Interlaced with equal measures of pain and humour, Satellite(s) is set to hit the Vancouver stage on November 16, 2017. Produced by Solo Collective Theatre, the play is inspired by Caroline Adderson’s book on Vancouver’s ever-shifting housing landscape, Vancouver Vanishes. An existential exploration of relationships and real estate, Satellite(s) is directed by the award-winning Bill Dow and runs from November 16 to 26 at Performance Works on Granville Island. To book tickets, call the box office on 604-687-3020.
Oozing pathos and playfulness, Satellite(s) is the tale of Vancouver activist and author Jan (played by 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.
Effortlessly blending the ecstasy and agony of relationships with real estate, the play is about betrayal and loneliness in a city that has started to lose its identity. Existential in mood, it exposes the city as a place where people orbit each other looking for elusive human connections.
Playwright Aaron Bushkowsky is taking the helm as producer of his dark comedy. The acclaimed writer recently received an honourable 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.