In It’s A Glorious Wonderful Life a modern day Katharine Hepburn sweeps an angsty James Dean wannabe off his feet and into a beautiful world of longing, dreaming, and dancing in this introspective screwball comedy.
Tell us about the show.
This show is a weird little mix of the old and the new. The writing is inspired by several classic Hollywood films including Rebel Without A Cause, Bringing up Baby, and of course It’s a Wonderful Life, but the heart of the story is definitely modern.
It’s a very simple story. Boy and girl meet in an old empty movie theatre. When they realize they are locked in together, there’s no way to escape, walls begin to break down and they start to really let each other in. It’s a beautiful exploration of relationships, loneliness, fear of intimacy and overcoming those fears.
Plus there’s a whole lot of silliness and a tiny bit of dancing magic!
Why should someone come see your show?
People should come see this show because not only is it going to be a delightfully entertaining throwback, it’s also surprisingly heartfelt. I think audience members will be able to relate instantly to both characters, to their fears, idiosyncrasies and to their desperation for something more. And despite some of the darker moments, there will be laughter the whole way through! The hope is that people will leave this show, still giggling, and newly motivated to spread a bit of love.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
If this show was a superhero it would be The Incredible Hulk because just like Bruce Banner, on the surface it’s undeniably sweet, but full of opposites and sometimes packs quite a punch to the gut.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
I’m really excited to see Throne at the Havana. It’s a dark comedy set in Ireland and it has something to do with toilets. What more could you want?
Venue: The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
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The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 7-17 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.