This Aunt is Not a Cockroach
It’s hard being an artist these days. Emily K. Harrison — Boulder actress, director, teacher, Boulder Arts Week coordinator and founder of Square Product Theatre — knows this all too well, and the latest Square Product show, in collaboration with Laura Ann Samuelson of Hoarded Stuff Performance, might be seen as a parable for her own struggle: juggling dwindling grant opportunities, constantly fighting for media coverage and navigating an overcrowded scene. And while everyone in that scene is in it together, Harrison acknowledges that the competition tends to drive them apart.
That’s heavy stuff to lay on an audience, but This Aunt Is Not a Cockroach, which opens tonight in Boulder, will still evoke laughs. It’s about “twelve legs and a cactus living next door to each other in a crevice of the coastline (or perhaps: the Grand Canyon),” notes the production statement, and Harrison admits it’s more of a character study about finding the meaning of life than it is a plotted play. “It’s going to be about something different for everyone who sees it,” she says. “For me, it’s about grappling with my own current questions about being a human. What am I supposed to be doing with my life?”
Find some answers when Aunt previews at 8 p.m. at Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street on the University of Colorado Boulder campus; the run continues through May 7. Purchase tickets, $12 to $15 in advance, at brownpapertickets.com; the price goes up to $20 at the door. Learn more at squareproducttheatre.org.
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