Spotlight On: The World Will Stop If We Make A Mistake

The World Will Stop

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!

The World Will Stop If We Make A Mistake is a two person (and/or puppet) tour de force born from the combined creativity energy of Sarah Stachura Regan and Patrick Holmes. Both staples of the regional arts community for several years we were able to catch up with Sarah to learn more about her upcoming production in the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival. Purchase tickets here to The World Will Stop If We Make A Mistake.

1. Tell us about yourself and The World Will Stop if We Make a Mistake.

My name is Sarah Stachura Regan and I’ve been active in the local arts community for several years (oh boy, that sounds like a confession). I am co-creator of the World Will Stop if We Make a Mistake and I play the role of Judy. I also puppeteer and provide the voice for Ms. Cloudburst. The show’s other creator, performer and master puppet-maker, Patrick Holmes, and I have been friends for 21 years. We met as undergrads at Marywood University. Last year, he helped me with some visuals for the New Vintage Ensemble’s 2015 Scranton Fringe show, Presenting the Spectrettes. I’ve always admired Pat’s work and this year I asked him if he wanted to team up and do something together. Lucky for me, he agreed.

2. What inspired the creation of The World Will Stop If We Make A Mistake?

It’s funny,  I had a totally different idea I was working on, but there was something missing (okay, a lot of things missing). I was drawing blanks and getting really frustrated. Pat and I started talking about how our childhood selves never let this kind of frustration take over. Somehow, the conversation got around to this comic strip that a childhood friend and I had created as kids, about a Sun and Cloud character and their personalities. This friend moved when I was 12, but he and I kept in touch over the years. He saved a bunch of my letters and recently shared them with me. I got so many laughs reading the ones I wrote as a 12-year-old and so on. I was also startled to realize similarities between the 12, 14, 18, 21 and thirtysomething-year-old me’s, and I think that rings true for a lot of people. Pat Holmes heard all this and was like, “Well, what about that? There’s the story, right there.” So, there’s a little bit of real-life mixed in with the fictional Judy and Zack and the puppets Sunny and Cloudy. This definitely isn’t a memoir or an autobiographical piece, but there’s some little bits here and there for sure. I wanted to make something from the heart, something light and cute but also sincere. There’s so much heartbreak, indecision and fear in our adult lives. Sometimes all it takes is a little peek at your 11-year-old self (no matter how obnoxious she is) to realize that you are ready to face the future with strength.
3.  Tell us more about the show. How has your partnership with Patrick grown and changed since last year? How does producing/writing/staging The World Will Stop… differ from your 2015 Scranton Fringe production, Presenting the Spectrettes?

We wanted to find a way to take a look back on Judy and Zack’s memories, so there’s a little bit of time-lapse video to represent the past. Pat and I and my husband, Brendan Regan, shot that. Our programs are going to be little coloring and activity books. We’d love to see what people come up with. We’re going to encourage people to do those, and either pass them back to us or put them up on social media with the hashtag #worldwillstop.
This year is a little different than how I was involved last year. For one thing, I’m producing World Will Stop independently. Last year, I helped produce Presenting the Spectrettes for the amazing New Vintage Ensemble. I’m also a performer this year (last year I only co-directed and wrote). There’s no original music like the Spectrettes had (although we did play with the idea, haha!) This show’s a little more lighthearted than the Spectrettes for sure. I’m not sure how Pat’s and my partnership has changed. We’re still the same buddies we’ve always been. I still think he’s ridiculously talented. We’ve eaten a lot of dinners together over the past few months while putting this thing together. Does that count?

4. What other productions in the 2016 Scranton Fringe Festival are you most excited about / planning on seeing?

Oh boy, there’s so many! Definitely the New Vintage Ensemble’s Retrospective: Journey to the Center of the Salacious Pop Icon. I also want to catch Escape from Applebees, All’s Well that Ends as You Like It, I’m Standing and NACL’s Shakespeare’s Will.  I’m looking forward to seeing some local playwrights’ work too: Rachel Strayer’s stuff for Ghostlight’s Poe Asylum, Ted LoRusso’s Scranton Decameron installment and Tom Flannery’s Girls Night In. And the Short Film Series, and the Pokemon musical, Like No One Ever Was. And local improv group Here We Are in Spain’s set. And duh, the Big Gay Storyslam!
I could go on. That’s just the stuff I thought of off the top of my head.
One of the things I loved best about last year was meeting so many talented artists from out of town as well. People will be totally sick of seeing my big ol’ face everywhere on Saturday 10/1. We don’t have any performances then so I plan to be be all over, cheering stuff on.

5. In six words (no more, no less) what would you say to encourage someone to attend The World Will Stop If We Make A Mistake?

Friendship, love. Puppetry, comics and fun.