In January 2017, Canadians were horrified by the story of Lionel Desmond; a veteran who killed his wife, daughter, mother, and then himself, after coming home from Afghanistan. A month later, we learned of Tricia Beauchamp, who served six overseas deployments, but couldn’t receive severance or pension and was evicted from her home after sickness forced her to leave the military. […] For the first time since the earliest days of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan, the collateral damage wrought on military personnel’s mental and physical health was back at the forefront of our national consciousness. Brock’s exploration of these brutally-relevant issues is pure ITSAZOO material: It’s unflinching, unapologetic, and devastatingly human in-yer-face theatre. —Chelsea Haberlin, Co-Artistic Producer and Director
ITSAZOO’s production, starring Genevieve Fleming (Burns), Matthew MacDonald-Bain (Michael), and Praneet Akilla (Tom), will take place in the basement of the Russian Hall, bringing an inescapable intimacy to the work. Each night, an audience of no more than 28 will find themselves confronting the uncompromising story as it unfolds in near-claustrophobic conditions mere inches from their faces. The journey begins in a hot recreational military tent in Afghanistan before the audience ventures to Burns’ home – and ultimately finds themselves in a small-town Chilliwack subterranean living room.
The immersive experience has been crafted by a talented creative team including Jennifer Stewart (Set/Props Design); Conor Moore (Lighting/Projection Design); Mishelle Cuttler (Sound Design); Chantal Short (Costume Design); Melissa McCowell (Stage Manager); and Cheyenne Mabberley (SFX).
Tickets and further information at: www.itsazoo.org. WARNING: Contains Nudity, Sexuality, Coarse Language, Violence, Mature Subject Matter. Not recommended for audiences under 18 years of age. Some audience members may find the intimate and immersive setting claustrophobic.