‘Doc­u­men­tary the­atre’ new for Cor­ner Gas star

Seeds de­tails farmer’s fight against GMO jug­ger­naut

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - NEWS - Zane Wood­ford

A play mak­ing its de­but at Nep­tune The­atre this week tells the real-life story of a Saskatchewan farmer’s fight against GMO gi­ant Mon­santo.

Seeds, pro­duced by doc­u­men­tary the­atre com­pany Porte Pa­role and di­rected by Chris Abra­ham, tells the story of Percy Sch­meiser, a farmer ac­cused of plant­ing Mon­santo’s ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied canola seeds on his farm.

Ac­tor Eric Peter­son, known for his roles in Cana­dian TV se­ries Cor­ner Gas and Street Le­gal, plays Sch­meiser.

“As an ac­tor it’s fun to play the lit­tle guy against the big Go­liath,” Peter­son said in an in­ter­view.

“This play was also in­ter­est­ing to me be­cause it’s doc­u­men­tary the­atre. I’d never done one of th­ese plays be­fore, where you work in this way.”

The di­a­logue, writ­ten by Annabel Soutar, is taken ver- ba­tim from in­ter­views with the real-life char­ac­ters and court tran­scripts.

Peter­son said it in­vites the au­di­ence to think about the court case that in­spired it, in which Sch­meiser went to the Supreme Court of Canada, even­tu­ally los­ing to Mon­santo.

“We’re not watch­ing some en­ter­tain­ment that’s try­ing to take us out of our world. We’re watch­ing an en­ter­tain­ment that al­lows you to think about it,” Peter­son said.

But it doesn’t tell the au­di­ence what to think.

“It’s not a polemic in any sense. It doesn’t come out and say, ‘Percy is the good guy and Mon­santo is the bad guy.’ That’s left up to you, the au­di­ence mem­ber,” he said.

ZANE WOOD­FORD/METRO

ac­tors amelia Sar­gis­son, eric Peter­son and tanja Ja­cobs act out a scene from Seeds at Nep­tune The­atre in Halifax on Aug. 12, 2017. The doc­u­men­tary play telling the David ver­sus Go­liath story of a Saskatchewan farmer’s fight against Mon­santo runs un­til Oct. 1.

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