SPACE OPERA ZERO
Toronto's only theatre company specializing in demented productions of horror and the uncanny, told with live actors, puppets, and dark parlour magic presents a NEW tragic tale...
Eldritch Theatre presents Space Opera Zero
Thrill as a 1930s Earth Woman is rocket-planed to a distant planet! Swoon as a tragic love triangle endangers the universe. Gasp in terror as a wicked dog mutant and tentacled slug creature plot to destroy the pulchritudinous Space Princess.
For nearly 20 years Eldritch Theatre has been prowling the theatrical underground, earning audience acclaim and over 25 Dora Awards nominations and wins for their outstanding horror productions. Eldritch shows are "Toronto’s Spookiest Stage Shows” (Torontoist) and in “Toronto’s Top 5 Shows To See” (Culture Trip). This fall make Eldritch Theatre a tradition as it’s a “great way to continue the Halloween spirit,” (NOW Magazine).
"Woolfe’s usage of his weird little puppets...it really managed to subvert my expectations for a “puppet show.” -Mooney on Theatre
Space Opera Zero is the newest creation by Eric Woolfe (House at Poe Corner, The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy) which rocket boosts the audience into a retro science fiction sex tragedy of weird fantasy and horror! Told with libidinous actors, hideous puppets and mind boggling interstellar magic. An homage to the Pulp Magazines of the 1930s with Lisa Norton (Murdoch Mysteries) as Emily Trueheart the Pilot, Mairi Babb (War Horse) as Princess Jenora the Princess, and featuring Eric Woolfe as Doggo the Mutant, Hjalmar Pomeranki the Mad Scientist, Ro-Berta the Sex Robot and many, many more!
"In the world of punk-tinged, Victorian-gothic puppeteering,
Eric Woolfe must rank near the very top." - The Globe & Mail
Directed by Dylan Trowbridge (The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy for Eldritch Theatre, and The Big Game for Red One Theatre Collective), Space and its inhabitants designed by Dora awarding-winning Melanie McNeill, with cosmic lights by Michael Brunet, and sounds that invoke the terrors of the endless void by Christopher Stanton.
Based on the blood-soaked Jacobean tragedy The Changeling, by Thomas Middleton, Space Opera Zero is filled with sinister romance and treacherous aliens. Earth Girl loves Space Girl, who is engaged to an warlike slug monster, and also happens to have a mutant dog-faced stalker willing to do whatever she wants just to have a one night with her. Love is love is love, and deceit begets deceit and worse yet, murder most foul, and even worse still, the potential destruction of all of creation, devoured by an impossibly large Elder God.
SPACE OPERA ZERO
Written by Eric Woolfe | Directed by Dylan Trowbridge
Starring Lisa Norton, Mairi Babb, and Eric Woolfe
Set and Costume design by Melanie McNeill | Assisted by Emily Butters
Lighting Design by Michael Brunet
Sound Design by Christopher Stanton
Stage Management by Sandi Becker
November 16th - December 2nd, 2018
Opening Night: Friday November 16th, 8:00 pm
Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East Toronto
Tuesday-Saturday @8:00 PM • Sunday Matinee @ 3PM (new this year PWYC Sundays!)
All Tickets $35 at the door ($25 Online Advance/PWYC Sundays)
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Original Art by Melanie McNeill
Poster Design by Camile Gauthier
Original Art by Melanie McNeill
Sandi Becker is a Toronto based stage manager. She is a graduate of York
University’s Theatre Studies Programme.
For Eldritch: The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy, Frankenstein’s Boy
Selected credits include: Romeo and Juliet/Midsummer Nights Dream (Canadian Stage), Beneath the Ice (Persephone Theatre), Silence (Grand Theatre London/NAC), King Lear/Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage), Birds of a Feather (Roseneath Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre), Ultrasound (Cahoots/Theatre Passe Muraille). Man to Man/Licking Knives (Headstrong Collective), Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre), La Maleta (American Tour-Roseneath Theatre), Ubu Mayor (One Little Goat), The Tempest
(Driftwood Theatre), Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (Roseneath
Theatre), Tick Tick Boom (Angelwalk Theatre), The Odyssey (Driftwood
Theatre), Miracle on 34 th Street (The Grand Theatre), Midsummer Night’s
Dream (Driftwood Theatre), Stockholm (Seventh Stage/Nightwood).
Upcoming: Torn Through Time (MTYP)
Michael Brunet is a multi-talented theatre artist. He has been nominated five times for awards for his lighting designs and three times as an actor, winning twice for design and once for acting. He graduated top of his class in computer programming in the ‘90s, but saw no future in that field, so promptly turned his sights to the theatre. Since then, he has worked in a wide range of venues, has toured in the Americas and Asia as a puppeteer and designer and appeared in numerous indie films and television shows. His love of the low-tech approach to storytelling has kept Michael rooted in the indie and small-scale theatre scene. Space Opera Zero encapsulates all he loves about live theatre and the possibilities of imaginative storytelling and he is thrilled to be a part of the team bringing it to life.
Lisa is a T.O. actor whose career has spanned the country and the worlds of stage, screen and voice. Recent projects include Mark Crawford’s The Birds and the Bees (Lighthouse Theatre), Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia (Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa), the TV series Carter, the feature film A Deadly View, and the video game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Some hometown faves over the years: The Model Apartment (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); And Up They Flew (Theatre Columbus), Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage), Den of Thieves (Surface Underground), Better Living and Escape From Happiness (Factory Theatre), An Acre of Time (Tarragon), and The Innocent Eye Test (Mirvish Productions). She enjoyed five seasons at the Shaw Festival and three summers premiering new work at the Blyth Festival. Lisa is currently voicing the cartoon series Glowbies, coming soon to CBC TV. Catch her onstage again in March, in Pyretic Productions’ Blood of Our Soil in the Tarragon Extra Space.
But first: Let’s Space Opera!!!!
Mairi is brimming with galactic glee to be a part of Space Opera Zero with this amazing company of intrepid voyageurs. Favourite past credits include: Spider's Web (Theatre Aquarius), War Horse (Mirvish/US Tour), Screwball Comedy, Baskerville - A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Perfect Wedding (Lighthouse/Showboat), Sugar Road, Gift of the Magi, Miracle on 34th Street (Theatre Orangeville), Educating Rita, Guys and Dolls, Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest, It's a Wonderful Life (RMTC), Brief Encounter (Vancouver Playhouse/RMTC), The Rocky Horror Show (RMTC/CanStage), West Side Story (Citadel/TC), Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow) FILM/TV: The Stanley Dynamic, Fangbone. She lives in the East End with her wonderfully supportive husband and cat.
Eric Woolfe is an actor, playwright, puppeteer and magician, and the
Artistic Director of Eldritch Theatre, a Toronto Company specializing
in horror plays using puppetry, live actors, and parlour magic. His
work for Eldritch Theatre includes The Harrowing of Brimstone
McMcReedy, House at Poe Corner, Frankenstein’s Boy, The Haunted
Medicine Show, Madhouse Variations, The Babysitter , The Strange &
Eerie Memoirs of Billy Wuthergloom, Dear, Grendelmaus, and Sideshow of
the Damned. Some of his other credits include Old Man and the River
(Theatre Direct), The Comedy of Errors (Humber River Shakespeare), The
Glass Menagerie, Ghosts (Touchmark Theatre) Rocket & the Queen of
Dreams, (Roseneath Theatre). Little Shop of Horrors (Canstage), Timon
in Disney's The Lion King; Eric has been nominated for over a dozen
Dora Mavor more awards as both an actor and playwright. He is a three
time nominee for the prestigious KM Hunter Memorial Award. The World
Encyclopaedia of Puppetry lists him as one of Canada’s exciting new
wave of notable puppeteers. He has been nominated for 20 Dora Mavor
Moore Awardsand won zero.
His non-creepy writing credits include Step Right Up!, and Twas, for
Theatre Orangeville. Pomeranski Rex for The Toronto Fringe and the film
scripts Cannibal Rain, Zombocalypse!, and Blackwood Hotel.
His film and TV acting credits include Man Seeking Woman, Heroes
Reborn, Defiance, Murdoch Mysteries, Haven, Hemlock Grove, The
Listener, Transporter, Certain Prey, and most notably, George Romero’s
modern zombie western masterpiece, Survival of the Dead.