2017 Toronto Fringe Preview Questionnaire: Recall

3 Jul

06-02-2017-174128-9050Your name: Madryn McCabe

Your production: Recall

Your role: Performer. I play Charlotte, the administrator of a mysterious agency that “recalls” young teenagers.

Tell me about your show.

Recall takes us to a grim, sci-fi world in which crimes might be prevented before they occur. Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There’s something about her eyes. There’s something about the way her mother’s boyfriends keep disappearing. And there’s something about the government agents on her trail. Radically imaginative and achingly plain, this razor-sharp thriller explores our need to feel connected, understood, and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost.

Now again in the style of a tweet by Donald Trump.

Recall? Great show. Great cast. Bigly talented. If I ran the Recall, there would be no more violent scenarios at all! Shame the government doesn’t do more!

What other shows or artists are you looking forward to seeing?

I’ve been following Clare Blackwood’s progress on developing Welcome to the Bunker! for a while now, and I can’t wait to see it. Clare has an infectious energy, so I know that the audiences will be game for just about anything that pops up while they wait out the zombie apocalypse.

I’d also really like to see Rough Magic, which is being performed and produced by Theatre Arcturus. They have such a unique, physical way of performing Shakespeare. They combine aerial acrobatics and Shakespeare’s text to create new interpretations of characters, and it’s so beautiful and powerful.


The world is becoming an increasingly crazy and volatile place. If you could air-drop an elite squad of theatre artists any place in the world, where would you drop them and what would their mission be?

That’s so tough to answer, because we already have elite squads of theatre artists all over the world, trying to make change for the better. We just saw a company in New York performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a 400 old play, staged to reflect current American politics, interrupted, protested, mocked, and have its funding withdrawn because it was “too violent” and “not reflective of American values”. The dialogue wasn’t changed, nothing that isn’t in the original text was added, and yet people were so uncomfortable having the current administration reflected onstage that they couldn’t even stop and listen to the actual message of the play. It’s frustrating and frightening sometimes, but theatre artists have been protested since theatre began, and we’re all still here, and we’ll always be here. It also just occurs to me that you only asked “what would their mission be?” and I automatically starting talking about change for the better. I just assumed that would be the mission, because I think for every theatre artist, that IS the mission. We want to make the world a more beautiful place, have audiences think about what’s going on in the world, and what they want to do about it. Theatre has always been a place of ideas and growth, and that’s what the mission is.

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