Actor/producers Mika Laulainen and Jordan Jenkins appear together as the characters Girl and Boy in Vancouver’s Star Star Theatre production of “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” The show staged at Fairfield Hall is a one-act play that explores the development of the relationship between two strangers who meet in a park, and what happens when they decide to exclude small talk.
Martlet: How would you sum up your show in a sentence or phrase?
Mika Laulainen & Jordan Jenkins: A plucky one act that hails the bravery of striking up a conversation with a pretty girl, the tumultuous adventures of make believe, and the magic of first loves.
M: Where did you get the idea or inspiration for your show?
M.L. & J.J.: The play was written by Louis E. Catron, a theatre professor. We were drawn to it because of its playfulness – we loved not knowing what would happen next. It’s unpredictable.
M: What is the most interesting experience you’ve had while performing?
M.L. & J.J.: At a certain surprising moment of the play, we once had an audience member scream, “Jesus!”
M: Is there a message or a moral you’d like audiences to take away from your show?
M.L. & J.J.: Don’t underestimate the power of imagination.
M: If your characters could live in any era other than their own, what would it be and why?
M.L. & J.J.: Due to the spontaneous nature of the play, the characters are able to find
themselves in many time periods and situations. They could probably find happiness in whatever era they were thrown into.
“Where Have All The Lightning Bugs Gone?” at Victoria Fringe
Fairfield Hall, 1303 Fairfield Rd.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 @ 9:15 p.m.
$11 Regular, $9 Student/Senior (plus $6 Fringe Visa Button)