We continue our coverage of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival with #FringeDuJour. A daily peak at some of the shows coming to this year’s festival, we’ve asked Fringe artists to answer questions to entice you to want to see what they have to offer and to cross-pollinate the Fringe.
Arts Umbrella, 1286 Cartwright St
1. Tell us about your show.
Brain is an upbeat comedy about losing your mind. A personal journey through what it’s like to have obsessive compulsive disorder. An exploration of the nature of thought, morality, and community. It’s 80% laughter and 20% tears.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
Brain explores two of the most underrated miracles of our life: consciousness and friendship. They’re both impossible not to take for granted because they’re such common things. But consciousness – how we mentally experience our life – is the biggest mystery in the world. We have no idea what it is, how it happens, and why it’s evolved. In Brain, OCD is an entry point to pull back the curtain on reality and explore just how fragile and miraculous it is. And friendship is the grounding factor. The mirror you look into when your mental world is uncertain and reflects who you are back to yourself and reminds you of the person you are. So, if people need a gratitude pump up on either of those two subjects (and really, who doesn’t?) they might want to come out to the show.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero what would it be, and why?
Oh, definitely Deadpool. Maybe not for the dirty language and amazing martial arts skills, but he’s a superhero prone to bouts of psychosis who’s aware he’s fictional. In that way, he has alot in common with the show, which is constantly questioning the objective nature of reality. Plus, Ryan Reynold’s twitter feed is pretty hilarious.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own what show would that be?
The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper by Corin Raymond. My other job is as a folk musician with The Fugitives so I definitely have a solidarity with folk musicians who do monologues. Corin is both a great musician and an amazing monologuist. I was lucky to catch the first ever performance of this and it was hilarious and heart-warming – I can only imagine it’s even ten times better now that he’s been touring it all summer.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.