Pre-Fringe Profile: Green T’s 2001: A Space Odyssey


CAVEAT: I performed in a fundraiser for the company back in 2012, and have worked with one of the performers (Natalie Rae Wass) extensively in past productions.

PRODUCER: Green T Productions
HAILING FROM: Minneapolis, Minnesota
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Kubrick and Clark’s iconic science fiction masterpiece chronicling the evolution of human intelligence re-imagined as physical theater. Features proto-human apes, space ships and the maniacal computer HAL.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I spent a lot of time in high school skipping classes to read books in the library, and among the books I pored over were Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey Tetralogy — which I found much more provocative than the Kubrick movie. Beyond that, I have a love all out of measure for genre fiction, and it’s very, very rare to see it treated onstage without tongue planted firmly in cheek. Sold!
INTERVIEWEE: Kathy Welch (director)

Just who do you think you are, anyway?

Green T Productions is a local theater company. Our mission:
is to produce visually stunning, mind-stirring, movement-oriented, multi-disciplinary physical theater that artistically challenges performers and audiences.

Green T ensemble core-group studies and trains together drawing on a variety of world theatrical traditions, integrating them into their own unique style, using movement in creative ways to visually tell a story.

So what’s the big idea?

Our Fringe show is an adaptation of our fall 2013 production of “2001: a Space Odyssey.” The show is a re-imagining of Stanley Kubrick’s and Arthur C Clark’s iconic film and novel “2001: a Space Odyssey” employing Green T’s unique brand of stylized performance.

How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?

We were looking for challenging source material. Found it! To make it even more challenging, we are telescoping the show to fit into the 60 minute Fringe format.

Why should I care?

Sci-Fi on stage is rare, when it does happen it is often funny or cheesy or both. This show attempts a serious, thoughtful approach to the genre using simple props, actors’ bodies and the audiences’ imaginations to tell a compelling story about big issues like the evolution of the human mind and our place in the universe. Oh, and there is a homicidal computer.

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.

From proto-human
To anti-gravity walk
Odyssey indeed