Why did you choose PortFringe this year?
Paul: After a year of our theatre being dark we were all chomping at the bit to do artistic work and PortFringe was the perfect vehicle!
Elizabeth: I think this is my sixth PortFringe show? I love PortFringe. I was excited to get a spot.
Callum: I’ve enjoyed watching my mom in the PortFringe shows in the past and wanted to give it a try too.
How was your PortFringe show born?
Paul: We all wanted to work in the same space and Elizabeth and her son Callum live together and wanted to work together so I chose a play that I had written about a father and a daughter and we switched the genders around.
Elizabeth & Callum: We’ve wanted to act in something together for a while. This seemed like a great opportunity to do that and the timing worked out. Paul remembered this play of his, and it worked with some minor changes.
What about the world *right now* makes your show important?
Paul: I believe that in the world we live in right now any artistic challenge be it light fare or deeply provocative… it is all essential to our hibernating souls.
Elizabeth: I think we’ve spent a lot of time while we’ve been isolated thinking about our relationships and connections to others. I can see how this mother and son would finally reach out to each other, each of them wanting different things, whether that works out for them in the long run who knows.
What have you learned as an artist during the last year of pandemic times?
Paul: I can barely live without my work …but I knew that already.
Elizabeth: How much I miss it. How much I enjoy being on stage or in front of the camera. How we were forced to get creative to work together while apart. Although I am ready to be done with Zoom.
Callum: How fun it is to do this when we had few opportunities to do so. And performing on film is a lot less stressful than in front of an audience!
Why is FRINGE important?
Paul: It gets us all to stop binge watching Law & Order and get back to what we do best.
Elizabeth: Some of the Fringe shows I’ve been involved with in the past have been more experimental and some have been more traditional theater. All are important and have something to say, even if it’s just silliness. Fringe forces you to create something with just the bare bones, in any space, and that’s a cool creative challenge.
Callum: Portland has a lot of artists with weird and experimental ideas, PortFringe is a great place to showcase it all.
It’s PortFringe’s 10th Birthday! What do you remember or miss about being ten years old
Paul: Playing with my baseball cards ….oh, wait a minute….I still do.
Elizabeth: My parents split up when I was 10 years old so that was a rough year. I had a best friend named Mary, and a crush on a boy named Mark. I remember countless hours playing imaginary games.
Callum: Life was more simple back then. I was obsessed with Legos and Nintendo.
Have you checked out the other PF21 show listings? Pick one you’re excited to see or learn more about, and tell us why!
Paul: I’m looking forward to seeing both of the other shows in our block #6.
Write a haiku about your show!
Mom and son on beach.
Hot day, tension, and bad jokes.