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CLOSED #Contest #Win Push Festival 2tics to Jan. 21 L.A. Party/William Shatner Asterisk @goodlifevan

13_LAPartyWilliamShatnerContest Closed L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk Phil Soltanoff (New York). Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival with SFU Woodward’s.

TO WIN: “RT to #win #Contest 2tics @PushFestival to Jan. 21 L.A. Party/William Shatner Asterisk @goodlifevan http://ow.ly/sILl5

Two one-man shows—with no man. L.A. Party is story telling at its most playful, with low-tech, high-concept effects. In An Evening… William Shatner “speaks” about science and art via meticulously stitched video clips from Star TrekJan 21-25, 8pm, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Studio T. Tickets: $27-35, ticketstonight.ca, 604.684.2787. pushfestival.ca.

Phil Soltanoff (New York, USA)

January 21–25
Studio T, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street

8:00PM (120 min, with intermission)

PuSh Conversations:

Post-performance Talk: January 22

Act 1: Eat 1 with Dine Out Vancouver:
L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk paired with Bitter Tasting Room: January 22




L.A. Party and An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, conceived by New York theatre artist Phil Soltanoff, are two one-man shows—with no man.

In L.A. Party a fanatical vegan falls off the purity wagon, plunging head first into a wild, drug-induced bender in the City of Angels. Six performers on stage produce a compelling composite human being to recount the hilarious short story, mixed with live video. L.A. Party is engaging storytelling at its most elemental, matched with innovative low-tech but high-concept special effects.

In An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk sound and video clips of Captain James T. Kirk of the original Star Trek series are stitched together to create a meticulously catalogued montage. Like an oracle, the young Shatner beams from the screen to ‘speak’ about art, science and the human condition of the future. This is theatre conceived for a post-human world.

Phil Soltanoff is known for his innovative, hybrid work in which the arts collide in compelling ways. He challenges familiar forms, builds links among seemingly incompatible media and materials, and employs new technologies in surprising and human ways.

 … Mind-bending, gut-splitting ride. And then it gets funnier New York Theater Wire


Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35
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Group rate: $23


Director: Phil Soltanoff | Writers: David Barlow & Joe Diebes | Systems designer: Rob Ramirez | Performers: Mari Akita, Ilan Bachrach, David Barlow, Kristine Oakes, Rob Ramirez, Phil Soltanoff | Lighting Designer: Steve Brady

Production Supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; MAP Fund supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk commissioned and produced at Fusebox Festival, supported by MAP Fund

Ride the Cyclone

ride the cycloneThe highly entertaining Push International Performing Arts Festival runs from January 15-February 3, 2013 and offers of a plethora of live performing arts around Vancouver.  Playing at the Arts Club’s Granville Island stage until February 16 is Ride the Cyclone, an absolute must see.  The musical begins with the eerie voice of the Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortune-teller, who announces a group have teens have had their lives cut short in a roller-coaster accident.  Set in Uranium, Saskatchewan the teens were part of the school choir and have a variety of eclectic personalities.   There’s a child of the town’s coffee shop owner, an adopted boy from the Ukraine, and one other is the school’s academic; each with their own unique stories.  Karnack brings the kids back for one last time and promises only one a complete return to life.  They must sing their way to redemption in an incredible series of over the top performances ranging from rap to cabaret.  Their talent is endless and energy infectious as they each take the stage to perform their histories and voice their desires for their future. Don’t miss this laugh-out loud funny comedy that warms the heart and provides a much needed escape from the winter doldrums. I’d see it again in a heartbeat.