Inside the Seed
Winner of the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script
Inside the Seed is a contemporary version of Oedipus Rex reimagined as a darkly comic political thriller.
Mirroring controversial real-life scientific and corporate controversies, Inside the Seed concerns a once-brilliant scientist who made a startling discovery: a bio-engineered form of rice that could save an overpopulated world on the brink of catastrophic famine. The play examines how good, smart, well-intentioned individuals are drawn into, and corrupted by, complex institutional systems, be they corporate, military, or governmental.
Cast of 5 men and 4 women.
About this Author
Jason Patrick Rothery's produced, full-length work as a playwright and collaborative creator includes: the space between us(Tziporah Productions), (re)birth: ee cummings in song (Soulpepper), Inside the Seed, Wedgie (Upintheair), Something to Do with Death, POLITIkO (Ghost River), The Drop, and Re:Generation (THEATREboom). Jason was the co-creator of The Walking Fish Festival (Vancouver), co-founder and festival director of the Calgary International Fringe Festival, resident playwright of the second Soulpepper Academy, and the erstwhile artistic director of Ghost River Theatre (Calgary), where he mounted dozens of productions and tours including NiX, presented as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Jason is currently a PhD student in Communication Studies at Carleton University, where he is studying historicaland contemporary narrative systems manifest in various media platforms, including theater and video games. As a component of his doctoral research, he is adapting China MiÃ©ville's celebrated novel The City & The City for a co-production between Vancouver-based theater companies Upintheair and The Only Animal. Inside the Seed won the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script.
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