SATELLITES by Mike Czuba
SATELLITES is the story of how technology has infiltrated and infected the lives of two people who have drifted apart from each other. SATELLITES is a play that investigates communication and the act of making meaningful connections with one another as human beings and with our own bodies, exploring how the resonating sound of your own voice—if truly felt—can connect to deep emotion. SATELLITES uses words, movement, and sound to re-connect an audience with the idea of wonder.Festival Director Michelle Brandenburg has this to say:“...[Mike Czuba's] ability to articulate the human condition, tell a story of reflection and truth in a socially relevant reality was astounding. Add in the flawless execution of multiple mediums and the layers upon layers of connection points—I spent 51 minutes lost in a reflection of my mind! Every tear I shed, every time I leaned forward was a testament to your team...”Sage Theatre’s Artistic Director Kelly Raey said this:“...Satellites is a beautiful meditation on being human in a growingly complex world. Brought to life by a sublime convergence of words, music and movement. Satellites will move audiences and remind you to reach out and hold the hand of the loved one sitting beside you”.
The piece has been in development since July 2011, including a 10-minute sample of the project produced as part of the Soulocentric Festival in October 2011 at Calgary’s Vertigo Theatre. This initial exploration was the preliminary groundwork to a workshop production of the complete script as part of Sage Theatre’s Ignite! Festival in June 2012, which included the talents of two actors, two dancers and Choreography by Melissa Tuplin and an original score composed by Nathaniel Schmidt. Professionally produced by Big Secret Theatre, Calgary AB, 2013.
Genre: Drama, Play with Music, Dark Comedy
Run time: 55 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Content note: Contains mature language and adult themes
Cast size: 2 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 1
Other roles: 2
Casting note: The 2 other performers are essential to the cast - there are 2 Dancers that act as the 'subtext' for the actors.
Poster/Cover design by Jarett Lee Sitter.
Production Technical Requirements:
No ‘set’ per-se besides 2 chairs.
6 microphones with cables and 4 stands
Music and microphones would run through the house system.
4 mirror balls (Possibly to be hung over the audience )** This would be for the “Magic Star Box” moment – which has evolved from production to production – in that spirit, another variation might be discovered along the way.