Puck Bunnies at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Puck Bunnies by Trevor Schmidt and Darrin Hagen
August 17 – 27 at the Varscona Theatre

An interview with Darrin Hagen.

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

PUCK BUNNIES tells the story of Tonya, Tammy and Tina as they negotiate the testosterone-fuelled male-worshipping world of small-town Alberta amateur hockey girlfriends. Tammy has a new baby and a promise ring – but isn’t really sure what’s been promised. Tonya’s boyfriend has a really low sex drive – so how can she keep his attention? Has Tina’s boyfriend ben traded to another team, or is he in jail (again)? Either way, she’s suddenly single, and sporting a new pussy hat. Could she be the new girl to fill the suddenly-vacant third seat in the Puck Bunny section of the bleachers?

In hockey, you’re either a winner – or a loser. The Panthers are on a winning streak – but it could all be undone by the scandal that is rocking the rink.

Why take on the world of the girlfriends of amateur Alberta hockey players?

Hockey is iconic. It’s impossible to live in Canada (particularly in Edmonton) and not be aware of hockey. Our city and province roll to the rhythm of playoffs, team scandals, and hockey love affairs. We have grown up as Alberta boys with hockey all around us. But we rarely took part in it, because – frankly – the game wasn’t for guys like us. Hockey is still struggling with the “gay” question and it continues to have a long history of treating women in a negative way. We wanted to know more about the women who valued the attention of the men of that world, and the misogyny that they tolerate, participate in, and perpetuate in their roles as hockey girlfriends.

Why is a drag show the perfect artistic format to “skewer the male-dominated culture of small-town ice rinks”, as the media release says?

We’re not a drag show as much as a theatre team that utilizes drag as a performance style. As outsiders ourselves, we view the game and its rituals with a critical eye. Drag is an effective tool to explore issues of gender. And using comedy to examine the darker side of life has allowed us to expose uncomfortable truths in many of our previous plays.

Also, Puck Bunnies is fast, funny, crass, and rude. If you think hockey players can be rude and outrageous, wait until you meet the Puck Bunnies!

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

This is the 30th year of producing Fringe comedies for Guys In Disguise. It’s also the GID debut of Jason Hardwick!

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

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