When a mysterious pain dismantles her coping strategies, Rhonda Badonda embarks on a journey that leads her to the Paris Opera, Mozart, and the ultimate face-off … with her brain.
False Creek Gym, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
From the time she was a child and far into adulthood, Rhonda felt dumb. Or could it be something else that has held her back and made life so challenging?
At the heart of Rhonda Badonda are themes of determination and persistence tied together with a medical mystery. It is an autobiographical story about a woman’s journey dealing with real problems in the real world and the learning disabilities that impacted every area of her life—learning disabilities that went undiscovered.
Audiences will venture with Rhonda inside her brain—a bizarro-world terrain that shape-shifts continually leaving her lost, confused and ultimately more and more determined to get to the bottom of what’s wrong with her. The woman who solves this mystery as she diagnoses Rhonda’s learning disabilities – learning disabilities that 99.9% of people do not know exist – also holds the key to Rhonda’s healing and a future filled with possibility.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
Feeling dumb is not a unique experience. In what I’ve observed since I began writing this play, lots of people connect to that experience–whether overall in their lives or in a specific area. And beyond that, many people struggle with something about themselves that they feel personally responsible for creating but are unable to cure or resolve. Rhonda Badonda points to the vastness of human experience and reminds us that there are answers out there that are not always right under our noses.
3. If your show was a cartoon character which cartoon character would it be, and why?
“Here she comes to save the day…!” Like Mighty Mouse, Rhonda Badonda ventures into dark recesses but, for Rhonda, it is into her own brain in order to save her own day. Throw in a dash of Alice in Wonderland and Nancy Drew and you’ve got it covered.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
How could I not put at the very top of my list Brendan Mcleod’s Brain!?!
ber 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.