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"Every Castle, Ranked" on Tour!
Come See Me in Pt. Townsend, Portland, Olympia, AND Edmonds
I’m SO EXCITED to announce a few fall PNW tour dates for the show I premiered this spring, Every Castle, Ranked!
Aug 27 - THING Fest, Port Townsend, WA
Sep 23 - Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA
Nov 9 - Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds, WA
Real ones will go to all four!!!!!!!!!
I don’t like to give too much away about the show, but here’s an excerpt from a sweet, insightful interview with Megan Seling in the Stranger, in which she really got me to pour my heart out, lol:
If I remember correctly, you dabbled in stand-up at one point. It was when Seattle's comedy scene was also quite toxic, like, they kept debating whether or not somebody should be allowed to tell a rape joke. It just wasn't a welcoming community.
Yeah, it wasn't the toxicity. I had great friends in comedy and there were wonderful people working in Seattle comedy at that time. The reason I never really did it is because I didn't have the confidence. It was really scary, and it's a lot of work to get good at stand-up. I just didn't think I belonged there. I feel like there's a certain amount of getting good at comedy that is posturing and being like, 'I deserve to be here and I'm going to stay here and fail over and over and over again in front of people until I figure this out.' And I just didn't have the constitution to do it, I think.
That's kind of how I ended up here. I have done lots of live performance stuff, kind of. I hosted the Moth for a long time in Seattle, and I really loved it, and I was really good at it. I was thinking about when I used to host the Moth, how good I felt on stage, and how totally at ease I was. It's hard for me to say that I was good at something, but if I was good at one thing, I was good at hosting the Moth. I was the best version of myself. I've always thought, 'Why did I just drop that?' I feel like live performance is something that I should leave to people who are more special than me. It's not mine. Some people really have that "thing," and Aham has always been like, 'You have that thing!' And I'm like no, no, not me. [Laughs] You're mistaken.
That belief has really held me back, I think. There's a version of my life where I play me on Shrill, you know what I mean? Not that I regret having Aidy [Bryant] do it, because she's magical, but—and maybe this is just what happens when you turn 40—I started thinking, 'What kind of potential have I squandered?'
Even hosting the Moth, it’s like, I’m hosting. It has a little bit of remove from actually being the star. Even saying that, 'being a star,' is embarrassing. [Laughs] I’m so embarrassed to say that phrase. But the conceit of this show was like, what would it feel like to make something for myself to star in? It was a wild experience. And I'm really proud of it. I think it's really good.
The show is really good, so PLEASE come see it! It’s also actively evolving/developing, so if you saw it at the Neptune there will be some new stuff.
And if you run a small-to-midsize venue in any other city ON EARTH and you would like to bring Every Castle, Ranked to your theater/comedy club/festival/community center/backyard, reach out via my website!
OK PLEASE BUY TICKETS I’LL SEE YOU SOON
A note on butts: I can’t believe I didn’t check on this in advance, as a person with a wide juicy ass who DOES THIS FOR A LIVING, but the Aladdin has its original 1920s Vaudeville theater seats, which are narrow and fixed to the floor and made of sharp horrible metal. If you are a fat person in Portland who’s concerned about fitting into the Aladdin seats, I’ve worked out a system with the theater where there will be 50-60 metal folding chairs (not the flimsy plastic ones) with “RESERVED FOR FAT PEOPLE” signs on them (I haven’t worked out the exact language yet) in the front four rows of the theater (and a few in the balcony). If you know you need one of those chairs, I recommend getting there early to snag one. If you are a thin or small-fat person coming to the show, with love, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THESE SEATS! And finally, because the thought of causing any fat person one second of anxiety is my personal hell, if this whole thing feels stressful to you, hang tight—this definitely won’t be your last chance to see the show! I’m working on figuring out a second PDX show for this fall/winter/spring at a venue with fat-friendly seating. But if you CAN fit into the Aladdin seats, PLEASE DEFINITELY COME TO THIS ONE! I DO NEED TO SELL THE TICKETS FOR THE SEATS! <3 <3 <3