So a few months back I get a message from Erin Norah Thompson on Facebook: “I have a project I’m interested in having you as a collaborator…” turned out she wanted me to direct one of her scenes in this really neat concept of a show called Meet Cute. The 15 minute script would repeat 3 times but each time it would have a different edge to it: 1. Girl Meets Boy (and stalks him) 2. Boy Meets Girl (and stalks her) and 3. Boy and Girl Meet (and it’s all consensual/romantic).
I got 3! And I played up the awkwardness of meeting someone for the first time complete with muppet arms of excitement and bumbling over what to say (did I just rhyme, omg, they hate me for sure!).
Now you have to remember, I haven’t directed something since Grade 11 Sears Festival! It was God by Woody Allen and I had no idea what I was doing – I just knew I wanted to make the show happen and there was no director so I stepped off the stage to be that person. We ended up winning for Production Design and my days of directing were pretty much over. Granted I have collaborated on projects like my one-woman show and a few things at the museums where I was directing a lot of choices but still an outside eye was needed/had. So you can see why I was nervous to jump into directing. But I’m so glad I did! After sitting with the opening night audience I said “oh yay! no one left!” and I relaxed a little into this new experience of being a part of the stage without being on it. And now I may have a new love and addiction…
So I hope you can check it out! Here are some reviews that may encourage you to see it!
The Mind Reels reviews Meet Cute “Short, sweet, and just about the most perfect little rom-com scene I’ve ever seen presented” (oh hey that’s the scene I directed!)
From the creator/performer of last year’s Fringe hit SLUT:
What makes something romantic: is it what they say, how they say it, or who says it? One scene is presented three times – each time the outcome is different; the text doesn’t change, the context and intentions do.
When a man and a woman “meet cute” at a bus stop, are they meant to be or just trying to make it happen? One thing is certain: the road to dating is paved with good intentions.
*with the permission of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association
Thursday, July 2 – 8:45pm
Sunday, July 5 – 7:30pm
Monday, July 6 – 3:15pm
Tuesday, July 7 – 10:15pm
Thursday, July 9 – 12 noon
Friday, July 10 – 4:00pm
Saturday, July 11 – 2:15pm
Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Tickets will be available online and by phone June 11th 2015. Advance tickets $12. At-the-door tickets $10.
100% of tickets will be available online, over the phone, or at the Festival Box Office up to three hours before show time.
Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase at individual venues starting one hour prior to show time.
Purchase online: fringetoronto.com.
By Phone: 416-966-1062
Here is our “treatment room” (otherwise known as The Shed for the Alley Plays) and the “prescriptions” our audience members get. Treatments/the show lasts anywhere from 1 minute to 10, it all depends on your diagnosis from our “doctors”. So fun!