by Gemma Wilcox
The 2017 Rogue Festival is almost here. KRL will be featuring several Rogue Performer Preview articles between now and the beginning of the Festival on March 3. You can find all of the Preview articles so far, & an interview with this year’s Festival director about this year’s festival, in our Arts & Entertainment section.
We will also be reviewing many of the shows, 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.
Gemma Wilcox returned literally just last week from her 91 year old maternal grandmother’s funeral in London, UK. This makes performing this show about her maternal lineage–where she plays her grandmother amongst many other characters and creatures–particularly pertinent, alive, and potent!
Here is a bit about her show:
From the creator of Rogue Fest hit shows:
The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over (2009 & 2014), Shadows in Bloom (2010 & 2015), 52 Pick Up (2011), and Magical Mystery Detour (2013), & Gemma Wilcox Goes Rogue–Retitled The Wallaby Way (2016). 19-Time BEST-OF-FEST Award Winning Performer. Gemma Wilcox Returns for Her 8th Rogue Festival with her Magical and Mesmerizing Show “There’s a Wallaby in my Heart. How this came to be is a Great Mystery…”
A raw and wild labyrinthine exploration of untangling lineage, unearthing bones, weaving pathways, following threads…and wallabies…
Multi-award winning physical-theater extraordinaire Gemma Wilcox (19-time BEST-OF-FEST winner) teams up with masterful director, dramaturg and theatre creator, Elizabeth Baron (of LaLa Theater Company and director to Magical Mystery Detour, and 52-Pick Up) to bring this powerful and magical play back to Rogue Festival, March 4- 11, 2017 at California Arts Academy (*It was originally performed as a workshop production for 3 shows at Rogue Fest 2016). Wilcox is a veteran Rogue Fest performer–this being her 8th time to Fresno’s Rogue Fest!
The Wallaby Way is a passionate, intimate, and emotionally-charged show that takes the audience on Wilcox’s most recent journey to a remote, rugged island off the coast of Tasmania, Australia. Along the way it explores her last relationship, her maternal lineage, and what fleeing the North American distractions resulted for her. All this culminates in one of Wilcox’s riskiest performances and is an exciting quantum leap from her usual performance style of a bare stage and 20 characters.
This time Wilcox delves into a more personal, revealing and vulnerable delivery with the guiding force support of a mysterious marsupial, magical puppets, a mesmerizing mask, a labyrinth, and an enormous amount of red yarn, as she ventures through thick and thin to find clarity, closure, and peace with the tragedy that has clouded her mind and life.
“Wilcox is a master of the theatre” –Amanda Ash, The Victoria Times Colonist
“A Sybil-esque multiple-personalitied solo performance virtuoso.” –Denver Westword
“She holds her audience in thrall. This woman can do anything, it seems, and she does…she shows you what theater can be.” Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel
“Gemma Wilcox is both an adroit chronicler of the human condition and a wondrous chameleon of a performer.” –Minneapolis Pioneer Press
VENUE: California Arts Academy- Severance, 1401 N Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA
TICKETS: $12 Cash at door or buy online at: www.RogueFestival.com
Sat, March 4 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sun, March 5 @ 5:00 p.m.
Thurs, March 9 @ 9:30 p.m.
Fri, March 10 @ 6:30 p.m.
Sat, March 11 @ 3:30 p.m.