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Fringe 2014

The 2014 Fringe Must List: Paleoncology

 “I wonder if any of the dinosaurs noticed it coming—this red hot mass hurtling toward them—and figured it out. I wonder if any of them just laid down and embraced it. 'I've had enough', one said, looking skyward. 'It's a good time to go extinct.'”
The British ventriloquist Kate Conti once said, “I could never be on stage on my own. But puppets can say things that humans can’t say.” This sentiment feeds the latest effort from Toronto actor, writer, singer and puppeteer Kira Hall. In Paleoncology, a young woman, Lea, reverts to her childhood passion for dinosaurs to help her deal with the shattering fact that her brother, Daniel, is dying from cancer. Never thought you’d start to cry watching a girl in a fluffy dinosaur suit talk to her stuffed animals? Think again. 

Kira Hall on writing: Turning first-draft trash into final-draft treasure

"I think a lot of people have this perception of writers as these mad solitary geniuses, casting their words onto the page by lamplight, crumpling pages dramatically, tearing their hair out, and emerging from their pit of solitude with some great work of theatre that makes people fall to their knees weeping. Maybe some playwrights can do that, but I certainly can't. Yes, there is a lot of solo writing time and grade-A artistic angst, but the first draft is seldom genius—usually, it's junk. When I rise from my desk with unwashed hair and a fresh draft, I hand it off to my dramaturg to be read and then discussed. A good dramaturg is able to take what you have created and help you refine it, helping you find what is superfluous, expository, and too self-indulgent without stepping on your unique voice as a playwright."

Where to see Paleoncology: 
Montreal | Calgary |  Victoria | Yellowknife Vancouver



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