Rogue Festival 2017: My Cat Thinks it’s a Pig…and Other Stories

Feb 21, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Theatre

by Myque Franz

The 2017 Rogue Festival is almost here. KRL will be featuring several Rogue Performer Preview articles over the next few weeks, and a preview article on this year’s Rogue Festival as well. You can find all of the Preview articles so far in our Arts & Entertainment section.
We will also be reviewing many of the shows once the Festival begins the beginning of March, and we may even do some more video interviews. Check out our Rogue Performer event page for more information as it becomes available, and you can also check out the Rogue 2017 website.

I don’t remember much about her; she was blond, my age, and from New York. This was both of our first time visiting Kansas City, and she could have no idea of the impact she made on my life.

She said, “Where are you from?”

“Iowa, Miss.”

This is all the permission she apparently needed. “You’re wearing COWBOY BOOTS,” she excitedly squealed, “and you’re from Iowa. That’s SO western. You must be a cowboy. Can you say yee-haw?”


Myque Franz

This was my first ever pair of pointy-toed boots. I wore them because they didn’t fit my father, and I wore them to Kansas City because they were nicer than any of my other shoes. I was living on a pig farm. However, pigs don’t respond well to “yee-haw,” so it wasn’t a part of my common lexicon.

“Yee…Haw…?” I said, as awkwardly as a confused teenager can get. She burbled in delight and her gaggle of friends giggled into the sunset.

This, in a nutshell, has been my life.

I’ve changed a lot since the day the “Girl From New York” decided that I was a cowboy. For example, I’ve learned how to properly say, “Yee-haw.” I’ve also traveled much farther than Kansas City, and met far more interesting people. As a matter of fact, I’ve written a show all about it. You can come see it as part of the Rogue Festival.

I’m looking forward to visiting Fresno for a number reasons, not least of which is that the world looks like a snow globe outside the window of my Toronto apartment. Also I have heard nothing but great things about the Rogue Festival. When my friend Nat Vickers, of last years’ Black Wool Jacket fame, heard I had created this show, she said, “You have to take it to Rogue.”

So I did.

See you soon.

My Cat Thinks it’s a Pig… and Other Farm Stories

At the Vista Theatre
Performance Schedule
Friday, March 3 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be bought online.

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