DIANA (I knew you when we were fourteen)
Falling Iguana Theatre was founded when Alexa Higgins & Ian Ottis Goff found a copy of Michael Ondaatje’s poem Elimination Dance in a Toronto bookstore, which prompted the creation of the company’s first production DIANA (I knew you when we were fourteen).
DIANA follows Michael, as he searches for his missing friend Diana who mysteriously disappears after a high school dance. DIANA spans several years and multiple Canadian cities as we follow both Michael and Diana on their separate but interconnected journeys through childhood memories, family trauma, and into adulthood.
DIANA has had four productions as of 2021 including two live runs and two online streamed presentations.
Island Fringe Festival
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
August 3-August 5, 2018
DIANA was first performed in Prince Edward Island as part of the Island Fringe Festival. Stage managing the production was DIANA co-creator Sarah Higgins. The Technical Director for the production and the festival was Lucas Olscamp. Falling Iguana Performed DIANA minimal lighting (in true fringe fashion) at the St. James Presbyterian Church (The kirk of St. James). DIANA shared the space with the show 25 by the French theatre company 1919paris.
DIANA in Toronto
University of Toronto, Alumni Performance Project
September 12-15, 2019
Robert Gill Theatre
In 2019 DIANA was selected by committee and produced by the University of Toronto’s Drama Centre in September 2019 at the Robert Gill Theatre. It was re-written, developed, workshopped, and refined over a year and a half, from its early inaugural performance in PEI to its more fully realized presentation in September of 2019. Sarah Higgins once again took on the role of Stage Manager and Chris Sutherland was the Technical Director. Gillian Armstrong joined the team as Consulting Director. Dani Brun designed the poster as well as other promotional materials. Barry McCluskey took archival photos of the production.
National Arts Centre Digital Stream
The NAC's "Canada Performs" initiative
In April of 2020 DIANA was streamed live from Alexa and Ian's living room as part of the "Canada Performs" Initiative. The National Art's Centre provided funding for artists to perform works of art from their homes.
Groundworks Digital Stream
Groundworks Online Performance Training Conference
October 16, 2020
In October of 2020, DIANA was chosen to kick off the Groundworks Conference, hosted by Solo Chicken Productions. DIANA was once again performed in Alexa and Ian's shared living room.