For nearly a decade Vancouver’s The Only Animal has been creating shows in imaginative locales: swimming pools, in snow and ice, and on the shores of False Creek. Their latest production Nothing But Sky, while not site-specific, pushes the boundaries of theatre in other ways as it creates a live drawing to tell its story of the Canadian who first drew Superman in the 1930s.
Nothing But Sky tells the story of artist and Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, his best friend and writer of the original Superman comic Jerry Siegel, and Joanne, the woman they both love and the inspiration for Lois Lane. From crumpled paper to the most popular superhero of all time, the play merges real and drawn characters as they discover that each has a bit of villainy and heroism inside them. The challenge for the characters comes from DC Comics, and the ensuing stranglehold they have over the trio’s lives and on their superhero.
Produced, written and directed by Kendra Fanconi, Nothing But Sky features 3D projections and comic panel sequences from an animation team that includes Award winning animator Paul Dutton (Triplets of Belleville), and stars Amitai Marmorstein, Robert Salvador and Dawn Petten.
Noting But Sky plays the Scotiabank Dance Centre (Faris Family Studio) February 20 through March 23, 2014. Visit http://www.theonlyanimal.com for tickets and information.