Tell us about My Name is SUMIKO.
My Name is SUMIKO interweaves clown turns, J-Pop tunes, and Japanese variety show games into an unstoppably zany, East-meets-West comic experience.
Sumiko invites the audience into her dark, twisted, and magical world where she meets Death, falls in Love, and battles her inner demons. My Name is SUMIKO is a delightful exorcism of our deepest fears, shame, and taboos.
Describe your show in three words.
Funny. Weird. Japanese.
Why should someone come see your show?
The main event of this show is Sumiko, a hyper-kawaii, unabashedly raunchy, J-Pop idol wannabe bouffon character. Sumiko is an assemblage of all of the “taboo” parts of my identity as a second generation Nikkei (Japanese-Canadian) woman. She lives in the tension between the innocent and experienced; ingénue and trickster; kawaii and grotesque; light and dark; sacred and profane. Sumiko offers audience members a night of rowdy Japanese-Canadian comedy that turns Japanese stereotypes upside down and inside out. Audiences can expect to laugh, cry, cringe, and feel aroused when they see My Name is SUMIKO.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Sumiko already is a superhero in her own right – but if Sumiko were to be a superhero she would be Sailor Sumiko, the cousin of Sailor Moon. She is the guardian of feminism on planet North America fighting the patriarchy along side all of the other POC sheroes.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
I would recommend tadpole. the last episode by Eddy van Wyk happening at What Lab. Eddy is an incredibly talented writer, performer, and advocate for mental health. She turns her own story of mental health issues into a beautifully poetic, visceral performance.
#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 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 5-15 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.