Fringe POP [Performance over Projection] :: A Conversation with Renana Fox

Written on September 14, 2016

This October we are launching a new yearly series called Fringe POP {Performance over Projection]. We are pairing short films with 10-minute plays for a dynamic experience mixing live and still projections, theatre and film. We are using projections of local spots (like the BP next-door) as a moving panorama for each 10-minute play with inserted live-feed from an on-stage cameraman.

This years focus is on how do we experience public vs. private space? With a world of knowledge and connectivity in everyone’s pocket, does privacy even exist? What happens when what we perceive as private is also perceived as public? Short films are paired thematically with 10-minute plays to create two distinctive presentations: Public and Private.

Lee Cromwell, who works as Fringe’s Admin Assistant during the day has taken on the role of Producer/Curator of all eight 10-Minute plays in the series. Lee took time to chat with Renana Fox who will be directing two of 10-Minute play in the series.

How do you make a distinction between private and public space?

For me, private space is not as easily distinguishable as it once was. Usually I would say it is when you’re by yourself, but the truth is that with smart phones and modern technology, there is very little left that’s still private. At this point, I think we each define our own private spaces by how we choose to interact with the public, but realistically, the only truly private space left is inside of our own heads.

What is your involvement in Fringe POP? Tell us something interesting about your component of the event.

I am directing two of the short plays that will be performed in Fringe POP. One of the most interesting elements of my shows is that the character of a talking orange peel - something very unrealistic- is displayed against the backdrop of a very real location. This play explores the very realistic experience of not living up to expectations (or the experience of your expectations of other people not matching reality). What is innovative about this familiar topic is that the play opens up this subject through the decidedly un-realistic orange peel. There is at the same time something familiar and foreign in both the topic and the physical/visual landscape being presented. I’m excited to explore these contrasts more in rehearsal and share with the audience at the event itself.

What is the most interesting thing to discover in exploring public/private space?

I think everyone defines public and private differently, especially with modern technology’s ability to permeate even the most seemingly private moments. The most interesting thing so far is how each one of us makes these distinctions and judgments on privacy and being public. Every conversation with all the participants (actors, playwrights, designer, filmmakers, etc) elicits new and often surprising perspectives. So I’m really excited to explore how each artist involved defines their expression of private and public.

Are you a more private or public person? How would your friends describe you in this category?*

I am quite definitely a public person. I have always worn my emotions on my sleeve and share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with almost anyone who expresses interest. That said, I am very selective with what I choose to share online, because that feels less personal and also much more permanent. Perhaps what I’m comfortable sharing today will feel too private tomorrow or vice versa? So when it comes to pictures and tweets and Facebook posts I am significantly more private. But if you meet me in person I’ll open up like a book.

What do you want the audience to take with them or experience from your work in Fringe POP?

I’m hoping that the audience will come away with a newfound appreciation for the public spaces they interact with every day. The spaces in my two shows are mundane - a parking lot and a gas station. They are places you enter and exit without much thought or emotion, but in reality you spend quite a lot of time in them and your associations with these spaces might be quite specific and moving. I hope that those who come to see my work will leave with a stronger awareness of the physical spaces they inhabit and perhaps look for a bit of magic and meaning in an ordinary facade of cement.

Roof of Heaven by Robert Kangas, directed by Renana Fox Featuring: Frank Britton, Reginald Richard and Genevieve Deblasi Three locals meet at a gas station parking lot and discover their daily routine has more to reveal than merely just “hanging out”.

Talking Trash by Emma Choi, directed by Renana Fox Featuring: Frank Britton and Reginald Richard Amy questions life, relationships and makes quite a discovery about her through the surprising help of an orange peel, among others.

With only one weekend of performances we encourage you to snag your tickets early. October 6-9, Logan Fringe Arts Space 1358 Florida Ave NE.

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