Im projecting comic drawings in a sequential animatic behind me; I wrote songs that accompany them, and I tell a story, Foss explains. The storyline is a blend of my real-life experience: Its autobiographical, but only about an aspect of myself. Im using my own comics projected on the wall behind me. Its something I saw back in Seattle, but I think Ive taken it to a new level. I recorded voices and sound effects and ambient sounds that make the animatics feel real and present, and then I added songs.
Though Foss first performed the piece in an early form to good response for his masters thesis at the University of Colorado, he rightfully calls his Fringe debut a world premiere. Its been tightened up, he says. What I like about bringing things together this way is that it kind of creates its own genre, and audiences are not yet looking to me to have mastered it. I dont want to be compared just to the best illustrators or the best songwriters or the best actors. I just try to bring all of what I am to the audience.
See Long Neck at 9 p.m. at Topo Ranch, 1505 Pearl Street in Boulder, or at one of five additional performances taking place through August 28; get tickets, $10 to $12 (two-for-one tonight only, or $2 off with a comic book donation at the door) and more information at www.boulderfringe.com.
Thu., Aug. 19, 9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 26, 9 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 28, 9 p.m., 2010