Montreal theater tackles the themes of A.I., Time and Mortality
This week, two plays are set to take the stage here in Montreal with themes that contemplate the passing of time , the future of A.I., the nature of our own decline and our eventual mortality…
Marjorie Prime Feb 25th, 2018 – Mar 18th, 2018 | Segal Theatre
The Segal Centre proudly presents MarjoriePrime, a powerful and touching new production by Jordan Harrison, directed by Lisa Rubin. T. , that explores human identity , technology and its limits.
This Black Mirror | Twilight- Zone–esque theatrical piece incorporates elements of technology and Artificial Intelligence into the story arc to lead audience members to ponder the following question : “If you were given the chance to select memories, what would you choose to remember and what would you select to forget ?”.
In an age of artificial intelligence, legend Clare Coulter stars as eighty five year old Marjorie, an ex-violinist whose health and memories have been on the decline . Beloved actress Ellen David, stars as concerned daughter Tess, who is joined on stage by local talents Tyrone Benskin and Eloi ArchamBaudoin.
Her family struggles with the idea and morality of using the services of a “Prime,” : an A.I. hologram being modeled to perfectly resemble her late husband, that will act as her constant companion and keeper of memories…
With a recent boom in Artificial intelligence research here in Montreal with the announcement of the investment of millions of dollars into the creation of several new AI and Robotics lab `Superclusters`, in Quebec and Ontario , headed by Quebec City-based Group Optel with the support of more than 80 partners, the themes highlighted in the play are all the more relevant and emotion infused.
The Segal hopes this play will open the door to more conversations on the future of technology and how it will shape our lives.
Marjorie Prime running Feb. 25th to March 18th at Segal Centre. 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine