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Productive Obsession

Productive Obsession is an independent inter-arts performance company under the Artistic Direction of Rita Bozi and Ken Cameron. Since our founding in 2012 our work has been presented in Calgary, Banff, Hungary and Iceland.
We do whatever we feel like doing, and creating whatever comes to us, beyond self-imposed limitation. We aim to do it impeccably. And we never stop. We are Productive Obsession. And we do a lot of it.
We are interested in life, the brain, politics, history, current affairs, cultures, culture, short-fiction, plays, theatre, music, dance, video, film, performance, education, people, stories, emotions, trauma, societies, the disenfranchised, the privileged, books, newspapers, technology, food, ethics, world affairs, psychology, organizational narrative via group facilitation, addiction, genetics, humans, embryology, elderly care, farm life, Canadian stories, international stories, human rights, neuroscience, travel, nature (in particular order).
We perform in basements, barns, theatres, libraries, cafes and elsewhere. Suggestions welcome.


2015 The Damage is Done (Banff Centre, The Cultch, Vancouver)
2014 The Damage is Done (Banff Centre, Yukon Arts Centre)
2014​ How iRan (Calgary)
2014 Literary Vaudeville (Budapest)
2013​ How iRan (Kitchener)
2013​ 4th Annual Literary Vaudeville – Loud in the Library (Calgary)
2013​ A Night of Performance Adventures: The Damage is Done & My Fair Lady – The Punk Version (Reykjavik, Vogar)
2012​ Be A Man – A Performance Adventure (Banff Centre)


The Damage is Done

Written and Concevied by: Rita Bozi, in colloboration with Ken Cameron and additional insights by Dr. Gabor Mate
Performed by: Dr. Gabor Maté and Rita Bozi
Directed by: Ken Cameron and Rita Bozi
Choreography by: Helen Husak and Rita Bozi
Sound by: Peter Moller and Richard McDowell
Design by: Sandi Somers 

Running time: 90 minutes

The Damage is Done: A True Story combines theatre, dialogue, video, music and dance into a multi-layered performance. Featuring Dr. Gabor Maté onstage with performer and writer Rita Bozi, the show weaves together the story of three different Gabors, all of whom emigrated from Hungary to Canada and shaped Bozi's life. The audience is taken on a journey from a failed Revolution to a family in conflict, from The National Ballet School to Canadian punk rocker BB Gabor, exploring the impact of historical trauma.

Gabor playing himself, and Bozi playing a multitude of characters, explore the cultural history and family dynamics that results in depression, addiction and thoughts of suicide.

The performance reveals how the impact continues to haunt a family today. Healing, they find, comes from the ability to look at traumatic events from infancy and early childhood with humour and compassion, and to defuse the emotional charge that first arose in response to those events. Infused throughout the performance are Gabor's challenging insights as evident in his writing and workshops.

"Understanding that even though the damage is done, we can defuse its impact, is crucial to healing," Maté says in the final moments of the play. 

"More of a conceptual and emotional exploration than traditional theatre, The Damage is Done is highly personal and occasionally "meta". The courage it takes to not only create, but to market and perform such a personally insightful piece is immense.” Danelle Benzon PLANK MAGAZINE

 The performance is followed by an audience-participation talkback/discussion.



How iRan
Written, directed and produced by: Ken Cameron
Sound design by: Richard McDowell
Production Design by: Ken Cameron
Poster design by: egg press
With artwork and voices provided by anonymous members of the Iranian-Canadian community.

Choose one of three iPods and follow one of three stories through a public library. An American Quaker protests the Viet Nam War by moving to Canada. An engineer flees Persia at the height of the Iran-Iraq War and struggles to find his place in his new home. An internet journalist challenges one of the most brutal regimes the twenty-first century. A fictionalized account based on interviews with over twenty new Canadians and one prisoner of conscience.
Intimate Theatre. For you. Alone.
How iRan will premiere at IMPACT Festival in Kitchener Ontario September 25-29, 2013 at the Kitchener Public Library.


My Fair Lady - The Punk Version

Written, developed and performed by: Rita Bozi
Directed and developed by: Ken Cameron
Music: The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and Patti Smith
Running time: approx. 30 minutes

In My Fair Lady - The Punk Version we meet a young dancer named Jody and her mentor Adam. Adam is not just any mentor: he is the anarchistic new wave proprietor of an alternative art club and the unofficial kingpin of Winnipeg’s underground scene. In My Fair Lady we see how innocence is willingly corrupted and watch a young mind gain independence set against the backdrop of 1980’s Winnipeg and San Francisco. With the use of unconventional staging, an improvised opaque projector and over 90 personal photographs, My Fair Lady is adapted from a short story blurring the lines between fact and fiction.


Be A Man
Written by: Rita Bozi
Directed, developed and produced by: Ken Cameron and Rita Bozi
Performed by: Jasmine Whenham, Rita Bozi, Stafford Perry and Genevieve Pare
Music by: Petunia, Jasmine Whenham and Dire Straits
Cinematography by: Patrick McLaughlin
Production design and video by: Sandi Somers
Running time: approx. 55 minutes
Meet Tommy, a hitchhiking itinerant musician who arrives in Calgary at the height of the Calgary Stampede. A supercharged drug dealer and a young female Stampede performer lead Tommy to assert his masculinity. It is only in the story’s final moments we discover the reason behind Tommy’s odd behaviour and seemingly irrational fears.
In 2012, Rita received a Calgary 2012 Project Grant and a Banff Centre residency to adapt the short story into a 'performance adventure'. A workshop version of Be A Man - A Performance Adventure, fusing the literary form with film and live music, was presented for a short run in Calgary at the Green Fools' Studio.
Be A Man was originally written when Rita Bozi was approached to write a story in the literary noir genre for a project called Stampede Noir: Dark Prose from the Greatest Show. The project was spearheaded by co-editors Rea Tarvydas and Beth Everest and the collection showcases 11 emerging and established writers from Calgary.
Read a preview article from FFWD Weekly here