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Theatre Replacement shortlisted

Theatre Replacement's Maiko Yamamoto and James Long, both SCA alumni and frequent SCA instructors, have been shortlisted the Siminovitch Prize, the biggest theatre prize in the country, worth $100,000.

Janet Smith in the Georgia Straight did a quick overview of their work for the announcement, highlighting their recurring and popular East Van Panto, which is produced in partnership with The Cultch, their smart Town Criers project, the "staged conversation" Winners and Losers, which they co-produced with Neworld Theatre, and their latest show, MINE.

Featuring SCA BFA alumni Remy Siu as a gamer/performer and produced by SCA MFA alumni Corbin Murdoch, who's also Theatre Replacement's  Managing Producer, MINE is inspired by Yamamoto's interactions with her own young son, who is obsessed with the popular video game Minecraft. Staged by a group of "gamer/performers between the ages of 11 and 46," MINE offers "an intergenerational performance that both interrogates and recognizes the role technology plays in our modern parent-child relationships." Originally co-produced by the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in November, 2018, MINE will be staged again on March 18 – 22, 2020, at The Cultch.