The Watchdog Society is a reading of a new play by Kodie Rollan, directed by Janelle Cooper.
Centered around the activities of a neighbourhood watch group, five residents of a suburban community are forced to come to terms with their own racial biases as they investigate a series of car break-ins in their seemingly peaceful neighbourhood. The Watchdog Society is a piece that explores racial profiling in the digital age and poses the question, “whose safety gets prioritized within diverse communities?”
Kodie’s work on this project began as an exploration of his experience with internalized racism and colonial bias as a Filipinx-Canadian. He has generously shared a reflection on his play and the learning we all have to do in the name of equality and social justice through Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Kumustahan Festival page. (http://www.carlosbulosan.com/watchdog-society/)
Christopher Clare as Samir
Chantelle Han as Kim
Stafford Perry as Ted
Valerie Planche as Donna
Kevin Rothery as Jack
Tenaj Williams as Jordan
Please register for this event in advance by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibpoc-playwrights-unit
You will then receive an email that offers a zoom link that you can use to access the event on the 18th!
This project was developed in workshop with Carlos Bulosan Theatre and Downstage Theatre
Support for this promotional video is thanks to Carlos Bulosan Theatre, The Rozsa Foundation and Calgary Arts Development.