Think of the worst commercial you’ve ever seen. Now think of the poor jerk that had to be in it. He didn’t want to be there, but he’s got a wife, a baby, a mortgage, and believe it or not—talent. Trouble is he’s also got an agent.
Directed by Michael Wipf, Stretch Dog is a dark comedy about a man at a major crossroads in his life. With the “help” of his agent/manager/fair-weather-friend, this anti-hero navigates a growing family, a flailing career, and a disappearing sense of self worth. Along the way he discovers the age-old art of selling out.
Written and performed by Robert Olguin, Robert is an actor and writer who came to Vancouver by way of Colorado and more recently Seattle. He received an MFA in acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program and a BA in Theatre from Trinity Western University. Years ago, he served as an acting apprentice at Pacific Theatre and will now return to that space as Glass City Theatre pairs with Pacific Theatre, in it’s (small but mighty) inaugural season.
Stretch Dog is the inaugural show for the new Vancouver theatre company, Glass City Theatre. Part of the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Stretch Dog runs September 9th – 19th at Pacific Theatre (12th and Hemlock).
Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.vancouverfringe.com/calendar.
Note: Strong language advisory.
“Painfully hilarious. By turns Robert Olguin gives belly laughs and cringingly honest, accounts of his version of the Human Condition” [Mark Jenkins, The Actors Studio].