Our fringe plays get produced and become successful due to a lot of late nights, countless hours in front of a computer, poutine (or your comfort food of choice), and emotional discharge. This summer has been a different experience for all the Poiema Gals. Last summer, though I did my solo show, we were all still in a show in the same city together. This summer, however, Candice toured (and still is) and though I am fringing also, we will not be performing in the same city. Strange, I’m a little nostalgic about it, but I have to say, I am proud of all of the growth and expansion we are doing as individuals. Being able to promote, perform, and produce my solo show really gives me a lot of pride. It’s also nerve racking as ever, so thank God it continues to be successful or I might have a tiny emotional break down.
I have done a few promotional things all on my own this year: performing at The Flame, at the fringe-free-for-all, and last night when I headed to the fringe bar with some friends from another show I am in called FrAcTured (which also opened last night immediately after my fringe show) to mingle and talk with other performers. Gotta say, I feel like I’ve grown up or something. My family (the Poiema Gals) aren’t around me anymore, and so I have to carry my own torch, and I’m happy to say that I haven’t started anything on fire yet!
Its like going on your first vacation without your family, or moving away from home (which is literally what I’ve done) and noticing you're alone, but you are okay. ‘I’m a big kid now.’ ……….but thank goodness Brianne and Candice will be visiting me for two days starting Monday! ;)
If you are in Vancouver, pop on over to Studio 16 and see ALETHEIA and FrAcTured, I am happy to say, they will probably be two of the most thought provoking plays at the Vancouver Fringe this year.