Sweet Lies at Edmonton Fringe Festival

Sweet Lies
La Cite Francophone, L’Uni Theatre (8627 – 91 street) August 15 – 23 (every day)
More information: poiemaproductions.com

An interview with Brianne Jang and Kenneth Brown of Poiema Productions

Describe your show in five words.

Witty, funny, delightful, surprising, fresh

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?

In Sweet Lies, Sylvie, a love-shy salon-owner is adored by her employee, Eduard.  Eduard is also shy, so he writes a passionate anonymous love letter to her.  Hilarious complications ensue when Sylvie’s lovelorn mother ends up in possession of the letter, and believes it’s addressed to her.

Question for Kenneth: What was your drive to write Sweet Lies?

I wanted to write a fun, character-driven play specifically for the talented young women of Poiema Productions.

How (if at all) does Sweet Lies relate to other shows Poiema Productions has mounted? What type of shows and themes are you aiming to bring to Edmonton audiences?

It’s a very woman-oriented, and woman-driven piece.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

It’s fun, and smart, and sexy, and full of great performances.

Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show (Edmonton arts people or otherwise)?

Edmonton:  The inspiring Liana Shannon appears as Sylvie’s lovelorn mother.  International:  The screenplay that inspired the writing was a French comedy called Des Vraies Mensonges (Or True Lies), and starred Audrey Tautou; the novel that inspired the screenplay was Emma, by Jane Austen.

The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe is August 14 – 24. I’ll be previewing shows up until the Fringe starts. Want your show to appear on After the House Lights? Email [email protected].

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