Obstructions: Save More

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Published on: December 4, 2012

Written and directed by Tim Carlson

December 1, 2012


Jeremy Waller (Ace) in Save More

Save More sings a song of love and redemption in  the big-box store.


Following three sold-out iterations of the Hive party series, Vancouver’s Progress Lab network of indie theatre-makers comes together to test the theory that creativity feeds on limits.

Inspired in part by The Five Obstructions by Jørgen Leth and Lars Von Trier, the core artists of each participating company will submit, a few at a time and under a cold spotlight, to a list of obstructions delivered by a shadowy emcee. The companies will then be commanded to create their next production around those limitations. The obstructions for each company have been developed in secret by their peers – a custom-designed set of obstacles that will prompt each artist to adapt to a new approach to making theatre. Their individual tendencies toward form, place, style, theme, design, period, story are exposed and obstructed, spilling the artist’s bag of tricks all over the stage and out of reach.

Progress Lab:  progresslab.ca


Theatre Conspiracy’s Obstructions:

1.  Cast of the piece must include at least one woman over the age of 60.
2.  Theatre Conspiracy must create a romantic love story (without irony).
3.  The subject matter of the piece must celebrate Walmart (without irony).



Maria                                              Mary Black
Jackson                                           Richard Newman
Ace                                                  Jeremy Waller
Karyzma                                          Luisa Jojic

The Band
Music director, guitar                     Belinda Bruce
Guitar                                                Steve Charles
Drums                                               Ed Goodine
Bass                                                   Mike Kenney

Production Stage Mgmt                  Stacy Sherlock
Lighting Design                                Itai Erdal
Wardrobe                                           Florence Barrett
Sound                                                 Ryen Froggatt


All photos by Itai Erdal

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