|Play dates||17 & 18 April 2012|
“Project Unknown” was the first production to use what is now a fixed component of any Company production: a writing team. Bart Kampert, Maddy Lanslots and Meike Weijtmans wrote an original story inspired by a mix of existing science fiction stories. A devoted decor team then created Skywalker Station in meticulous detail – using mainly paper and cardboard, and some old-fashioned computer monitors – on the stage. Epic lightsaber fights and playback performances were held during dress rehearsal – the stage asked for it.
“Project Unknown” was also the first production to be performed twice: a matinee performance for the tto junior classes (a fair part of the then third years would become Company members the following year) and a fabulously succesful evening performance the next day.
There is one thing, though, that no one thought of at the time: to take a photograph of Geert Linders as he performed Albert’s voice live backstage (where he could follow the action onstage via a camera link.) This way, Albert retains a touch of mystery.
At the start of the 22nd century the Everdeen Corporation is constructing the first city in space. London Everdeen, daughter of the Corporation’s owner, has set up her own ‘hobby project’ in the small Skywalker Station: two radio-astronomers listen for signs of possible extra-terrestrial life, an artist lets himself be inspired by stars and nebulas, a nanobiologist spends her days in the lab and all the while the experienced technical crew makes sure the station keeps ‘floating’. When London visits her station, accompanied by a pilot, a journalist and two tourists, it soon becomes clear that someone aboard the station is working on a whole other, unknown project…Chief mechanic Abby and the station’s artificial intelligence unit, Albert, try to find out who that person is.
|Abby Tereshkova||Meike Weijtmans|
|Steve Gates||Bart Kampert|
|Adrian Bruco||Koen Houtepen|
|Jodi Faisseur (Kirk)||Martine Becx|
|Tom Sipps (Spock)||Jordy Henraat|
|Susan Fermi (Sue)||Nachenthaly Francisco|
|Ole Jensen Rasmussen||Benjamin Geurts|
|Dr Lea Rake||Saffira Inkiriwang|
|London Everdeen||Sudevi Knaapen|
|Kate Mchumba||Merugia Vrede|
|Rebecca Assange||Marieke van Zoelen|
|Harry Brown||Ivar van der Steen|
|Violet Brown||Melissa Kir|
|Written by||Bart Kampert, Maddy Lanslots, Meike Weijtmans & Thessa van Aerde|
|Story||Joes Adriaansens, Thessa van Aerde, Bart Kampert, Maddy Lanslots, Meike Weijtmans|
|Light & sound||Lex Willems & Joep van Zoelen (Back on Track dj's), Stan Coomans|
|Art direction/decor||Stijn Riemen, Sander Akkermans, Jade van Pelt, Joep van Zoelen, Stan Coomans, Jeanne Kneuse & Ton Sips|
|Props||Petra Dekkers, Lissa de Gouw, Evelien Lommers|
|Costumes||Ysha Beugelsdijk, Quinty Gumbs, Julia Lutgerink, Noor Schmitz|
|Hair & make-up||Laura de Brouwer, Daniel Secci, Belle de Veer & Janine van Oers|
|PR & promotion||Femke van Disseldorp, Saffira Inkiriwang|
|Director & production||Thessa van Aerde|