***** You have to respond to the translucent openness of Goring the performer-THE TORONTO STAR
BECOMING A MAN Happy is a man played by a woman to portray the possible extent which estrogen has affected men. Happy continues Victoria Goring’s thematic exploration of gender identity, the search for one’s individuality, and the relationship between humans and our increasingly toxic environment.
A HISTORY OF INNOVATION Intimate and interactive, the audience is another character in this show. You never know when an actor will sit next to you, challenge you, or make you discover yourself. Happy is Urban Spine’s 4th site-specific Toronto Fringe show. Past “BYOV” ’s include the sold-out Sooz, and Lie With Me*, the award-winning script Run*, and Swordtales. Before Reality TV, Urban Spine was placing audience members in the reality of hypothetical worlds for a complete theatrical experience.
Happy 2003 Toronto, Canada WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY Victoria Goring DIRECTED BY Kelly Fanson MUSIC WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY Noise LIGHTING DESIGN BY Christina Cicko WITH* Many, many women *These actresses can be cast by local artists…from 5-15 women!
RELEVANT THEATRE The male y chromosome is decaying. Our environment is filled with estrogen. What do these add to? The extinction of men. Happy is a man clinging to his masculinity and his tattered chromosomes, wondering what becomes of masculinity when men are filled with estrogen, what happens to a society when men are an endangered species, and whether or not a man should still hold open the door.
TECHNICAL REQUIRMENTS Happy is bet set in an intimate space, such as a dining/bar area. But we will adapt to any venue.