Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: The one-act, Theatre and Chill, will soon be premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. For our readers who may be unfamiliar with the show, how would you describe its premise?
Tinks Lovelace: It’s a night of three dark comedy shorts on life, love, hate, and human imbecility. Ultra cool, ultra contemporary, the night is Netflix and Chill, old-school style. The audience should come for some maximum chilling while examining themes of love, loneliness, and trying to get it on. To a soundtrack of Kid Cudi, Amy Winehouse, and others, fun is on fleek and for real.
BD: What can you tell us about the creators who brought Theatre and Chill and its three dark comedy shorts to life?
TL: I am a director and actress from the UK working in LA. I’ve worked for stage and screen before, as well as in-studio photography. Raegan Payne is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter currently in London finishing a script for Amber Entertainment. I am lucky to have come across her; her voice is contemporary, witty, and full of banter. She writes in a very real and honest way.
BD: What do you hope that audiences will take away from the show?
TL: I think things tend to hit each person differently and in their own way, so I can’t answer that for sure. Mainly, they will laugh at how silly things in life are sometimes. On another level, the themes of the night center around the loneliness of being alive, navigating the human conditions that come along with it and that, really, it's powerful to be lonely. It’s where you learn who you are, what you are, and what you are capable of. Our society has a tendency to tell us that we must have constant stimulation - with friends, lovers, phones, TV, even the radio to distract us from the undimmable hum of loneliness. It's pity as that’s where a lot of the good shit happens. But don’t forget the laughter.
BD: The production is part of the Bag O’ Bones art collective. What inspired the creation of this collective, and how would you describe its mission?
TL: BAG O’ BONES is a collective of contemporary, socially conscious, multimedia visual, and performance art storytellers who generate and produce their own original content. They are dedicated to fresh voices in art that explore the diverse characters and stories from the multi-cultural and unique world that they know to exist.
BD: What makes the Hollywood Fringe Festival the best venue for Theatre and Chill?
TL: The Hollywood Fringe is the biggest performing arts festival in Los Angeles. Similar to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, these big festivals are great places to find artists in this field.
BD: Are there any upcoming projects that you would care to share with our readers?
TL: The release of the film, Especially Not Roommates, that I acted in and Raegan Payne wrote will be hitting festivals this year, shot by the talented team at Ghostlight. Those guys have been rocking independents and major studios like Disney and Bad Robot; they are ones to watch. I saw them artificially create a beam on sunlight hitting a door and then move it down as the time passed in the film. Unreal.
BD: Lastly, what would you like to tell readers who want to learn more about and purchase tickets for Theatre and Chill?
TL: Please head over to the Fringe website. All ticketing information is there. It’s running for the entirety of June.