2018 SummerWorks Preview Questionnaire: …And You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next

7 Aug

Your name: Graham Isador

Your production: …And You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next

Your role: I wrote the thing and I’m performing it.

Tell me about your show.

The original intention for the piece was to make a greatest hits collection of stories I’ve performed/written for other places. Some of the content in the show has previously appeared at VICE, where I work occasionally. Others have been performed for the radio or on podcasts.

As my director Jiv Parasram and I started looking for a through line to the play we asked ourselves why some stories get told and others don’t. Why some stuff works. Why other stuff doesn’t. What gets popular?

What we noticed is that there are trends to the type of work I’ve done. The stuff that’s hit over 100k views/listens has usually been deeply personal and borderline maudlin. This show takes a look at why that is. It’s a comedy about how we document tragedy and how online culture exasperated that.

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?

It’s a Philip Glass adaptation of The Lottery played through four hundred different phones that have been thrown out but still work fine.

We live in ever-changing times (for better and for worse). What, in the artistic community, do you currently feel there is too much of, and too little of?

I think there is too much irony and too few earnest conversations about what they believe. I most people have all chosen sides and those who haven’t find the whole exchange of ideas inaccessible or annoying.

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

Amanda Cordner is a joy to watch. I think she’s going to be a big deal in this community and I expect this Summerworks is when people figure that out. Also a huge shoutout to everyone doing a relaxed performance. Putting together those performances isn’t that hard if you’re committed to it and it’s huge for people who could benefit from that environment.

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