Seeds is a dramatic re-enactment of the 4-year legal battle between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and one of the biggest biotech corporations, Monsanto Inc. While debates about GMOs are multiplying everywhere, life-changing experiments are being conducted in the food we eat…

Based on court trial transcripts, interviews with Percy Schmeiser, Monsanto representatives, and with farmers, academics, lawyers and scientists from all across Canada, Seeds leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific showdowns about GM food, and property clashes between farmers and the biotechnology industry. The answer to Schmeiser’s “Who owns Life?” question will determine the future of our food system.

  • Great journalism, and even better theatre.
    The Montreal Gazette
  • Seeds asks all the right questions, and lets the audience decide. This is an important story, told well. See it.
    Bloody Underrated
  • If you see nothing else this year, you will be able to say, I have seen a work of genius on stage in a Montreal theatre.
    Anna Fuerstenberg,
  • Eric Peterson doesn’t just play the part of Schmeiser, he lives it.
    Pat Donnelly, The Gazette
  • There is no clear right or wrong in Seeds —just increasing, unresolvable complexity.
    Patrick Kennedy, The Montreal Review

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Production Details
  • Year 2012 (Creation and premiere)
  • Venues Young Centre
  • Playwright Annabel Soutar
  • Director Chris Abraham
  • Associate Director Mitchell Cushman
  • Set and Costume Designer Julie Fox
  • Lighting Designer Ana Capelluto
  • Original Music and Sound Design Richard Feren
  • Video Design Elysha Poirier
  • Cast Bruce Dinsmore, Tanja Jacobs, Mariah Inger, Alex Ivanovici, Cary Lawrence, Eric Peterson, Liisa Repo-Martell
  • Stage Manager Merissa Tordjman
  • Technical Director Camille Robillard
  • Video Manager Angeline St-Amour