– PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT –
In April 2016, 7 months before the most recent US election, playwright Annabel Soutar hired actors Brett Watson and Alex Ivanovici to travel to the US to interview Trump supporters. Their goal was to seek out a nuanced understanding about Trump’s success in the primaries, a phenomenon they – as progressive liberal theatre artists – found both alarming and incredibly intriguing.
This first research trip would ultimately lead to an epic year-long investigation into the state of US democracy — a journey that will be dramatized in 3 episodes leading up to and beyond the 2016 US election. Directed by Chris Abraham, and featuring Watson, Ivanovici, Annabel Soutar and Ngozi Paul, The Assembly (formerly titled The Tuesday Project) offers North Americans a platform to address today’s extreme polarization in political discourse.