UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE PROGRAM PRESENTS
scenes from carried away on the crest of a wave
Written by David Yee
Directed by Andy Houston
Associate Director: Mira J. Henderson
carried away on the crest of a wave is a series of stories that follow the impacts of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as they resonate, intersect globally, and move us with the power of water and the beauty of human resilience. The deadliest tsunami in recorded history, the waves killed over 250,000 people from forty-six countries as they struck the coasts of fourteen nations spanning two continents. In the aftermath, we find a wide range of humanity: a conflicted priest, sisters of legend, an orphaned boy, a radio shock jock, an awed scientist, and a man who makes miraculous discoveries in the aftermath of the disaster.
Written by David Yee, the audience bears witness to the experiences of people from around the world who have been changed in their minds and souls by this event. These stories represent glimpses of the human spirit, facing enormous adversity yet driven by a will to come together for reflection and sharing — a desire that our own pandemic-impacted world knows all too well. The staging of scenes from carried away on the crest of a wave will reveal the effects of a global natural disaster through a surreal lens. In the ebb and flow of trauma, the unconscious and perceptual space of dreams will exist alongside and within our experience and understanding of reality.
Director Andy Houston collaborates with Denyse Karn (set and props), Howard J. Davis (projections), Deanna Choi (sound), and Paul de Jong (vocal coach), as well as resident designers Nadine Grant (costume) and Nicole Reid (lighting). Together, they weave together a dream-like world of found objects, images and people amidst an environment as fluid as floodwaters from a tsunami.
As the program’s first ever livestreamed production, carried away on the crest of a wave aims to connect our communities in times of uncertainty through the medium of live theatrical performance. There will be a digital dramaturgy Hub and Engagement Space hosted on the website for the performance, which can be found at uwcarriedaway.com. This space aims to provide context to our audience’s experience of the play and production, from research sources and themes of the work to the creative vision of the artistic team. Don’t miss this important aspect of scenes from carried away on the crest of a wave.
Livestreamed March 26-27, 2021 at 7:30PM
Livestreamed Matinee March 25th at 11:30AM
$10 General $5 Students & Seniors
Box Office: uwcarriedaway.com/tickets