Mika Laulainen theatre creator

Mika Laulainen


In the Oscar Wilde inspired WILD, forest animals face the housing market crisis. Rabbit aims to be the most popular city lady when she moves to the newest development in town. Raccoon couldn’t care less about social politics. Then, in the Beckett styled SOCIETY, two executive penguins bide their time after being forced into hiding. They get very drunk, very high, and deny global warming. A modern day pool party… but the weather is awfully cold for July. What will the city ladies think of Raccoon? What is this bulldozer doing outside? And what are all these icebergs doing in the pool?

Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, & Vancouver Fringe Festivals | SUMMER 2016

Written by Mika Laulainen
Directed by Brian Cochrane & Jamie King
Performed by Mika Laulainen & Melissa Oei
Produced by star star theatre

45 minutes | 2f

“Mika Laulainen has written a clever mix of slapstick comedy and dark statements on environmental profit-mongering all wrapped up in cute fluffy animal costumes. Wild/Society has much to say and Mika Laulainen and Melissa Oei are a pair of talented women who work brilliantly together. By the end you will be drowning in laughter as they meet their fate.” – Melody Owen, PLANK Magazine

“The stark differences between the two halves cleverly invite audiences to investigate them both more closely to see how they might fit together. Rabbit wants to be proper, so she acts like she thinks a civilized animal would: she sets out tea, wears appropriate clothing, and avoids addressing her baser urges. In short, she wants to be a human. The penguins instead are already mired in the realm of society and its conflicts of commerce and justice, but favour a more animalistic approach: a winner-takes-all civilization, where murder and theft are on the table, if not encouraged outright. And through it all, the threat of environmental destruction lurks, sabotaging all the animals’ efforts with its looming, inexorable advance. [...] WILD/SOCIETY will reward you with a cheerful, cryptic indictment of humanity.”Jesse Gazic, Toronto Blogger


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