SHOW TITLE: Hostil Watching
PRODUCER: The Drollery
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A couple in an Amsterdam Hostel. This is a true story. Out of respect for some involved things have been changed, for everyone else it has been told exactly as it occurred. 10×10. Matt Alto & Amanda Chial
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I’ve spent enough time in hostels over the years to find them ideally creepy settings.
INTERVIEWEE: Matthew Alto (writer/performer)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
I’m a Minnesota native, a Kindergarten Cop and a Secret Agent (Though not so secret anymore.) With weapons more powerful than guns or swords. I shoot with a camera lens and wield a mighty pen. I received my B.A. in Theatre at the U of M-Twin Cities, and an M.F.A. in Directing from the East 15 Acting School-University of Essex in London. This is my third time producing with The Drollery at the Fringe Festival.
So what’s the big idea?
A couple in a long distance relationship tries to reconnect in an Amsterdam Hostel while on a European trip. Though initially a typical relationship dramedy, it darkens and becomes more insidious than that. Will their relationship survive the night? Will they?
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
It’s Honest. 10 x 10 is a saga that cannot be silenced. An international secret that has spread through the streets of the Twin Cities. This is the origins of 10 x 10, however sordid and absurd that may seem. Many of the people who already know of 10 x 10 have things like Non-Disclosure Agreements or Omertas that prohibits them from talking publicly. It’s my duty to exercise my first amendment rights.
Why should I care?
It’s a relationship drama & comedy. But beyond that it’s also historical, political, mysterious and horrific. It’s not really science fiction other than being a parallel of Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Star Wars. There’s no reference to Star Wars, but at the beginning the guy is studying to be a Master, youthful and reckless, like Anakin. By the end, protecting love has turned him to the dark side on the search for vengeance, like Darth Vader.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
Girl and Boy caught in the fray
What is 10 x 10?
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