What is your next project and why are you excited about it?
Phantom Signal!! It’s a monthly show at Fox Cabaret helmed by Jayson McDonald, and performed by him, me, and Andrew Bailey with special guests and original live music by Erin Hope-Goldsmith and/or musical guests Red Hot Icicles Burning on Fire.
It’s old-timey radio show format horror-comedy. The writing is so smart and dark and hilarious. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. As much as I love my work as a solo artist, playing with others sets me on fire. January 18 is our next one, THIS MONDAY! Our next show on February 22 is part of Just for Laughs NorthWest and we’re super stoked to share it with new audiences. The show will be available to go in your ears radio-style as well, very soon.
What is something that people don’t know about your show that they should?
Ruthie’s character is on a significant weight loss journey that parallels my own. I lost almost 100 pounds in my early twenties and thought it would make me happy. Turns out I had a lot more to figure out.
Why does Vancouver need this play now?
In the land of yoga and organic produce, this show, in a playful way, is a meditation on who you’re really feeding all that stuff to, and a reminder to make sure he/she is okay in there.
Were there any moments in the creation or rehearsal of this piece when you thought you might not make it through?
Opening night, my Ruth teeth snapped in half 10 minutes before the house opened. Our venue tech sprinted to the head office and found crazy glue. They miraculously held together, but my stomach was in knots that whole opening show. I can improvise through almost anything, but Ruth’s aesthetic is key to the parallel universes in the show. I honestly don’t know what I would have done.
Who do you want to see this show the most?
My 18 year old self.
When this show was in development, I was having the craziest summer of my adult life. I was touring two original plays in seven cities, (one of which was a troubled and stressful solo puppet show), the last of which included the premiere of The Unfortunate Ruth, my third original work of the year. The script was completed when I left on tour, of course, but I came home and rehearsed madly for 10 days, gathering the final production elements and such. With the help of Jon Paterson (SM and Sound Designer) and my fabulous husband/director, and the guidance of Kathleen Flaherty and PTC, we managed to pull it off. There were still elements I felt were unrealized, so I’m incredibly grateful for this chance to revisit the show and take it to where I know it can be.)
The Unfortunate Ruth opens on Friday, February 5. Tickets are selling fast and there are just three performances, so get yours today!