Press Release: Vancouver

For Immediate Release: August 1, 2012  |  Entertainment/Theatre  |  rbara Selfridge announces Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures at Origins Coffee Roasters Sept 6-16, 2012 as part of the 28th Vancouver International Fringe Festival  |  Opening night Thurs Sept 6 @ 8:30pm, also Sat Sept 8 @ 9pm, Sun Sept 9 @ 3:30 pm (half-price show), Sun Sept 9 @ 9:15 pm, Fri Sept 14 @ 10:05 pm,  Sat Sept 15 @ 7 pm, Sun Sept 16 @ 2:40 pm, Sun Sept 16 @ 8:25 pm  |  Tickets: $10 weekdays/12 weekends  |  Festival box office: vancouverfringe.com  |  Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283 or banterw8@aol.com  |  more information at BarbaraSelfridge.com

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Bárbara Selfridge (note accent over the first a!) presents:

Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures


Bárbara Selfridge asks theatre-goers to decide, each of them on their own, which is scarier: epilepsy or prime numbers.  Also sex.  Also: family members you can’t trust with the care of others versus those whom you, yourself, do not care to be entrusted with (thank you very much!).  Her solo performance in this year’s fringe festival will weigh in on these aspects of care-giving and on the demands placed on family advocates.


“Be nice to your children: they’ll decide your nursing home” — bumper sticker


The story behind “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures” is that Selfridge, at age 49, is asked to institutionalize her somewhat-estranged and more-than-somewhat-strange mathematician father.  Selfridge the daughter, however, has never forgiven her father for the institutionalization, at age 11, of her brain-damaged sister.  Yikes!  The story also includes Selfridge’s surprisingly witty sister, surprisingly racy mother, and two conferences: one for number theorists and the other urging social workers to guilt-trip middle-aged women into forgiving the fathers who abandoned them at the time of their parents’ divorce.  Double-yikes!


“Bárbara Selfridge is what a writer should be: truthful and brazen and attentive to pain” Grace Paley 


Selfridge worked on this piece with ace San Francisco director and collaborator David Ford.  She also credits her sister Margaret, who shines in the Kickstarter movie the sisters used to raise funds for this run (“Take Me to the Fringe”).  Margaret sings backup in the Magic Makers, a rock band for people with special needs.  Magic Maker music plays pre-show.  Bárbara Selfridge is a much-honored writer (fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, etc) and member of Theatre Unlimited, a troupe that features actors and playwrights with developmental disabilities.  This is her first Fringe effort. 


WARNING: CONTAINS UNPROTECTED SEX AND PRIMALITY TESTING


Origins Coffee Roasters  |  1245 Cartwright Street, Granville, Thurs Sept 6 @ 8:30pm, Sat Sept 8 @ 9pm, Sun Sept 9 @ 3:30 pm (half-price show), Sun Sept 9 @ 9:15 pm, Fri Sept 14 @ 10:05 pm, Sat Sept 15 @ 7 pm, Sun Sept 16 @ 2:40 pm, Sun Sept 16 @ 8:25 pm  |  Tickets: $10 weekdays/12 weekends  |  Wheelchair accessible  |  Box office: #vanfringe or vancouverfringe.com


Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283, banterw8@aol, www.BarbaraSelfridge.com


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