One-man show chronicles everyday comedy and drama

Eric BrangetUWindsor acting grad Eric Branget brings his one-man show “Life of Len” to the Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival, opening this weekend.

Is there anything more magical than the surprises of everyday life? UWindsor acting grad Eric Branget (BFA 2016) considers the theatrical possibilities of the quotidian in his comic one-man show Life of Len, which opens this weekend at the Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival.

The show’s origins lie in Branget’s student days, as a fourth-year character study based on his uncle Len. New material, written together with Andrew Iles, this production’s director and Branget’s former classmate, explores themes of brotherhood, imagination, memory, and Canada’s favourite coffee.

“It’s a piece meant to celebrate and bring poetry to ordinary life,” says Branget.

Performances of Life of Len are set for July 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, and 30, in the Olde Walkerville Theatre, 1564 Wyandotte Street East. Find a detailed schedule and ticket information on the festival website.

Also on the festival program is Bedwetter, written by drama alumni Tamlynn Bryson (BFA 2015) and Kyle Kimmerly (BFA 2015). Kimmerly (pictured at left) directs the production, in which Bryson confronts the issue of nocturnal enuresis.

“It’s her personal story,” Kimmerly says, noting that the experience is not uncommon.

“Everyone’s too embarrassed to talk about it. One of our goals is just to get the conversation started.”

Read a profile of Kimmerly, a graduate of St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School, on the website of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.