Though she may not look it or act it, my mom is 75 years old. She is also a hardcore Fringer who wants to get the most out of her UltraPass. And her son (that’d be me) has a show of his own in the Fringe this year. All of which makes mom’s annual Fringe pilgrimage out to visit me in the Minnesota just a bit more logistically tricky than it was last year.
As much as I’d like to think that I can just drag mom around behind me wherever I go, I vividly remember a time a few years back when we were hoofing it from the Rarig Center over to one of the stages at Augsburg and I was more than a little afraid that she might keel over on me. So, if mom wants to get in her usual 30 shows in six days and still remain standing, I need to get creative in plotting out how we get around, or rather how to see a bunch of good shows without moving around all that much. Thankfully, it looks like there’s a ton of good Fringe shows this year (as usual), so we’ve got options.
My play, How To Date A Werewolf (or, Lonesome, Wild and Blue), has three shows crammed into opening weekend of the Fringe (Friday at 10pm, Saturday and Sunday both at 4pm). We’re at TRP (Theater in the Round Players), so that’s going to tie us down to the West Bank hub of theaters for much of those three days. I’m helping with load in and load out. While that’s not entirely necessary, since the show’s simple, I like to have an extra set of hands at the ready, in case they’re needed. And if it makes settling in easier, so the actors have some more time to get into character (perhaps even relax), so much the better.
Besides, mom wants to see the show as much as she can, and so do I, and there’s no late seating, even for us on my own show, so there you are.
That also means that Thursday, Monday and Tuesday when she’s also here, we are free to roam over to Uptown or Downtown or Loring instead. Loring is kind of perfect because that’s where I live. So we could literally just walk to the Women’s Club or Red Eye or the Music Box and not have to worry about driving about or parking.
First up, opening night, this Thursday, August 1st…