Playwright: Wallace Shawn
Director: Ian Leung
Stage Manager: Ian Leung
Production Design: Ian Leung*
*Lighting design based on a concept suggested by Guido Tondino, with grateful acknowledgement of the advice and expertise of Guido Tondino, Victoria Zimski and Aaron Wicks. Costumes design in collaboration with Melissa Thingelstad.
This production of The Fever is presented with the support of an Edmonton Arts Council MicroGrant, and the kind support of Azimuth Theatre.
It’s challenging, certainly, to confront an audience with, well, itself, especially in a time when theatre seems desperate to shuffle anyone through the doors: but it’s all very skillfully, unflinchingly executed in this theatre no. 6 production.
…Thingelstad’s an actress capable of bridging into the emotions necessary to make so much heady, intellectual ruminating affecting, too—and capable of maintaining interest and pace in a 90-minute solo—using an undercurrent of a sense of realization that seems to make us complicit in her thoughts.
Director Ian Leung finds variety in the approach, too: that chair finds quite a few uses, and though the fourth wall never quite breaks, there are moments when Thingelstad will make and hold eye contact. It’s confrontational, and effective.
A stranger in a strange land wakes in a state of delirium that turns her comfortable understanding of the world – and her place within it – topsy-turvy.
The Fever is an impassioned appeal that springs straight from the heart of Wallace Shawn. For months he performed it only in the living rooms of his friends and acquaintances, where it wouldn’t be mistaken for mere “theatre”. But when he finally took it to the stage in 1991, it won the Obie Award for best new play.
Arguably that’s because The Fever does what the most lasting of all art aspires to do: whether or not it changes your mind, you’ll have a hard time not talking about it with your friends and acquaintances afterward.
theatre no. 6 is proud to present Melissa Thingelstad performing Shawn’s 2012 revision of his original script.
Wallace Shawn’s one-person play The Fever was presented by theatre no. 6 from April 23 – May 4, 2014 in Azimuth Theatre’s Living Room Playhouse.
April 24 – May 4, 2014
7:30 pm evenings (no show Monday)
2:00 pm matinee Sundays
7:30 pm preview April 23
The Living Room Playhouse (Azimuth Theatre)
11315 106th Avenue NW
Cash at the door or via TIX on the Square*
Half Price: Preview, April 23
PWYC: All Sunday shows (matinée and evening)
*Tix on the Square prices: add $1.75 service fee per ticket