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“This show made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me think. I was impressed with the creativity of storytelling, physicality, character, and staging. It moved my mind and my heart (which is what I hope for every time I walk into a theatre). I’m So Close It’s Not Even Funny is filled with controlled chaos, wonderful physicality, clever comedy, emotional poignancy and a sense of reality and grounding that only comes from experienced and talented performers. Brilliant.” - Plank Magazine (Toronto)

I'M SO CLOSE... 2010

WEAVES  TOGETHER  MODERN  TECHNOLOGY,

NEOLITHIC-ERA ARCHEOLOGY, AND A LOVE STORY

Technology allows us to communicate instantly across oceans, and develop relationships with those who we have never even met. But at what cost? As technological advances hit the market at an accelerating rate one has to ask: how connected are we really?

 

In I’m So Close… Steve finds himself plunged into the fast-paced world of billion dollar business in his desire to make the world a greener place. His success propels him to dive more and more into his iPhone and to drift further and further away from his wife, Stella.

 

I’m So Close…is a heartbreaking love song, droned out by the hum of the technological landscape that is bringing us together and pushing us apart. 

 

Concept & direction: Katrina Bugaj (US/DK), Troels Hagen Findsen (DK), Ravi Jain (CAN)

Story and text: Katrina Bugaj, Troels Hagen Findsen, Ravi Jain, Nicolas Billon (CAN)

Light design: Gina Scherr (US)

Costume design: Kelsey Hart (CAN)

Projection design: Jamie Nesbitt (CAN)

Sound design: ML Dogg (US)

Original Music: Troels Hagen Findsen

Stage Management: Coleen Shirin MacPherson (CAN)

Performers: Katrina Bugaj, Troels Hagen Findsen, Ravi Jain

Photographer: Jeremy Mimnagh (CAN)

 

Created in collaboration with Why Not Theatre from Canada. I'm So Close... received generous support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, The Theatre Centre (Toronto) and The Theatre Centre Residency program, Bridging That Gap Exchange, Rumble Productions (Vancouver), Playwrights Theatre Centre (Vancouver), and The Academy Of Untamed Creativity

(Copenhagen).

 

The play previewed at The Summerworks Festival, Toronto, in 2008 (under it’s original title I’m So Close It’s Not Even Funny). It won the 2008 Summerworks Spotlight Award for best performance, and a NOW Outstanding Ensemble mention. It subsequently toured to The 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival. I'm So Close... premiered in Toronto in 2010 as part of The Theatre Center’s Freefall Festival in partnership with Harbourfront’s Worldstage Festival, after which it toured directly to the Tremors Festival in Vancouver.

 

 

1/3
Spotlight Award for Best Performance
SUMMERWORKS FESTIVAL 2008 (CAN)
Outstanding Ensemble mention
NOW MAGAZINE 2008 (CAN)
Best of the Fest mention
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2008 (IR)

”I’m So Close… is skillfully scripted and beautifully acted. The show was creative, funny and well-crafted. The trio of actors has a chemistry not easily matched, and the use of sound editing, projection, and physicality, make the play one of the most enjoyable contemporary, tragic-comedies in Toronto.

                                                                       - Mondo Magazine