Interlaced with equal measures of pain and humour, Satellite(s) was inspired by Caroline Adderson’s book on Vancouver’s ever-shifting housing landscape, Vancouver Vanishes.
Oozing pathos and playfulness, this is the tale of Vancouver activist and author Jan (Jillian Fargey), who is campaigning to stop offshore millionaires from buying up local properties. While fighting the good fight, Jan learns that her neighbour, Li (Mason Temple), is a ‘satellite kid’ – a lonely, vulnerable teenager from China who has been left to fend for himself in a ‘monster house’ by his business-like mother, a realtor from Beijing. But Jan’s problems don’t stop there. Not only is she recovering from a head injury, but her husband Andy (Alex Zahara) is cheating on her with their realtor Sandy (Meaghan Chenosky). Add to that the fact that Sandy’s husband Omar (Anousha Alamian), a corrupt city administrator, is cheating on Sandy with Cherry (Sharon Crandall) – who also happens to be Li’s absent mother – and it’s easy to see why Satellite(s) is a powerhouse of pain and humour in Vancouver. Here is an existential exploration of relationships and real estate, directed by the award-winning Bill Dow. Playwright Aaron Bushkowsky is the producer of his dark comedy. The acclaimed writer recently received an honorable mention for Satellite(s) in the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. Christine Reinfort is associate producer. The award-winning Bill Dow directs and Yvan Morissette’s inspired designs adorn the set. Sound design is by Malcolm Dow, while lighting design is by Gerald King. Costumes are designed by Cheyenne Mabberly and Melissa McCowell is stage manager. Studio 58 student Theo Bell serves as assistant stage manager and assistant lighting person.
Solo Collective is an award-winning theatre company. At the 2017 Jessie Theatre Awards the company was up for six awards including Outstanding Production. They won two Jessie awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Small Theatre, and for Outstanding Direction, Small Theatre.
8:00 p.m. November 16 to November 26
Matinees: 2:00 pm November 25 and 26
Performance Works, Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright St., Vancouver
Tickets: 604-687-3020 or purchase online