A moment with Nannette Deasy of WOW WEE! ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE GIRL KILLBOT!
Why did you choose PortFringe this year?
We love the diversity and fearlessness of the work and communities that surround Fringe Festivals. They are sooooo much fun! Portland, Maine, is also a can’t-be-beat destination!
How was your show born?
It was born from a show born from a show born from a show! The main character, Andie the Android, was referenced in the joke bio of a character, Bonnie Winters, I played in another show years ago, “Match Wits” (a show that was actually conceived and directed by the director of Wow Wee, Curt Dixon). Bonnie was a “celebrity contestant’ on a “70s gameshow” whose main claim to fame was being a former child star on an 80s sitcom called “Wow Wee! Adventures of a Little Girl Robot.” Eventually, the members of IRTE decided to perform this totally made up “sitcom” as one our shows a few years ago. This year, we thought it would be fun to bring the show back, but set it in an 80s apocalypse. There’s all sorts of references to Terminator, Small Wonder (an actual 80s sitcom featuring a “little girl robot”), Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” and even Frankenstein.
What about the world *right now* makes it feel important to be putting this show out into the world?
Sometimes it feels like the world is racing ahead of itself faster than we can handle – that technology is outpacing human ability, common sense and just plain decency.
Also, as terrifying and exhasuting as the world can seem, the value of escapism and humor shouldn’t be underestimated. Sometimes, it’s so important to just sit in a darkened theatre and take a break from the stresses of the world around us, laugh and recharge
How would you describe your show to your mom?
I’d tell her it’s a sitcom starring her favorite actor – ME!
How would you describe your show to your crush?
I’d say, “Honey, you know what this show’s about. You’re in it!” (my crush is my husband, who is also in the cast).
If any famous person could see your show, who would you pick?
Have you checked out the other shows happening during PortFringe? Pick one you are excited to see or learn more about and tell us why!
A Very MTWTFSSSpooky Halloween Show That Definitely Doesn’t Involve Murder. Like, At All.
They sound like kindred spirits (spooooky spirits!)
Write a haiku about your show!
Little Girl Robot
With gizmos and gadgets and
What not will KILL YOU