Because the play really talks about what is the truth. One person's version of it might not be the same as another's.
—Hope McIntyre, playwright
What if everything you believed in turned out to be untrue? That's the question posed by an epic new play that gets its premiere Friday, April 27. It's the latest presentation of Sarasvati Productions.
It's called Eden. The main characters are teen-aged Adam and Evelyn, but it presents no "Garden of Eden."
Hope McIntyre is the artistic director of the company and is the playwright of Eden.
"It's taking the creation story and turning it on its head," she explains. "Because it's less about dealing with the world pre-knowledge and more about dealing with what you do with knowledge."
It takes place in a dystopian future where three generations of people search for truth and justice. Adam's father is an interrogator and torturer and his grandfather is a general. Evelyn is an outcast.
Through the play we discover how this younger generation deals with learning the truth and deciding how they want to live their lives accordingly. Along the way, other characters also begin to question their beliefs and former actions.
"Because the play really talks about what is the truth," says McIntyre. "One person's version of it might not be the same as another's. And what is justice? Do we put the security of the state ahead of the individual human rights? And where do we draw those lines?
"It's an important question in the world when you look at what's happening in Syria, or even in Canada with the Aboriginal situation. How do we fix these problems in an equitable way?"
This a huge multimedia production with large cast, live video feed, recorded video, music and an Aboriginal drummer. In fact, it's the largest production ever mounted by Sarasvati Productions.
The show is directed by Sharon Bajer and stars Ti Hallas, Marsha Knight, Tracy Penner, Steven Ratzlaff and Tom Soares, among others.
Eden runs at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film from April 27th to May 13th.
PHOTO ABOVE: Kevin P. Gabel as Adam and Andrea del Campo as Evelyn (Janet Shum)