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Friday, May 20, 2011

EVENT: Zip & Wick #72: Endings (Fringe, 2011)

April 29, 2011
Sarah Mahoney

Zip & Wick #72: Endings by Tabia Lau
Directed by Sarah Mahoney
With Jenna Gogan & Greg Van de Mark

In the near future, humankind has been destroyed despite the best efforts of people and superheroes worldwide. As the world draws to a close our superheroes, Zip and Wick, have a chance meeting in Paris. Will our two archenemies find comfort or acceptance in this final encounter?
Superhero fans, comic book lovers and theatre aficionados will come together at this summer's St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival for Zip and Wick #72: Endings. Written by Tabia Lau, one of the youngest playwrights featured at the festival, Endings takes a closer look at the lives of superheroes.

Appropriately set at the end of the world, just as 2012 gets menacingly closer, the play showcases two superheroes facing themselves and the end. What comes of it is much more than one would expect. Both Zip – a super-strength, sarcastic, flying heroine (Jenna Gogan, 21, McGill) – and Wick – her scorching, flame-igniting enemy (Gregory Van de Mark, 22, McGill) – discover their inner selves through each others eyes. They ask the questions anyone might ask when facing the end and they lead us to question the most important values in our lives. 

Award winning playwright Tabia Lau explains “Endings exploded out of my love for superheroes, the choices they make and the responsibilities they bear; my fascination for enemies and their similarities, for communication and respectfully disagreeing, for connection, missed opportunities and the odd places you find it."

The play is directed by Sarah Jodoin Mahoney, an international theatre director, whose work has been seen in Australia, Canada, Holland, Tanzania and the UK. Presently six months pregnant (a superhero herself) Mahoney, selected the play for the Fringe Festival while it was showing for the first time at the McGill Drama Festival. “Superheroes make us feel better because they champion the outsider in all of us,” says Mahoney. Zanna Strong, costume designer for the show, is no stranger to superheroes and their foes either. Originally from Australia, Armstrong has done extensive costume work in film and television, on Smallville; I, Robot; and Blade: Trinity, to name a few.

The cast and crew will be in costume distributing flyers for the show during the summer. Look out for the superheroes in the crowd and don't miss out on a glimpse into what the end of the world will look, feel and sound like!

Show information:

June 11, Saturday 8:00 PM
June 12, Sunday 4:30 PM
June 13, Monday 11:30 PM
June 15, Wednesday 6:30 PM
June 18, Saturday 10:15 PM
June 19, Sunday 3:30 PM

La Elastica, 4602 St-Laurent Blvd.
Venue 11

Tickets are 8$ for Students/Seniors, 10$ for Adults.

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