The Vancouver arts scene is no stranger to the wildly experimental and daring works of the Electric Company Theatre, founded by Langara graduates of the Studio 58 program in the mid-90s.
And anyone involved in the Vancouver jazz scene will recognize the name John Korsrud, founder and artistic director of the Hard Rubber Orchestra.
Now these two artistic powerhouses are coming together to create RIOT, a large scale live music, theatre, dance, and multi-media work set to premiere in Vancouver in Spring 2017.
As part of their research for the musical, the theatre troupe posted a letter on Facebook this week, asking participants or bystanders to contact them if they’re willing to share their experiences. There’s also the possibility of appearing in the musical, either on camera or on stage.
So far most of the comments on Facebook are by people who witnessed the event, and it may be a hard sell to get actual rioters to come forward with their experiences.
Earlier this year the Criminal Justice Branch confirmed that 887 criminal charges were approved against 300 rioters, with 285 of them entering guilty pleas, and 281 sentenced.
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