Phil Soltanoff (New York, USA)
Studio T, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
8:00PM (120 min, with intermission)
Post-performance Talk: January 22
Act 1: Eat 1 with Dine Out Vancouver:
L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk paired with Bitter Tasting Room: January 22
L.A. Party and An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, conceived by New York theatre artist Phil Soltanoff, are two one-man shows—with no man.
In L.A. Party a fanatical vegan falls off the purity wagon, plunging head first into a wild, drug-induced bender in the City of Angels. Six performers on stage produce a compelling composite human being to recount the hilarious short story, mixed with live video. L.A. Party is engaging storytelling at its most elemental, matched with innovative low-tech but high-concept special effects.
In An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk sound and video clips of Captain James T. Kirk of the original Star Trek series are stitched together to create a meticulously catalogued montage. Like an oracle, the young Shatner beams from the screen to ‘speak’ about art, science and the human condition of the future. This is theatre conceived for a post-human world.
Phil Soltanoff is known for his innovative, hybrid work in which the arts collide in compelling ways. He challenges familiar forms, builds links among seemingly incompatible media and materials, and employs new technologies in surprising and human ways.
>> … Mind-bending, gut-splitting ride. And then it gets funnier. << New York Theater Wire
Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35
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Group rate: $23
Director: Phil Soltanoff | Writers: David Barlow & Joe Diebes | Systems designer: Rob Ramirez | Performers: Mari Akita, Ilan Bachrach, David Barlow, Kristine Oakes, Rob Ramirez, Phil Soltanoff | Lighting Designer: Steve Brady
Production Supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; MAP Fund supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk commissioned and produced at Fusebox Festival, supported by MAP Fund