marty and joel and the edge of chaos
LILLIAN KROLL PRIZE
IN CREATIVE WRITING
(L to R) Allison Shea Reed and Simon Bennett. Costumes and design by Lorna Craig. Photo by Bruce Peters.
Winner of the 2018 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing
“Chaos theory meets romantic dramedy in this delightful and poignant two-hander played out by four actors." (Life With More Cowbell)
A single photograph ties together two evenings, thirty years apart. A physicist and a photographer's different priorities and personal ideologies clash as echoes between the past and future reveal how the beginning and end of their romantic relationship entwine.
Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos was workshopped and developed as a part of Tinkerspace Theatre's 2018 Play Labs series in London, Ontario. Its development cumulated in a staged reading at The ARTS Project, directed and coordinated by Tyler Graham and Erin Walker and featuring Hailey Hill, Martha Zimmerman, Stephen Ingram, and David Bogaert.
Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos premiered at Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival on March 23rd, 2018, running until March 26th with original cast members Allison Shea Reed, Kim Croscup, Simon Bennett, and Ryan Bannon. The production was directed by Lorna Craig with assistant direction and stage management by Jackson Nair.
(L) Ryan Bannon and Kim Croscup, (R) Simon Bennett and Ryan Bannon. Costumes and design by Lorna Craig. Photo by Bruce Peters.
Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival, Week 3 (2018). All photos by Bruce Peters.
PRESS & REVIEWS
“Camille Intson’s one-act play is preoccupied with exploring relationships between past and present, stasis and progression, time and perception, memory and identity.”
“Sparse, often fragmentary lines of dialogue move quickly between Joel and Marty and mark seamless exchanges linking their past to their present."
"Throughout, the audience is challenged to try and relate what it hears and sees to a traditional, linear narrative, all while wondering about larger questions the play raises concerning the inscrutability of time, the uncertainty of human relationships, and how those concerns inform and intersect with each other in powerful ways.”
- Michael Fox & Jamie Johnston
2018 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing
“Chaos theory meets romantic dramedy in this delightful and poignant two-hander played out by four actors.
Beautifully acted and staged, Shea and Bennett are adorably awkward as two 20-something-year-olds getting to know, and then falling for, each other.”
“Marty and Joel seem to be perfect complements to each other, with Marty’s adventurous nature and nerdy science knowledge, and Joel’s creative, intuitive sensitivity."
"As older, more world-weary and disillusioned versions of their former selves, Croscup’s Marty is frustrated and angry, still looking for the answers; and Bannon’s Joel has moved on, but still cares deeply for Marty and treasures their relationship.”
- Life With More Cowbell
Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival: Week 3. Promotional Video by Nicholas Portentous.