How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe- Available Light Theatre
October 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm #88740
“Imagine if David Foster Wallace had teamed up with Isaac Asimov or if we were somehow able to create a hybrid of The Princess Bride and Star Trek: The Next Generation (one of the episodes with that guy who wore a silver banana clip as glasses). Come on, you know you’d want to see that.
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe is a witty, uproarious story of human weakness and longing, a marriage of heart, intelligence … and time travel.”
Available Light Theatre is doing a Kickstarter to raise funds for this performance.
“This adaptation will test our formal innovation skills as it translates fiction to the stage. The production must tackle the challenge of portraying time travel, projecting memories and, in this one-person show, surrounding Charles with the other characters who populate his tiny world. This is theatre at its best: all the wires show, and the magic of live performance is even stronger.”
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe will be adapted by Matt Slaybaugh and Jennifer Fawcett. Slaybaugh’s writing and directing of new plays and original works for Available Light Theatre and the BlueForms Theatre Group has been lauded by American Theatre magazine, New York Press, NYtheatre dot com, the Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, and the Victoria BC Times Colonist. Slaybaugh has traveled to direct at such places as InterAct in Philadelphia, Baltimore Centerstage, John Jay College in New York City, and the Kennedy Center ACT Festival.
Jennifer Fawcett’s work has been produced and presented at more than twenty theatres and theatre festivals in the United States and Canada including the Kennedy Center, the Lark Playwrights’ Week (NYC), Halcyon Theatre’s Alcyone Festival (Chicago), SummerWorks Theatre Festival (Toronto), The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Boston), Curious Theatre Company (Denver), and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey.
Donate funds here. This project will only be funded if at least $6,000 is pledged by Tuesday Nov 1, 12:29pm EDT.November 1, 2011 at 1:56 am #466316
This project is only $170 from being funded! If anyone would like to donate, it ends in 14 hours!November 1, 2011 at 2:22 am #466317November 1, 2011 at 2:38 am #466318
Funded! Awesome! :DNovember 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm #466319
Starts Next Week!
Thursday, November 10 @ 8pm + TALKBACK
Friday, November 11 @ 8pm + TALKBACK
Saturday, November 12 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 13 @ 2pm
Thursday, November 17 @ 8pm + TALKBACK
Friday, November 18 @ 8pm + TALKBACK
Saturday, November 19 @ 8pmNovember 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm #466320
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Theater preview: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Wednesday November 9, 2011 9:15 PM
By Heather Gross
Say you have a time machine. Where and when would you choose to visit? When he’s not working, time machine repairman Charles Yu tends to prefer resting in a small corner of the universe where nothing ever happens. (Personally, I’d zip over to 1920s Paris.)
READ MORE: http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2011/11/10/theater-preview-how-to-live-safely-in-a-science-fictional-universe.htmlNovember 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm #466321
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Dispatch review from opening night last night is out!
Performances continue tonight (Nov 11) and tomorrow (Nov 12) at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Next week is: Thursday-Saturday all at 8pm.
“Jennifer Fawcett and Matt Slaybaugh have beautifully adapted Available Light Theatre’s world premiere, which opened tonight to applause, laughter and moments of rapt silence at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Van Fleet Theatre.
Thoughtful and wistful, endlessly clever but grimly funny, the solo work revolves – and revolves – around a time-machine repairman searching for his long-lost-in-time father while struggling to avoid getting lost himself.
Beyond its rare status as a sci-fi play that actually works, this moving meditation on memory and regret offers a time-warped 21st-century update of No Exit and other existential dramas. Here is an intriguing futuristic take on Waiting for Godot, with the sad clown even more hapless because he’s waiting for himself.
Ian Short commands attention with a chameleonic performance. Almost as athletic, intellectual and verbal as a Hamlet, Short fleshes out a dead-end Everyman who runs around the theater space like an intelligent rat in a maze, exploring every option as time runs out.
Theatergoers who think adventurous art matters should take the time to savor this expert exploration of – dare I push it? – timeless themes.”November 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm #466322
AVLT extended How to Live Safely for three more shows:
Sunday, November 20 @ 2pm
Friday, November 25 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 26 @ 8pm
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