Theatre Conspiracy is thrilled to congratulate our director Jiv Parasram on receiving the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. This prestigious award celebrates the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline.
Jiv Parasram is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada and internationally. He is the Artistic Producer at Pandemic Theatre and the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. He grew up in Halifax and now splits his time between Toronto and Vancouver.
Jiv is currently in Vancouver directing Theatre Conspiracy’s upcoming production Victim Impact. A live documentary that investigates the mysterious aspects of the Rashida Samji fraud scheme that devastated the South Asian community in British Columbia, Victim Impact takes place June 8-17 at the Historic Theatre at The Cultch.
With respect to political theatre and the value of using art as a vehicle, Jiv poses the following questions, “If the aesthetic is the imaginary, where do we need to stretch our imagination in order to achieve political action to where we need to get to? How do we embed a political question in a piece that’s current to the community we’re representing?”
In the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, former notary public Rashida Samji drew family, friends, and their communities into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012. Victim Impact follows this case through the courts and down the money trail. This innovative piece of theatre looks at the fallout for those affected as they got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials. Over 200 people were ripped off in this fraud scheme, which involved over $110 million.
“It is amazing to be doing a show that addresses an issue that has impacted so many people in the Lower Mainland, with a company that has such rich history in innovation and political theatre.” – Jiv Parasram
Tickets for Victim Impact are on sale now and available online at tickets.thecultch.com.
In addition to the theatrical performance piece of this project, Victim Impact will continue to evolve through feedback to the podcast series – Victim Impact: The Fraudcast – which is available now at conspiracy.ca, iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
Credits for Victim Impact:
Writer: Tim Carlson
Director: Jiv Parasram
Cast: Jenn Griffin, Nimet Kanji, Risha Nanda, Allan Morgan, & Munish Sharma
Assistant Director: Gavan Cheema
Dramaturg: Kathleen Flaherty
Visuals Designer: Milton Lim
Original Music/Sound Designer: David Mesiha
Lighting Designer: Conor Moore
Set Designer: Joel Grinke
Costume Designer: Florence May Barrett
Stage Manager: Yvonne Yip
Associate Producer/Production Manager: Jack Paterson
Outreach: Gavan Cheema & Rohit Chokhani
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Dates: June 8-17, 2018
Opening: June 9, 8:00pm
Preview: June 8, 8:00pm
Times: June 10-17, 8:00pm
Matinee: June 16, 2:00pm
Venue: The Historic Theatre at The Cultch | 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $34 Adult | On sale now at tickets.thecultch.com | $10 Seniors, students, under-employed, and unemployed | By donation at the door June 8, 10, 12 at 8pm & June 16 at 2pm
Added Value: Enjoy post-show feedback session with the creators on June 12 | Community forum following the 2pm performance on June 16
About Theatre Conspiracy:
Founded in 1995, Theatre Conspiracy is an experimental performance company whose critical inquiry and aesthetic curiosity contributes to a public dialogue activating freedom of expression, diversity in identity and opinion, and challenges to the status quo. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Theatre Conspiracy provides a platform for artists creating contemporary work for stage and media to investigate new directions in society, politics, and culture. conspiracy.ca
Images: Chris Randle