Interstellar Elder at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Ingrid Hansen in Interstellar Elder. Photo by Laura Dittmann

Ingrid Hansen in Interstellar Elder. Photo by Laura Dittmann

Interstellar Elder by Kathleen Greenfield and Ingrid Hansen
August 17, 19, 21, 22, 24 – 27 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84th Ave

An interview with Ingrid Hansen.

Describe your show in one sentence.

From the creators of last year’s Edmonton Fringe five-star HOLDOVER show Little Orange Man, Interstellar Elder is a dark physical comedy about a badass grandma in space.

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

In this show’s futuristic scenario, North American Prime Minister Justin Bieber attempts to end world hunger by deforesting the continent to plant thousands of acres of genetically-modified swiss chard. This Superfood grows awry, taking over the entire planet and choking out all other forms of life. The last surviving humans are cryogenically frozen and shot into earth orbit, waiting for Earth to heal so that they may return home and begin a new civilization. Onboard the spaceship there is only one person left awake: the geriatric custodian and sole caretaker of the ship’s frozen ‘human cargo.’

How did you come up with the concept and the background of the futuristic world Interstellar Elder is based in?

We started inspired by our own grandparents.  My grandmother was very mischievous in her later years living in a nursing home, hoarding half-used kleenexes, shopping in other people’s closets and trying to grow a secret garden of plastic plants.  I was also inspired by Sigourney Weaver, and noticing very few older ladies in science fiction today–it’s time to change that.

What were some of the themes you wanted to explore and thoughts you want to leave audiences with in Interstellar Elder?

Loneliness, madness, imagination, and how you keep yourself entertained in solitary confinement.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

Interstellar Elder’s creator Ingrid Hansen is a multi-award-winning actor and puppeteer who has been touring across Canada, the US, and Japan for the past seven years. On television, she is the voice and puppeteer of Gertie the Gopher on Tiga Talk on APTN and plays a moon monster in the series Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid. Hansen recently received a special invitation to train with Sesame Street puppeteers in New York, where she got to “hang out with Cookie Monster.” Interstellar Elder, however, is a dark comedy not suitable for children under twelve.

The 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 17 – 27. Get your tickets at starting August 9.

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