(Vancouver, BC) ~ Theatre Conspiracy is thrilled to present the world premiere of Victim Impact from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 17 at The Cultch.
In the largest Ponzi scheme in B.C. history, former notary public Rashida Samji drew family, friends, and their communities into a vast web of deceit between 2003 and 2012. Victim Impact is Theatre Conspiracy’s newest contribution to the theatre community – a live documentary investigating mysterious aspects of this case, following it through the courts and down the money trail. This innovative piece of theatre looks at the fallout for those affected as they got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials. Over 200 people were ripped off in this fraud scheme, which involved over $110 million.
Nimet Kanji leads the cast as Rashida Samji and is joined by Jenn Griffin, Risha Nanda, Allan Morgan and Munish Sharma, all in multiple roles. Victim Impact is written by Theatre Conspiracy’s Artistic Director Tim Carlson in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Kathleen Flaherty, visuals designer Milton Lim and sound designer David Mesiha, who all worked together on the hit show Foreign Radical.
In addition to the theatrical performance piece of this project, Victim Impact will continue to evolve through feedback to the podcast series – Victim Impact: The Fraudcast – which is available now at conspiracy.ca, iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
“From Samji’s claim that she was the ultimate victim, to the tangle of court trials and attempts to get money back to the victims, the show exposes the dramatic effects of a vicious scam,” says Tim Carlson. “It destroyed the hopes and dreams of hundreds of people including Samji’s family members and friends. And they are not satisfied that justice is being done.”
Credits for Victim Impact:
Writer: Tim Carlson
Director: Jiv Parasram
Assistant Director: Gavan Cheema
Dramaturg: Kathleen Flaherty
Visuals Designer: Milton Lim
Original Music/Sound Designer: David Mesiha
Lighting Designer: Conor Moore
Set Designer: Joel Grinke
Costume Designer: Florence May Barrett
Stage Manager: Yvonne Yip
Associate Producer/Production Manager: Jack Paterson
Outreach: Gavan Cheema & Rohit Chokhani
Cast: Jenn Griffin, Nimet Kanji, Risha Nanda, Allan Morgan, & Munish Sharma
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Founded in 1995, Theatre Conspiracy’s critical inquiry and aesthetic curiosity contributes to a public dialogue activating freedom of expression, diversity in identity and opinion, and challenges to the status quo. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Theatre Conspiracy provides a platform for artists creating contemporary work for stage and media to investigate new directions in society, politics, and culture. conspiracy.ca
WHEN: June 8-17, 2018
OPENING: June 9, 8:00pm
PREVIEW: June 8, 8:00pm
PERFORMANCE TIMES: June 10-17, 8pm
MATINEE: June 16, 2:00pm
WHERE: The Historic Theatre at The Cultch | 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
TICKETS: $34 Adult | On sale now at tickets.thecultch.com
$10 Seniors, students, under-employed, and unemployed
By donation at the door June 8, 10, 12 at 8pm | June 16 at 2pm
ADDED VALUE: Enjoy post-show feedback session with the creators on June 12
Community forum following the 2pm performance on June 16