British Columbia

Movies Made for Music at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Movies Made for Music at the Vancouver International Film Festival

By Paris Spence-Lang VANCOUVER – VIFF is one of those perennial events that seems to get better every year. “It’s…

, , , , ,

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • rbmamtl infinitydosezero
  • pupthband killed it last night at the voguetheatre for Nighthellip
  • Having a v nice time at westwardfest w cdaydreamz andhellip
  • We are excited to premiere the new music vid fromhellip
  • Happy westwardfest Vancouver! The last time puptheband ripped through ourhellip
  • MRG Concerts West is bringing symlmusic to thecultch on Janhellip
  • nardwuar is celebrating 30 years this weekend with a deephellip
  • Still feelin a bit wavvy from westwardfest this past weekendhellip
  • Le1f khalif showing Montreal wut is up at rbmamtl basshellip

‘The Euphio Question’: Happiness, but at What Price?

Friday 08th, September 2017 / 16:10
by Brendan Lee

Matt Clarke directed the play, which is adapted from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1951 short story of the same name.

VANCOUVER – What if we could do away with the dark hole of sadness and emerge brightly in a society anew, where happiness was no longer sought after but bought and obtained with the push of a button?

As a part of this year’s Fringe Festival, local company Little Mountain Lion Productions puts on an adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s sci-fi comedy, The Euphio Question, and ponders the same question.

Originally written in 1951 as part of Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House, the story revolves around the discovery of euphoria-producing radio waves and the conundrum that follows when suddenly happiness becomes an object rather than a destination. Vancouverite Matt Clarke adapted and directed the play, and he talks about the struggle to get people interested in the genre.

“We kind of want to steal audiences out of bookstores and movie theatres,” he says.

And with the Fringe Festival being one of the city’s largest avenues for the art of indie theatre, the message of his speculative sci-fi play becomes all the more important.

“We walk through the world with our headphones in, looking at screens,” Clarke continues. “And to get your butt out and watch real people telling a story, in a room full of a bunch of other real people… that’s invaluable. I mean, doctors should be prescribing theatre.” Those brave enough to steal a night away from the addictive glow of their screens can also expect original compositions by musician, Graham Dawson.

We might not all be quite at the point where happiness is an app to be downloaded on your phone, but a ticket to The Euphio Question is sure to buy you a whole lot joy.

“Bring a couple friends, get happy, and let’s talk about happiness for 40 minutes,” Clarke concludes with a laugh.

The Euphio Question runs at Havana Theatre from September 8 – 17.


AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.




Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • The Mad Caddies talk about making music touring with thehellip
  • This Labour Day weekend the Major Minor Music Project hellip
  • You can win tickets to this event by clicking thehellip
  • What have you seen so far? calgaryfilm filmfestival calgary calgaryfilm2017
  • Really everyone on this record has a little piece ofhellip
  • Check our latest cover for September 2017! Cover story onhellip
  • CONTEST Win tix for spoonthebands YEG Aug 30 YYC Aughellip
  • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22  nmccanadas nighttime series Studio Bell Afterhellip
  • Our next Issue Release Party goes down at Local510 onhellip