Shadow puppets, story theatre, magic, starlight, and murder combine in The Orbweaver, a play about the broken messy, patchwork parts of our personal fairy-tales and our attempts to flee them.
Revue Stage, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
The Orbweaver is a Mexican play written by Paula Zelaya Cervantes that will have its world premiere at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
It’s a fairy-tale gone wrong. Combining shadow puppets, story theatre, magic, starlight, and murder, The Orbweaver is a black comedy that about the broken messy, patchwork parts of our personal fairy-tales and our attempts to flee them. It has a touch of the Mexican light-hearted attitude towards Death and of the playful spirit of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
Everyone should come see The Orbweaver because it’s an intercultural spectacle that combines Canadian and Mexican theatrical narration styles to tell a unique, lively story within a halo of poetry and magic.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
It’d be Spiderman! An “orbweaver” is a type of spider that weaves its web in the shape of (you guessed!) an orb. In our show there’s an orbweaver spider (don’t worry, it’s in a jar and it’s make-believe). We also use “orbweaver” as a metaphor for storytelling and lying, which our characters do a lot of. Agile, flexible and web-weaving, we feel Spiderman captures the essence of our dark and twisty show.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
Dying City by our friends from Aenigma Theatre.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.