Strata Inc. follows a hacker going corporate, exploring the collision between our best intentions and the compromises we make for success.
As a teen, Victoria was an infamous hacker. Now a young adult, she has created a powerful virtual reality platform and has agreed to work for a giant corporation to bring that platform to a huge audience. As users collide with the new Internet reality of VR experiences, exploring online privacy, connection, security, and access, Victoria must choose: run the multinational responsible, or escape from her own invention.
Following the March 6 and 13 performances, panels will be hosted with experts in the tech field, including Tracey Lauriault (Professor of Critical Media Studies, Carleton U.), Murad Hemmadi (journalist for The Logic), and Anthony Scavarelli (Algonquin Professor and VR researcher).
About the production:
Strata Inc. is based on real developments in virtual reality technology as it intersects with marketing, the world of work, and new outlets for the imagination.
Strata Inc. uses individual audience headphones, sound design, and mic’d actors to echo the transportational abilities of VR while creating an in-person communal experience of theatre.
Bénédicte Bélizaire, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Maryse Fernandes, Matt Hertendy, Prem Anand, William Beddoe, Will Somers… and…
This production invites interested audience members to read smaller roles. From acting to immersive seating to more distanced seating, this show offers multiple levels of engagement. Contact [email protected] to choose your own adventure.
Only 4 public performances: Friday-Saturday on March 6-7 and March 13-14, 2020
All shows start 8:00 pm. Performances run 90 minutes.
Rebel.com, 377 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
We are the Strata Inc. Collective
Strata Inc. was written by Megan Piercey Monafu, with sound design by Johnny Wideman, experience design by Megan Piercey Monafu and Johnny Wideman, and dramaturgy by Scout Rexe.
Co-produced by Dan Monafu and Megan Piercey Monafu, with executive producer Shawn Kazda.
Special thanks to our venue sponsor, Rebel.com.
One scene in this play contains a depiction of online assault, though no physical assault is shown. The nature of sexual assault online is discussed in two other scenes. If you would like further details, please contact [email protected]
Development of Strata Inc. made possible through the Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award, City of Ottawa Arts Funding, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ottawa Fringe undercurrents festival, and the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Research supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant.