Aaron Bushkowsky’s dark comedy Satellites touches on important themes in Vancouver’s history. Having just received an honourable mention in the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, this play about the Vancouver housing market is filled to the brim with talented professionals including Associate Producer Christine Reinfort and award winning Director Bill Dow. Read on to discover how Satellites smoothly blends pain and humour in a story about Vancouver activism.
Oozing pathos and playfulness, Satellites is the tale of Vancouver activist and author Jan, played by Jillian Fargey, who is campaigning to stop offshore millionaires from buying up local properties. While fighting the good fight, Jan learns that her neighbour Li (Mason Temple) is a “satellite kid”—a lonely, vulnerable teenager from China who has been left to fend for himself in a “monster house” by his business-like mother, a realtor from Beijing.
But Jan’s problems don’t stop there: she’s recovering from a head injury while also dealing with her cop husband Andy (Alex Zahara), their realtor Sandy (Meaghan Chenosky), and Omar (Anousha Alamian), a corrupt city administrator. With all this going on it’s easy to see why Satellites is a powerhouse of pain and humour in Vancouver.
Effortlessly blending the ecstasy and agony of relationships with real estate, the play is about betrayal and loneliness in a city that has started to lose its identity. Existential in mood, it exposes the city as a place where people orbit each other looking for elusive human connections.
Satellites runs November 16 to 26 at Performance Works on Granville Island. Visit our website to book tickets now, or consider getting your tickets to Satellites as part of a “discussion worthy” Theatre Wire subscription when you purchase tickets to three or more shows.