This public event series is where audiences and communities come together with a playwright to explore big questions about their show in development. UNSCRIPTED, where the audience, playwrights, and imagination meet.
Playwrights who are part of our Associates and Collaborations programs are chosen as “curators” of the events and who collaborates with PTC in hosting public play research activities. From VR parties to immersive horror installation tests to ritualistic journeys into FIlipinx folklore, UNSCRIPTED invites the public in a variety of creative ways to be active participants in a playwright and show’s development.
Be part of our experiment in reconciling space, time, and relationships. We want your perception of Binary Star.
Binary Star unfolds in two halves. In the first, Fátima, a Vancouver-based Brazilian-Canadian dancer-choreographer, traverses British Columbia in the fire-choked summer of 2003. Fátima takes an impromptu detour, only to find herself stranded on a lonesome backroad, surrounded by wilderness, and haunted by memories. The second half transpires over the course of a single afternoon in March 2020, the very start of the pandemic. David, a Canadian architectural historian, is in Buenos Aires for a (soon-to-be canceled) conference. Luz, a local curator, invites David to explore Victoria Ocampo House, an architecturally fascinating—and seemingly haunted—heritage site where she is mounting a (soon-to-be canceled) exhibition. The creation of Binary Star has involved research into architecture and forest fires, and hugely informative workshops with choreographers, actors, a projection designer, and dramaturg.
Immerse yourself in a living palimpsest of time and geography with Unscripted: Binary Star. Spanning decades and continents, this new play from José Teodoro finds its characters navigating fractured families, historical trauma, new friendships, and tenacious love in a world upended by the climate crisis and the pandemic. Incorporating innovative projection design, narrative structure, architectural philosophy, and choreography, Unscripted: Binary Star is an invitation to contribute to our understanding of how we share, reinvent, and receive the stories of our lives.
Date: Sunday, February 11, 2024 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM PT
Venue: PL 1422 Lab (1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC)
COVID-19 Policy: Masks are mandatory in installation/panel talk space. More on the policy here.
Tickets for this event are Pay What You Choose. Please note that 2% + $0.25 will be added to your amount at checkout to cover processing fees.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
José Teodoro (he/him) is an artist working across disciplines such as theatre, literature, cinema, and music. His plays include Cloudless, Mote, Steps, and The Tourist. He is a current Playwrights Theatre Centre Associate and an alumnus of previous developmental residencies with PTC and the Banff Centre. Alongside composer-musician Stephen Lyons, José is one half of Applied Silence, whose debut LP Screen Door is available online and on limited edition vinyl via Offseason Records. Applied Silence recently traveled to the Cali International Film Festival with Binary Star, a short film related to José’s play in development in PTC, which was screened with live voiceover and music. José’s literary nonfiction has appeared in publications such as Brick and The Fiddlehead. His interviews, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications such as Film Comment and Bloodvine. José’s current projects include a screen adaptation of Cloudless; a book of conversations with filmmaker Peter Mettler; a song cycle about labour and migration with Applied Silence; and a nonfiction novel called Without Destination.
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC TEAM
Alisha Davidson, Performer – is a queer artist of Jamaican decent living on the stolen, unceded, and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Alisha is a writer, physical theatre performer, singer and Black History Matters facilitator with Presentation House Theatre. Alisha has performed with The Frank Theatre, Caravan Stage Company and at the The Cultch Historic Theatre and Vancouver Fringe Festival. Their passion for dance and physical theatre lead them to study Pochinko based clown fundamentals with David McMurray Smith and perform with Kinesis Dance. Their literary aspirations brought them to the poetry cohort at The Writer’s Studio, a playwright & directing mentorship with Rumble Theatre and a TYA playwrights mentorship with Green Thumb Theatre. Their most recent credits include; ‘ Claudette’ in How Black Mothers Say I Love You (The Frank Theatre) and Assistant Director for Da Kink in My Hair (Arts Club).
Ana-Maria Alvarado, Performer, is a Canadian-Latinx American actress who was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and moved to Canada as a teenager. After graduating from UBC with a degree in Political Science and working in international aid, she became a yoga teacher and then found her true vocation in Acting. As a storyteller, Ana-Maria is committed to exploring the classical teachings of Strasberg and Stanislavski. It was these methods that first gave her permission to give truth, respect and connection to the stories of the characters she plays. She has appeared in short films, feature films as well as international TV series including The Good Doctor, Firefly Lane and Billy the Kid to name a few.
Daniel Deorksen, Performer, was born in Cowansville, Quebec, Daniel is an award winning Vancouver-based composer and sound designer, as well as a multi-instrumentalist musician, actor, writer and producer. He is an Artistic Producer of award winning BC arts organization Seven Tyrants Theatre Society and a founder/producer of Vancouver’s celebrated performance venue Tyrant Studios, where he spearheads regular live music, comedy and multidisciplinary arts events. Performance highlights for theatre include Berlin: The Last Cabaret (City Opera Vancouver), Japanese Problem (Universal Limited), A Steady Rain (Seven Tyrants Theatre) and Pride & Prejudice (Arts Club Theatre), and he looks forward to returning to the Arts Club stage in 2024’s Ring of Fire. Daniel also performs regularly with his own musical endeavours, including the 9-piece Daniel Deorksen Band and his long-running group Two Apple Tobacco, which has been twice voted one of Vancouver’s best indie bands.
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Workshop Choreographer, is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, writer, and artistic director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, working across disciplines in film, dance, theatre, and experimental performance. She is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level“. Along with her own creations Tara has collaborated with many theatre companies and artists including; Zee Zee Theatre, Bard on the Beach, ItsaZoo Theatre, The Arts Club, Boca De Lupo, Ruby Slippers, The Firehall Arts Centre, Vertigo Theatre (Calgary).
With a string of celebrated solo shows to her credit (including bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember, Body Parts, Pants), multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary bending ensemble creations Tara’s work is celebrated both nationally and internationally. Tara is known for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. She is sought after for creating innovative movement for theatre and has performed her full length solos and ensemble works around the world (highlights: DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, High Performance Rodeo/Calgary etc.). Her most recent solo Body Parts premiered at The Cultch in May and is currently on tour. Tara lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories with her partner composer Marc Stewart and their child Jasper. www.taracheyenne.com
Cande Andrade, Projection Designer, is a Video Editor and media designer based in Vancouver. Recent design credits include, Zahak The Serpent King (Biting School), Julius Caesar (Bard on the Beach); I Carry Your Heart With Me (egg theatre); Little Red and His Lawyer (Savage Society/Belfry/NAC); Tree Drum (Theatre Terrific); Mom’s the Word, Talking Turkey (Arts Club); White Girls in Moccasins (The Frank); Six of One (Studio 58); White Noise (Savage Society/Firehall); Clean/Espejos (Neworld); DYMISH (Theatre Replacement). As a picture editor some of his credits include several animations for Mochizuki Studios as well as recently, the short films a film about a uterus, Common Law and Done/Undone a long form film produced by Bard on the Beach. Cande is a Projection Design instructor at Studio 58.
PTC would like to thank Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and BC Arts Council. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
The Playwright would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, and PTC’s Associates program.