Comedy/ 1 Character, 1 man/ Full Length, 80 minutes
This wry and charming one-man play explores the inner dialogue of a “40-60 something” couch potato trying to make something more of himself. Caught between his voice of comfort and his voice of truth, he asks himself the big questions: Can he find love, and still get home in time for his favorite TV shows? Should he spend his money on cigarettes — or that copy of Soulful Sex at the alternative bookstore? As he proceeds on his plodding but highly amusing journey, hazarding relationship counselling with his girlfriend, Cheryl, and coming face-to-face with his deepest fears at a men’s retreat, our very ordinary “hero” discovers his true — and not-so-ordinary — self.
From The Georgia Straight (Vancouver): “Foss’s monologue doesn’t dole out any platitudes. Instead it gives voice to the texture of the unspoken, those nagging ‘little voices’ that get you moving whenever you realize that something needs to change in your life.”
Special Merit Award, 1999 Theatre B.C. Canadian National Playwriting Competition
“Sharp and genuinely funny.”
– The Vancouver Sun
“Funny, touching, and fresh.”
– The Georgia Straight
“A delightful, original, and compelling piece of work.”
– Jurors, Theatre B.C. Canadian National Playwriting Competition
Below is Segment 1 of a video recording of “Little Voices” posted on YouTube. The remaining segments are private; for permission to view them, please contact the playwright.
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About the Playwright: Since 2000, Lucas Foss has performed Little Voices at numerous venues, including The Havana in Vancouver, the UBC Summer Festival, West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, the UNO Festival in Victoria, Western Edge Theatre in Nanaimo, the National Arts Centre 4th Stage (Ottawa), and various college and university theatre departments. Other credits as an actor include Uncle Vanya, The Dresser, The Memory of Water, Ten Lost Years, The Blue Room, and his own on-going production of the one-man play The Fever by Wallace Shawn.
The full-length version of Little Voices was first produced at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2004.