Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: Your production, The Color Collective, will again be returning as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year. For those who may be unfamiliar, what can you tell us about the show’s premise and format?
Royce Shockley: The Color Collective is a comedy variety show inspired by SNL and In Living Color. We feature underrepresented performers in sketch comedy, clowning, live music, and standup.
BD: As the producer of the show, what inspired you to bring this production to life?
RS: I wanted to create a show where everyone’s story could be told. When I first started in comedy, I saw the lack of diversity in performers and writers and wanted to do something about it. There are way too many talented people out there that don’t get to be on stage, have their writing showcased, or have an opportunity to showcase their talents, and I wanted to provide a space for diverse performers. Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard and no matter what color you are, you should see yourself represented.
BD: For those who may have attended last year’s performance in the Fringe Festival, are there any new acts or performances that they may anticipate?
RS: Yes! We have an all-new show featuring different musical and stand-up acts, as well as some talented new performers and writers. We really put a lot of work into writing a fantastic show, and the actors have stepped up their games and it will be a really fun show to watch.
BD: You have a fantastic team involved with the project, including dancers, musicians, sketch comedy artists, and more. What can you share with us about the creative process of working with the team and bringing the show to life?
RS: We try our best to run our show as if it were on TV, so we have a writer’s room and a production team that works together from the initial pitch meeting until showtime to make sure everyone is on the same page. Putting on a show like this is a lot of work, and involves a lot of people all communicating and being on the same page throughout the entire process.
BD: What do you hope that audiences will take away from the show, and should theatregoers anticipate audience interaction?
RS: I hope that audiences see themselves in the stories we tell. Even though we are all different colors, we have similar core experiences that anyone can relate to. Plus, the stories that make us different can give our audiences a perspective that they may not have thought of or previously knew existed. And like last year, there is definitely some audience interaction as well as a couple of giveaways from our sponsors.
BD: What makes the Hollywood Fringe Festival an ideal venue for The Color Collective?
RS: What we love about the Hollywood Fringe Festival is that it gives us an opportunity to reach an audience that may not be familiar with us, and this festival gives so many shows an opportunity to tell their stories the way they want to.
BD: The show will be appearing at the OMR Theater from June 6-29, 2019. Are there any future plans to perform the show at other venues?
RS: We haven’t released our schedule yet after the festival, but people can follow us on Facebook or Instagram at colorcollectivecomedy to keep updated on our performances.
BD: Are there any upcoming projects that you would care to share with our readers?
RS: We’re going to be releasing more digital content online after the festival, and readers can follow our social media for updates on releases. We have also expanded and now have an improv team, as well, and their performances will start in July.
BD: Lastly, what would you like to tell readers who want to learn more about and purchase tickets for The Color Collective?
RS: Your readers can visit our Hollywood Fringe page to see our performance schedule and buy tickets. They can also use a special code: FANBASE to get 30% off tickets for any show.