I Love You Because
HI – Edmonton Hostel (10647 81 avenue) August 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Describe your show in five words.
Romantic, musical, happy ending, awesome!
Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?
Our show is a modern, gender-reversed, musical twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Austin Bennet is an uptight greeting card writer in New York City. He meets a flighty photographer who throws his very structured life off-course. His brother Jeff, Marcy’s best friend Diana, along with the NYC Man and NYC Woman drive this romantic comedy that takes place in some quintessential NYC spots: bars, parks and coffee shops. They learn to accept and love someone else not in spite of their faults, but because of them.
I’ve seen a previous production of I Love You Because and absolutely loved the story. Why did you want to present this show?
We felt like this was a very interesting twist on the original Pride and Prejudice story. It’s light-hearted, young and fun, but also has a poignant side to it that I think audiences will enjoy. We love that it welcomes the audience in with a smart, funny script and fantastic music.
Why do you think the story line of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice still resonates so well with modern audiences?
This story resonates with people young and old; it’s a story about understanding and learning to accept others despite their differences-which I think is a theme that is universal. Everyone wants to be understood and accepted and loved. And of course, everyone loves a bit of drama too! I also believe that people are interested in the relationship dynamics between men and women, and Pride and Prejudice is one of the best, classic examples out there.
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
This is a fun, light-hearted show where you will leave feeling happy and entertained!
Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show (Edmonton arts people or otherwise)?
Our Director, Adam Kuss is the current Artistic Director at the Walterdale. We would also like to mention our Musical Director Robert Bradford. He’s been involved in several shows over many years, and it’s been invaluable having him as part of our family. We’d also like to give a shout out to Barb Mah and Gail Olmstead. They were our teachers at the Foote Theatre School Bootcamp where most of us met the first time, and we thank them for bringing us together.
The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe is August 14 – 24. Get your tickets attickets.fringetheatre.ca.