The spectators are early, her lover is late, and the players are due any minute. Not the best time to question what the hell she’s doing here, waiting to get naked in front of a room full of strangers, but with 60 minutes before the game starts, it’s all the time she has left.
Revue Stage, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
I invite the audience into “Bareback Chess,” a sexy after-hours event at a geek convention … but the audience is an hour early, which catches the human chessboard off guard and at the start of an anxiety spiral. The event producer (her boyfriend) is nowhere to be found, and the dread of being naked in front of strangers and her chess idol is starting to sink in. She’s not sure how she got in this position, but her stories and crystallising realisations all point to one terrible truth.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
They should see it if they want to get hit with some truth bombs. nerdfucker is a full-on drama (with funny bits) about bad boundaries and relationship dysfunction that most people will be able to identify with, and that recognition is not necessarily a comfortable space. There are already a lot of feel-good offerings on the fringe; Nerdfucker goes straight to FEEL. It is a mirror held up to the terror in our hearts, when we wonder how far we would go, have gone, to be loved.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Raven, from Teen Titans. Because her father was a demon that wanted to use her, and she was all about controlling her strong emotions out of fear.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
I would hit up the New Plays by Women series at the False Creek Gym. In the Fringe world, as in the rest of the world, women’s work tends to get short shrift, and that can only be changed by putting your money where your mouth is and getting out to women’s shows.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.