Ali McGhee is a journalist, creative writer, and academic. Her work has appeared in The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Romantic Circles, Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary...
Described as "a dank, dark comedy," Mothertongue, written by Asheville's own Julian Vorus and directed by Steven Samuels, is set to premiere at this year's Asheville Fringe Festival. Several of Vorus's previous works have premiered at Fringe, and they're always boundary-pushing, intense, and marvelously creative pieces that will be on your mind for a long time to come.
This year's piece is no exception. I was immediately fascinated by the poster and artwork that accompanied the description of the play, so I reached out to Vorus with a few questions about what we can expect from this strange and wonderful performance, which will be hosted by the Magnetic Theatre twice during Fringe Fest.
First, how did you get involved with Fringe? What are you most excited about that's happening during the festival this year?
Many of my past performances and plays have used nonlinear narratives, fractured/duplicated personalities and alternate physical realities. With Mothertongue, I've set up a story that functions in much the way one would expect a play to work and with characters and locations that are identifiable. In that respect Mothertongue is probably my most accessible work.