by Constance Strickland
Quick peeks at #HFF21’s “Women on the Fringe” by Fringe Femmes who are behind the scenes this year. Click Here for all Check-Ins
WHO: Simone Tetrault
WHERE: Livestreamed from Zephyr Theatre 7456 Melrose Av
WHY: Look! I was not ready for the vision of what Simone manifested upon the stage with her wonderful cast of actors. This play is a BIG idea piece that asks its audience to think BIG on a multitude of levels which gave the work a thrilling and relevant edge.
VICE asks you to ask questions about the society you are living and actively participating in. How will you exist and can you exist as a whole person within its current structure? I was fully absorbed and allowed myself to be taken into this utopian sci-fi live theatre film that felt like a new form of theatre. VICE felt familiar in that over the past couple of years as a country we have known devastation, yet we also know hope and we remember that human rights are worth fighting for. This play blows up all one’s expectations in the most special and subtle of ways.
HOW: Catch an Encore Performance Online September 10! https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/7100
I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut of for the past four months and I’ve felt the pinch in a number of areas – sleep(!), diet, patience, nerves, peace and balance – but the details of the “then” aren’t as important to the posting of the now… the great happy “Ahhhh” I’m reveling in tonight, as it all finally wrapped up.
I get to sleep in tomorrow and the only thing I HAVE to do after I drag myself from bed is add up receipts and get my oil changed.
I only have to do two things tomorrow.
I can’t wait.
And I’m heading into this much-needed day of repose after a hugely successful final performance at the summer camp. These kids knocked it out of the park! Not only did they jump head first into Viewpoints, Suzuki, and the myriad other techniques and challenges we presented them with, but they also soaked up every moment with joy. They trusted each other, listened to one another, and they created a completely original theatre piece as an ensemble that was terrifically moving.
My partner and I were ecstatic, watching from the light booth, as proud as we could be, absolutely bursting at the seams with pride.
I feel good.
I feel so good.
I’m so grateful to the kids for invigorating me, for reminding me why I do what I do, and for showing me the magic that can happen when actors listen, trust, and explore together.
It was inspiring.
So after I catch up on sleep, eating, and yoga, I’m going to get right back to writing… the muse is awake and happy. Working with new artists has proven again just how much I love teaching, how important it is to share our passion with the future, and how wonderful we can be when we work together.