Sunday, May 04, 2008

May 3-10: Lucia Frangione in NO EXIT

Hey, we just opened No Exit last night at the Digital Centre for Media Arts off Great Northern Way. Electric/Virtual. I have to say, it's a really cool show. I think you'd really like it. It closes May 10th, catch it if you can. It's a neat hybrid of film and theatre, I'm loving every second of this. So nice to be acting again. .... Lucia

by Jean-Paul Sartre
A Live-Cinematic Interpretation from Director Kim Collier
the French existentialist masterpiece
co-produced by Electric Company and The Virtual Stage
starring Lucia Frangione, Laara Sadiq, Andy Thompson and Jonathon Young

May 1 - May 10 at the Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver

Tickets and information: Click Here or call Tickets Tonight at 604.684.2787

In May 2008 Electric Company joins forces with The Virtual Stage in a production of Jean-Paul Sartre's modern classic No Exit. Virtual Stage Artistic Director Andy Thompson approached Kim Collier to direct the play and Kim quickly began to envision a concept that will result in the presentation of both a live performance and a film, simultaneously. This project is in some ways a departure for Electric Company, but it represents a natural continuation of our investigation into the intersections of live and mediated performance.

In the Hangar at the Digital Media Centre we are building our own hotel room as the site where Sartre's three characters must endure each other's company for eternity. This sense of entrapment will be intensified as the actors will be literally confined within the four walls of the tiny room. Through modern projection technology will audiences be able to watch with cinematic intimacy, a meticulously staged live film of what goes on inside the box.

But that's not all... Inhabiting the space between audience, hotel room and giant movie screen is the play's minor character, The Valet (Jonathon Young). Just what he gets up to out there beyond the confines of the script must be seen to be believed. By creating a theatrical space around the walls that traditionally define the perimetre of No Exit, we are widening the frame and possibly finding an exit to this famous play about eternal damnation.

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