Pre-Fringe Profile: Mrs Mortimer’s Xenophobic Travel Guide

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CAVEAT: I have worked with the director (Steve Schroer) on a handful of projects in the past.

SHOW TITLE: Mrs Mortimer’s Xenophobic Travel Guide
PRODUCER: Hardcover Theater
HAILING FROM: Minneapolis, Minnesota
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A Victorian-era Englishwoman teaches children about the nasty habits of foreigners. Some of her prejudices are what you’d expect; others are surprising. They’re all hilarious! And she was a real person.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: There are few things I find more entertaining than old-timey racism.
INTERVIEWEE: Steve Schroer (director)

Just who do you think you are, anyway?

I create shows based on literature – especially texts that have never before been put onstage. This is another one of those.

So what’s the big idea?

Mrs Mortimer – who was a real person, a Victorian writer of children’s books – tells the audience about the various peoples of the world, from Europe to Asia to (wince) Africa. She’s wildly, hilariously prejudiced, often in predictable ways but sometimes in ways that are just bizarre.

How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?

With every show I always try to do something I’ve never done before. This is the first show I’ve ever done that doesn’t tell a story. The challenge was to give the material an effective shape, and I believe we’ve succeeded in that.

Why should I care?

Sarah Broude, as Mrs Mortimer, will make you laugh. Ernest Briggs, as the Presenter, is a very funny straight man. You will learn a lot of unreliable information.

Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.

Greece is a charming
country; but who would like to
live so near the Turks?

Questions? Comments? Enraged invective? Check out my answers to occasionally asked questions in Notes on Notes, or the contact info linked from that page!

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