Alexa spends her days verbally sparring with her pet parrot, sexting and engaging in late night rendezvous with strange men. As Alexa and her parrot become engulfed in a mutually shared self hatred, their verbal and physical relationship escalates. At times uncomfortable and exhausting, Room for A Pony explores transcending sex and death. Is there hope somewhere outside of the noise of technology, and a potential apocalypse?
Andrea Cooper is an interdisciplinary artist with a Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Concordia. In April 2017, her recent work Room For A Pony, was selected from across Canada for the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency headed by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal in partnership with Le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) and with the support of Creative Gros Morne. Cooper’s video Honey premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum Expanded in 2010. Strange Things premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum Expanded in 2007 and won the National Film Board of Canada’s Emerging Filmmaker/Video Artist Award at the Images Festival. Cooper’s work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, including the solo exhibitions Fickle as Poison (2009) at Grunt Gallery in Vancouver, Anna at Red Head Gallery (2012), and This Far North at Eastern Edge Gallery (2014). Her video work is distributed by V-Tape in Toronto. www.andreacooper.com