Red Phone is an installation project by Boca del Lupo. Conceived by Sherry J Yoon and designed by Jay Dodge with technology by Carey Dodge in 2016, Red Phone is a conversation that is part theatre and part social intervention. An audience-to-audience performance that utilizes the intimacy of a phone call and the technology of a teleprompter. It takes place between two hand-crafted, fully enclosed phone booths outfitted with a vintage red phone and an integrated teleprompter.
Two at a time, audience members engage each other in a five-minute conversation. The act of having the conversation with an unseen partner provides an anonymity that adds to the intimacy of the performance, encouraging participants to be the actor in their own theatrical experience. Red Phone is a one-of-a-kind performance that has been described as the theatrical equivalent to singing in the shower.
Red Phone currently includes 23 scripts in English, 2 of which have been translated into Spanish and another 2 into French. The scripts are urgent, touching, thought provoking conversations written by some of Canada’s most exciting writers.
Writers & Scripts
Alice Abracen (Montréal): Sacrifice translated into French, Sacrifice by Mishka Lavigne
Sharon Bala (St. John's): It was a gift
Keith Barker (Toronto): Goodbye, My Love translated into Spanish, Adiós mi amor by Bruce Gibbons Fell
Tara Beagan (Calgary): It is so.
Leanna Brodie (Vancouver): License
Bridget Canning (St. John's): Don't Come From Away
Ginny Collins (Winnipeg): Share
Ivan Coyote (Vancouver/Whitehorse): Jag Alskar
Jay Dodge (Vancouver): #GlobalCull
Jay Dodge & Sherry Yoon (Vancouver): The Heisenberg Project
Karen Hines (Calgary): Condialogue
Susanna Fournier (Toronto): Still Human translated into Spanish, Aún Humanos by Bruce Gibbons Fell
Shauntay Grant (Halifax): KK
Ryan Griffith (Lower Woodstock, NB): Helicopters of Truth
Hiro Kanagawa (Vancouver): Out of the Blue
Shawn MacDonald (Vancouver): TransCanada
Janet Munsil (Victoria): The Inheritance
Omari Newton (Montréal): Are we good? translated into French, On est tu correcte? by Lydie Dubuisson
Yvette Nolan (Saskatoon): Civil War III
Ellen Peterson (Winnipeg): Sorry
Ian Ross (Winnipeg): Untitled
Sharon Thesen (Lake Country, BC): What's Wrong?
Marcus Youssef (Vancouver): All Good
- 2020: Centaur Theatre Company, RCA Theatre Company, Theatre New Brunswick, Boca del Lupo Summer Activation at The Fishbowl
- 2018: Uno Festival, Living Things Festival, High Performance Rodeo, RUTAS Festival, Prairie Theatre Exchange
- 2017: Writer's Festival, Micro Performance Series, SFU C2U Expo
- 2016: Boca del Lupo at The Fishbowl