Is there anyone out there, or is it just him?

EmergentSeas is bringing My Planet and Me, a one millennial (and planet) show, to the London Fringe starting June 3rd. I got the chance to speak with Damon Muna, playwright and performer, about this upcoming show.

What is your show about?

It’s a solo-show told from the perspective of a guy who starts communicating telepathically with a sentient planet way across the universe.

Photo by Pam Haasen

He’s in that mid-20s, “WTF is my life” phase, and this gives him meaning, but it also really affects how he relates to the world and vice versa.

What drew you to the London Fringe Festival?

Fringe is a perfect place for both artists and audiences to try something new and London is my local! It’s a really special time of year because the city is full of amazing artists from all around the world intermingling with artists and audiences from here, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

What should audience members expect to take away from your show?

I’m really excited to find out what people take away from my show actually, so please check it out without too many specific expectations and let me know!

But I don’t want to throw away to a chance to actually say something worthwhile about My Planet and Me, so: broadly, you can expect some raw emotional situations, a medium amount of sarcasm, wit, insights, laughter, and some thinking. You might think about mental health and your place in the universe a little bit differently after, or you might not.

You’ll also get to listen to an original score by Wormwood

Finally, you could whet some expectations watching the trailer we produced for it.

Why did you choose this subject to explore?

Firstly, I’ve always been fascinated by scale. A galaxy essentially looks like an atom or a neuron in a lot of ways. So how is the way we perceive the universe affected by how big we are? That led me to think about sentient planets.

Second, solo shows are such an interesting medium. I’m essentially asking people to pay money to listen to me blather for an hour. That’s a pretty grandiose demand to make on people. So I thought a solo-show should probably be about ego and how fragile it is.

I like presenting in a medium that really fits its subject matter, and this one has kept affirming medium=message in pretty cool ways.

When and where is your show going on?

There are six performances to choose from:

Thu, June 1 at 7:00pm
Sat, June 3 at 5:00pm
Sun, June 4 at 9:00pm
Tue, June 6 at 6:30pm
Fri, June 9 at 8:00pm
Sat, June 10 at 1:00pm

All shows are at The Arts Project on Dundas St, which is where Visual Fringe is, too, and they have a bar! So it’ll be a good place to hang out during the festival!

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

Absolutely nothing. You’ll have to find someone else to foist it on.

What was your last Tweet?

“I would hope that all fiction is at least a little bit speculative” — @thedamon

Take us through your morning routine in as much detail as possible.

I can neither confirm nor deny my morning routine.

Do you think that the postmodern condition of cynicism towards metanarratives is itself a metanarrative?


What Fringe shows are you excited for this year?

So many! All of them? I will mention a smidgen.

I directed Meghan Brown and Valerie Cotic in a show called A Beautiful View at the 2013 London Fringe, and all 3 of us are performing our first solo shows at this Fringe! I think that’s really rather cool. So: “Orbituary” and  “I Sound Like Mom”.

Based on previous work these are must-sees for me: Bella Culpa, Delirium, Love is a Battlefield, Mama’s Boy, The Merkin Sisters

And some that are just real intriguing: Fish Saw, Berlin Waltz, Forget Me Not, The Morning After the Night Before

Want to know more about this little gem? Check out the trailer right here. And while you’re perusing, don’t miss Fuse’s Fringe coverage featuring interviews with different participating artists during every day of the festival!

For showtimes check out the Fringe schedule right here and don’t forget to grab those tickets!

Feature photo by Pam Haasen


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