It’s just another day at the pie shop. Joker’s behind the counter. He’s waiting for his first customer. He’s used to waiting. He’s waiting for his own life to start. The first person through the door is Eva. She’s had a long life, lost the love of her life, and in the process lost her love of life. She’s waiting for the inevitable end. Finally, Chrys enters. She wants to be left alone. But there’s a shadow from her past that never leaves her alone. She’s waiting for that shadow to leave. Just another day at the pie shop. Three strangers alone with their pies.
Then Mr Red Light, the unluckiest man in the world, and the world’s worst bank robber, bursts through the door. In a stand-off with the police he takes our three strangers hostage. Mr Red Light is a trickster, a fool, a prophet. As evening falls, he transforms the pie shop. Into a forest, an ancient camp fire, a vast desert. He changes our hostages’ lives. Suddenly the pie shop is no longer a place for lost souls, it’s a place to find your soul.
Mr Red Light was commissioned by New Zealand Festival and developed with the support of Auckland Live
Shortlisted for the Adam New Zealand Play Awards
Recipient of Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship in (for writer Carl Bland)