What I learned from a decade of fear
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4
Curated and produced by Aluna Theatre as part of Progress
Are white privilege, second-class citizenship, surveillance, and interrogation the market price we pay for peace, order, and good government? What of the lives of others, whose countries are disrupted in the name of our safety and comfort?
In an idealistic act of penance, Canadian-born white male Lyon Smith submits to having Colombian-born brown female migrant Beatriz Pizano pull incriminating details from his more-or-less average life. Under a visual palette composited from live security cameras and found footage, what begins as a eulogy for the human costs of our collective safety becomes a ritual to atone for a decade of repression, war, and paranoia.
Directed and designed by multi-award winning artist, Trevor Schwellnus, this daring piece showcases Aluna’s continuing commitment to risk and experimentation. The piece has been presented in New York City (La MaMa ETC), Bogotá, Colombia (Festival Alternativo), Montreal (The Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro), and Toronto (Aluna Theatre), and returns to Progress following a 2015 Dora nomination for Outstanding New Play.
Presented in English with Spanish surtitles.