The Scranton Fringe Festival is a performing arts festival, returning for its second year September 29th – October 2nd 2016 to downtown Scranton. With over fifty productions/special events spanning twelve venues to chose from at the festival the task can seem daunting – we are here to help further introduce you to what the Fringe has to offer!
Graceann Dorse, originally from Scranton and currently living in NYC, has TWO creative endeavors in the 2016 Scranton Fringe: a one woman show about farts called Farty of One, and an entry in the Scranton Fringe Short Film Series, a short about an unusual dilemma faced by a family as they prepare to move, called The Skull. Read on for more details and get your tickets in advance to Farty of One HERE and the Film Series HERE.
1. Tell us about yourself, Farty of One and The Skull, your entry in the Scranton Fringe Short Film series.
Farty of One is my very first solo show! I’ve been doing improv, character sketches, dramatic acting, writing, and producing in NYC for several years. I thought it was time to tackle a solo show and why not have it be about farts? I mean, if you want a universal theme that covers everyone, you can’t argue with farts. I have always felt very comfortable discussing bodily functions. My group of friends in high school, whom I’m still close with now, were very fart-positive. My family is open with it as well, and I think the whole world should more openly acknowledge that farts are real and they happen and they are funny. I dream of the day when an errant public fart is met with mutual laughter rather than the farter pretending she’s sitting on a squeaky chair by vigorously making it squeak.
My other project in the festival this year is a short film I wrote, produced, directed, and acted in, called The Skull. I wrote it after witnessing an odd and hilarious conversation between my parents, arguing about what to do with the family skull upon moving out of the house they lived in for 37 years. You can read about the history and fate of the real skull here. This film is a love letter to the house I grew up in, and it was a way for me to ask questions about why we hold on to certain things, of real or imagined value. The Skull my first short film, although I’ve shot many pieces, including a pilot that was an official selection in the 2014 New York Television Festival. I’m beginning work on my next short film.
2. What inspired the creation of Farty of One?
Farty of One is inspired by an earlier show I was part of at the People’s Improv Theater, called The Fart Monologues, a collection of 5-minute pieces about farts. It’s a mix of storytelling, singing, character sketches, etc., but the common thread was farts and the women who fart them. I had such a blast doing that show that I felt compelled to make a one-person version. I will try to hold in my fart puns during this interview.
3. Tell us more about the show.
Farty of One features a full-body morph suit; a puppet; a really nice poster that was printed at Staples; a hot dog; and a beret that two different characters wear. I also hope that people will be surprised at the emotional depths reached when you consider the intimacy that’s necessary to fart in front of another person. That’s ultimately what the show is about: intimacy.
4. What other productions in the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival are you most excited about / planning on seeing?
I plan on seeing as many as I can! I love that Scranton has such a vibrant theater and arts community. It makes me proud to be a native Scrantonian. I’m really excited about the Big Gay Storyslam, Escape from Applebee’s, I’m Standing, and the Teen Playwright Readings.
5. In six words (no more, no less) what would you say to encourage someone to attend Farty of One?
Euro-techno glow stick fart dance