Kitt & Jane at Edmonton Fringe Festival

Kitt &Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future
C103 (8529 Gateway Blvd.) August 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, and 23
More information: snafudance.com


An interview with Ingrid Hansen

Ingrid Hansen & Rod Peter Jr in Kitt & Jane. Photo by Jam Hamidi

Ingrid Hansen & Rod Peter Jr in Kitt & Jane. Photo by Jam Hamidi

Describe your show in five words.

Adventure Comedy of Apocalypse Survival

Okay, now that we’re intrigued … what’s the longer description?

From the Creators of LITTLE ORANGE MAN

5 STARS – OnStageOttawa

4 STARS – CBC Manitoba

4 STARS – Free Press

“A wild, impressively choreographed romp that is by turns hilarious, heart-rending and in small glimpses, beautiful,Marble.  The show begins with the two grade-eights presenting their high school assembly.  Very soon, the students go off-script, barring the doors and hijacking the school presentation to deliver an important message: They will be dead in an hour, the apocalypse will occur in five years, and they’re here to train you how to survive.  Seen through the eyes of two imaginative teens – the precocious Kitt and an awkward boy with the unfortunate nickname ‘Jane’ – apocalypse survival is articulated with jams on the glockenspiel and ukulele, giant-scale shadow puppetry, and fast-paced physical humour. A hilarious romp and a poignant exploration of the world today’s youth are inheriting and what they’re prepared to do about it.

“You will not leave this show in a bad mood.” –WestofWest

 WINNER- PTC New Play Prize,  Victoria’s Critic’s Choice, Best Visual Identity Montreal, Judges Choice Ottawa Fringe

~Free cake~

Now that we’re past the 2012 end-of-the-world scare, what inspired you to create Kitt & Jane?

I watched my co-star Rod Peter Jr puppeteer a rat puppet singing a beautiful Bob Dylan song at a cabaret night in Victoria and said, ‘I want to work with that guy.’  So our director Kathleen Greenfield put Rod and I in a room full of cardboard and told us to build something amazing.  At that point cardboard was a big part of the show.  Not so much anymore.  We moved on to giant shadow puppetry and the glockenspiel.  He’s a very funny guy and the three of us come up with some pretty deliciously weird stuff together.

In Kitt & Jane we redefine the ‘apocalypse’ to include best case and worst case scenarios- from a potential earthly utopia to nuclear winter and everything in between. This isn’t the Rapture, and it isn’t zombies–(although we never totally rule them out as a possibility.)

I remember being 12 years old and flipping through dog-eared copies of National Geographic magazine, adding up all of the looming catastrophes of the world and coming to the conclusion that I might not survive long enough to be an old person, or if I did the world was going to be an entirely different place from the world my grandparents are growing old in.  And at age 12 that didn’t intimidate me, if anything I was excited for the challenge.  We draw on existing scientific reports about technology run rampant, overpopulation, genetically modified food, species extinction, and the end of cheap oil. We created a song detailing the realistic possible future scenarios developed by the international think-tank Global Scenario Group (gsg.org).

Tell us a bit more about the interviews you conducted with teenagers as part of the creation process of Kitt & Jane – what were you hoping to get out of the interviews? What surprised you the most?

We interviewed real live Victoria teenagers asking what they imagined for the future of our lives on earth – their potential apocalypse, and their potential utopia. One of them spoke of their survival plan being to live in the rafters of Costco, which we actually wrote into the show.  You can catch our podcast series “A Teenagers Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse” for free online at www.snafudance.com/podcasts

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

Come if you like adventure, if you’re sick of hearing people complain about our destructive culture and need to laugh about it for a change, if you watch the Walking Dead, if you read George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, David Suzuki, or, best of all, if you want free cake, because we give out free cake as part of the show.  People have said that watching our show made them feel ALIVE, left them feeling all tingly.  Perhaps they just needed to pee or their foot fell asleep but STILL, for me that’s the goal – to feel alive together.  And eat cake.

Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show?

John Cleese.  Sandra Bullock.  Jim Hensen. Miss Piggy.  Harrison Ford.  Martin Luther King. Michael J Fox.  Terry Fox.  Fantastic Mr. Fox. You.

The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe is August 14 – 24. I’ll be previewing shows up until the Fringe starts. Want your show to appear on After the House Lights? Email jennamarynowski@gmail.com.

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