2019 SummerWorks Preview Questionnaire: White Heat

9 Aug

Your name: Graham Isador

Your production: White Heat

Your role: Playwright/Producer

Tell me about your show.

A bunch of Neo-Nazis threatened to kill my colleagues at VICE. A bunch of people have been calling me a social justice cuck in the comment section for my articles. White Supremacists radicalized online keep shooting people on mass in America. I’ve been thinking about the intersections of these things. I’ve been a bit obsessed with it. White Heat is a work of fiction based on these things.

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

My friends in Lester Trips are doing a show called Safe & Sorry, I can never quite put my finger on their sense of humour and I really enjoy that. They’re unique and they’re weird and they’re unlike most other things out there. Their new show explores pick up culture, intimacy, and how for some reason a lot of people find it difficult to be a good person when trying to get laid. People should go see it.

I’m also really excited for Black Ballerina. I spoke with Syreeta Hector about Land Acknowledgements earlier this week. She was very thoughtful and smart. Her show looks at her experience of being a mixed race (Indigenous, African Canadian, and French) person using dance and storytelling. It should be rad.

What would you like to see more of in the Toronto performing arts environment?

I dunno, man. I think people should just make art about the stories they really need to tell. I think people need to think about how those things are going to play in front of an audience. I think people need to work harder, make big fucking statements, and fail spectacularly.

Campaign advertising for the upcoming federal election is replaced by one-person Fringe shows performed by the party leaders. Tickets are free so you can attend any show without necessarily being a supporter of the performer or their party. Whose show do you go see, what is it called, and what is the show about in a nutshell?

Politics is theatre anyways. It shouldn’t be but it is. I don’t need a hypothetical to see the song and dances the higher ups have been doing. Their shows are about what they think this country should be. But it should be about us.

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