Synopsis, Life After God
Scout has run out of answers, so now he has run away from life. Sitting in a tent in the middle of the forest on Vancouver Island, he re-examines his life and his generation. In this stunning, poignant and wryly funny monologue Scout wonders: what happens if we are raised without religion or beliefs? We are all living creatures with strong religious impulses, yet where do these impulses flow in a world of malls, TV and Kraft Dinner?
TH&B Company (in association with Eclectic Theatre) presents internationally-renowned author Douglas Coupland's haunting monologue Life After God, directed by Dora Award winner Jordan Merkur at the Toronto Fringe Festival July 6 to 15.
After the debut of his novel Generation X, Douglas Coupland's work has been on best seller lists around the world. He is the author of Microserfs, Girlfriend in a Coma and Miss Wyoming. This September his latest novel will be released by Random House: All Families are Psychotic.
Author, Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian NATO base in Baden-Sollingen, Germany, on December 30, 1961. He grew up and lives in Vancouver. Since the debut of his novel Generation X, his work has been on best seller lists around the world. He is the author of Microserfs, Girlfriend in a Coma and Miss Wyoming. This September his latest novel will be released by Random House: All Families are Psychotic.
I have had this project in my head for seven years. In 1994 Douglas Coupland's Life After God had just been published, and I rushed out to buy it. I was fascinated by the story 1000 Years (Life After God), and immediately imagined it as a monologue. I approached the author at a book reading/signing at Harbourfront a few years later:
Me: Have you ever thought of one of your short stories being done as a play? DC: Not long enough. Me: What about a one-man, one-act play? DC: (thinks this over) Well, people are welcome to do whatever they think will work.
We corresponded over the years since, and he graciously allowed me the leeway to experiment with his story. Last year, I started working with a friend, Glenn Walsh, on a 90 minute script that I knew needed to be cut down to less than an hour. Together we set about cutting the play, not at all an easy task. We argued over lines that he thought should be cut but I felt were necessary. The play was presented in London and was well received.
This was the encouragement I needed to apply to several different fringe festivals. Upon being accepted, I approached Jordan Merkur with my revised script. He read it and told me he was interested in directing the play. And so we set forth once again on a process of re-examining the original story and revising the script. Working with Jordan has been a great joy, and he has brought some amazing insight into the characters, seeing things that I, as the adapter, had missed. Our design team has been terrific to work with, and we set out on our Western Canada Fringe tour with a production that I hope gives you a peek into the world of Douglas Coupland. I hope he comes to see the play in Vancouver!
The design team includes sound by John Gzowski (3 Dora Awards), sets by Sean Mulcahy, and lighting by Sharon Reid. David Eden tackles the role of Scout.