We continue #FringeDuJour with another peak at an upcoming show at this year’s 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Oh the Humanity!
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street
1. Tell us about your show.
A series of five short plays about people trying to cope with the basic trial of being human among other humans. Two actors craft four characters each, including a coach who calls a press conference to explain why his team has lost every game in the season, a video dating service promoting two people that have nothing better to recommend themselves than the fact that they are not visibly bleeding, a pair of photographers attempting to re-shoot a graphic war time photo without the original source material, a couple attempting to attend a funeral, or possibly a christening, no, a funeral, with poor results, an airline representative explaining to the families of crash victims what happened to the best of her abilities – despite the fact she lucked, or rather unlucked, her way into the job.
2. Why should someone come see it?
In 2010, this was Staircase Theatre’s very first show, and also the reason we started this company. We didn’t know what the future would hold in store for us-the following six years would hold many more shows, many more connections and relationships made and our first Jessie win, but we knew we wanted to produce this show, and that we wanted to do it at the Fringe Festival. Well, we couldn’t have been happier with the results. This was our first time producing, and back in 2010 we learned a lot of things by trial and error. We had a lot of help from our more experienced friends, and we somehow pulled it off! At the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival, our show, Oh the Humanity, was very successful, with one week of shows completely sold out. So we’re bringing it back!
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
It would be Yoda + Everyman. I know those aren’t superheroes, per se.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own what show would that be?
It would have to be The Seven Lives of Louis Riel by Ryan Gladstone, Monster Theatre!
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.