show: Strange Menagerie

Show description: An ant, an octopus, an omnipresence of pigeons, an Acadian moose, an elusive computer bug, and the strangest of all animals: Man. In these four contemporary tales ranging from Fifties Italy to Montreal today, a hunter finds himself in peril, a con man is taken for a pigeon, a computer programmer flirts with insanity and humanity as a whole becomes a subject of study for two storefront animals.

The overall tone is fairly light and fanciful, with the occasional serious moment.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes (including transitions between stories)

Target audience: adults

Set list:

The minivan from the future” (approx. 14 minutes)
Wherein we learn that bare-handed moose hunting and mysterious mists are all routine occurrences for storytellers on the road.

Pigeons” (approx. 19 minutes)
Set in Italy in the ’50s, this cautionary tale chronicles the rise and fall of a man who could speak with pigeons.

Programmer’s moon” (approx. 15 minutes)
Alone in the office on a full moon night, a computer programmer works overtime, chasing down an elusive bug. He needs the money to pay for his upcoming wedding. As marriage and deadlines loom closer and his grip on sanity starts slipping, he realizes that his work will never be done: the whole world is full of bugs…

The erudite octopus” (approx. 8 minutes)
A Montreal fable: on Mont-Royal avenue, two storefront ornaments — an ant and an octopus — try to keep up with current events in the world of humans.