Intrepid Theatre Club's You Show Presents : The Occupied Mind of Mr. K
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
2:00 pm 7:00 pm
How does the power of the “one percent” stack up against the supernatural? That’s what The Occupied Mind of Mr. K (or, To Make a Living) seeks to answer. The play, by local playwright John Demmery Green, is presented by Intrepid Theatre Club as their next You Show. It explores what can happen when two unemployed friends convince a new-age, faux-Hindu guru to hijack the mind of a recently-deceased billionaire.
Green, a recent graduate of University of Victoria’s Writing and Theatre departments, has taken the premise from a medieval Indian folk tale. The story, about three Brahmin students who use their yogic powers to take over the mind of a king, is perhaps one of the earliest literary references to student debt. The students owe their guru for their education, for which he’s demanded one million gold pieces.
Green found the parallels between the polarized economic conditions of medieval India and our own unequal modern world striking and unsettling. Mr. K seeks to satirize, transplant and update the story, creating a contemporary fairy tale complete with an ending in which everybody gets what they deserve (almost).
This is the second project from Da Vinci’s Kitchen Dramatick Theatre Productions Company, founded by Green and fellow writer/actor Graham Roebuck. The two staged their work at the 2012 Victoria Fringe Festival in Awkward Hangouts of History, which Monday Magazine praised as “filled with sharp wit and slapstick humour.” Green, former winner of Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Young Playwrights Competition, believes audiences will find much of the same in his newest work.
Green and Roebuck, who plays the mind-shifting mediator known as Pericles, are joined in their current endeavour by fellow UVic theatre grad Molly Noonan as director. The experienced cast includes Randi Edmundson (who played Olivia in UVic’s recent production of Twelfth Night) and veteran Fringe and Victoria street theatre performer Gary Johnson.