The North American premiere of THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS by Wolfram Lotz and translated by Daniel Brunet will run with Alley Theatre in Vancouver from November 11 - 19. The play is produced in association with the Neworld Theatre and will play at the Annex. THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS Premiered at Burgtheater in Vienna in 2014 with subsequent production at Theatertreffen Berlin. It received of the prestigious Nestroy Theatre Prize. Lotz was named Playwright of the Year by Theater heute.
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THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS is an irreverent modernization and satirization of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. The play opens with a Somali man pleading for understanding after being charged with piracy—but the scene is quickly swallowed up by the story of two western soldiers entering what appears to be Afghanistan. They are seeking a fellow soldier who, instead of pursuing enemies, has decided to kill his own comrades. Along the way, they encounter various peoples and local communities, and the play becomes an earnest—albeit strange—exploration of the need to understand each other.