The Exclusion Zone

Dockery turns the formulaic storytelling style of The Moth and This American Life on its head as he tells the story of a book that’s about a film that’s about a journey to a mysterious room. In this true, one-of-a-kind storytelling show, Dockery travels to the irradiated ghost-city of Chernobyl, a city that exists outside of time. With Andrei Talkovsky’s Stalker and Geoff Dyer’s Zona as his only guides through the strange world of the off-limits, Dockery hilariously seeks to unearth both the root of inspiration and – dare we say it – the very meaning of life itself. Oh boy!

Martin Dockery (Creator & Performer) Brooklyn-based Martin Dockery spends the majority of the year touring his eight one-person shows through Canada, Australia, the UK, and the US. Six of them are autobiographical (Wanderlust, The Surprise, The Bike Trip, The Holy Land Experience, The Exclusion Zone, and Delirium) and two are fictional (Bursting Into Flames & The Dark Fantastic). He’s performed at just about every fringe theater festival in North America, winning fifteen “Best of Fest” awards along the way. He’s also performed at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and twice headlined the London Storytelling Festival in England. Dockery has also written five plays (Oh, That Wily Snake!, The Pit, Inescapable, Moonlight After Midnight, & Love Is A Battlefield ) and extensively toured them with his co-star and wife Vanessa Quesnelle. He has an degree in English from Kenyon College and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.


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