part of SummerWorks Festival
Featuring: Nisha Ahuja, Cole J Alvis, Falen Johnson, Michael Rubenfeld, Nawa Nicole Simon, DM St. Bernard
Design and Technology by: Keith Barker, Isidra Cruz
Continues to August 15 at the Lower Ossington Theatre
You could say that Foreign Exchange was an audience friendly show. The affable cast members will greet you as you come in the door, (even latecomers,) with an offer of coffee and fresh baked pie - and you can go for refills anytime you like.
As the show begins, a panel of sorts (for lack of a better word) sits at couches on the stage, à la talk show, and the fun begins. Each of them comes from a minority group, with the South Asian, queer, Jewish, black and First Nations communities being represented. Audience members are given a pen and slip of paper to write on. Ask any question about race or culture that you've ever wanted to ask, it instructs. We're told to explore our ignorance, and cool all our hot buttons. The idea is talk about what never gets talked about, and moments of discomfort may arise.
Images from top to bottom:
Les Races Humaines ("Human races"), by Dr. René Verneau (1890)
The map shows a "roughly drawn" distribution based on: "On the Geographical Distribution of the Chief Modifications of Mankind, Journal of the Ethnological Society of London (1870) [http://aleph0.clarku)"
World map of human migrations, with the North Pole at centre. Africa, beiing the start of the migration, is at the top left and South America at the far right. Migration patterns are based on studies of mitochondrial (matrilinear) DNA. Numbers represent thousand years.