The Hanging Judge. Interview With Andrey Summers
What do you get when you combine hungry trolls, the ghost of a racist judge and a little zombification? Comedy gold. Today we interview local playwright and director Andrey Summers about The Hanging Judge, which is showing at the Cultch Theatre from July 28 to August 1.
What is the Hanging Judge about?
Basically, at its core The Hanging Judge is about justice and discrimination. On the surface, though, it's about two British trolls in a cemetary wanting to eat a guy. There's opportunity there for a lot of black comedy, and we definitely go to some pretty ridiculous places, but all of that is juxtaposed by the very harsh presence of this hanged, racist judge.
The characters are all desperate, all striving for something, and there's a pervasive futility to a lot of what happens...but the show never lets you go too long without a laugh. And there are some big laughs to be had here.
Who should attend?
Anyone with a sense of humor, and an open mind. The show definitely deals with some taboos, so the latter is quite an asset.
Really, though, if you're keen on troll costumes and actors being hanged for an hour, you'll come away happy as a clam.
Why should they come to your show?
I guarantee that this show isn't quite like anything you've experienced before. Humor, horror, history, love, hate...and presented primarily by trolls.
We also have zombification, dismemberment, rollicking british drunkenness, Chinese legends, and a guy in a bag. I think your options are pretty obvious here.
What is the one thing someone must know about The Hanging Judge before they watch it?
I die a little every time I say it because I don't like coming off as a snobbish pedant, but it's satire. There's more to what's going on than meets the eye.
To this effect, we have a character who is very, very racist and says some terrible things, but none of that is in the show for the sake of it. This should be very clear in context, but sensitive audiences should be warned:
That judge says some harsh ----. We also have a few swears and some blood, but hey, it's the new millennium!