From October 26th to November 6th, The Cultch will run one of its most spectacular shows of the season: Dr. Egg and the Man with No Ear. Combining the stunning visual elements of puppetry, stop-motion animation and physical performance, the play follows a man’s quest to replace his tragically lost ear. Dealing with the moral dilemmas of scientific advancement, Dr. Egg and the Man with No Ear tackles the difficult questions society faces as new developments are made in technology and medicine. Known for her stunning productions, Director Jessica Wilson carefully weaves rich visuals throughout the play making this one unforgettable performance. Excited about the show, we couldn’t wait for opening night and touched base with Jessica beforehand to pick her brain about the production.
What is Dr. Egg and the Man with No Ear all about?
It’s a story about a man with only one ear who longs for another. He finds a doctor who offers to try to make a new one for him, but it requires a piece of flesh from his daughter’s ear. The man refuses, but his daughter, eager to mend his constant sadness, sneaks into the lab and offers her cell to make the ear. But once they get started on the science, things get out of hand and they create something they had not expected. It’s a dark fable that explores many things – ethics in new advancements in science, the loss of innocence, human desire and kinship.
How did you end up directing Dr. Egg? What intrigued you about this particular story?