THE STORY

"Dim The Fluorescents" follows the friendship and creative partnership between struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna). Lacking a proper outlet for their creativity, they funnel all of their considerable passion and talent into the only paying work they can find: role-playing demonstrations for corporate seminars. With copious re-writes and rehearsals, immersive lighting and sound design, and wildly uninhibited performances, the duo attempts to elevate these ostensibly educational presentations (on subjects such as ‘Handling the Dissatisfied Customer’ and ‘Workplace Safety’) to the realm of high art... all for bewildered audiences of mid-level office employees.

 

When Lillian and Audrey book their biggest gig to date - at a hotel conference with an expected audience of three-hundred - the two commence what will surely be their most ambitious production to date. Over the course of their lengthy and emotionally fraught rehearsal process, two lifetimes' worth of personal, professional and creative compromises rise to the surface and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production and their friendship.

 

As wryly funny as it is unexpectedly poignant, "Dim The Fluorescents" is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the artistic life and process in the unlikeliest of settings.

THE CHARACTERS

AUDREY

A gifted actor who strives above all for honesty and connection with an audience. Despite her precocious talent, her emotional vulnerability and need for validation have led her to a crossroads in her personal and professional life.

 

LILLIAN

A writer who performs out of necessity, Lillian has grand artistic ambitions, but long ago learned to be pragmatic. She is organized, funny and doggedly optimistic.

 

FIONA

An extremely bright, relatively confident teenager, whose determination to be a well-adjusted adult occasionally conceals her inner turmoil.

 

BRADLEY

A genuinely warm, nice person, with a quick wit and a somewhat artistic temperament, he’s ambivalent about his success in middle management.

 

JUNE

A well-regarded playwright whose productions eschew commercial considerations, she believes strongly in the power of art, and in her friends.

 

GARY

A regional office manager par excellence, with slightly Machiavellian tendencies. He's the nicest he can be while looking out for number one.