The Wager – first instalment
First Installment November 2018
Every day we’re faced with information that either confirms or challenges what we hold to be true. When we’re forced to make critical choices we end up betting a lot on the correctness of our worldview.
The Wager’s exploration was inspired by the real-life story of a nineteenth century scientist who accepted a wager to prove that the earth isn’t flat. While he irrefutably won the bet, the flat-earthers refused to see the evidence for what it was and proceeded to ruin the scientist’s life with harassment, lawsuits and death threats.
Today’s wagers are between scientists and climate-change deniers, doctors and anti-vaxers, journalists and fact-denying politicians. Suspicion of well established facts corrupt large portions of the population, yet the stakes have never been higher as we gamble with the future of our planet.
In The Wager, Gargantua’s award-winning artists explore the mechanisms that cause us to cling to what we think we know – even in the face of irrefutable contrary evidence – and what’s at stake in getting at the truth for all of us.
We have now wrapped-up the first year of development for the piece, and will premiere the final work in fall 2019. Stay tuned!
We also offer a student performances and teacher resources Details HERE
The 1st Instalment of The Wager was presented in November 2018 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace by the following team:
top: Jacquie PA Thomas, director; Belinda Corpuz, performer; Teiya Kasahara, performer; Kwaku Okyere, performer; Michael Spence, playwright, set designer & performer; Kathleen Jones, stage manager
bottom: Thomas Ryder Payne, sound designer; Melanie McNeill, costume designer; Yolanda Ferrato, producer; Courtney Pyke, production manager; Tarndeep Pannu, artistic intern; Ryan Percival, artistic intern
photo unavailable: Laird Macdonald, lighting & projection designer