“I have a mood disorder. I’ve had problems with drugs and alcohol. And failed, failed, failed suicide attempts. None of those are funny. Coming out and everyday telling someone you’re gay and feeling like you’re going to be hated. Those aren’t funny subjects. They aren’t something I wanted to make light of because they bothered me in my day-to-day life,” said Winnipeg comedian Chantel Marostica.
But when her cross-Canada tour was canceled and she was left with just one date in Winnipeg, she realized she had to do something different because everyone here had already seen her material. “[The tour] was going to be focusing on more of my gay humour so I could get myself out there as a queer comic,” said Marostica. In Winnipeg there isn’t a lot of opportunity for that. But her manager turned out to be a fraud. With no venues booked and no opening acts set-up, Marostica had to change her plans.
The Park Theatre approached Marostica and asked if she still wanted to do her Winnipeg show. And so, on August 13 Marostica will take the stage at 7:00 and again at 10:00 to comically tell the story of her life in a show she’s calling Queer and Present Danger.
“I decided to do a one-woman show about growing up queer with a mood disorder and everything just about my life.” Marostica jokes, “Like one of those ‘It Gets Better’ videos, like an ‘it will be okay’ video. But it’s an hour long.”
Local comedians Lauren Cochrane, Melanie Dahling and Amber Daniels will open for Marostica. They also all helped her create the video that will be playing the the background. (Check out the promo video)
“I’m going to be telling my story while it plays with reenactments with my friends playing me getting bullied as a kid, and everything that led up to this point in my life,” said Marostica. “It’s going to be completely muted with me telling the story of me coming out while my parents are standing there.”
Marostica is used to be on stage, but said this is the most stressful things she’s done yet. “I’ve never really written about these dark things that I’m writing about. I’ve never tried to make the dark light,” said Marostica. But she’s still managing to pull it together in less than a month; she only started writing the show mid-July and filmed all the background video this past weekend. Now, she has just over a week to polish her multimedia, one-woman show.