Our #FringeDuJour coverage of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival continues with a daily peak at some of the shows coming to this year’s festival.
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
Our show is a bit quirky as the concept is based in astrology. Saturn Returns is a stage in our lives that occurs between the ages of 28 and 32 – when Saturn has completely orbited the Sun and landed back in its position at the time of our birth. This happens about every 29 years, so we go through a second Saturn Return in our late-50s, and if we live long enough, a third time in our mid-80s.
These life chapters are anchored by a common theme – enormous transition. It’s a time when we question such things as our careers, relationships, values, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, domestic life, and even our geographic location. We may experience life-altering health issues, return to school, get married or divorced, become a parent, win a Pulitzer Prize or an Oscar award, the list goes on. It can be both tumultuous and joyous, but it’s guaranteed to be a time of tremendous change.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
Life is messy. And our show tackles some of that mess. Some life experiences leave permanent scars. We may never overcome certain events, but the way we learn to react or respond to their impact as we navigate through life is how we find hope. Our brave and bold cast tears down their protective barriers, makes themselves completely vulnerable, and shares intimate details about their own private lives that are often difficult to talk about; and there are some topics that people don’t even want to hear about. Our goal is to inspire, empower and encourage other women through the art of storytelling.
As we were pulling pieces together, brainstorming and mapping out our stories, we realized that not all situations have an actual ending. And that’s okay. It’s okay to still be fucked up about something. As human beings, we often feel ashamed, less worthy or guilty if we’re perceived as weak for not having our shit together. But not every story has a happy ending. Our audiences can relate to that. Once we committed to staying in our truth and being real, it was easier to tell more challenging stories without the pressure of delivering them as a perfectly wrapped package with a bow on top.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero what would it be, and why?
If our show was an existing superhero, it would definitely be Wonder Woman. Our women’s stories are amazing and their power to overcome obstacles is impressive. And besides that, they’re hot.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
We would definitely see any show that supports funny women, but because we have to pick only one show – it would be The Situation.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.