Tell us about Mx.
Mx is a dark comedy based on my experiences growing up mixed-race in Vancouver, and it’s also the winner of the 2019 Fringe New Play Prize. The play cracks open ideas of Black and queer identity, and the question of what it means to be both.
Sharp-witted Mz Nancy is our host for the night, here to take her audience on a journey through the muddy waters of ancestry and diaspora. Bright-eyed and mischievous, she is the total opposite of our young, uncertain protagonist, Max. Gender-questioning and mixed-race, Max is caught in the middle of an increasingly polarized modern day world. Upon meeting Nancy, Max sees an opportunity to find out where they truly belong. But who is the beautiful other woman who keeps popping up onstage, and why does it seem like she and Nancy have so much history?
Through a unique merging of theatrical forms, Mx confronts realities of race and privilege, challenging us to laugh at ourselves as it does.
Describe your show in three words.
Funny. Innovative. Political
Why should someone come see your show?
Mx shakes up everything you expect to experience when you walk into a theatre in Vancouver, from the story itself to how the story is told.
The question of what it means to be a Black person is at the heart of the show, which is something we don’t see a lot of on stages in this city. As well, the play examines how ideas of queerness and race affect each other in a way that I think a lot of queer people of colour will really be able to relate to.
The show tackles issues of politics, privilege and identity head on, and it’s funny as heck, too.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Spider-Man, the Into the Spider-verse version. Now, I have not actually seen Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, but from what I’ve heard it’s a funny, smart story about a mixed-race kid, so that seems fitting. As well, our show does feature a character who is half-spider, half-human … you think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Come see for yourself.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
It is a tie between Eddy Van Wyk’s tadpole: the last episode and My Name is Sumiko by June Fukumura. They’re both really exciting interdisciplinary shows exploring heritage and identity in new, boundary-pushing ways. Can’t wait to see them.
#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.
For Even More Information
The 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 5-15 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.