“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
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.