Captain of His Soul

Seth Lepore, a Naropa grad now living in Vermont, has an adorable face and the kind of richly extemporaneous voice it takes to be a good performance artist. The guy can definitely talk, but he can also delight, making his new work, Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee, a certain standout at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Based on Lepore’s confusing experiences with his own spiritual development, the show opens at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street in Boulder, and continues for five more performances through August 28.

“A lot of people who practice this stuff scare the hell out of me, so I decided to do a monologue based on characters that are real, made up or a combination of the two,” Lepore says. “Like there’s the ‘Law of Attraction’ Lady, who’s a sex ed teacher (she came back from another piece I did), and there’s the guy who sells yoga pants, and another one who runs the Weekend Warrior Retreat for men.

“It’s both that and me playing myself: You see me going through Catholicism and through Buddhism at Naropa and some other more esoteric forms of spiritualism. But besides being just funny, I’m also very earnest. I talk about my experiences and the pain I’ve gone through, of being told, ‘Go to hell!’ by a priest. I try to show all the guilt and shame tactics and the commodification of spirituality, that whole money ‘ching-ching’ thing."

The show isn’t offensive, he promises; rather, it acts like a mirror. “I’m not trying to get people to walk out of the room,” he adds. “I want people talking about whether their faith is what they really believe in. I hope to create a dialogue. I’m not going to say what does or doesn’t work for other people.”

Tickets are $10 to $15 (or two-for-one tonight only); go to www.boulderfringe.com for showtimes and reservations
Thu., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 20, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 5 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 22, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 27, 9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., 2010

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