The Chemical Valley Project

A Theatre Passe Muraille and Broadleaf Theatre Presentation
Community Engagement Partner Ecojustice

Production Sponsors

Suchet Rajagopal - Mackie Research Capital Corporation

Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve and its 900 residents are smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corridors: the Chemical Valley. Siblings Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray have dedicated their lives to fighting the pollution that threatens their community’s health, safety, and future. In The Chemical Valley Project, theatre makers and friends Julia Howman and Kevin Matthew Wong document Vanessa and Lindsay’s vital activism and journeys as land defenders and water protectors. Through an innovative blend of projection design, object puppetry, and solo-performance, Kevin Matthew Wong (Honourable Mention for Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award, SummerWorks 2017) and Julia Howman seek to spark conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights, and Indigenous relations, as well as the current nature of Canadian identity and values in The Chemical Valley Project.

Venue: Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.

Running Time: 80 minutes

Content Warnings: Peanut free theatre space and candy handed out to audience.  Please contact box office for a list of ingredients. 

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available for all Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm for cash at the door. If you have access needs please let us know and we can reserve a PWYC ticket for you at the door to make the show financially accessible as well. 

Environmental Racism: A panel discussion on issues raised by The Chemical Valley Project

April 15 at 7:00pm

Why don’t the First Nations of this land have clean drinking water? Why are many First Nations reserves adjacent to some of Canada’s most toxic sites?

 Join us on Monday April 15th to hear our expert panel discuss their perspectives on environmental (in)justice and reconciliation.


• Andrea Bastien, Indigenous Climate Action
• Mike De Souza, Managing Editor, National Observer
• Bob Rae, Senior Counsel, OKT Law
• Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Tickets can be reserved in advance on our website, and are free of charge


Performer // Kevin Matthew Wong



For ASL Interpreted Performances: 

Deaf Interpreter // Gaitrie Persaud
Hearing Interpreter // Rogue Benjamin
Deaf Community Consultant // Sunshine Lezard


Kevin Matthew Wong // Co-creator + Writer + Performer + Sound Designer
Julia Howman // Co-creator + Production Designer + Projections Operator
Vanessa Gray // Dramaturgy and Advisement 
Lindsay Beze Gray // Dramaturgy and Advisement 
Frank Incer // Associate Sound Designer 
Aidan O’Brien // Sound Design Assistant
John Cabanela // Associate Lighting Designer
Minha Lee // Composer
Heather Bellingham // Stage Management
Emma Westray, Sabah Haque and Chantel Watts // Producing Team

Wednesday April 10 @ 6:45pm

What is The Preamble? This free pre-show program features Artistic Director Andy McKim in conversation with an artist from the play, or a local expert, to talk about the way in which that piece of theatre is contributing to a broader conversation.

Sunday April 14 (post-show)

After the performance you are welcome to stay and take part in our  Q&A with some of the cast and/or creative team. Q&A’s are a chance  for you to ask questions or just find out more about the play or the  process of creating the work.

Relaxed Run

Theatre Passe Muraille will be piloting Relaxed Runs for select shows in our 2018-19 Season. This means if a show is doing a Relaxed Run that all of the performance in the show will be considered Relaxed Performances.

These special performances are open to everyone, but the environment is specifically adapted to relax the tradition rules around silence, darkness, and stillness in the audience. They are designed to benefit individuals living with autism or sensory and communication disorders, parents with babes in arms, and anyone who would welcome a more relaxed environment at the theatre. Patrons are allowed to leave their seats and return to them in the middle of the show, the house lights are kept on at a dim setting, loud sound cues are toned down, special effects are explained before the show starts, and all cast and crew members are introduced at the top of the show.

ASL Interpreted Performance Sunday April 14th @ 2:00pm, Tuesday April 16th@ 7:30pm

ASL Interpreted performances are for Deaf or hard-of hearing audiences. An ASL Interpreter will be present at the box office 1.5 hours before each ASL Performance. Reserved seats will be available for audience members who will be using the services of the interpreters.

Audio Described Performance Saturday April 20th @ 2:00pm

The Chemical Valley Project has an Open, non-traditional Audio Described Performance on Saturday April 20 at 2:00pm. It is inclusive of blind audiences and has augmented sound and description.   The scripts for the Audio Described Performance are developed in conjunction with the creative teams at Theatre Passe Muraille, with the goal of giving visually impaired audience members a more immersive experience.

Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC)

Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available for all Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm for this show for cash at the door (usually approximately 20 tickets per show). If you have access needs please let us know and we can reserve a PWYC ticket for you at the door to make the show financially accessible as well.  PLEASE NOTE: The Tuesday April 16th @ 7:30pm ASL Interpreted Performance will also have PWYC tickets available at the door (and you can reserve them if needed).

Toronto-based Broadleaf Theatre creates original works based on local, national and global environmental issues. The company seeks to merge environmentalism and theatre praxis and to make little-known environmental issues immediate and accessible.

To find out more about Broadleaf Theatre check out their website here

Community Engagement Partner

Opening Night Sponsor