Space Opera Zero!
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…
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).
“Eldritch’s artistry in puppets and physical effects punches above its weight — Take a chance on this space odyssey.” ★★★☆ – Toronto Star
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!
“Woolfe improved on Wagner, actually, using more species, more tentacles a little sleight of hand and more songs about coitus.” – Leslie Barcza
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.
“A space-time journey fuelled by love and imagination offers an intense and intimate experience you won’t want to miss.”
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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.
“Outrageously fun, horrific good times” – Life With More Cowbell
SPACE OPERA ZERO
Part I of the Apocolypse Trilogy
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
Produced by Adrianna Prosser
Premiered November 16th, 2018
Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East Toronto
Photography by Adrianna Prosser
Set and Costume design by Melanie McNeill, assisted by Emily Butters
Lighting Design by Michael Brunet