I got an email about this upcoming Fringe play. Looks interesting!
Sometimes comedic inspiration comes from dark places. Vancouver’s Mary-Jo Dionne, former Winnipegger and writer and performer of “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” – part of the 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Festival line-up – experienced her last episode of melanoma during an already-horrific pregnancy, ultimately serving as the subject matter of her hit one-woman show. The 45-minute performance follows a 40-year-old woman, born without a biological clock, who after countless hurdles eventually becomes pregnant – resulting in an experience that is anything but a glowing one. She thinks it can’t get any worse than all-day “morning” sickness, but she’s wrong. At seven-months-pregnant, while other women are deciding on paint colours for the nursery, a cancer diagnosis leaves her deciding whether or not she should go through with a potentially life-saving amputation. All told, this poignant one-woman comedic journey aims to de-bunk the myth that all pregnant women glow.
An award-winning writer and comedian who has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and LA, “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” represents Mary-Jo Dionne’s debut in Winnipeg with the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased via www.winnipegfringe.com
Venue: The Playhouse Studio, 180 Market Avenue, Winnipeg
Performances: July 16 (8:15 pm), July 18 (12:00 pm), July 19 (5:30 pm), July 20 (10:30 pm), July 22 (3:45pm), July 24 (7:15 pm), and July 26 (2:00 pm)
Donations: Audience members are invited to bring a donation of baby food to each performance to be donated to local foodbanks
About Mary-Jo Dionne: ThisIsInk.com
Mary-Jo Dionne is an award-winning writer whose work was called “A masterpiece in urban satire that will have you laughing so hard you’ll glow,” by the Globe and Mail. As a comedian, she has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and LA and was named a finalist for Vancouver’s Funniest New Female Comedian. As a writer, she has interviewed notable greats like Ellen DeGeneres, Cloris Leachman, and Katherine Heigl, among others. She trained at the London Academy of Media, Film and Television in the UK, as well as at the American Comedy Institute in New York City. A three-time survivor, she is an ardent spokesperson in the realm of melanoma awareness.