Stray: Memoir of a Runaway
Reading and Performance
June 6, 2019 @ 10PM in The Cultch Founder’s Lounge
While in the process of writing her acclaimed book Stray: Memoir of a Runaway (Little A, 2018), Tanya Marquardt also collaborated with musician Tim Carlson and director Mallory Catlett to create a punk version, which has since toured to New York, Toronto and Vancouver.
Come to The Cultch bar, where you’ll get a taste of both works in this MNTF event with Tanya reading excerpts from the memoir as well as performing a few songs from the show with Tim on guitar. Songs and stories will reference notable NY artists like Patti Smith and David Wojnarowitz, and begin on the day Tanya ran away to careen you through her first attraction to a girl and witnessing her self-cutting, being in a BDSM bar as an underage kid, and, how art sustained her throughout.
Frank Theatre AD Fay Nass will lead a post-show Q&A with Tanya, Tim and Mallory, as well as Pi Theatre's Richard Wolfe, who programmed Theatre Conspiracy's Stray in the Pi Provocateurs series, running June 13-15. Stay on after the reading, where Tanya will sign books and you can meet all the artists involved.
Best Queer History & Bios Pick of 2018, The Advocate:
Marquardt’s "compelling voice could become a path of fulfillment and escape. Stray is the story of how one young woman has to embrace her own vulnerabilities and heal the wounds of the past as she forges ahead into adulthood.”
Theatre is Easy, Adrienne Urbanski, New York:
“This compelling combination of memoir and music creates a truly one-of-a-kind theatrical experience...A work of dazzling ingenuity and raw self expression that hasn’t been edited and refined and dulled...Marquardt’s genuine passion for her art, and her admiration for the creativity of others, comes across strongly.”
Stray was created on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC), and on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland (Manhattan, New York).
In the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, former notary public Rashida Samji and financial planner Arvin Patel drew family, friends and their communities into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012.
Theatre Conspiracy’s new documentary show Victim Impact investigates mysterious aspects of the case, following it through the courts and down the money trail. The show looks at the fallout for those affected as they got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials. Over two hundred people were ripped off in the fraud scheme involving over $110 million.
Victim Impact: The Fraudcast is a podcast series investigating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history. Rashida Samji's complex and mysterious fraud scheme resulted in over $110 million in losses and affected the lives of hundreds of victims. The podcast is created by Theatre Conspiracy with a live theatre production premiering in June 2018. The podcast is written and narrated by Tim Carlson and co-produced by Kathleen Flaherty (PTC) and David Mesiha.
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.
Writer/producer Tim Carlson, David 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.
The Foreign Radical team has the great privilege of a month-long run at King's Hall as part of CanadaHub in association with Summerhall and Aurora Nova at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
King's Hall [41A S Clerk St]
August 2 - 27, 2017
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