A Maritime radio host preps for the interview of a lifetime whilst under pressure from government regulation, corporate interests and a looming threat from beyond the stars.
Live from The Porthouse, radio host and self-proclaimed voice of the people: Curt Riley preps for another installment of “Chit Chat with Curt Riley”. The once beloved disc jockey has watched his beautiful maritime community dwindle into impoverished obscurity. His favourite stores have closed down, his friends have moved away and he’s begun to cultivate anger beyond his own self-loathing. His free speech is less than savoury, putting him in the spotlight of global criticism and controversy. But somewhere someone has plans for Curt Riley and his associates.
After the rising Megacorporation Kolossal Fisheries started renovating the old town, strange happenings plague the Greater Kesnukwon Bay Area. Fish kills and lights in the sky are only some of the symptoms of a looming threat. In his own little world oblivious to the bigger picture, Curt plans to oust a local politician as a ‘sell out’. The resulting broadcast; full of colourful locals, callers from beyond the stars and a pesky new hit Country single is an unsuspected ground zero for first contact.
Caught between government and corporation, Curt defends his unpopular opinions against interstellar criticism and passionately represents the human race knowing this to be his final broadcast. Rather than change his opinions, Curt must regain his appreciation for his hometown and neighbors who have him as usual “up to his hipwaders” in trouble. The Host is a dark, nautically-themed, science fiction comedy tackling Canadian problems on a galactic scale.
Meet the writer!
Thomas MacDougall is a playwright from Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island operating out of Fredericton, NB. He has recently graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and Communications from St. Thomas University. His “raucous and clever” nuclear survival comedy And Above ALL was produced by Theatre St Thomas as part of the What’s Next? Theatre Festival and premiered in the Black Box Theatre in January 2018.
MacDougall's true love of theatre came when he and his colleague mounted a passionate production of Lysistrata set in the Cold War. His current work explore's themes of truth and perception through the lens of genre fiction. As a self proclaimed fan of sci-fi, horror, comedy and any collaboration of the three; he believes any human story can only be enhanced by a dash of the fantastic and the theatrical.
MacDougall is a founder of student driven writing group Enter: Stage Write and as well as an actor in Theatre St. Thomas and student theatre productions including: The Trickster of Seville, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.
Source. Greg Everett, STU reviews.