William uses comic-book, video-game, and other nerdy reference points to try to understand what it means to have a good life.
William uses comic-book, video-game, and other nerdy reference points to try to understand what it means to have a good life.

William vs The World is an awkward celebration and frantic journey through comic-book, video-game, and pop-culture references as nefarious forces try to tear William’s Fortress of Solitude apart.

William vs The World
Arts Umbrella, Granville Island

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Tell us about your show.

William vs The World is the epic adventure of a geek and his pet cactus who are trying their darndest to avoid the real world but find themselves swept up in it regardless. William uses comic-book, video-game, and other nerdy reference points to try to understand what it means to have a good life.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Why should someone come see your show?

This show is for anyone who has ever fantasized about staying home and never leaving the house again, anyone who has ever just wanted to be left alone with their books and games and not need to deal with the rest of society… but haven’t had the eccentric millionaire funds necessary to make such a situation happen.

The show is also a celebration of what it means to be passionate about anything. I don’t expect audience members to get every single reference from Gargoyles to Firefly to Day of the Tentacle, but the joy with which people embrace these stories and these worlds is universal.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

This show would be the superhero Sewer Urchin from the animated TV series of The Tick. On the surface world, Sewer Urchin is mocked as a ridiculous and useless superhero, using weapons like lemon grenades, butter shooters, and bars of soap. As such, he is ill-equipped for the problems faced in the real world. Underground however, in the sewers, in his own realm, he is the apotheosis of cool. It’s noteworthy that his catchphrase is “Oh, this is bad, bad, definitely, definitely bad.”

[dropcap]4[/dropcap]If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

A year and a half ago, I took part in a 24-hour Musical Theatre Smackdown Competition held by Awkward Stage Productions. My team ended up winning with a twenty minute musical that took place in an airport baggage claim. While I am no longer a part of the creative process or the production, I am super excited to see what has come of the project, now known as Carry On: A Musical, performing at the Firehall.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.