Gabrielle Rose and Dean Paul Gibson, Photo by Don Lee.
A new Film/Theatre Hybrid written by Daniel Brooks and directed by Kim Collier
Set in Canada’s urban financial centres, The Full Light of Day tells the story of a mother who must contend with her husband’s corrupt legacy before she dies.
The Full Light of Day is a provocative film/theatre experiment for the stage which looks at crucial choices facing Canadians today – how to live, love and die in a world in transition. Bold characters, bracing text, wit, and suspense all mix together in this new script by award-winning artist Daniel Brooks. Brooks, celebrated world-wide for his evocative, conceptual, deeply intelligent work, joins forces with Electric Company Theatre founding artist and award-winning director Kim Collier in this new work for Canadian stages and beyond.
Electric Company has built a reputation for groundbreaking, ambitious productions. The Full Light of Day continues the exploration of how concept and form illuminate content, bringing together an A-List of Canada’s most exceptional, award-winning talents.
The hero of this story is Mary, the ageing matriarch of a wealthy family. She loves her husband, has enjoyed her life, and has lived well. However, something is wrong with the family she so loves, and when one of her children disappears, a series of events is unleashed that forever changes her family and her life. The play takes place in a world of finance and real estate. It is a story about our cities, about power and land, the things we do in order to flourish, and the drastic steps we must take in order to survive. Unabashedly confronting systematic corruption in our society, delving into ownership and colonization past and present, the play demands we examine our role and complicity within the larger power structures of society.
Bravely pushing the boundaries of media in the theatre, The Full Light of Day features live film adaption, live cameras, and projected imagery and video to create an integrated scenography and rich visual world. Themes of perception and truth are heightened through this unique blending of live and cinematic content.
Governor Award-Winning writer Kevin Kerr has also created a collection of short films, shot in 360° cutting edge Virtual Reality that live separately from the theatre. These films, designed to enhance the stage production, also stand alone, and are told from the individual perspectives of the principal characters, placing the viewer inside the action, perceptions, and experiences of the characters.
A brilliant team of Canadian artists have come together around this new work, and The Full Light of Day is the largest and most ambitious project in Electric Company Theatre history.
It is a tour de force of multimedia inventiveness, blurring genres spectacularly... Projections, multi-purpose mobile sets and more make the story flow seamlessly. Enabling so much of the narrative to be conveyed wordlessly through close-ups of characters’ faces or by layering moving cityscapes is cinematic and liberating for both the creators and exceptionally talented cast.
Development and Producing Partners: Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Vancouver Civic Theatres, BMO Financial Group Commissioning Partner: National Arts Centre (English Theatre) Partners in Creation: Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter, National Arts Centre Creation Fund, Creative BC, University of Victoria
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
The Full Light of Day was created with support from the National Creation Fund at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
Writer: Daniel Brooks
Director/Dramaturg: Kim Collier
Dramaturg: Kevin Kerr
VR Film Writer/Editor: Kevin Kerr
Lighting Design: Michael Walton
Set Design: Julie Fox
Original Compositions: Peter Allen
Director of Photography and Projection Design: Brian Johnson
Projection Design: Jamie Nesbitt
Costume Design: Nancy Bryant
Sound Design: Brian Linds
Stage Manager: Louise Currie
Production Manager: Nicole Lamb
Technical Director: Craig Alfredson
Assistant Stage Manager: Peter Jotkus
Apprentice Stage Manager: Melanie Thompson
Assistant to the Director: Ariel Martz-Oberlander
Artistic Producer: Clayton Baraniuk
Associate Producer: Shantini Klaassen
Featuring: Jim Mezon, Gabrielle Rose, Dean Paul Gibson, John Ng, Jonathon Young, Jenny Young, Jillian Fargey, Henry Bolan, Nita Bowerman, William Ford Hopkins, Carlen Escarraga, and Stephanie Wong.
With thanks to:
Jan Hodgson, Jen Swan, Adrian Muir, Haig Sutherland, Nigel Shawn Williams, Scott Bellis, Jenny Wasko-Paterson, Duncan Fraser, Andrew McNee, Dawn Petten, Philip Riccio, Susanna Fournier, David Fox, Paul Braunstein, Pamela Sinha, John Ng, Nancy Beatty, Josh Epstein, Tom McBeath, Andrea Yu, Katey Hoffman,Sean Oliver Harris, Joel Grinke, Melicia Zaini, Nikolai Kuchin, Sandy Margaret, Celeste English, Lucy McNulty, and Jamie King.