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Cells in a petri dish. A scientist. A ghost. A laboratory mouse. In Shadowlands, Savannah Harvey is on a journey to see what can’t be seen, and a quest to find truth in the dark.
Why should someone come see your show?
Shadowlands is staged in the dark. Once the lights go down at the top of the show, they don’t come back on until the end. That makes the audience experience very unique. What you can see, what you can’t see, what you think you can see are all part of the play and another layer of the text.
And the text is intricate. This play isn’t hilarious, it doesn’t whip by at breakneck speed nor explode with spectacle. It challenges you as an audience member. It demands your focus, your energy, your intelligence. You have to work for it, you have to meet the art halfway. Shadowlands is about knowledge, and knowledge is something you must actively pursue. This is a show in revolt against instant gratification, the superficial, the entertaining, the popular culture.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
I know. Not exactly a sexy choice, unless we go with the James McAvoy version. But Professor X has other things going for him. He believes in challenging humans and mutants alike. He expects great things from every person, regardless of their genetics. For God’s sake, how many times will he be disappointed and betrayed by Magneto?! I’ll tell you: Every. Single. Friggin’. Time. Because he genuinely believes that this time, this time, Erik will change.
Like I said earlier, Shadowlands challenges its audience. And it challenges the medium of theatre, too. It’s trying new things and taking risks. It believes that theatre can be more, that it should never stop trying to be more. It’s ambitious. It’s definitely even a little pretentious – our professor certainly is – but its heart is in the right place, just like Chuck’s.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
That’s like asking Professor X to choose a favourite X-Man, it’s gotta be between Logan and Jean, right?
I’ll go with Distractingly Sexy by Nebula Company Theatre and Mily Mumford. I haven’t seen it yet, but we both have shows about science and women in the sciences. Check them out. I’m going to.
#FringeDuJour is a daily peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 7-17 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.