An urban couple. A rural property. A stranger. As three people vy for control of a vast plot of land, the audience votes to determine what happens next.
A bold and unparalleled choose-your-own-adventure-style play, in which the audience votes to determine how the story progresses. When an urban couple arrives for a week-long getaway at their dad’s vast rural estate, they find him gone and another man living there instead. They ask the man to leave, but he doesn’t want to go … and the audience decides what happens next. And when it’s revealed that the rights to this entire property are actually up for grabs, the audience must choose — via every vote they make — who, if anyone, is the rightful inheritor of the land. This is an interactive in-progress reading; the show is slated to premiere in Vancouver, February 28-March 15, 2020.
Written & performed by Daniel Arnold, Darrell Dennis, and Medina Hahn
Directed by Herbie Barnes
Alley Theatre (Vancouver, BC) in community partnership with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
VANCOUVER ABORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE – community partner
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society has been providing quality programs and services for over 50years and is currently located at 1607 East Hastings Street. VAFCS is a charitable organization that helps children, youth, families, adults and elders maintain their Aboriginal cultural ties through various programs and traditional community activities. VAFCS helps Aboriginal people access education, housing needs and support for families. The centre strives to provide holistic and cultural services to the over 40,000 urban Aboriginal People who are identified and targeted as the clientele base of the VAFCS in its catchment area of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
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