese immigrant making a new life in Vancouver; and a former Fort McMurray oil-industry worker.
Writer/Producer Tim Carlson. Director Amiel Gladstone. Co-created by Tim Carlson, Amiel Gladstone, Jeremy Waller, Jimmy Mitchell, Sunny Sun and Jason Wilson.
Part of the DocuAsia Forum, co-presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Societyand David Lam Centre of SFU. Hosted Free DocuAsia Forum discussion: March 6 & 7. For more information about DocuAsia please check www.cinevolutionmedia.com.
Starring Sunny Sun, Jimmy Mitchell, Jason Wilson.
Associate Producer & Dramaturg Jeremy Waller.
Assistant Dramaturg Sean Marshall Jr.
Lighting & Set Design Adrian Muir.
Animation & Graphic Design Cindy Mochizuki.
Projection Design Conor Moore.
Original Music Ron Samworth.
Stage Management Yvonne Yip.
Technical Director Robin Richardson.
Assistant Stage Management Stacy Sherlock.
Documentary video Flick Harrison.
Research (Beijing) Sherrie Dai.
Translation Tracy Xu.
Conspiracy communications, website, marketing design Belinda Bruce.
Support from: Canada Council, BCAC, City of Vancouver OAC, Hamber Foundation, BC Gaming Access, Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, Cinevolution Media Arts Society.
Extraction Exceeds Expectations – by Jennifer Ruffelle, Vancouver Weekly
Theatre Conspiracy’s new play: Extraction – by Shmuel Marmorstein, Sad Mag
Extraction – John Jane, reviewVancouver.org
Extraction strikes oil and pipeline – By Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun