Door Play

King’s The­atri­cal So­ci­ety takes an ev­ery­day ob­ject and makes it the star.

The Coast - - HALIFAX FRINGE - —TT

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.”

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