Curtiss Randolph

My Father's Son, 2019

How do our environments and the people that raise us mould us? I consider this question when looking at the two main characters in this story: GG and the Theatre. GG is an amalgamation of traits shared between my father, a dancer, and I. As the theatre’s owner, my father’s identity has merged with the space itself. For me they have become synonymous—but I also see myself.

In creating a fictional character that doubles as my alter ego, I was inspired by Stan Douglas’s Mid-Century Studio, where he embodies a photographer from the 50s. I was also thinking about the film Birdman, by Alejandro González Iñárritu who created a story that existed entirely in a theatre.

My Father’s Son is a parable about creation, which chronicles events that occurred in my father’s life. The story is set inside the Bathurst St. Theatre in spring 1955. It’s a place I have called home since childhood. The narrative portrays a man named GG Jangles (after Bo Jangles) who is attempting to put together a one-man show. Help has never been an option; biting off more than he can chew, GG has burdened himself with a monumental task. His perfectionism gets in the way and he takes a tumble. Despite the issues GG faces, the show must go on. We never get the chance to see GG’s performance but we get a sense of his enthusiasm and persistence.