VANCOUVER THEATRE COMPANY DELVES INTO #METOO MOVEMENT BY ASKING #WHATNOW

Artistic producer Marisa Emma Smith is looking for interview subjects to anonymously share their stories

Alley Theatre artistic producer Marisa Emma Smith and Good Night Out coordinator Stacey Forrester are taking the #metoo conversation on to the stage. (Photograph By DAN TOULGOET)

Marisa Emma Smith is spending her holidays engaging in conversations fraught with some of the worst experiences imaginable.

It sounds horrible at first blush, but Smith’s end result has all the right intentions.

An artistic producer with Vancouver’s Alley Theatre, Smith is trying to bridge the gap between the continued outrage associated with the #metoo movement and a way to move forward, make sense of it and deal with the aftermath.

“Now that we know about this and we know it’s a big thing, what do we do? What happens now?” Smith said.

Smith is in the early stages of mounting a new production called #whatnow that will see the light of day in July 2019. She’s employing a storytelling method called “headphone verbatim theatre and dance,” which sees actors and dancers spontaneously reacting to recordings that are channelled through earphones.

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