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 answers four questions to entice you to want to see what they have to offer and to cross-pollinate the Fringe.
Shake the Sheets!
Carousel Theatre, 1411 Cartwright Street
1. Tell us about your show.
A married couple are struggling with poverty. He is an out of work writer, she is a painter suffering from insomnia. The strife leads them to wake up in a strange nebulous world where words have ultimate power. He thinks it’s his wife’s fever dream, she thinks it’s her husband’s latest writing project. They travel through three different worlds, poetically crafting the settings as they go. But each vignette ends with a mysterious man murdering the husband. They have to work together to escape.
2. Why should someone come see it?
Shake the Sheets! is a unique Fringe experience. The language and music are as central to the story as are the actors telling it. Peak Performance winner Jordan Klassen is composing an original soundscape for the production. As well, each night a different Fringe celebrity (think TJ Dawe, Peter ‘n Chris etc) will join the actors onstage in an un-rehearsed cameo role. If you like your Fringe shows risky, and you are a lover of language and music, then we think you’ll like Shake the Sheets!
3. If your show was a cartoon character which cartoon character would it be and why?
It would definitely be Green Lantern. Green Lantern’s superpower is in his ring which gives him the ability to create anything. Much like the character’s in Shake the Sheets! he is inhibited only by his imagination when conjuring up his reality.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own what show would that be?
We would see Grandma’s Dead by Sam Mullins. We love Sam and his brand of storytelling and are so excited to see what he’s come up with. This show has been doing really well across the entire Fringe circuit this summer and we are looking forward to showing Sam some Vancouver love.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.