Q&A with Fringe Artists

Joseph Scrimshaw
An Inconvenient Squirrel

Joseph Scrimshaw Productions

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

Joseph Scrimshaw: Four men dressed as squirrels, one as a tree. Priceless.

Curt Lund & Laura Bidgood in Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses
Curt Lund & Laura Bidgood in Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses

CP: Do you think squirrels ever really experience existential crises?

Scrimshaw: A squirrel once stared at me while I was wearing my squirrel costume. I think it caused the squirrel to question its place in the universe. Either that or it smelled the beef jerky in my pocket.

CP: Have you ever been the object of a squirrel attack? Or, in the opposite case, a squirrel's affections?

Scrimshaw: I once saw a squirrel dig both a half-eaten taco and a Hostess Fruit Pie out of a trash can at the same time. If that's not love, I don't know what is.

Curt Lund & Laura Bidgood
Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses

True Enough Theater

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

Curt Lund/Laura Bidgood: Just doing our part to advance the underground Nerd Revolution.

CP: Your show contains "nerd romance." Tell us more.

Lund: We nerds are generally a bit challenged in the romance department. Our success in the dating pool at large typically falls between lukewarm at best and complete obliteration at worst, while the median hovers right around socially handicapped (I could graph it for you if you like). But at least the results make for some good stories.

CP: Regarding your show's title: Is this technically true? Have you any data to back it up?

Bidgood: The title is not true. It is a vicious lie perpetuated by the liberal media, and by punk schoolchildren, and by ladies who are jealous of the power of glasses to attract a man's attention like a moth to a flame. Wait . . . are you making a pass at me right now? I think you just answered your own question. (Call me.)

Erik Hoover

FTF Works

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

Erik Hoover: Many crashes. A semi-naked action figure. Bellbottoms. Big collars.

CP: You depict the psyche of Evel Knievel. How evil was he?

Hoover: Evel was a human being just like the rest of us: Full of wonderful contradictions. Evel wasn't really evil—except for the time when he broke a guy's arms with a baseball bat while he had two broken arms of his own. Maybe that wasn't really evil per se, but it wasn't very nice. On the other hand, Evel did pass up a chance at a liver transplant so that someone else could have it.

CP: Your aerialists are taking chances up there. Has anyone gotten hurt?

Hoover: We've been rehearsing four to five hours a day every day for about the past two weeks, and with a show as physical asHerocycle, fatigue becomes a real factor. Jim Peitzman (our aerialist) spends a lot of time in the air during the show and I do all the crashing, so we're both pretty battered. My wife invented a new game called "Connect the Bruises." The third member of our cast, Beth Brooks, is lucky she can sing—she doesn't have to do any set changes or crashing or anything. Fortunately, no one's broken anything yet, but let's just say Ace bandages, athletic tape, Ibuprofen, and whiskey are good things. It's an honor to risk our lives for you!

Chris Howie

No Refunds Theatre Co.

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

Chris Howie: Ancient wisdom illustrated by ninjas turns your stupid to smart.

CP: How can a 3,000-year-old manual on ruthlessness and guile help us in today's loving, noncompetitive, low-pressure society?

Howie: Noncompetitive? Low pressure? Have you seenThe Apprentice? You better believe the Trump reads A of W—he keeps a copy under his hair. If nothing else, it can help individuals win at reality TV. On a serious note, quotes like "If you are not in danger, do not fight," and "There has never been a prolonged war from which a country has benefited" inspired Donald Rumsfeld to write us after our October run of A of Wasking, "Gee whiz, where can I get a copy?"

CP: Is the Mambo the answer?

Howie: Mambo is always the answer—especially when ninjas are involved.

John Ervin

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

John Ervin: A poisonous tribute to Michele Bachmann, evangelicals, and President Bush.

CP: How can two documentarians, in your show, affect an election?

Ervin: Two teams—one right, one left—of documentarians can easily affect an election if they have aid from a swingin' higher power!

CP: Michele Bachmann and Michael Moore enter a cage. Only one comes out. Who?

Ervin: Michael Moore has sincerity and size, but Michele Bachmann has claws and cunning, so she wins (unfortunately).

Sheridan Zuther

LSD Productions

City Pages: Describe your show in 10 words or less.

Sheridan Zuther: Kooky filmmakers document hunting down a killer—'80s karaoke style!

CP: What's the most horror-inducing moment in your show?

Zuther: An ax-wielding lunatic, fingers being chopped off, deep dark secrets, spurting blood . . . but nothing compares to the horrific anticipation created as the audience guesses what possible '80s song will be sung by the documentarians next.

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