Strata Inc.

Written by:

Megan Piercey Monafu

Cast Size:
7-25

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 4
  • Men: 7
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Future
Power
Technology
Women

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

Strata Inc. follows a hacker going corporate, exploring the collision between our best intentions and the enticing compromises we make for success.

As a teen, Victoria was an infamous hacker. Now a young adult, she has created a powerful virtual reality platform and has agreed to work for a giant tech corporation in order to bring that platform to a huge audience. As users collide with the new Internet reality of VR experiences, exploring online privacy, connection, security, and access, Victoria must choose: run the multinational responsible, or escape from her own invention.

Characters:

Strata AI – the AI software that guides users through Strata

Justin – male, 25-35 years of age

Rob – male-presenting, age unidentified

Andrella Smith – female, 25 years old when the play begins; Strata marketing guru

Victoria Gruen – female or gender non-conforming; 21 years old when the play begins; hacker turned developer

Sai Jhaveri – male, 40 years old when the play begins; Strata’s CEO

Reginald/2 – male, 25-35 years old; Strata software developer

Xan – male, 25-35 years old; Strata software developer

Joseph – male, 40-60 years of age; a janitor

Lacey – female-presenting, age unidentified

Tom – male, 30-40 years of age

Shaylene – female-presenting, age unidentified

1 – female-presenting, age unidentified

Eva – female, 30 years old; maladapted to the VR world

User 1 – age and gender unidentified

User 2 – age and gender unidentified

User 3 – age and gender unidentified

User 4 – age and gender unidentified

User 5 – age and gender unidentified

User 6 – age and gender unidentified

User 7 – age and gender unidentified

Reporter 1 – age and gender unidentified

Reporter 2 – age and gender unidentified

Reporter 3 – age and gender unidentified

Guide – age and gender unidentified; in the original production this role melded with the Strata AI role

First Produced:

Premiered as an immersive experience in Rebel.com tech firm, Ottawa, Ontario, March 2020. Presented as an audio play for the undercurrents festival, Ottawa, Ontario, March 2021, audio play presentation by Artengine - June 2023

Resources:

Strata Inc. can be accessed at the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

Casting should be conscious of race, ability, gender, and culture, and many roles could be played by many different people, depending on the director’s vision. I would be very happy to have a conversation with directors about this. Half of the play takes place on the Internet where users can be who they want to be, on some level – and also where they will be mocked or harassed for being who they are; there is much to explore in this.

The premiere production was an audio experience, with actors mic’d, each audience member given a set of headphones, and the play entirely underscored by sound design. Actors and audience were seated in the round together (see photos). Other stagings are of course possible.

Original Creative Team

Director: Megan Piercey Monafu
Sound Designer: Johnny Wideman
Dramaturge: Scout Rexe
Cast:
Prem Anand
William Beddoe
Bénédicte Bélizaire
Maryse Fernandes
Matt Hertendy
Gabrielle Lazarovitz
Will Somers

Warnings:

Content warning: Contains swearing, references and reaction lines pertaining to virtual sexual assault, discussion of sexual assault.

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