Work in Development
Jupiter Theatre is committed to the development of new Canadian Theatre and engages with theatre creators each season through its Europa New Works Incubator. This program presents in-house workshops and presentations of plays-in-progress by local playwrights and theatre artists.
By Constantine X. Anastasakis
Imperfect Symmetry is a full-length play set in mankind’s technologically cutting-edge future, where clones—matured in growth tanks and birthed to serve as public body doubles for their socially elite originals—are at the forefront of a new kind of slavery. The originals and their respective clones seem to coexist amicably: the clones serve their functions—attending galas, film premiers, maintaining appearances on social media, posing for the paparazzi, etc.,—while the originals provide the clones with all the comforts, vices, and distractions of modern living. But everything changes when the originals ask one clone to be a surrogate and carry a child for them. With the help of DOULA, a humanoid A.I. that serves as the clones’ caretaker and handler, the clones uncover a series of disturbing truths about the originals, the clones that preceded them, and the nature of their own existence, and will have to decide between a life of complacent privilege and the hard road to liberation.
Imperfect Symmetry is foremost an exploration of identity and autonomy through the mechanism of human cloning, while also investigating themes of exploitation, corruption, the implications of technological progress, and the media as an engine for misinformation. Inspired by such classic dystopian works as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, this play is a transgressive high-concept sci-fi thriller complete with clones, A.I., hover-vehicles, super-computers, and at its core, a child-like humanity whose 1% still use their resources for exploitative personal gain.
Europa New Work Incubator
For Jupiter Theatre's inaugural Europa New Works Incubator (formally the New Play Development Series) we are workshopping and developing three works by local playwrights over the season. The culmination of this work will be presented on January 18th and 19th, 2020.
Stay tuned soon for more information on our 2021 projects.
by Constantine X. Anastasakis
The Way We Burn
by Madeleine Taylor-Gregg
by Andrew G. Cooper
This staged reading will be directed by Cassandra Watson
This in-progress work will be directed and dramaturged by Andrew G. Cooper
More information on this currently untitled musical coming soon.