It’s a dangerous sign when the star of a play can only describe himself as a "go-nowhere, do-nothing non-starter" and his life as "quiet, dull, unremarkable."
Scott Douglas can’t even talk about his humble life experiences in this ostensible one-man show without his charismatic grandfather (played by Luke Friesen) stealing the spotlight, topping Douglas’s memories of trying to get the kids to bed on time with tales of rescuing a stranded bride in Winnipeg’s flood of 1950, and performing the marriage himself when the minister didn’t show.
Treading Water is Douglas’s journey towards confidence and self-validation, told with gentle humour. The conceit of the self-conscious playwright dissecting the play-in-progress isn’t new territory, but Douglas succeeds in spite of it.
A play that starts on a somewhat scattered note evolves into a touching reflection on the importance of relationships, and the fragility of even great men.
— Lindsey Wiebe
From the official Fringe program:
An insecure writer stands at the railing of the Staten Island Ferry, staring into the swirling waters of the 1950 Winnipeg flood, asking, "If this is supposed to be an autobiographical one-man show, why am I not the main character?"
"Pity the poor psychiatrist who ever has to sift through the mind of Scott Douglas." - Edmonton VUE Weekly
Warnings: Language, Herbal Cigarettes,
Venue#10 Planetarium Auditorium 190 Rupert Ave (theatre on lower level)