A moment with Brad Lawrence of THE IDAHO JACKSON ACTION PLAYSET
Why did you choose PortFringe this year?
I did the PortFringe last year and I fell in love with the festival and the town. In fact we came back for Cryptozoology Con later in the year because A. Bigfoot B. Portland and C. Otto’s Pizza, which ended up being closed for vacation.
How was your show born?
I am a storyteller who started in the world of RISK! and The Moth and those kid of shows, telling five to ten minute stories, from my life, on stage. I guess this one got away from me a bit.
What about the world *right now* makes it feel important to be putting this show out into the world?
The 80s were a time of intense paranoia and fear. That is forgotten in all the nostalgia for neon and synth pop. But we survived it. We survived The Cold War and The Satanic Panic and, for all the accompanying tragedy and loss of life, we as a nation survived the AIDS Epidemic. I think now is a good time to be reminded of our own resilience.
How would you describe your show to your mother?
“No really, mom, you’re the real hero of the show. I’m not blaming you or anything. Really.”
How would you describe your show to your crush?
“See what an adorable kid I was? So cute and precocious and neurotic.”
If any famous person could see your show, who would you pick?
A fully cognizant Ronald Reagan, maybe. Or Phil Donahue.
Are You Living Your Truth? is first on my list. I saw the poster and it’s awesome and that made me look up Kate Ghiloni on youtube. What I saw there was as awesome as the poster.
Write a haiku about your show!
A white hot panic
A first kiss
And then more panic.