We are happy to announce the winner of our Cultchivating the Fringe award for 2014! Dirty Old Woman Artists Collective presents Dirty Old Woman, a new play by Loretta Seto, directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith. Dirty Old Woman will be presented here at The Cultch next season starring Jessie Award-winning actors Susinn McFarlen (August: Osage County), Robert Salvador (Espresso), Emmelia Gordon (Dissolve), and Alison Kelly (Mom’s the Word). The award was curated this year by Cindy Reid (Managing Director of The Cultch) and Zoe Forsyth ( The Cultch Concierge).
After her divorce, Nina, a 50-something-year old, decides to venture back into the world of romance. But when she meets Gerry, 20 years her junior, the sparks fly in more ways than one. Judgments, double standards, and comedy ensue, as Nina tries to navigate the dangerous world of dating a younger man.
“Dirty Old Woman has it all; great script, talented local creative team, strong female lead and much more. It is an honest performance that deals with more than just lust. This show has tons of potential and I can’t wait to see how it evolves for next year” – Cindy Reid – Managing Director of The Cultch
“…The cast was amazing; they allowed the script to be a star, pacing was excellent and it was entertaining! But it made me look at myself and how I judge others; how I let other peoples possible opinions of disapproval affect my decisions and how I can still be an astronaut if I want to, maybe even a dirty one” – Zoe Forsyth, The Cultch Concierge
And here’s what Loretta Seto had to say about winning the award:
“Winning the Cultchivating the Fringe Award was such an unexpected and wonderful surprise–when I first embarked on getting Dirty Old Woman up on stage for the Fringe Festival, I had no idea that it would become such a popular show, even though I knew that we had a dream cast of Susinn McFarlen, Robert Salvador, Emmelia Gordon, and Alison Kelly. Then when we sold out our entire run at the Fringe, I thought it couldn’t get any better. So when it was announced that we’d been awarded the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, I literally felt my jaw drop–it was a shock and a thrill all at the same time! I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a strong team to help make Dirty Old Woman happen at the Fringe, and I am so grateful to now have this opportunity to develop and expand the play, and have it run as part of the Cultch’s next season.”
When book clubs and gardening won’t cut it, make sure you catch this wickedly funny production next season at The Cultch. Dirty Old Woman was also selected as a Pick of the Fringe Winner and will be playing Sept 19 at 9pm at Performance Works.