Oasis Love

oasis-love

Play Synopsis

Have you been in love? I have. He was my drop of water in a scorching desert. My Oasis Love. Have you ever fallen out of love? I have. I didn’t know what to do, so I wrote. [2016]

Oasis Love follows the journey of a love stricken boy as he navigates himself through his first real relationship. Along the way Damien finds himself battling to find his place within the manipulation from his boyfriend Jason and the delusions caused by his good intentions. [2015]

Production History

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (Main Space) – June 18, 2014

Performed by Johnny Salib
Facilitation by Shaista Latif

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (Cabaret) – October 8-10, 2015

Performed by Johnny Salib
Produced by Claudia Carino
Lighting Design by Jazz Kamal

Theatre Aquarius – July 14-24, 2016

Performed & Sound Designed by Johnny Salib
Directed & Dramaturged by Franny McCabe-Bennett
Produced by Claudia Carino
Lighting Design by Jazz Kamal
Stage Managed by Wendy Miller

The Commons Theatre – September 16, 2016

Performed & Sound Designed by Johnny Salib
Directed, Dramaturged, Lighting Designed & Stage Managed by Franny McCabe-Bennett
Produced by Claudia Carino
Original Lighting Design Concept by Jazz Kamal

Venue #2 (Kingston Storefront) – June 23-29, 2017

Performed & Sound Designed by Johnny Salib
Directed, Dramaturged & Lighting Designed by Franny McCabe-Bennett
Stage Managed by Kristen LeBoeuf

Awards & Grants

Second Runner up at the Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest
Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators Reserve as recommended by The Cabaret Company (Artistic Director: Sky Gilbert)

Reviews

✘ Johnny’s voice was smooth and clear inviting me to be open to his beautiful lyrics. The story he told was personal and heartfelt but not cloying. I loved the simplicity of the set which allowed me to imagine his apartment for instance, or just to focus on the story. – Viv Moore

✘ This show is phenomenal! – Vikki Velenosi

✘ It was incredible – Kasey Dunn

✘ Great writing and performance. And the music was wonderful – David Bateman

✘ Johnny combines music and drama to tell the story of a past relationship. It’s vulnerable, endearing, and funny. The scenes flowed naturally from one to the next, and ended on a hopeful note. Johnny’s own original songs are used as well, and I also loved his use of pop music. – Kristin Archer, I Heart Hamilton

✘ The honesty, courage and raw depth of the performance! Two words …SEE IT!! – Craig McLean

✘ Oasis Love was like sitting & talking shit about your ex with your best friend for an hour, while also jamming to your fave songs Except Johnny Salib has a way better voice than any of my other friends… Basically, I never wanted it to end. – Natalie Hickey

✘ Oasis Love created and performed by Johnny Salib and directed and dramaturged by Franny McCabe-Bennett is a must see. Through monologue and music Salib exposes the break-up of a relationship by sharing with the audience his very personal experience. We are engaged from the beginning with his fabulous voice and keyboarding. Salib makes confident eye contact with the audience as if we are close friends sharing the ups and downs of trying to find our forever love. Candid quips about dating sites, disaster first dates and parental non-acceptance of gay children, leave one urging him on to find true love. As a performer Salib’s professionalism is exceptional and sensitive, we feel and know his heartbreak. This show is a tour de force! – Sara Cymbalisty, View Hamilton

✘ Johnny Salib has a wonderful voice and uses it well to transition from song to song or from song into scene…Our audience was carried along by the humour and hope. – Susan J. Creer, Raise the Hammer

✘ Beautiful singing, humour and raw emotion – Darren Stewart-Jones

✘ Oasis Love is a must see – Izad Etemadi

✘ The one man performance is a journey infused with music… Salib is charming and has an energetic and engaging personality which holds on to the audience’s attention with every word… He perfectly describes every detail in the memories he recounts, so while you may be sitting in the audience watching his performance, it feels like you were there in that moment as it happened. You can visualize the places, smell the smells, and feel the tensions he felt as they happened. Be it coming out multiple times to a mother that doesn’t really believe you, or living with a boyfriend who won’t admit to his parents who you are, you can see the pain and feel the emotion that Salib must have felt in each of those moments. – Jason Nason, Hamilton Today

✘ What an incredible show – we knew it would be good but this was exceptional. The story is as warm and whimsical as it is heart-breaking and at times, fucking hilarious. The thoughtful place from which the stories were told was refreshing, it’s so easy to put down a concept like ‘love’ because it’s an abstract concept which is why break-ups, dating and being single are so difficult to navigate because so many of us feel like we’re always failing. Oasis Love was so relatable it reminded me how vulnerable relationships leave us raw and exposed, despite our best efforts. The staging and lights were a perfect pairing for an intimate experience inside Damien’s head and Johnny Salib is a master at his game. – Raymond Helkio, The Reading Salon

✘ That fucker stole that from my journal! – Maurice (Hamilton Audience Member)

✘ What’s most notable about this one-man production is the strength of its writing. Whether it was vividly describing the first date to chronicling the couple’s last fight, Salib demonstrated a real talent for writing vivid slice-of-life prose that beautifully put the audience at the very heart of the action, and all this is brought to life with his very likable and relatable performance…Salib is a great showman, demonstrating precise comedic timing and engaging effortlessly with the audience. He’s also quite the musician…it’s the character development in particular that makes the material so strong. Salib has done a fantastic job telling a realistic tale of lovers, including the ups and downs that all couples experience. – Gian Verano, Mooney On Theatre

✘ Oasis Love was truly a strange experience for me tonight. Johnny Salib you are very talented & inspiring! (Toronto Audience Member)

✘ If fate was a screaming woman, I am covered in her saliva. It was very therapeutic. – Jimere, Starfall

✘ A great play and superb solo performance…looking forward to its future success… – Ohid Izjian