Alley Theatre: The Ridiculous Darkness

Alley Theatre, in partnership with Neworld Theatre, presents the large-scale stage adaptation and North American premiere of The Ridiculous Darkness, a multi-award-winning German radio play by Wolfram Lotz, this is a boldly satirical, modern mash-up of the classic novel Heart of Darkness and the Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now.
After being charged with piracy, a Somali man seeks understanding – but his case is soon interrupted by the story of two western soldiers entering a foreign (to them) land. They’ve been ordered to retrieve a fellow officer who has gone rogue and killed two of his own comrades. But on their journey ‘down the rabbit hole’ various people and local communities encounter them, and the story becomes an earnest – albeit hilarious – exploration of how difficult, yet vital, it is to understand each other. Directed by Marisa Emma Smith and Nyla Carpentier, The Ridiculous Darkness is produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Neworld Theatre, and with the participation of Theatre Terrific, Tetsu Taiko, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Downtown East Side Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC, Realwheels Theatre, and the East Van Powwow Crew. Thirty percent of all ticket revenue will go directly to these participant organizations.
“I think as artists, as people, we need to be reminded of the value of looking beyond our own noses,” says co-director Marisa Emma Smith. “And with this project, we’re definitely looking beyond in a lot of different directions!”
Running Time:  135 minutes including 15-minute intermission
November 11-19 | The ANNEX | 823 Seymour Street
Performance Times:  Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30pm | Sunday, 2:00pm
Community Opening on Remembrance Day.
Closing on United Nations-sanctioned ‘World Toilet Day’.

Tickets:  From $19 at

Added Value:  ASL & Vocal Eye Audio Description at select performances (TBA) Wheelchair Accessible
Talkbacks & ancillary events will be held by each of the participanting organizations (schedule TBA)

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