The Wait List Experiment
Written and directed by Valerie Methot

in collaboration with Youth Writers/Actors/Musicians/Designers: Hiraeth Campbell, Fox Hunt, Mitch Broome, Ciara Wilkinson, Nghi Nguyen, Ayden Ramzan, Lily Truesdell, Fiona Jenkins, Isobel Galsworthy, Tiffany Adams, Ari Brewer

April 29 – May 3 at Roundhouse Performance Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)

Performance Dates

April 29, 7:30pm | April 30, 7:30pm

May 2 & 3, 11:00am & 1:30pm for school groups

Tickets Free!

With a surreal artistic edge, The Wait List Experiment promotes access to optimism for a post-pandemic future. Eight youth who are on wait lists to see therapists have been recommended for an experimental pandemic peer support program, which takes place in the eye of somewhere unknown. Their journey has been long and full of unexpected experiences which force them to face, work through, and finally embrace their fears.

Created by diverse Metro Vancouver youth with playwright and director Valerie Methot, and several industry professionals, this timely theatre piece stems from conversations with youth who say the pressure to imagine their future during a pandemic is challenging – especially when trying to manage and cope with everyday fears and struggles. With a focus on mental health and addiction, The Wait List Experiment draws on various art forms for inspiration including comedy, drama, original music, movement, mask work, and visual design.

The Wait List Experiment Credits

Playwright/Director/ Set Designer/Sound Designer: Valerie Methot
Youth Writers/Actors/Musicians/Designers: Hiraeth Campbell, Fox Hunt, Mitch Broome, Ciara Wilkinson, Nghi Nguyen, Ayden Ramzan, Lily Truesdell, Fiona Jenkins, Isobel Galsworthy, Tiffany Adams, Ari Brewer
Video Designer: Sally Zori
Set Designer/Visual Artist: Duane Murrin
Set Designer/Visual Artist: Joe Baker
Original Music Composer/Performer/Sound Designer: Patrick Graham
Movement Director/Physical Dramaturg: Susan Bertoia
Script Consultants/Acting Coaches/Mentors: Tina Biello, Allen Morrison, Lauren Preissl, Sophie Labrie, Ljudmila Petrovic, Brogan Ho, Matt Clarke
Costume Designers: Nik McLaren, Anna Talbot
Music Mentor/Singer/Songwriter: Sophie Labrie
Indigenous Cultural Expression Mentor: Lauren Preissl
Expressive Arts Support: Heather McCrae
Mask Designers: Nik McLaren, Susan Bertoia
Musicians/Mentors: Stephen Fisk, Alison Jenkins
Technical Director/Lighting Designer: Jeremy Baxter
Lighting Designer: Jessica Han
Script Research: Youth from Pacific Community Resources Society-East Van Education Centre; Lord Roberts Elementary; Britannia Secondary PAC STORM
Photographer: Gaetan Nerincx
Social Media Assistant/Q&A Facilitator: Brogan Ho
Props Design Assistants/Mask Painters: Tikvah Wilkinson, Tiffany Adams, Lily Truesdell, Joe Baker, Nghi Nguyen, Isobel Galsworthy

Community Partners, Sponsors, Funders:

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Vancouver School Board, Methotical Productions, Scene Ideas Inc., and media sponsors The Georgia Straight and Stir Vancouver. City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, BC Arts Council, Ministry of Children & Family Development, Province of British Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, Metro Vancouver, CLICK & Hamber Foundations, Porte Cares, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Grosvenor, Private Donors.

Some Assembly Theatre Company and the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) Project

The Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group consists of new and returning diverse youth who work in collaboration with professional artists on a new theatre creation project each year that addresses issues facing young people. Established in 2001, Valerie Methot as Roundhouse artist-in-residence developed the project and engaged in a process of youth outreach in and around the Roundhouse. With huge interest from youth community members, Valerie assembled Chandra Lesmeister and Jeremy Baxter to the team. The project led to the involvement of Ken Lawson, Allen Morrison, Anna Talbot and several guest artists and the development of Some Assembly Theatre Company, a charitable not-for-profit. Some Assembly is now in its 22nd year of collaboratively creating and producing original plays that promote awareness, wellness, prevention and dialogue about issues facing youth. Some Assembly received the City of Vancouver Youth Award for outstanding contribution to the youth community. The company was recently honoured with the Deryck Thomson Award for exceptional contribution to community building and wellbeing.  

Artist Biography

As a director, playwright, designer and visual artist, Valerie Methot is dedicated to the creation of original collaborative theatre projects and providing opportunities for youth expression through the development of new works. Valerie created the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) project in 2001 based on her artistic methodology she developed for her MFA thesis project at UBC in 1997. As creator and director of Treated with Tango, she used theatre as an artistic tool to process trauma, to honour her friend who used tango to fight for his life and died of AIDS. This profound experience was the seed to the development of Some Assembly Theatre Company to which she is artistic/executive director/producer, founder and director of 31 plays she created, produced and presented with diverse youth and artists. Valerie is writer/director of Treated with Tango, EXPOSE, Marbles and Take a Breath. She is director, dramaturg and producer of Nicholas Harrison’s How Star Wars Saved My Life, a play that promotes prevention of child abuse, based on a true story from an adult survivor of sexual abuse at a Catholic School. Valerie was nominated for Canada’s Siminovitch theatre directing award and the Mayor’s Arts Award. Her plays, paintings and installations have been seen nationally and internationally. Valerie achieved a BFA in painting and drawing from Concordia and an MFA in theatre directing from UBC.

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