From press release:
I’M JUST NOT MYSELF TODAY: THEATRE MISCHIEF TAKES A CINEMATIC
ADVENTURE INTO AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
Toronto, ON – As part of the 25th Toronto Fringe Festival, Theatre Mischief presents Polly Polly, by Jessica Moss, July 4 – 13, 2013, at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Polly is an ordinary girl with a call–centre job and a sense that there could be more. One day, a voice in her head begins narrating her thoughts and actions: as if she was worthy of an audience. Then, on a routine call, she phones someone with a beautiful alto voice and an uncanny knowledge of Polly’s own soul. ‘I’m Polly Eschfield’, the voice says, ‘I’m you. Find me’. Polly is thrown on a journey of self-discovery and realization as she is tormented with questions of who she really is.
What is a self, where do you find one, and who does the finding? What does it mean to tellyour own story, when the voice that tells it isn’t necessarily your own? What is that voice in our heads that is more poetic than we are, that’s scripting the movie version of our lives? Polly Polly is a theatrical romp into a screwball movie, a mystery with only one suspect, one victim, and one performer, and a farce of an identity crisis, all presented live in Theatr-OScope Vision.
Writer/performer Jessica Moss (Modern Love at Next Stage Festival, Was Spring at Tarragon Theatre, Tout Comme Elle with Necessary Angel, TICK, and Swoon! with Toronto Fringe) says of the play:
I’m interested in stretching, or, perhaps more accurately, shattering the perceived limits of one-person shows. The ideas of finding yourself, being unsure about your identity, and a voice in your head that is somehow different than your own voice feel like natural things to explore in this medium. I love theatre that is fast, funny, and true, and that’s what I’m searching for as I fall down this particular rabbit hole. Give yourself a good talking to and come down to Theatre Passe Muraille for Polly Polly. Whether you feel like yourself or are still looking for the real you, we all need a little escape. Polly Polly, written and performed by Jessica Moss. Presented by Theatre Mischief.
Thursday, July 4 – 7:45 pm Tuesday, July 9 – 10:15 pm
Friday, July 5 – 1:15 pm Thursday, July 11 – 6:15 pm
Sunday, July 7 – 9:45 pm Friday, July 12 – 5:15 pm
Monday, July 8 – 4:00 pm Saturday, July 13 – 8:00 pm
At Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Fringe Venue 11
16 Ryerson Avenue (North of Queen Street, East of Bathurst)
TICKETS: $10 At the door, available at the venue starting one hour prior to showtime. $11 in advance.
Available online at fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416 966 1062, ext 1, and in person during the Festival Box Office in the Parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St. W).