So what keeps us coming back in the face of such crushingly miserable odds?
by TJ Dawe
In my last article, I talked about how crowded the lotteries for Fringe festivals are getting. It did indeed used to be easier to get into multiple Fringes and put a cross-Canada summer tour together. But that doesn’t mean it was easy.
I toured a solo show of my own in ‘98. Scrambled to make a go of it. Again, the break-even point stayed just out of reach, perpetually. Then I got mono.
I was in the cradle for the legendary ‘70s, when supposedly anyone in Canadian theatre could get as much grant money as they wanted simply by asking for it. I doubt the picture was really that rosy.
And it’s worth it.