LOCO+HERO+JOE never goes deep

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.

Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St

1. Tell us about your show.

LOCO+HERO+JOE is all about memory. It is about how we each remember the past and how others just might remember things a bit differently. A professor from my Women in History class told us that before there was the written word, women passed on history through word and song. This potential storytelling device always struck me as an especially fascinating approach to fleshing out an historical figure – in this case, local legend, Joe Fortes.

2. Why should someone come see your show?

LOCO+HERO+JOE is a musical about a most unlikely hero – a black immigrant and lifeguard from the West Indies who came to Vancouver in the 1880s and thrived. It is the story about a man who went from living in a tent on the beach, to becoming Special Constable of English Bay and then was posthumously touted as ‘Citizen of the Century’. It is different from all the other shows, because this one is brand, spanking new – I wrote the script, the music and play ‘Joe’s ghost’ in it (yep, another local boy makes good!).

3. If your show was a superhero which cartoon character what would it be and why?

LOCO+HERO+JOE is probably most like Peter Quill. the lead guardian from Guardians of the Galaxy. Like Peter, Joe can’t fly, he is not invincible (as a matter of fact, he is already dead!) and there is probably no reasonable explanation at all for him to be listed among the ‘superhero elite’. Still, Joe remains among Vancouver’s elite with his name adorning an eponymous restaurant, library, plaque and pair of Canadian Stamps.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own what show would that be?

I will definitely try to see a couple of shows, but I loved seeing God is a Scottish Drag Queen a couple of seasons ago and eagerly await its return this Vancouver Fringe season.

The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.