By Mike Czuba
May 12 – June 5, 2016
Genesis Theatrical Productions is preparing to present the U.S. premiere of the play Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet by Canadian playwright Mike Czuba about the classical music composer Erik Satie and his complex relationship with the surrealist poet Jean Cocteau.
The play is set 15 years after the death of Satie during the final rehearsal of a play which Cocteau has written and where, in an opium haze, he directs an Actor in a series of ‘scenes’ which run the length of Satie’s life and career.
Intertwined with Satie’s music, we discover that Cocteau’s intentions are for the Actor to fully embody Satie and bring him to life so Cocteau can finally exorcise him from his life.
Cocteau and the Actor embark on a journey through time and theatrical space which the Actor describes in his opening monologue as “What you are about to see is a re-creation of a memory of a memory of actual events.” Satie et Cocteau is a play about the reality of memories, the possession of art and the ‘truth’ of the theater.
Mike Czuba is writer, director and producer with a BFA and MFA in Playwriting. He is currently a performance instructor at the University of Calgary and founder of the performance collective Dancing Monkey Laboratories. His play I AM I has been internationally produced and is published by Original Works Publishing. Multiple plays have been presented in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Berlin. Most recently his play Reprise had staged readings at both The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles and The Red Theatre in Chicago.
In January 2016, Dancing Monkey Laboratories was in residency at Theatre Junction Grand in Calgary to continue development of a multi-discipline piece entitled We Must Collide, featuring 6 dancers, text and an original classical score. The collective plans to continue it’s development into the new year.
Selected production credits include: We Must Collide (workshop), Fluid festival or Movement and Dance 2014 (Calgary). Satellites, Dancing Monkey Laboratories 2013 (Calgary). Karl Nimeni Is Not Dead – I Killed Karlnimeni Dancing Monkey Laboratories (2013), Satie et Cocteau, Mountain View Music festival 2012(Calgary). I AM I, Orange tea Theatre 2013 (Netherlands) and Centaur Theatre’s Wildside festival 2011 (Montreal), The Elusive, Tableau d’Hote Theatre 2008 (Won “Best in Montreal” 2008).