The Only Animal: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

TOA_Secret_AmericanProgress Lab’s Obstructions series presents The Only Animal

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

a short play about America


Written and Directed by Kendra Fanconi

Text Contributions and Sound Design by Eric Rhys Miller

Technical Direction by Colin Cooper

Featuring Ella Simon* and Stefano Giulianetti*
with special appearances by Christina Campbell and David Mott


WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 2013

DOORS: 7:20 pm – bar open

SHOW:   8 PM

RIGHT AFTER:   Judging, then party time!

LOCATION: PL1422 at 1422 Williams Street, Vancouver   map link

TICKETS $16   ON SALE NOW  get tix


Please note that this play is not suitable for children.


*Appearing by permission of Canadian Actors Equity Association


VANCOUVER, BC ­­–  On the heels of another sold-out OBSTRUCTIONS show by Leaky Heaven, you are now invited to see The Only Animal bare its teeth in Stupid Is As Stupid Does.  In this series of 11 events from Progress Lab, each company must create a new piece with specific Obstructions designed to deny habit and ignite the creative fire.  The Only Animal will be responding to three challenges from their peers on June 2 at PL1422 in Vancouver.  Come out and see what they’ve come up with in this short experimental workshop production.  These are TOA’s three obstructions:


1.  Do a scene using an excerpt from the screenplay of Forrest Gump using no more and no fewer words than are in the excerpt.

2.  Using only what Kendra Fanconi, Eric Rhys Miller and Colin Cooper can carry in one trip.

3.  On a set revealed to us 40 minutes before the performance when the doors open to the audience!


Will they pass or fail in working with these limitations? The audience helps to decide! See the show and join in the post-show discussion.


About the Only Animal

Founded by Kendra Fanconi and Eric Rhys Miller in 2005, The Only Animal creates theatre that arises from a deep engagement with place.  The elemental identity of their West Coast home is often the inspiration for their site-specific works. They have worked in water, sand, snow and ice, and with trees. The imagination is the other primal site of their exploration, and we are just as rigorous in our mining of it. The potency of such sites opens audiences to exploring the landscapes of our inner worlds. In this way, The Only Animal is all about being human. The work ranges from intimate shows for an audience of one to large-scale spectacles. But all of this work is ambitious. They love the impossible.


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