Besides supporting numerous environmental initiatives over the years, in 2011 Garnet McPhrson provided facilities and funding for a centre for the arts in eastern Ontario. It was called The Arts Club. A community centre for the arts which over the years supported a total of 16 arts organizations while also providing a performing arts venue for the local theatrical projects. In this way he was able to support many arts initiatives in the community, by providing creative space, exhibit space, and educational space for the development of local arts and cultural projects. The Arts Club provided space for arts courses, dance events, concerts, film festivals, comedy nights, and productions studios of documentries and music videos.
Garnet McPherson - The Playwright
During this time Garnet McPherson wrote and directed a number of stage productions at the centre and began developing some of his film scripts. Some of the productions were science fictions set in the future where he projected possible senerios that provided a glimpse into of what could be our future if we don't alter the current directions of society. Here are a few examples:
THE ACCIDENTAL HITCHICKER - (2012)
Synopsis - This play by Garnet McPherson is about a eccentric but bright Government Scientist "Edmund Edwards" who stumbles across a time machine hidden in a top secret bunker and inadvertently ends up hitchhiking 50 years into a future where multinational corporations (the Council) have taken control of the planetary financial system and as a result all government institutions. However the head of the Council "Lucifus Barkus" is facing the en-pending rapid collapse of the planets Eco systems and a resulting green rebellion from its citizens (The Tribes). Lucifrus is confident in the power he wealds and innitially does not take the rising of the Tribes seriously. Edmund manages to infiltrate the leadership of the Tribes and devises a plan to over through the Council by a number of campaigns starting with popularizing a new media of exchange in the form of a green blockchain based currency (Earth Coins) which rewards people primarily in relation to their positive social and environmental impact. The goal is to pull the underpinnings of The Council by replacing their imposed global FIAT currency with the Earth Coins created by The Tribes thus rendering their financial grip on the people useless. The Councils power rests with its economic control of the citizens. As citizens widely adopt Earth Coins as their preferred currency the Council realizes its control is threatened and en-devours to hunt down and destroy the Tribes leaders and in particular Edmund. Each act of the play depicts another form of attack on the Council and the tensions builds as the Tribe and the Council square off in a number of show downs.
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN - (2014)
Synopsis - The Night Watchman is a somewhat dark play by Devon Manning and Garnet McPherson about a night watchman who inadvertently uncovers a secret plot by the deranged CEO of a bio engineering company that feels that the only hope for the planet is to reduce the human population through the covert use of genetically targeted bio weapons. His intentions are to sell his creations to the highest bidder. The night watchman (a moonlighting biologist) decides he is going to sabotage those plans and gets mixed up in some hair razing and dangerous scenarios as he try's to unravel the project. In his struggle to become an expert at industrial espionage he finally solicits the assistance of one of the companies scientists,
She is a beautiful and very smart academic who has let her misgivings about some of the experiments she has been asked to perform slip out during casual conversations. They team up but don't know who is in on the secret project so they keep walking a fine line as they investigate and craft their plan. The two of them soon find out that they are putting a lot more on the line than their jobs as they attempt to interfere with the secret project that the company execs have ironically dubbed “The Cleanse” This play brings us to the brink of deaster and we only find out how it turns out in the final minutes of the performance.
CONVENIENCE - (2020)
Synopsis - Garnet McPherson's most recent play called Convenience. Its about the existential threat posed by Artificial Intelligence and the potential for the human race to be subjugated by AI robots that were created for our "convenience", but end up taking over control of our lives and are in the process of taking over our world. What starts out as an public service tech company called Convenience has created a line of robots that are simply better than humans at almost everything. This "little" tech company is quickly becoming more powerful than anyone had imagined. It is in fact well on its way to becoming the new world order before anyone really takes notice. By accident the hereon gains access to its headquaters only to find that the companies AI robots have already done away with its human creators and is now totally run by self maintaining and replicating robots. Convenience is on the verge of taking over global governance so she leads an underground team of academics and scientists who are trying to find a way Convenience can be shut down permanently.
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