2018 Toronto Fringe Preview Questionnaire: The Grass Is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome

2 Jul

Your name: Lauren MacKinlay

Your production: The Grass Is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome

Your role: Performer/Producer

Tell me about your show.

When a painter tears the artwork off the walls of a struggling independent gallery, the relationships between a group of emerging artists are also torn apart. In the chaotic aftermath that ensues, the underachieving artists grapple with their insecurities, infidelities, and their innate jealousy of one another.

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?

We’re living in depressing times, so I’d be inclined to put forward a much needed respite from the madness and melodic ray of sunshine in the form of “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion: The Musical.” Ideally, all the music in the show would be Cyndi Lauper tunes. I should actually find some way of copyrighting this idea…

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

Lark and Whimsy’s “Robert” – they’re an incredible team and I’ll never pass up a bagpipe. Also, our playwright Michael Ross Albert has another show in the Fringe: “Anywhere.” As a huge fan of his writing, that one’s unmissable for me.

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