2018 Toronto Fringe Preview Questionnaire: Prank

2 Jul

Credit: Matthew Sarookanian

Your name: Christel Bartelse

Your production: Prank

Your role: Performer and Producer

Tell me about your show.

Prank is the new dark comedy from playwright and director Danny Pagett (Cloud, Homewrecker). Two daughters of internet celebrities struggle with the legacy left from them, running both towards- and away from from their own turn in the spotlight. It is loosely based on the true story of DaddyOfFive- a real life youtuber who had their children taken away last year when people who had seen their videos accused them of child abuse. Prank explores the dangers of desperately seeking fame at any cost, and how over the top online behavior can be downfall. Starring Christel Bartelse and Cydney Penner, and produced by Thundermind Theatre and DutchGirl Productions (ONEymoon, Chaotica, All KIDding Aside)

You’ve been commissioned to write a musical about the events of 2018 so far. What is it called, and what’s your elevator pitch?

DON’T Come From Away – the remarkable true story about the Trump administration

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

So much to see. I’m a huge Michael Ross Albert fan, so looking forward to “The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome” and “Anywhere” Also have yet to see The Merkin Sisters which I hear is fabulous and big Rob Gee fan who is a brilliant Brit. We’re also part of #fringefriends so seeing all those shows on that list “Robert”, “Josephine” “One Small Step” “Upstream Downtown” “PRTNR” and “How to be Fearless!”

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