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Guilty until further notice

IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I've read a stellar novel, an amazingly detailed investigative piece, and now a shattering memoir about what happens when the machinery of fighting terrorism grinds innocents into victims. This subject is at the heart of Theatre Conspiracy's new play, Foreign Radical.

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Privacy's pricetag

How soon until we think of privacy as just a product, rather than a right?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea since starting research on Foreign Radical. And I’ve been thinking more about it since seeing a photo of Obama in his privacy tent recently. When he’s on the road, the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility is set up in his hotel room, a special shield against the prying eyes and ears of oppressive regimes, allies, media and, probably, staff — all of whom have books to write upon leaving the White House.

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Trio creates Duets for One

I just got back from New York after two great weeks working on the creation Duets for Onewith writer / performer Tanya Marquardt and director Mallory Catlett.

Tanya sent me an email in late 2011 asking if I’d like to collaborate on writing a 10-minute libretto for an opera. At the time, she was doing her MFA in memoir writing at Hunter College in New York. The college’s opera program had sent out a call for writers to serve something up for student composers.

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Conspiracy gets obstructed!

If you have been following Progress Lab's Obstructions series, you've had a taste of the companies in Progress Lab at their craftiest.  Over a one-year period, a group of Vancouver theatre companies challenge each other to create work built around custom-designed limitations.   The result is unlike anything you’ve seen from that company before.

On July 28, following a performance of Radix's farcical feast in carrot kingdom at PL1422, Tim Carlson took the hotseat and received Theatre Conspiracy’s obstructions with measured calm.

Conspiracy must now devise a theatre piece that meets the following criteria:

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The Meal is coming to Pacific Theatre, April 11-14

Commissioned by Theatre Conspiracy and a sold-out success at Club PuSh 2011, The Meal returns for a four-day run at Pacific Theatre, April 11-14. 2012. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CONCERTS OF 2011!

Four singers swig wine and break bread while anxiously awaiting a late guest of honour. It’s the Last Supper – in a funky, theatrical new song cycle inspired by the Gospels of John, Thomas, Judas and Mary Magdalene, and Luis Bunuel’s provocative film The Exterminating Angel. Fresh from its debut at the PuSh Festival, this encore performance features musicians from a host of Vancouver’s top indie bands.

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Stage Manager needed for Extraction

Job Description Provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the workshop and performances of Extraction (July 2 to 22, 2012).

May lead to work in the production of Extraction (Feb.11 to March 10, 2013), and touring opportunities.

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Theatre Conspiracy Wins Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award for Extraction

Theatre Conspiracy was presented with the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award on March 13 at The Cultch in Vancouver. The $60,000 prize will support Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Extraction, which will be presented March 5-9, 2013 as part of The Cultch’s 2012/2013 season.

Through the biographies of four performers, the bilingual, documentary-style play looks at lives transformed by the rapid growth of Beijing and Ft. McMurray, Chinese investment in Alberta’s tar sands and the evolution of Canada/China relations.

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ASM needed to join the Extraction team

Theatre Conspiracy is looking for an assistant stage manager to work with the company on Extraction. The successful candidate will have an interest in documentary theatre, experience or training in stage management or theatre tech, be fluent in Mandarin, have a good knowledge of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, have a drivers’ license and access to a vehicle, and be available for flexible hours during the Extraction workshop period, July 2-22, 2012.

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