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Awkward Hangouts of History

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Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Thursday Aug 23, 7:45 pm / Friday Aug 24, 9:15 pm / Saturday Aug 25, 5:15 pm / Friday Aug 31, 7:30 pm / Saturday Sept 1, 12:00 pm / Sunday Sept 2, 7:45 pm

19th Century Writers + 20th Century Dictators = 21st Century Theatre

Hitler, Mussolini, Dickens, and Hans Christian Andersen go into a bar. Really? Well no, but Hitler and Mussolini did take a plane together, and Andersen did considerably overstay his welcome at Dickens’ home.

Award-winning recent UVic theatre/writing grads Graham Roebuck and John Demmery Green decided to find out what happens behind the scenes when celebrities from history rub shoulders. The result was Awkward Hangouts of History, a play debuting at the Victoria Fringe Festival this August. The show allows spectators to participate in a ridiculous game of you-are-there, translating real life incidents into theatre that is equal parts uproarious and insightful.

What will you discover? Everybody knows that people were always trying to kill Hitler, but not many realize that his fellow dictator Mussolini may have been the biggest threat of all when he insisted on taking the controls of Hitler’s personal plane. And Roebuck and Green are betting nobody knows that Charles Dickens’ six-year-old son “Baby” once tried to push a bowel-obsessed Hans Christian Andersen out the window.

The authors, who also play most of the main roles, are clearly having a lot of fun – which they hope to share with their audience. To prepare for the Fringe gig, Roebuck has enjoyed torturing tourists all summer in his day job as a pirate in the inner harbor, while Green recently perfected his German accent playing the Doctor in the UVic German-language production of Woyzeck.

Roebuck’s play Chaos and the Cosmos won Best Play, Best Original Play, and several other awards in the Vancouver Island One-Act Play Festival in 2011. Green won the Young Playwrights’ Festival with his play Revenge in the Countryside in 2006, and was runner up in the same festival in 2008 with Area Code 419: Africa Calling. Upon graduation from UVic the pair formed Da Vinci’s Kitchen Dramatick Theatre Productions Companie, in which they are joined by Green’s brother and fellow UVic theatre grad Brian Wrigley, who plays Hans Christian Anderson, and whose show The Disinhibition Effect premiered in the 2011 Victoria Fringe Festival.

Cost: Senior: $9
Student: $9
General: $11
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Literature | Poetry
Location: This event is for Everyone
More Info: John Green
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250 370 9800
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