Annabel Soutar
February 11, 2016 - February 28, 2016
Preview - February 10, 2016

In the matter of Percy Schmeiser VS Monsanto...

“…a smart and sympathetic study of the complexities of human nature, a challenge to our tendency to operate on presuppositions, and a meditation on the nature of life.” – Ottawa Citizen

Part court-room drama and part social-satire, this acclaimed docu-drama puts a spotlight in the court case that pitted a Saskatchewan farmer against corporate giant Monsanto. At the centre of the story is the question of not only whether or not a gene can be patented, but how that kind of legality affects all of us on a very human level. This production from Montreal’s Porte Parole has wowed audiences across the country, and features Eric Peterson (Corner Gas) as farmer Percy Schmeiser.

A Porte Parole production, directed by Chris Abraham, with the support from La Coop fédérée

Running Time:  2 hours, 30 minutes, including one intermission.

Bob Says:  “More and more we’re in silos in our thinking about topics of concern. That's counterproductive – even dangerous when we’re talking about important issues. This is a wonderful piece of theatre that will certainly spark a conversation about GMOs, but more crucially, help inject some critical thinking into that conversation. I think our patrons will enter believing they know who to champion, but by the end of the night will have a fuller appreciation for all sides. It will be both an intellectually, and viscerally, invigorating night of theatre.  We are delighted to have an icon of Canadian theatre – Eric Peterson – on our stage.”

  • PANEL DISCUSSION - Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 pm

    Join us at the Free Press Café, 237 McDermot Avenue, for a discussion of the issues raised in Annabel Soutar's SEEDS.


    Annabel Soutar - playwright, Seeds

    Stuart McMillan – organic food inspector & farmer

    Trish Jordan - Public and Industry Affairs Director of Monsanto Canada

    Eric Peterson - a special appearance by the actor playing Percy Schmeiser in Seeds

    Randal King, moderator - journalist

    Doors to the Free Press Café will open at 5:30 pm, and the restaurant is open for dinner orders. Seating is limited, so arrive early!

    This discussion will be live-streamed at

    >> More info about the panelists and event

  • VIDEO - Robert Metcalfe talks about the show

    PTE Artistic Director , Robert Metcalfe on why he thinks you'll be talking about SEEDS long after you leave the theatre.
  • VIDEO - See the trailer

    "Who owns life?" NOTE: This footage is from an earlier production of the play, and some of the actors (outside of Eric Peterson) will not be appearing here.

Text: Annabel Soutar
Directed by: Chris Abraham
With: Marion Adler, Bruce Dinsmore, Mariah Inger, Alex Ivanovici,
Cary Lawrence, Eric Peterson, and Amelia Sargisson
Assistant Director: Tanja Jacobs

Set & Costume Designer: Julie Fox  
Lighting Designer: Ana Cappelluto
Sound Designer: Richard Feren
Video Designer: Elysha Poirier

Stage Manager: Merissa Tordjman
Video Operator: Angeline Saint Amour
Sound Operator: Peter Balov
Production Manager: Normand Vincent

Photo of Eric Peterson by Maxime Côté