Pre-Fringe Profile: Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope

CAVEAT: I have previously directed one of the actors (Andrea Tonsfeldt) in one of my scripts.

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SHOW TITLE: Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope
PRODUCER: Wayward Theatre Company
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A meteor has shattered your rocket leaving your final tie to humanity as the radio signals you send and receive while falling through space. What would you remember? What would you say? Would it be enough?
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I read the Martian Chronicles until my eyes bled when I was fourteen. And this is a solid gold dark/funny/sad/thoughtful premise.
INTERVIEWEE: Sarah Nargang (director)

Just who do you think you are, anyway?

My name is Sarah Nargang and I am a co-founder of Wayward Theatre Company. We are a local company including Tim McVean, Michael Kelley and the recent edition of Ellen DeYoung. We have been working together theatrically for the past 15 years and love making dark, daring work in often unconventional spaces. We also have a storytelling show called Mixtape:True Tales Told which performs 3 times a year at Honey in NE. I am a director and actress that has been working in and around the cities since graduating from Augsburg College in 2004. This is Wayward’s second time producing at Fringe and my fourth time participating in Fringe. I am very excited to bring Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope this year!

So what’s the big idea?

I am a huge Bradbury fan and my copy of The Illustrated Man is practically falling apart. I fell down the Kaleidoscope rabbit hole years ago when I was asked to direct a one-act for a local high school. I thought about converting a short story of Bradbury’s and found he had created a radio play for the BBC of Kaleidoscope that was later converted to a one act. We have been so lucky to assemble such a rockstar cast of actors who love to play and try and fail and try again. It has been a ton of fun and a humbling challenge staging this epic play on a small stage. The story is haunting and vast and we use simplicity to create the complicated. It’s been a blast!

How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?

The reason I love Bradbury and adore this piece in particular is because he has an uncanny knack to turn technology and make it a mirror of our humanity. He is absolutely a sci-fi writer, but through the robots and space ships and suits of metal and plastic, we are able to see ourselves in the machinery we’ve created. It is terrifying and hilarious and human.

Why should I care?

No one is going to walk away from Kaleidoscope feeling nothing. If we have done anything, we will have forced you to feel something. We are creating an atmosphere of high technology and immense space with mostly just our bodies and voices on a stage the size of a mini van, what’s not to love?!

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.

Space is deep and dark.
What’s left when you are alone?
Billy Joel and stars.

Questions? Comments? Enraged invective? Check out my answers to occasionally asked questions in Notes on Notes, or the contact info linked from that page!

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One Response to “Pre-Fringe Profile: Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope”

  1. Pre-Fringe Profiles: 2016 Edition | Womb with a View Says:

    […] Space is deep and dark. What’s left when you are alone? Billy Joel and stars. […]


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