SPACE // SPACE by Jason Craig
November 21- November 29, 2014
(Preview November 20)
PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330-84 Avenue
A CONVERSATION WITH JASON CRAIG
SPACE// SPACE was originally created and produced in 2012 by Brooklyn-based performance group Banana, Bag and Bodice. Over the next month we'll be sharing NLT's Artistic Director, Trevor Schmidt's conversation about the play with Jason Craig, Banana, Bag and Bodice's AD and playwright of SPACE// SPACE. (That’s him looking purple and fuzzy below)
TREVOR: I'm intrigued by the switch from uniform/jumpsuits to larger 'furry' suits. Was this a conscious choice to highlight the 'lab rat' aspect of the play?
JASON: I think the costumes are the elephant in the space ship. They are never referred to and become a norm to their existence. They are a weird space suit I guess, or they could easily be the lab rat reference. Practically we needed something to hide the belly. Which was very real. Jess was 7 months pregnant when we performed it. She lined the suit with ice packs (they got hot). They were loosely inspired by a Die Antwoord short movie that Harmony Korine directed.
Check it out here.
TREVOR: I love the unhurried pace and uncomfortable pauses in the video clips from this show. Can you talk about the use of silence or…...unfilled space in your own shows?
JASON: Ah, I guess I got into theater by reading a bunch of Pinter. This piece definitely gets back to that earlier writing style that I had. And there is so much silence in space, whether in actual space, or in a broom closet if that is all you have.
TREVOR: As a performer, what kind of reaction did you get from your audience- particularly as things get darker for Lumus in the flashbacks of his stand-up act?
JASON: Those sections were my favorite as I got to interact, or at least recognize that an audience was in the room with us. I always have a problem with that fourth wall thing, so we usually build in some sort of devise that allows the audience in to our world in some way. And the stand up format is so recognizable. I think because of that, the darker humor sat easier in the room.
Stay tuned for next week's NLT newsletter for more of our conversation with Jason and more exclusive details about SPACE// SPACE.
For more information about Banana Bag and Bodice and Jason Craig check out their website at http://bananabagandbodice.org/
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SPACE // SPACE SPECIAL EVENTS
With three plays that include challenging conversations, Northern Light Theatre is delighted to unveil our new salon-style events which provoke further dialogue and discussion.
Free Student Preview
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Bring your valid student id and receive a free ticket!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
(6:15 pm Director's Circle, 7:30 pm Show)
Join Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt as he takes you through the ins and outs of the play. Where did he find the script? Why did he choose the play? How does it fit into the season?
(With complimentary treats sponsored by Under the High Wheel)
Two-For- One Tuesday
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
(7:30 pm Show)
We’re overjoyed to bring back our steal of deal on tickets. Come check out SPACE//SPACE and your guest gets in for free. Two-for-one tickets are only available at the door so get there early before we sell out!
Guest Speaker Salon
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
(7:30 pm Show, Speaker Salon Immediately After Show)
Explore the ideas of gender norms and transgender issues with writer and lecturer Ruth Dyck Fehderau (BA, MA, PhD)
(With complimentary treats sponsored by Famoso West Edmonton Mall)
Thursday, November 27, 2014
(7:30 pm Show, Talk Back Immediately After Show)
Here's your chance to hob knob with the actors of SPACE // SPACE. Ready all of your burning questions and launch away!
Friday, November 28, 2014
(10:30 pm Cocktails and Mingling, 11:30 pm show)
Set the stage for some late night fun with Northern Light Theatre.
To book single tickets to SPACE// Space please click here: www.fringetheatre.ca or call Northern Light Theatre