Minksie and Ron explore the Gap
Back From the Dead Woman Part Inspiration for Absurdist Play
Anita Moorjani’s book of her near death experience is part of the massive movement of modern spirituality spearheaded by Deepak Choprah, Eckhart Tolle and Dr Wayne Dyer. ‘Minksie and Ron explore the Gap’ by Gina Vanessi toys with the ideas of this movement with absurdist live action mixed with multimedia.
Gavin Rutherford and Gina Vanessi will perform in live action characters as well as taking part in the multimedia sequences which will be filmed in conjunction with ‘Ape on a Whale’ productions.
It’s surreal, it’s a little bit absurd. It’s blasphemous and heretical at times. Ron and Minksie playfully argue how the stuff of stuff-ness works. They build domino trails or chalk drawings and hang upside down. Sometimes they watch the window. There are people in the window; a prostitute, a jar collector, a child, an athlete. There’s a man who is always drunk and a woman who is always organising. These people are all linked, it is revealed.
Gina says “I’m a big sucker for Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra and the ideas they present. I recently read Anita Moorjani’s book about her near-death experience as well. I think I know what she means, and it sounds right and stuff to me. I also love learning about Quantum physics and the weird stuff that happens when people do experiments like Chandra Bose hooking plants up to electromagnetic response devices and Masaru Emoto’s water crystals.”
“As blasphemous and heretical as it sounds, what if WE are god? All of us, together? I’ve got a feeling people have been stoned to death for suggesting this. But when I heard this most recently, I started to feel something, in my chest. And that’s where the play starts. It’s a journey, into the god-space in my chest. Perhaps you have one too.”
F.O.M.O Theatre’s latest production will premiere as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013 at Circa Theatre in Circa Two from February 15-23.
Fringe Invades Circa Studio
Circa Theatre is welcoming back the New Zealand Fringe Festival with ‘Minksie and Ron explore the Gap’ by Gina Vanessi, presented by F.O.M.O Theatre. Circa Theatre is well known for staging more ‘mainstream’ theatre on its big stage and runs more challenging theatrical pieces in its Circa Two space. F.O.M.O Theatre proposed a short Fringe season before the Circa council (in line with the new Circa play proposal system) and gained their support for a short season at the beginning of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013.
Gavin Rutherford and Gina Vanessi will perform in ‘Minksie and Ron explore the gap’ as live action characters as well as taking part in the multimedia sequences which will be filmed in conjunction with ‘Ape on a Whale’ productions.
After initially applying for a season at BATS Theatre but being declined due to BATS wanting to foster more inexperienced practitioners, Gavin Rutherford decided to use connections developed over his career working in more than 20 shows at Circa. “I am excited to be bringing a new writer to a more established theatre and to be able to support her with experienced practitioners”. Ulli Briese (All My Son’s, Tigers of Wrath) will be technical advisor/lighting designer and Ross Jolly and Susan Wilson (Circa Theatre founding members) have come on board as script mentors/dramaturgs.
Emma Giesen, director of the Creative Capital Arts Trust, the new organisation running the New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington said, “Our mandate is to provide a platform for emerging artists, and to bridge the gap between emerging and established artists and audiences. We see (‘Minksie and Ron explore the Gap’ at Circa) as a fantastic opportunity to expand both Fringe and Circa audiences.”
F.O.M.O Theatre’s latest production will premiere as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013 at Circa Theatre in Circa Two from February 15-23,2013.