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Car Stories

Written By Stephen Eli Harris on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | 8/17/2005 10:30:00 am

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I'm quite excited about this new project that I'm involved with. It's new for Newfoundland and I love being involved with new creative ideas. This is fresh theatre that actually takes place in several different cars. There's nothing more intimate than doing a show/scene for 3 people at a time and that's exactly what this is.

Info on the Show:
Car Stories is Montréal's longest-running experimental theatre project, and hits the five-year mark this June. As the only show ever to be kicked out of a "Fringe Festival", it has been described as "infamous" (Amy Barratt, MIRROR), as "a lot of fun, interactive and exciting" (J. Kelly Nestruck, National Post), and as "Montreal's longest running experiment in drama as a culture-jamming street disturbance" (Matt Radz, Gazette). Everyone, it seems, has an opinion. For an audience of only three, spect-actors are taken on a theatrical joyride: they embark on a surreal dramatic journey through a series of dark alleyways and parked cars, all set in the urban wonderlands of Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo, and New York City. Car Stories is a community-based project whereby people from the cities (and beyond) are invited to join in, share their stories, create characters, and help shape the overall theatrical experience. The project is an arts democracy, meaning ANYONE can play in this non-hierarchal dramatic environment. There are no playwrights, directors, auditions, bosses, "peanut butter", or any other red tape associated with the traditional theatre. Such is the purpose of the Car Stories project - it invites us to invent and play any theatrical role at all in a surreal urban wonderland. It draws us together to create a magical transformative experience that people will never forget. Participants will never see the "theatre" the same way again! You can play for an hour, play for a day, or play for the whole run - it's up to you. You can play a role in the performance, or play a spectator (or spect-actor), who experiences the theatrical creation. The overall goal is to play. In doing so we reclaim our tools for dramatic _expression, we reclaim the theatre, and in doing so we reclaim our culture. So hop in! Car Stories has returned!

For more information, including pics and vids, check out this website: http://optative.net/carstories/

Car Stories' first-ever run in St-John's, Newfoundland is from August 21st through 25th. The show starts at The Spur, 164 Water St.


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