SHOW TITLE: Electric Sun
PRODUCER: Speck of Dust
SHOW DESCRIPTION: When the sun goes out, Mel and Kip struggle to beat the darkness before it consumes them. Lilah isn’t sure it is worth the price. Lindsey just wants to sunbathe. Can they fix the sun before it’s too late?
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: These guys did a notably cool, weird excerpt (involving headlamps!) at the Not-So-Silent Planet Fringe preview the other week.
INTERVIEWEE: Logan Toftness (writer/director)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
I am a writer and director who studied theatre, creative writing, and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. My day job is at a cave. I have one small cat named Beckett. This is my first Fringe show as a writer/director, so it’s pretty exciting!
So what’s the big idea?
Well, it’s not a comedy. The idea is that these characters live in a world gone wrong where even the sun is starting to fade. They can’t live without the light, so the struggle is for them to keep the sun burning without compromising themselves. It’s dystopian!
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
I just started writing and this is what came out. But I hope it’s interesting and thought-provoking and maybe even enjoyable. Part of the fun with this piece has been the exploration of the world these characters live in—sometimes you find unexpected answers in the space between words. And sometimes, asking the question is more fulfilling than any answer.
Why should I care?
It has something for everyone! But not babies. Or children. Or people who like happy things….Okay, so it’s probably got a pretty specific audience…But it’s art! And it’s Fringe! And why not try something you’ve never heard of?
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
The dark is scary.
Metaphors are super cool.
Who turned out the lights?
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