Tag Archive: Monique Van Kerkhof

Jun 25

Deleted Scene – The Waste of Space

This is the scene from the Yokohama version of the show in which Ms. Umqhat revealed herself to be an avatar for The Waste of Space.  Yes, the odd punctuation is deliberate.

 

Umqhat’s office

 

39 is here with Umqhat.

39:     And that’s when they kicked me out.

UMQHAT:     Shame.

39:     Is it? Look, you said something about going back into space.

UMQHAT:     On the orbital habitats?

39:     Deep space, you said. Don’t play coy.

UMQHAT:     I am putting together a mission.

39:     You? You’re the one who told me people were completely uninterested in space travel. How can you say that about people in general terms, and then exclude yourself? You’re people!

UMQHAT:     Not exactly.

Umqhat begins twisting her body and moving in strange shapes.

 

 

WASTE OF SPACE: She is, the avatar, a personality splinter of one of the AIs.

This AI is currently occupying a large, purpose-built spacecraft.

It has a name. I am called The Waste of Space.

39:     You’re a hyper-intelligent spacecraft. What do you need me for?

WASTE OF SPACE: A purpose? Fun? I’m just a bit weird that way. We all are.

In any case, we’re prepping for departure.

Umqhat returns to her normal self.

 

UMQHAT: So, are you in?

39: Darn tootin’.

Jun 25

Character Profile: Ms. Umqhat

I created a lot of characters for this show.  Some of them got cut even before the Yokohama show, and some got cut afterwards due to the major changes the show went through to become Fringe-ready.

 

One of the biggest character amputations was Ms. Umqhat, who was actually played by another actor (Dancer and Performance Artist Monique Van Kerkhof) in the Yokohama version, but was reduced to two mentions in the Fringe version.

 

Ms. Umqhat is hard to describe.  She was originally conceived as 39’s “Reintegration Counsellor” (a title which she loved).  She was there to help demonstrate just how alien the new Earth society was to what 39 knew.

 

In the originally version of the play, the scenes with her helped provide the structure of the piece, as well as giving 39 someone to talk to directly.

 

But Ms. Umqhat had ulterior motives.  As the avatar of the eccentric hyperintelligence The Waste of Space, she was tasked with recruiting 39 for another space voyage.  However, she first had to let him discover and realize that he could no longer fit in on Earth.

 

 

With Ms. Umqhat gone, the court-case structure that the play has now evolved.

 

I originally saw 39 as a constantly changing piece of Theatre that would use a new second actor, each playing a different character in each venue to which we toured the show (each show would emphasize 39’s relationship with a different character).  However, limited resources put the kibosh on that after Yokohama.  I still want to go back to that idea after the summer tour is finished.  My dream?  After touring and doing several different versions of the show, I’d like to collect all the other actors and do a 6+ hour version of the show (a la Seven Streams of the River Ota).  39 is a huge story, and even the 90-minute version we performed in Yokohama is just a tip of the iceberg.