Produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Neworld Theatre and with the participation of Theatre Terrific, Tetsu Taiko, RealWheels Theatre, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Downtown East Side Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC, and East Van Powwow.
A stage adaption of a multi-award winning radio text by German author 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.
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.
Tickets: $29 in advance | $36 at-the-door | $19 Student / Senior
Early Bird 1st Weekend: only $19!
(For performances on Nov 11 and 12, and only if booked before October 1st)
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, (Dates TBD).
The Ridiculous Darkness is produced on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Course language, Mature content, 11+