King’s Theatrical Society takes an everyday object and makes it the star.
Thu Sep 6-Fri Sep 7, 8pm The Pit, University of King’s College 6350 Coburg Road, pwyc
“Iheard this podcast and they have an episode all about how doors are really forgettable—a good door should be entirely forgettable,” says Zach Greenham. “Anytime there’s a door and you have to figure out how it works—that’s a bad door.”
“The other day, I guess because it’s moving season,” adds Edie Reaney Chunn, “there was a door leaned up on a tree and I was like ‘Oh! That’s a beautiful door.’”
“The funny thing about Halifax,” says Greenham, “is that there are so many opportunities to see loose doors or pieces of wood to just take.”
The two King’s Theatrical Society members, along with Julia Schultz and Amy Muir, have taken this everyday fascination and spun it into a Fringe show called Door Play.
“We were all working on a project last summer and ended up out of nowhere having this idea which is ‘doors that open sideways’—what if we made a show about doors as a broad concept?” says Greenham. “It didn’t have a whole lot of plot.”
Now it’s an absurdist comedy slash murder mystery—“vaguely set in an Austenian period,” says Chunn—that takes place in a house full of doors. There are four real ones and a dozen paper in the production, happening in The Pit on King’s campus.
“One day we’ll have a budget for 18,000 doors on stage,” jokes Chunn.
“A budget of nothing,” says Greenham, “limits the amount of doors you can have.”