SHOW TITLE: It Came From UUFO
SHOW DESCRIPTION: 25 yrs ago, aliens abducted 5 West Winsomites. Will this year’s UFO festival bring back the aliens and the missing townspeople? 4 actors play 20+ characters, populating the town and all its strange visitors.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: Aliens!
INTERVIEWEE: Jeffery Goodson (writer/performer)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
My name is Jeffery Goodson and I am an actor/writer/singer, living and performing in the Twin Cities for the last 25+ years. During that time, I have worked with and learned from many incredibly talented folks at the Brave New Workshop, the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Nimbus Theatre, Table Salt Productions, Lake Pepin Players, Open Window Theater, Eye of the Storm, Mary Worth, Night Path, and now for the 8th time the Minnesota Fringe Festival. I was also lucky enough to meet my partner Steve in Minneapolis 25 years ago, when he came to see a show I was in and wrote me a letter asking me out on a date. In fact, a few years back I wrote a play about how we met, “Perhaps They’re French” and we performed it for MN Fringe.
So what’s the big idea?
Our comedy, “It Came From UUFO (double U F O)”, is about a small town where 25 years ago, five residents were abducted aboard an alien spaceship for “dinner and a probing”. But only three of them got back off the ship before it left. So, the town has been marking the anniversary of the incident each year in hopes that the aliens will return with the other two. The action takes place at the very same spot in the woods, the day before this year’s festival is set to start. It features myself and three other actors (Joe Hendren, Cynthia Schreiner-Smith and Erin Denman) playing 20+ characters which means we get to play the townsfolk including city and festival officials, the local UUFO TV News Anchor, the festival queen, abduction survivors, covert government agents, an aspiring cult leader, a hermit, a couple of young Trail Scouts, a couple of film students, possibly an alien or two and oh yeah, a dog.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
A couple of Fringes back, my co-writer Barry Shay and I wrote and performed “Shakespeare Ate My Brain”, a comedy about zombies doing Shakespeare and people really loved it. So this year we thought it would be a blast to look at UFO/Alien Abduction Festivals and all the quirky, lovely people that populate them. This show is a perfect companion piece should we want to remount the plays for a full evening’s entertainment – a kind of science fiction comedy double feature. And because the show has so many characters, we brought in another talented writer/performer/friend – Patsy Puckett to throw another couple of funny sticks on the bonfire. We laughed a lot during the writing process and we thinks our audiences will too.
Why should I care?
This show is a fast-paced, cavalcade of delightful characters, trying to be as normal as they can in a very non-normal setting. What better way to look at humanity than from a perspective of those who may or may not have had extra-terrestrial interactions? And who doesn’t want to see if the aliens come back this year with our two missing friends?
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
This play I done wrote:
I hope it causeth laughter.
If not, no refunds.
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