Overhead projection meets performative research essay meets personal narrative as Claren Grosz attempts to reconcile her Alberta oil-industry roots with the current environmental emergency. I love the smell of gasoline was born of a frustration with divisive Canadian politics, rampant hypocrisy, and a lack of team spirit when facing impending doom. What does it really mean to sacrifice and to survive? How can we harness our agency and responsibility in a global crisis?
“The global energy crisis is a polarizing issue, and Grosz has a unique life story and perspective that enable her to bridge the extremes and keep humanity at the forefront.” – SesayArts Magazine
Created and Performed by Claren Grosz
Co-Directors William Dao & Claren Grosz
Projections Designer Claren Grosz
Production Stage Manager Taylor Young
Projectionist/Collaborator Jesse Wabegijig
Projectionist/Collaborator Elyse Waugh
Projectionist/Collaborator Stephanie Zeit
ASL-English Interpreter Sage Lovell
Set Design Echo Zhou
Sound Design, System and Compositions Christopher-Elizabeth
Consultant Michelle Robinson
Developed with dramaturgical support from Andrea Donaldson, Cherish Violet Blood, William Dao and Keshia Palm.
Recommended for audiences 13+.
Opening, Wednesday, March 8 performance is sold out!
ASL-English interpretation on Friday, March 10 and Sunday, March 12
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As Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood Theatre is driven by artistic excellence, advocacy, and the successful training and development of artists that self-identify as having lived experience touched by womanhood – this includes but is not limited to trans, cis, Two-Spirit and non-binary folks. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created and produced award-winning plays, which have won Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General’s Awards.
Photo Credit: Claren Grosz in I love the smell of gasoline by Fran Chudnoff.