SNAFU Summer 2011
Show: Little Orange Man
Author : Ingrid Hansen - SNAFU
Somehow, a years worth of work and play always gets crammed into two-and-a-half months of summer.
I begin summer working 10-hour days as a puppeteer. I sit in a dark warehouse on the set for a children's TV Series called Tiga Talk. There are three puppets - a wolf, a goose and a gopher. I'm the gopher. I'm a gopher with a Miss Piggy complex: chubby, fuzzy, but damned if I don't look good in a tiara, tutu and a moustache. On the set I eat free catered food, hang out with adorable children and laugh with the other puppeteers. These guys bring Nerd up to a whole new level of Amazing. I speak all day in the voice of a gopher, and I rarely see the sun. This is July.
After four weeks in puppet-world I hop on a red-eye flight to Toronto. I rehearse, remix, and rebuild the show Pretty Little Instincts for the SummerWorks Festival. We dance outdoors in the grassy moat on the walls of an old Historic Fort tucked away in downtown Toronto, sharing stage space with the bats and the gophers and the...skunks. They frolic around the dancers in their matching black and white. Performing in the show, I'm a white-painted red-maned woman at a post-apocalyptic mad-hatter's tea party. We dance barefoot in the grass, tip-toeing around mothballs we've left in corners to keep away the skunks. This is Early August.
I fly back to the Island. Kathleen Greenfield and I begin building Little Orange Man for the Victoria Fringe. I'm now twelve years old. I play Kitt the Kinder-Whisperer. Kitt's world view is formed as much out of her grandfather's gruesome folktales as of Google and quantum theory. "Kitt's not someone you'd want your kid to have a playdate with," wrote the Calgary Herald, "she's the sort of girl that director Terry Gilliam might have dreamed up." As Kitt, I am beginning a massive dream experiment -- which requires access to the audience's subconscious. I'm looking for strangers online to take part in this experiment. I'm losing the one I love most and I'm fighting. Hard. I sing. I'm playing with my food as the epic battle unfolds between celery and romaine. This is Late August.
We open this Friday if you want to join the experiment.
Little Orange Man - Opening Friday August 26th