to Feb 17

Premiere | 'No Foreigners' at The Cultch

A co-production between Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) and fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), produced in association with Theatre Conspiracy.

Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home.

The draw: Ground-breaking Vancouver interdisciplinary artists collaborate with Governor General’s Award-winning playwright David Yee.

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to Jun 17

Premiere | 'Victim Impact' at The Cultch

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Imagine that you, your parents or grandparents, who have worked a lifetime to save for retirement and buy a home, suddenly lose it all.

A trusted friend or family member or someone in your religious community had talked you into investing your life savings.

But it was all a lie.

Former notary public Rashida Samji and “senior investment advisor” Arvin Patel drew family, friends and community members into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012.

Over two hundred people in BC were ripped off in a Ponzi scheme of over $115 million. Most of the victims are retirees and a high proportion are members of the Surrey South Asian community.

Theatre Conspiracy’s new documentary show Victim Impact looks at the fallout for those affected as they got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials.

Conspiracy AD Tim Carlson leads the project in association with PTC’s Kathleen Flaherty, visuals designer Milton Lim and sound designer David Mesiha who all worked together on the hit show Foreign Radical.

  • Writer: Tim Carlson
  • Dramaturg: Kathleen Flaherty
  • Director: Jiv Parasram
  • Visuals Designer: Milton Lim
  • Sound Designer: David Mesiha
  • Cast: Nimet Kanji, Jenn Griffin, Risha Nanda, Munish Sharma, Allan Morgan
  • Stage manager: Heidi Quicke
  • Outreach Co-ordinator and ASM: Gavan Cheema

The show premieres at The Cultch in Vancouver in June 2018.

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to Oct 14

Workshop | 'Victim Impact' at Playwright's Theatre Centre

Writer/producer Tim CarlsonDavid Mesiha and dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty have been meeting to plan production of the Victim Impact Podcast, which is due to hit the internet first thing in January 2018. The six-part podcast series is a companion to and an unpacking of Victim Impact (the play), which is in workshop in October and in production in June, 2018.  When Tim started on his journey following Ponzi schemes, he got deep into the story of Rashida Samji’s fake investment, which soon became the focus. It led him into the lives of victims, and through a tangle of fascinating information about banking and law enforcement and fraud that can’t be unravelled in a play.

For the October workshop, Tim Carlson and Kathleen Flaherty will be working with designers Milton Lim and David Mesiha, director Jiv Parasram and actors Nimet Kanji, Risha Nanda, Munish Sharma, Allan Morgan and Jenn Griffin. Community Outreach Coordinator Gavan Cheema will be funneling information to the actors.

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