“As for Humans, I look at this collection of fables, parables, and fairy tales and see very much the kind of material that began the process toward Victor and House. I encourage you to read them aloud, dramatize them, change the voices and discover the simple, specific world from which they all commonly emerged. And in many ways they are all stories told by Victor since they and he share a deep belief in the fragility of the physical and the power of the spirit.”
Humans is a powerful collection of stories, chiefly due to Daniel MacIvor’s ability to engage the human spirit. MacIvor’s capturing of characters and their stories is at once voyeuristic and intimate, simple and gripping, and profoundly moving. As he illustrates compassion towards all of the individuals he brings to light. Although the stories are uniquely Canadian, each of the characters is identifiable on a basic, primal principal; that we are human.
Through the course of the play, as stories unfold, the audience witnesses and experiences the extremities and intricacies of the human condition. Stories and characters are intricately woven with the use of choreography, live music, and storytelling creating honest portraits of the people we identify ourselves with and those that pass us on the street. Humans, as its simple title suggests, is a play about longing and life and celebrates the human spirit as complex and wondrous as the people that live it.
Starring: Tamara Brown, Romy Daniel, Richard Gélinas, Jade Hassouné, Eric Hausknost, Patricia Manessy, Caitie Parsons, Mike Payette, Warona Setshwaelo and Anders Yates
Adapted and Directed by: Liz Valdez
Live and Original Sound Designed and Performed by:
Set Design: Lara Kaluza