2017 Toronto Fringe Preview Questionnaire: She Grew Funny

3 Jul

04-28-2017-145329-8548Your name: Brett McCaig

Your production: She Grew Funny

Your role: Producer

Tell me about your show.

Comedian Joanne O’Sullivan tells the touching, funny and true story of how her life changed when her daughter turned 6, the same age that she was when her own mother died.

A pivotal moment that sent her on a journey to try answer the question she sees in everyone’s expression the moment they find out about her loss – “What did you become having lost your mother so young?

“She Grew Funny” is a look into the age-old connection between tragedy and comedy and how our pasts can irrevocably affect our future.

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

My fabulous mother died when I was little. Sad. But it made me amazing!

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

I’m actually looking forward to seeing as many as I can, all of them if possible!

This year we lost the great Jon Kaplan who was a incomparable supporter of independent theatre and a ubiquitous presence at the Fringe. Are there any thoughts, stories, or memories of Jon you’d like to share?

I did not know Jon Kaplan personally. But losing anyone who is so committed and vested in the arts community is always a sad thing.

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?

I definitely think the US should stop dropping smart bombs and start dropping musicals anywhere and everywhere in the world…it always makes people happy.

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