A Stageplay about Monsanto, Farmers and Lawsuits. And You`re Invited!

If you`re looking for the giveaway or the details on how to join a bunch of people at a great, affordable event in Toronto, check out the details at the bottom of this post.

PLEASE NOTE: The original date of this event has CHANGED (four days after announcing it).  We are doing our best to get the word out to all affected.  There is still a performance on the night of Feb 20th but we will be attending with Leslieville Farmers Market on the next evening of Tuesday, Feb 21.  An unforeseen business trip has required the changing of our plans.  If you purchased tickets for the 20th you can still go on the 20th or contact Joel to be put in touch with the right people to switch your ticket to the 21st (you can reach him at: wearewellpreserved (as) elevenideas.ca).  We’re drawing for our free ticket on Monday, Feb 13 and have added an event on FaceBook if you’d like to RSVP (we’ll keep an eye out for you).

We received an unexpected email a few weeks back which introduced us to a theater company which is located less than 100 yards from our front door and their latest project, `Seeds.`  It`s documentary-style theatre based on the 4-year lawsuit between a Saskatchewan farmer and Monsanto (a giant amongst biotechnology companies).  We were intrigued and agreed to sit with Hillary Green from Crows Theatre.

Seeds is a play which originally saw the stage in Montreal (in French).  The Toronto production is in English and sounds fascinating.  Beyond the fact that the play is based on courst transcripts, interviews with the real people involved and innovative use of the theatre, the play features the too-often-hidden story of Canada`s greatest food fight (which is ongoing).

The cast is also remarkable.  The most recognizable for many will be Eric Peterson (who was on the hit Canadian Television show, `Corner Gas`).  He plays the lead, farmer Percy Schmeiser.  The complete cast can be seen here.

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If you`re unfamiliar with the story, it covers a lawsuit which started in 2004 in which Monsanto accused Schmeiser of planting their genetically patented seeds.  This covers the battle between drastically different views and the central argument over the legality and ethics of patenting seeds.

The play runs from February  18 – March 10, 2012 at The Young Center for Performing Arts in Toronto`s Distillery District.  Tickets range from $10-$35.  To purchase tickets go to the Young Centre`s website.

But it gets better!

I am thrilled to announce that the Leslieville Farmers Market and WellPreserved are hosting an evening at the Theater!

Here`s the details:

  • We (Dana and I) as well as Janaki and others from the Market are trying to get a group of people to attend one of the special screenings before the play officially opens.  We`re going the evening of Tuesday, February 21st.  It`s the Tuesday after the long weekend.
  • We`re going to go to the Mill Street Brewery (it`s less than 50 feet from the theater) to share a beer after the play and see what everyone thought (the play will run until 10.30 but we think the conversation will be worth delaying the trip home!)
  • We`re also pleased to share a discount code that you can use to save 25% off that night (or any for the length of the production).  The code is: Food.
  • If you comment on this post you will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets for the night of the 21st!

For those of you not in Toronto, we`ll share what we saw in the days following the play.

If you want to come on the 21st, buy a ticket through their site and comment on this post or Facebook and we`ll all look out for you.  We`re very excited to see this play and hope we`ll see you there!

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