What brings you to SummerWorks this year?
I toured an earlier version of Yarn last summer on the Fringe circuit. My director (Tyler Seguin) and I knew that we wanted to take the piece to the next level, so we applied to SummerWorks with the idea of expanding the show - by developing the script, and by adding more music and live sound design.
We are returning to the same awesome indoor-outdoor venue we used for Toronto Fringe 2013 (Majlis Art Garden) but really putting in the time to explore lighting options (think flashlights and bike lights) - and decorating the garden and theatre with as much yarn as possible. Our knitter friends are donating balls and balls of unneeded yarn to the cause.
So we're using SummerWorks as an impetus to grow this piece that is so close to our hearts, and put some detailed work into rethinking what we have to say and how we'll say it.
This is my first time participating in SummerWorks, and I'm thrilled.
If you do not even contemplate laughing at just one of the many unfortunate sheep puns, you get to choose a ball of yarn to take home.
(stories + music) - separation
I'm going to be spending a lot of time at our site-specific venue: Majlis Art Garden. It takes a good while to set up and strike the show, due to the ca. 1,000 instruments, props and yarns involved.
Otherwise, you'll find me seeing as many other shows as I can catch. In between I will be at Bellwoods Brewery just up from the SummerWorks hub.
What artist will you be stalking throughout SummerWorks? What makes them so lucky?
Can I choose a whole company?
Because I will ruthlessly stalk the two artists of the Mind of a Snail company. I saw their beautiful show "Against Gravity" last year at Winnipeg Fringe. They are overhead-projector-puppetry geniuses! They also create live sound design with voice and loop pedal, something I'm getting into with "Yarn" and want to do more of. I will pick their brains. They have inspired me to get my overhead projector out of storage and play.