We sat down with any company/artist presenting at Ottawa Fringe (starting June 19th!) who wanted to chat about their upcoming shows. We gave them three minutes (approximately) to make their best case as to why we should pick them. We called it speed dating. From now through the day before Fringe starts we’re choosing one local, one national, and one international artist from those we talked to and previewing them here. Today’s local pick is Wake, presented by Fireflood Theatre.
Todd Silvano has been diagnosed as a severe insomniac – incapable of ever achieving R.E.M. sleep – and quicky becomes very tired… of life and everything in it. He drinks a cup of coffee every night before bedtime, to help the night pass by more thoughtfully. And yet he is still experiencing dreams. His past, his fantasies, his realities are all presenting themselves in different forms and memories. But if he’s not asleep, Todd must be going insane… or is something greater at play? Searching his psyche for answers, Todd, at least, believes that he may have achieved the unreachable next stage in human evolution.
Wake was written and will be performed by Nicholas Amott.
What I Liked About Wake
Last year, Nicholas Amott and Fireflood Theatre brought The Fight to Ottawa Fringe. The Fight stayed under the radar for most of the festival and I didn’t get down there until the last day of the festival. I didn’t expect anything but some fun fight choreography, which had been all I’d heard. What I didn’t expect was a well developed and interesting world, a thoughtful and well-written script, and a show that was far deeper than anything I’d been led to believe it would be. (And all the fights – which were indeed well done – meant something and had stakes in the story.)
So that raises my interest in this year’s offering from Fireflood, this time a one-person show about the search for meaning in life during the unraveling of reality caused by a complete inability to sleep and discern wakefulness from dreams. Based on what I saw in The Fight, and in conversation with Amott, who started the script with an idea to do a show about coffee addiction, I expect that Wake will follow The Fight’s tradition of being a thoughtful, and interesting look into the world and reality this character lives in. In a festival where a lot of fare leans light-hearted and often stays in pretty shallow waters, a show like Wake stands apart as interesting and unique and worth seeing.
Wake takes place at St. Paul’s in the Sanctuary, a venue that hasn’t seen Fringe use in recent years and promises to contribute to the experience of the show. Note that the pull-out program lumps Wake in with the other shows being presented in the basement of St. Paul’s, which is a bit misleading because Wake does overlap with them. When looking at the program, consider Wake to be in a separate venue. Neither it, nor the other shows in St. Paul’s are only 30 minutes long as you may be led to believe.
More info, including show times and advance tickets to be found at the Ottawa Fringe website: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/wake/
Facebook event for Wake: https://www.facebook.com/events/718625031532708/