#51 PlayME - Orange Dot - Episode 3

September 20, 2017
by Sean Dixon
Two city workers are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . . . armed with their smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, a soupçon of boredom, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to. 
They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. At times, Natalie seems overcome by the tree. At other times, she just seems unable to cope. Joe tries to understand but is ultimately bewildered, until the unthinkable transpires.
An unsettling drama in the vein of Becket's Waiting for Godot and Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, THE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.
Sean Dixon - Playwright


Sean Dixon's Governor General nominated play, 'A God in Need of Help' (produced by Tarragon Theatre and published by Coach House Books), serves as a companion piece to 'The Orange Dot' even though the former is set in Venice in 1605 and the latter in Toronto in 2017. He has written extensively for BC's Caravan Farm Theatre, Ontario's Blyth Festival, Toronto's Summerworks Festival and Victoria's Theatre SKAM. His novels and short stories include 'The Girls Who Saw Everything', 'The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn', and 'Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop'. Currently he is writing a play for the Tarragon about adoption among Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans, as well as a novel set in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood about a kidnapping gone awry.
Shawn Doyle - Actor
Shawn is a multiple award-winning actor who works extensively in Film and Television. The Orange Dot marks his first time back on stage in ten years. Past theatre credits include the original production of Problem Child (Factory Theatre); A Number (Canstage, Dora Award); Gagarin Way (Crows Theatre/World Stage Festival); A Christmas Carol (YPT); Where Is Kabuki (Factory); Four Lives Of Marie (Tarragon Theatre); Safe Haven (Neptune Theatre); Digging For Fire (Factory); The House Of Martin Guerre/ Fabulous Party (Livent).
Daniela Vlaskalic - Actor
Daniela is an award winning actor and writer and has worked extensively across Canada. Selected credits include: The Orange Dot(Theatre Front); Disgraced (Magnus Theatre); Cockroach (Alberta Theatre Projects); Pith! The Exquisite Hour, The Bull the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (Theatre Department); The Money Shot (Ground Zero Theatre); Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); Drama (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites '12; Betty Nomination); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Theatre Aquarius); Doubt(Canadian Stage); The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC); All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). As a playwright, Daniela co-wrote the multiple award-winning play; The Drowning Girls, which has received multiple productions nationally and internationally and is published by Canada Playwrights Press. @danivlaskalic