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DO YOU WANT WHAT I HAVE GOT? A CRAIGSLIST CANTATA
Bill Richardson & Veda Hille (Vancouver, Canada)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Arts Club Theatre Company
January 19 – February 11, 2012 8:00pm | Tues 7:30pm
Matinee Wed & Sat 2:00pm, No show Sun
Arts Club, Revue Stage. 1601 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Post-Show Talkback Feb 7
PREMIERE Your personal ads, set to music! Irregular hats for cats, mounted lobsters, autographed copies of the Bible: this new work from composer Veda Hille and the CBC’s Bill Richardson explores what humanity has to offer and turns it into sidesplitting musical fare. Who wouldn’t want a broken time machine, for free? Come and take a look at the vagaries and intimacies of the internet. Featuring the original songs “300 Stuffed Penguins,” “Chilli Eating Buddy,” “Decapitated Dolls,” and more.
With more than 700 local sites in 70 countries, and over 20 billion page-views and 50 million new ads posted monthly, Craigslist has become a treasured online locus where we are sanctioned to share our needs, wants, and offerings. Hille describes it as “the mass of humanity pressed against the glass,” offering a forum that is simultaneously anonymous and incredibly public. After its smashing debut as part of Twenty-Minute Musicals at Club PuSh in 2009, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata returns as a full-fledged production with 80 heartfelt minutes of quick-witted spoken text and song.
>>Musically charming… poignant and funny.<< Geist Magazine
Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata is the brainchild of two of Vancouver’s most beloved cultural icons. An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Bill Richardson has contributed to CBC Radio since 1984 and currently hosts “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” and “In Concert.” Composer Veda Hille is one of Canada’s foremost indie singer-songwriters and has been described as “visceral, luminescent, fierce, haunting, and with talent to burn” (The Coast, Halifax).
By Bill Richardson and Veda Hille
Director Amiel Gladstone
Starring J. Cameron Barnett, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Bree Greig, Veda Hille, Selina Martin,Barry Mirochnick
Dramaturg Rachel Ditor
Set Designer Ted Roberts
Costume Designer Darryl Milot
Lighting Designer John Webber
Assistant Director Shane Snow
Stage Manager Allison Spearin
Running Time 80min
About the Festival
PuSh presents acclaimed local, national and international artists and showcases contemporary work that is visionary, genre-bending, starting and original. The Festival runs January 17 – February 5, 2012!
The annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over 20 days each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and various hybrid forms of performance. It attracts acclaimed local, national and international artists and their work.
In a spirit of innovation, the PuSh Festival engages and enriches audiences with adventurous contemporary performance, while promoting cultural exchange and development.
The Festival showcases contemporary work that is visionary, genre-bending, startling and original. Outreach activities promote a sense of shared curiosity and renewed appreciation for the role of contemporary art in everyday life, while the Assembly networking event provides practitioners unique opportunities for skills enhancement, increased profile and touring in Canada and abroad.