By Maureen Littlejohn
Do you remember how you felt when you saw the photo of Alan Kurdi, the little drowned Syrian boy washed up on the beach? Did it punch a hole in your heart? It did mine.
The world premiere of Theatre Gargantua’s new production, Reflector, casts a light on how, in a digital sea of images, a single photograph can blow up a humanitarian crisis and galvanize a dispirited international audience into action. But what of the photographer who never expected the viral reaction? This play explores the mental consequences that lead him to seek help from a neurological specialist and a psychiatrist. Rounding out the plot are a woman who is unable to shake the image and an Internet genius.
Large-scale projections, interactive images, evocative sound and choreography enhance the spotlight on modern technology and its effect on the collective consciousness.
Conceived and directed by Jacquie PA Thomas and written by Michael Spence, the production highlights Theatre Gargantua’s 25th anniversary season. The cast includes company veterans and Dora Award-winners Michelle Polak and Michael Spence as well as newcomers Abraham Asto and Louisa Zhu.
Reflector runs from November 3rd – 18th on Theatre Pass Muraille’s Mainstage in Toronto. To learn more, visit Theatre Gargantua’s website at https://theatregargantua.ca.