Broadleaf Theatre: The Chemical Valley Project
3 Performances: Tuesday, February 11 | Wednesday, February 12 | Thursday, February 13 at 8 pm
In the Black Box Theatre, L.R. Wilson Hall
General admission: $10 | Students: $5
Photo: Dahlia Katz, Chemical Valley
In Sarnia, Ontario, an Indigenous community of 800 residents, is smothered by the Canadian petrochemical industry. Two siblings from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray, have dedicated themselves to fighting environmental racism and to protecting their community’s land, air and water.
A breathtaking blend of documentary-theatre, innovative projection design, a charismatic script and playful solo-performance engage and implicate audiences in The Chemical Valley Project. This urgent production delves gracefully into difficult conversations on Indigenous treaty rights, the nature of contemporary Canadian identity and values, and Canada’s notorious “Chemical Valley”.
Founded in 2014, Broadleaf Theatre creates multidisciplinary performance based on local, national and global environmental issues, making little-known topics entertaining and accessible. Broadleaf Theatre is led by Artistic Director Kevin Matthew Wong and General Manager Emma Westray.
Programmed by McMaster University’s School of The Arts as part of the Designing Paradise initiative.