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Upstage Host Eric Sukhu spoke with playwright/actor Johanna Nutter. Below is an abridged version edited by Estelle Rosen, CharPo Editor-in-Chief.
UPSTAGE: Tell us about this amazing thing happening at The Freestanding Room for the month of May.
JOHANNA: Our purpose isn’t quite so intense as the recent commemmoration of May Day, but we’re trying to save The Freestanding Room.
UPSTAGE: Could you explain the origin of The Freestanding Room.
JOHANNA: We’re a member driven collective begun 4 years ago. In addition to using it for rehearsal or writing; as a small space seating 40 people, we also use it to experiment with intimate theatre.
Sexy/Silly micro cabaret, curated by Tanner Harvey, will feature naked men, belly dancers, rock’n roll, a fun evening!
UPSTAGE: What other events take place there besides theatre?
JOHANNA: Stand up, workshops, classes, Off-Fringe venue. Recently our municipal taxes and rent skyrocketed, so we’re having an entire month of fundraising. MayDays will feature a different event every Friday in May, curated by a different Freestanding member.
UPSTAGE: What are some of the events as part of MayDays?
JOHANNA: On May 11, Sexy/Silly micro cabaret, curated by Tanner Harvey, will feature naked men, belly dancers, rock’n roll, a fun evening!
I’m curating the B-Reels event. Some of Montreal’s best performers will share their most embarrassing unexpected moments.
There’s also a silent auction. Among items up for bid is an accordion, QDF is donating consultations, and I’m offering a housecall performance of My Pregnant Brother. All the items can be seen at our website.
UPSTAGE: What’s coming up at The Freestanding Room?
JOHANNA: We’re an Off-Venue in the Fringe; Ned Cox has a new play. Jonathan Fournier has written a play inspired by the miners in Brazil who were stuck in the mine for a long time.
UPSTAGE: After MayDays, what’s in the works for you?
JOHANNA: I’m back in the Fringe after a 3 year hiatus. I’ll be performing Phaedra in The Hippolytus. It’ll be presented in a nightclub! My Pregnant Brother will be in Zoofest, Summerworks in Toronto and Winnipeg in the Fall.
UPSTAGE: Thank you so much for being with us Johanna.