By Annabel Soutar • Directed by Chris Abraham
Co-produced by Productions Porte Parole and Crow’s Theatre
with support from La Coop Fédérée
A rollicking road trip in pursuit of a nation’s disappearing lifeblood.
April 6–15, 2017 • MainStage
Celebrated documentary theatre artist Annabel Soutar leads her family on a cross-Canada journey, probing the forces that are shaping the future of our dwindling natural resources. By innovatively dramatizing an eclectic and insightful set of interviews with scientists, government officials, activists and business leaders, The Watershed deftly documents a nation struggling to find the balance between environment and industry.
“Whatever end of the political spectrum you’re on, The Watershed is must-see theatre.”—NOW MAGAZINE
Runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute intermission.
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REVIEWS / IN THE PRESS:
#FridayFive: The Watershed (5 reasons why you should go see The Watershed) – Vancouver Presents
★★★★ "This one keeps our attention with splashes of satire, a steady stream of domestic comedy and a playful sprinkling of meta-theatrical jokes" – Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail
NNNNN "Thrilling on every level, and as informative as it is inspiring, the play expands the idea of what theatre can do." – Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
"The Watershed selected as best of the Canadian stage for 2016" – Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail
'Corner Gas' star, Eric Peterson chats new play: CTV Morning Live
Annabel Soutar & Matt McCandless talk about The Watershed and the future of the Experimental Lakes Area:
Annabel Soutar (Artistic Director and Co-founder of Porte Parole and The Watershed's playwright) speaks with Matt McCandless (Executive Director of IISD-ELA) about the play and what the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is up to now.
Featured in The Watershed, IISD-ELA is a natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.
Playwright Annabel Soutar talking about The Watershed:
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
|Julie Fox||Costume and Set Designer|
|Kimberly Purtell||Lighting Designer|
|Thomas Ryder Payne||Sound Designer|
|Denyse Karn||Projections Designer|
|Merissa Tordjman||Stage Manager|
|Sarah-Marie Langlois||Assistant Stage Manager|
|Marie-Claude Valiquet||Assistant Stage Manager|
|Peter Balov||Head of Sound|
|Ming Wong||Head of Wardrobe|
|Kaileigh Krysztofiak||Associate Lighting Designer|
|Normand Vincent||Director of Production/Technical Director|
ABOUT THE PRESENTING COMPANIES:
Porte Parole is the leading producer of documentary theatre in Canada and one of the country’s most innovative hubs for social dialogue. Based in Montreal and led by playwright Annabel Soutar, the Company’s plays have toured around Quebec and across Canada to great acclaim since 2000.
Porte Parole produces original plays in English and French that invite diverse audiences to reflect boldly on the big topics of our time. The Company relishes opportunities to turn complex social conflicts into deeply human stories that trigger life-changing conversations for Canadian citizens.
In Montreal, Porte Parole’s plays have been performed at the Place des Arts, the Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Théâtre La Licorne, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Usine C and within the official programming of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA). Recently, the Company’s work has exploded beyond Montreal and Quebec, Sexy béton toured around the province in 2011 and will be adapted into a feature film in 2016. The Company’s acclaimed production Seeds has toured twice around Canada to five different provinces, attracting over 35,000 audience members and rave media reviews. Seeds was nominated in 8 categories at the Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs), and Canadian icon Eric Peterson received the META for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in his role as Percy Schmeiser.
The Watershed, Annabel Soutar’s acclaimed play about water politics in Canada, starring Eric Peterson and Kristen Thompson, directed by Chris Abraham, and co-produced with Crow’s Theatre, premiered at Toronto’s PanAm/Para- Pan Games in July 2015, and was translated into French and presented at the world renowned Usine C in November 2015. In 2016-17, The Watershed will be remounted in 5 cities across Canada.
Recent French productions, Fredy directed by Marc Beaupré, and J’aime Hydro, created in collaboration with actress Christine Beaulieu, took Montreal by storm last season at La Licorne and in the 2016 edition of the FTA, and solidified Porte Parole’s francophone fan base in Quebec.
This season Annabel Soutar will start work on a new documentary play and podcast series called Énergie East about TransCanada’s bid to build a pipeline from Alberta to the Maritimes. Her research will be performed partially in public while she is an artist-in-residence at Usine C in Montreal.
Please continue the dialogue triggered by The Watershed at porteparole.org or on one of Porte Parole’s social media platforms. Democracy doesn’t fly on autopilot. Take the wheel with us. More about Porte Parole on their website.
Crow's Theatre is a Toronto-based production company with with a mission to ignite passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times. Founded in 1983, Crow’s Theatre is recognized in the Canadian theatre landscape as a provocative, daring, award-winning theatre company. More about Crow's Theatre on their website.
Annabel is a Montreal-based playwright and theatre producer. In 2000 she co- founded the theatre company Porte Parole Productions with actor Alex Ivanovici and she has acted as Artistic Director of the Company since its inception.
Annabel’s documentary plays have been performed in English and in French in Quebec since 2000, and since 2012 they have toured to 5 different provinces across Canada. Her most recent plays, Seeds (2013) and The Watershed (2016) have been published by alon Books and the French version of Seeds (Grains) was published in 2014 by Les Editions ecosociété.
In 2015 The Globe & Mail named Annabel to its list of Artists of the Year. Seeds was named the best English production of the year by Montreal’s Association of French theatre critics and was nominated for Best New Text and Best English Production by the Académie québécoise du théâtre in 2006. Annabel’s play Sexy béton (2011) was a finalist for the prestigious Quebec playwriting award Le prix Michel-Tremblay. Annabel lives in Montreal with actor Alex Ivanovici and their two daughters Ella and Beatrice. She dedicates the run of The Watershed at the Centaur, as well as its 4-city tour across Canada this season, to her late father, Ian Soutar.