What if you could meet your inner demons? Delve into the cobwebs of their heroine’s mind and watch her inner demons fight for control of the light. A new magical realism drama integrating original award-winning music is the new show from Bo Productions. I Am is running for the month of August at Greenside Venues, therefore The Fountain caught up with director, playwright, and executive producer, Stacy Lynn Gould.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
We couldn’t be more chuffed. I have been working on this show continually for about 18 months, so I am SO ready to finally show it to an international audience. It has seen its debut in a Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway Festival but we are really looking forward to seeing how it is received outside of the US.
TF: I Am certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
This is a story about meeting your inner demons and how they affect the light within us. The show itself follows a woman as she looks inward on herself and we meet what her version of what hope, willpower, doubt, judgment, fear, despair look like. It’s a story about self-care and choices. You can’t escape the voices in your head, but you choose how you deal with them.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
It seemed to be the theme of my own life as well as my peers around me. Almost every conversation I had with colleagues and friends between the ages of 21-40 seemed to revolve around shifting dreams and wants that were stifled by self paralysis. It made me wonder where we all learn self sabotage. When we are children, we truly believe we can do anything; become anything. So what if we could pinpoint the origin of those negative thoughts, and physically meet them? Everyone’s demons may look and sound different, but we all have them and these just happen to resemble some of mine. So I wrote this piece as a way to connect every human being and to hopefully encourage people to also look inward and worth through their roadblocks.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
This will be my fourth fringe but my first as executive producer/director/writer. It is my FAVOURITE theatrical experience. My biggest advice is to pace yourself, especially if you are here for the entire Fringe. If you aren’t careful you can burn yourself out by week three. And remember that your play is the priority. The other shows, beer gardens, chat, raves, and constant energy can be very tempting. But you need to make sure that your work doesn’t suffer from it. Protect your process. Then outside of that….have the best friggin time of your life. Also, if a show has a huge following, buy tickets early. I’m really looking forward to seeing Fempire, Connie Wookey, Austentatious, and #honestamy.
You can see I Am at Greenside Venues, Forest Theatre from 2nd – 24th August (Not 11th or 18th) at 11:30. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com