by Sara Farrington
directed by Reid Farrington
This production features several AMIOS community members, including: Rob Hille, founding company member and former Artistic Director, is an actor in the production, as is Zac Hoogendyk, a Shotz regular. It’s written by Sara Farrington, who also wrote for Shotz Defies Death, this past December.
The inside scoop from Rob: “I’ve been involved in this project since mid-2015 and the show, through a residency with HERE, has been workshopped, overhauled, tweaked, tuned, polished, scuffed up again, and tailor fit to the ensemble of 16 delivering amazing performances in this epic multimedia performance. (Insider Tip: best seats are near the center of the house)”
CasablancaBox lifts the veil of the eponymous classic film to reimagine the stories behind the legends. Rife with glamour, war, censorship, sexism, racism, addiction and the refugee crisis of 1940s Hollywood, CasablancaBox is madcap and affecting, moving and political, romantic and relevant. With an intricately woven multi-narrative script by Sara Farrington and elaborate original video score by director Reid Farrington, this new theatrical work is a transformative “making of” tribute to the movie you thought you knew. Performance runs 90 minutes. Employing simple wooden canvas flats, period costumes and 17 performers playing over two dozen characters, CasablancaBox toggles between high-tech and low-tech, transporting audiences to a bustling 1940s movie set. This backlot drama, inspired by a roving camera style, delves into myriad stories behind the iconic film Casablanca – stories of risk, sacrifice, brilliance and chance – in an exploration into the accidental nature of great art, through a contemporary lens.