PURPLE DIVINE presents
Written by Kiki
Directed by Jen Viens
With Paul Van Dyck
and Kelly Craig
21-Saturday, November 30
Psycho-erotic drama takes place in a stuck elevator
DIVINE presents the premiere
a 40-minute psycho-erotic
drama by Kiki Dranias, directed by Jen Viens. Featuring Paul Van Dyck and Kelly Craig, the
site-specific play takes place in a freight elevator from November 21-30.
recommended for claustrophobics.
the immersive environment of Going Up, two strangers get stuck in
an elevator and end up being both pawn and key masters to each other’s deepest,
darkest desires. Here, a man with a death wish comes face-to-face with a
suppressed killer, with no way out. This stark, avant-garde theatre piece
unravels itself while probing deep-rooted struggles with depression,
control, the right to live-and-die, and self-actualization.
playwright Kiki Dranias:“A writing class once suggested I take my
creative voice and exaggerate it. At the time, both a sexual
harassment/assault scandal and Canada’s assisted-suicide laws
were making headlines across the country. The combined stories got me
thinking about the license society has to judge. And, how one individual may
get restricted and another encouraged, all depending on their adhered-to desire
or aversion. Five years later, Going Up is seeing the light!”
Jen Viens was drawn to directing Going Up because it asks questions that
society tends to shy away from, “Who decides what is right and wrong? From
where are our values cultivated? If we were free from social restriction, what
desires would we give in to? I appreciate that this story explores these hard
questions through two complex people, and it does so without judgement, but
rather with curiosity. We need to be talking about things that scare us; to
have more of these uncomfortable conversations. Art allows us the freedom to do
so,” she said.
Going Up playwright Kiki Dranias is the author of Blood is Blue; this is her playwriting debut. A mom, poet and writer, Dranias also works for KidsPlay Mission and Teesri Duniya Theatre. Jen Viens is a director, actor and producer originally from BC. She studied theatre at UBC, and trained with Matthew Harrison at the Actor’s Foundry in Vancouver. Viens relocated to Quebec five years ago and currently works in Montreal and Toronto. The movement director is Stephanie Breton; costumes are by Alexa Parker. PURPLE DIVINE promotes and publishes work they deem poetic and beautiful. The company plans to tour the show to Vancouver, Toronto and Athens.
PURPLE DIVINE presents
Thurs. Nov. 21-Sun.
Nov. 24 and Thurs. Nov. 28-Sat. Nov. 30
The 40-minute show
runs two performances each date:
& Saturday at 7pm & 8:30pm
Sun. Nov. 24 matinees
at 1:30pm & 3pm
At Le 5800
entrance via Loading Dock #3 on Marmier Street)
capacity, not recommended for claustrophobics
Tickets: $20.00, available
Tickets at the door as per