Produced by Alley Theatre (Three Stories Up, Little One, Mrs. Warren's Profession)
in partnership with Neworld Theatre and with the participation of Theatre Terrific, Tetsu Taiko, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Street Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC, and the East Van Powwow Troupe.
November 11th - 19th at The ANNEX Theatre (823 Seymour Street)
Premiering with an event to honour Remembrance Day, and closing on the United Nations-sanctioned 'World Toilet Day'.
A stage adaption of a multi-award winning radio text by Wolfram Lotz, The Ridiculous Darkness is a satirical modern mash-up of the classic novel Heart of Darkness and the Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now. When two soldiers enter a foreign (to them) land to retrieve a fellow comrade who has gone rogue, the local communities and inhabitants encounter them one by one, and the journey becomes an earnest – albeit hilarious - exploration of how difficult yet vital it is to understand "the other".
Directed by Marisa Emma Smith and Nyla Carpentier, The Ridiculous Darkness features Clint Andrew (The Embargo Project, Arctic Air), Daniel Arnold (Little One, The Romeo Initiative), Miranda Edwards (Twelfth Night - Stratford), Emilie Leclerc (Redpatch, Mathieu Mathematiques), Munish Sharma (Brothel #9, Men in White), Amanda Sum (The Wolves) and numerous other performers from the Vancouver community.
Ancillary Community Events:
- Post-show talkbacks dedicated to each partner group
- Public workshops and events hosted by the partner groups
The Ridiculous Darkness won ‘German Play of the Year’ and ‘Dramatist of the Year’ for writer Wolfram Lotz before sweeping across Europe with over 20 productions since 2015. It has been professionally translated into English by Daniel Brunet (translator of Funny Games), and Alley Theatre's production is the North American premiere.
Press for Alley Theatre:
"This excellent company makes every moment count." - New York Times
"Vancouver offers some of the most innovative theatre around. Alley Theatre is no exception." - CBC Radio
Vancouver’s Alley Theatre has received two Jessie Richardson Awards and nine nominations including two “Critics’ Choice Awards for Innovation”. Past productions include: Confessions, TAPE, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Place, Kayak, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Little One, O’wet/Lost Lagoon, Marrow, and Three Stories Up. Alley Theatre is a winner of The Cultchivating Award and has received critical acclaim outside of Vancouver, including from Time Out New York and The New York Times.
$29 in advance | $36 at-the-door | $19 Student / Senior
30% of every ticket sold goes directly to the Participant Organizations involved.
Free Ticket Vouchers are available at The Carnegie Centre, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and numerous Royal Canadian Legions. Ten seats per performance are reserved for Free Ticket Voucher holders.
Additional Notes: The performance runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
ASL interpretation and Vocal Eye Description will be available at one performance, TBD.
The Ridiculous Darkness is produced on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Course language, Mature content, 11+