Tell us about Hysteria.
Hysteria is really a reflection and a projection. A reflection in terms of taking the voices and true stories of women, and a projection by looking to a not unrecognisable future.
Obviously, the #MeToo movement has been instrumental in bringing a lot of sexual abuse into light, and made it painfully clear that every woman has some kind of horror story of her own. Every. Woman.
At the same time, we are living in this time of outrage culture where every argument seems to be heightened and charged, and the way that we interact as humans has fundamentally changed through our use of technology.
Our echo chambers are bigger but so are our social spheres. Everyone is talking, but who are we listening to? And then what? What happens next?
I want Hysteria to open up conversations, to challenge perspectives and to not back down from the deep discomfort of doing that.
Describe your show in three words.
Hard to say.
Why should someone come see your show?
Because it’s going to be funny, and will give you a lot to think about.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
I don’t actually know a lot of superheroes, but if I may venture, our show would be a new superhero – The Hysterical Woman. Vulnerability, superhuman strength and the ability to heal would be her powers.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
Tricky, as there is a lot of good stuff out there this year. I’m excited for Inside Voices: A Musical in the Key of P at the Firehall. I worked with Peter Abando on a fringe show a couple of years ago and Jennifer Pielak is a brilliant comic improvisor, so I’m excited to see what they have cooked up.
#FringeDuJour is a peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
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The 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 6-16 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.