ROYAL ST. GEORGE COLLEGE, TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL
*Script available at the Toronto Fringe Festival Play library
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY
MUSIC WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY
Clayton Jeffrey / Christian Prohom
The Tetris Song - Video Excerpt from the play "Sooz"
Sooz received critical praise and one of the highest attendance rates of the 2001 Toronto Fringe Festival. This one-woman show is accompanied by a live musician. Universally appealing, Sooz is especially appealing to women 35-50, and a younger adult crowd of both sexes. Running under one hour, Sooz can be expanded in length for a mainstage production. Originally set outdoors, Sooz can easily be adapted to an indoor venue, or staged outside a theatre for a unique setting.
It's Susan's wedding day Unfortunately she's dead, and everyone knows it-but Susan. She's one stubborn bride. Susan's determined to enjoy her nuptials despite her untimely demise. But who's the woman in patent-leather hot pants giving the story a happily-ever after ending?
The setting: a garden outside a church. A lovely bride stumbles towards her guests, the audience. Is Susan late for her wedding? Not only that, but she's sporting a nasty fatal head wound which she brushes aside like all ‘negative thoughts': This bride is determined to live out her happily-ever-after ending. And so begins a satirical look at the life of the happiness obsessed modern bride.
At the moment Susan is taking her final gasp the play turns on itself and a new character replaces the old. The bride is replaced by the bridesmaid turned sexed-up entrepreneur; sentiment is replaced by salesmanship, but the fixation on a happy ending remains the same.
We find out that the bride's today actually occurred ten years ago, brought to us by modern technology designed to preserve memory long past “‘till death do we part”. And so the audience is left to contemplate how valuable memory is, and to what lengths they would go to ensure their own happily-ever-after-ending.