Sloanliness — Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“[T]his one-man show sees Hershfield relive the time he dared to chase his greatest dream: having his hero think he was cool.”

Sloanliness

Excerpted from press release:

Sloanliness, a one-man comedy playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe, takes the classic story of meeting one’s hero and filters it through the extreme neuroses of writer-performer Dan Hershfield.

Dan Hershfield was working as a Second City performer aboard a cruise ship when a floating music festival offered him the chance of a lifetime: to hang out with his hero, Chris Murphy, of the acclaimed indie rock band Sloan.

Objectively, what followed were some pleasant conversations between the two. But from Dan’s perspective, it was an emotional rollercoaster, where every word exchanged was fraught with meaning and every interaction was fraught with peril. Would Dan come away from this experience with a lasting friendship…or a lasting shame?

With Sloanliness, playwright and actor Dan Hershfield (Courting, Second City Theatricals) offers a funny and poignant reflection on friendship, celebrity, and social anxiety. Under the expert direction of Fringe staple Chris Gibbs (The Power of Ignorance, Antoine Feval), this one-man show sees Hershfield relive the time he dared to chase his greatest dream: having his hero think he was cool.

Showtimes:

  • July 01 at 10:00 PM
  • July 03 at 03:00 PM
  • July 04 at 05:00 PM
  • July 05 at 01:00 PM
  • July 08 at 08:15 PM
  • July 10 at 08:45 PM
  • July 11 at 04:30 PM
  • July 12 at 05:45 PM

Venue: Tarragon Theatre (Solo Room), 30 Bridgman.

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photograph of Dan Hershfield by Brian Crosby.

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