The fabulous Julius Ferraro has been conducting interviews with some of our SoLow artists. We'll be featuring them here on the blog leading up to and through the Festival. Thank you Julius! And don't forget, you can view the entire lineup of artists in the full SoLow listings!
WE LOVE VAGINA JOKES
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Meghann Williams is one of the Mayflower SoLowians; she’s been creating and performing in SoLow since the first Fest in 2010, in bathrooms, on stairwells, etc. This year, AT LAST!: The Play-at-Home Romance Game Show promises a number of delights, including gastronomical prizes. She talked to SoLow about body image, solo creation, and getting the audience a bit drunk.
SoLow Fest: How is this show different from previous ones you’ve created?
Meghann Williams: Hilariously, the biggest difference is that I keep my clothes on in this one! Oh, and that this is word-based instead of movement-based. Other than that, in a lot of ways it's the same. AT LAST!: The Play-at-Home Romance Game Show completes a sort of janky trilogy of home plays I've developed over the past few years. The first one (during the first SoLow) was called Pretty and that one dealt with body image. It was in a bathroom, so there were only 3-4 audience members. Last year's was PEEPSHOW and that one dealt with constructions of sexiness.
SF: What advice would you give to someone putting on their first solo show?
MW: Not to be all Nike about it, but just do it. Shut up that stupid voice that follows you around saying, "This sucks. You suck. This is not art. This does not matter." Just do something. Then take a week or two weeks after it's done and don't think about it. ONLY AFTER THAT sit yourself down with a glass of wine and evaluate. Solo work is arguably more in service of the artist than the audience, so let yourself be your own harshest critic. (And then let your best friend tell you that you are a genius because you probably are and that's nice to hear.)
SF: There are a few events this year with dinner included (yum!). What inspired you to put together this experience?
MW: So my friend (and hero for all time) Becky Wright has a philosophy that people should be fed and watered at shows. I love this idea so much; it brings the audience out of a passive role and gets them deeper into the experience of being at a show. You can't be passive about food and drink, right? You have to interact with that. In the case of AT LAST!, audience members who answer our game show questions correctly immediately receive beers and snacks as their prizes. But let's be honest, I'll probably start giving out food and drink even if no one answers anything correctly. I'm always a little bit funnier if the audience is drinking.
SF: What is your next project after SoLow? Do you think you’ll do anything for FringeArts?
MW: Next up in July, I am one of the directors for the One Minute Play Festival at InterAct. Following that, YES! I will be in the fringe with Chlamydia dell'Arte: More Sex-Ed Burlesque. It's an all-new installment of Chlamydia dell'Arte, the sex-ed burlesque I co-write and perform with Gigi Naglak. Our original piece was a hit in the 2009 Philly Fringe, the 2010 DC Fringe, and the 2012 Vancouver Fringe. We love vagina jokes, so we thought we'd write some more
AT LAST!: The Play-at-Home Romance Game Show takes place at Meg's apartment at 10th and McKean on June 21, 24,26, 27, 28 at 8 pm. Contact Meg at email@example.com to reserve spot and obtain venue address. PWYC $10.
Julius Ferraro is a Philly freelancer. He writes regularly for Art Attack and his blog, Notes on Words.