A moment with L. Nicol Cabe of THE SIBYL OF MARS
Why did you choose PortFringe this year?
Because I was lucky enough to be part of last year’s festival, fell in love, and re-applied for this year as soon as I could. I’m very excited to be back!
How was your show born?
I write science fiction, but I haven’t written any “hard scifi” before, so I decided to set myself that task. At the same time, I am very interested in interactive theatre and ways of engaging the audience that don’t feel like there’s a fourth wall. So I found a strange way to combine the two.
What about the world *right now* makes it feel important to be putting this show out into the world?
Scifi is getting more popular in general because it is basically modern allegory – we use scifi to look to our future and think about how we might be affected by current events, but there’s a lot of symbolism and almost a prophetic sense about a lot of scifi. I love inspiring people to think about not just my show, but about the world that surrounds them in general, and think about it in a positive way, not just a fearful way.
How would you describe your show?
The show is gently interactive – I don’t pull people onstage against their will, I just ask them to pull tarot cards for me, and in some pieces, I speak to them in ways that allow them to answer, or not, and it’s fine either way. Each story has something to do with the first Martian colonists, like the process of getting them there, living there for the first few years, so I did a lot of research on what that would take. So the show is different every night, and you get different slices of scifi depending on what stories are drawn from the deck.
If any famous person could see your show, who would you pick?
Either Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke, but actually both because they were frenemies and I want to watch them argue about what the show means.
I know and love a lot of the other artists participating this year, so it is hard to pick just one. But, I’m a big fan of modern dance and movement theatre, so I’m especially excited about Travelogue.
Write a haiku about your show!
Mars is red for now,
But humans will make it green.
Is that what we want?