The perils of raising a son, whilst also trying find her place as a newly-divorced pansexual, in a male dominated world.
This unique comedic storytelling event will explore many themes including gender issues, pregnancy, post-partum depression, family secrets and childhood, all delivered in Jo Dworschak’s signature witty, open and authentic style.
Radio host, comedian and the creator of the hit storytelling gameshow Story Story Lie, I asked Ms. Dworschak about her show Oh Man! and what went into creating it.
What was the impetus to write this show?
I had a true deep fear and distrust of men when I found out I was having a boy I realized that obviously had to change. So I researched and found out how dangerous (and actually deadly) it is to be a man. That’s that Oh Man! Is about.
What was the the funnest part of creating this show?
Its a multimedia monologue. I’ve loved finding images, editing videos and now that my sons old enough he’s actually helped me with some of the stories.
What was the hardest part of exploring and creating this show?
Trying to decide how much of my past trauma to include. I didn’t want to show to be about that and it’s hard to touch on rape and assault without making the whole story about it. Especially because I don’t want my life to be about that.
Often in personal stories the challenge is to be truthful but still make it accessible and engaging, how are you striking that balance?
That’s been a tough one. I think my time doing stand up taught me how to gage what the audience wants. Some stories are just for me.
What does your son think of the show?
He actually helped direct it when I did it for the first time at the Missoula Fringe Festival. He was really proud and happy to see how much people liked it. He does joke that it’s a show about him…I mean it kinda is but I won’t admit to that.
What do you want the audience to experience?
I’ve found it gives all genders a chance to see the perspective of the others. Men have come up and thanked me, mainly because I talk about how tough society can be on then and that at a point they are only allowed contact when they are fucking or fighting.
Really I want people to see a good show. Hear stories from a perhaps unique perspective as a queer single mom that had a child at a fairly young age. Be entertained and start some important conversations.
SHOW: ‘Oh Man’ – WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY JO DWORSCHAK. DRAMATURGED BY TJ DAWE.
DUE TO THE ADULT CONTENT OF THE SHOW (IT IS MOTHERHOOD AFTER ALL), THIS IS AN 18+ EVENT ONLY.
WHEN: DECEMBER 8TH AND 9TH 2017.
WHERE: THE HAVANA THEATRE, 1212 COMMERCIAL DRIVE, VANCOUVER, BC.
TICKETS: TICKETS ARE $10 ONLINE AND $12 ON THE DOOR.
ONLINE TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ON EVENTBRITE:
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