Kerfuffle

By Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Kerfuffle
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Welcome to Blakkat Theatre, home of the improv comedy troupe Kerfuffle!

Please permit us to introduce our Cast of Players:

NELLIE WOLFE: age 28, recent orphan, pregnant disabled avenger and sword thief

ANDY MCLEAN: age 21, redhead, devoted bike rider and aspiring Anarchist

CONSTANZIA ... Read more


Overview

Welcome to Blakkat Theatre, home of the improv comedy troupe Kerfuffle!

Please permit us to introduce our Cast of Players:

NELLIE WOLFE: age 28, recent orphan, pregnant disabled avenger and sword thief

ANDY MCLEAN: age 21, redhead, devoted bike rider and aspiring Anarchist

CONSTANZIA FORGIONE: age 28, reluctant waitress, emerging gay poet and Nellie's BFF

CALVAIRE PERSONNE: age 29, PHD candidate, brother to a living sister and a dead twin

SHERMAN SILVERSTEIN: turning 30, father, maker of Jesus Toast, married, for now

YOU, OUR AUDIENCE-PARTICIPANT: at every age, your input is an essential ingredient

Kerfuffle is a seriously funny book about serious matters. Jumping on and off stage, the troupe do their best to make sense and nonsense of their lives and the 2010 Toronto G20 protests. Uncertain which player is her baby daddy, nine-months-pregnant Nellie Wolfe wields her crutch as both prop and weapon to hunt him down. She bands with feminist friends to teach the troupe's male members about the responsible use of their members. From hidden weapons to the marketing of Jesus Toast, simmering personal and political secrets build to an explosive on-stage reveal. It's an inside-Anarchy exposé of G20's crucible moments from black balaclavas to a burning police car to life inside the kettle. As satire at its best, it offers both belly laughs and a demand for justice.

Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Like Jordan in When Fenelon Falls, Dorothy Palmer was likely conceived during Hurricane Hazel and adopted at age three. She grew up in and near Toronto and spent childhood summers in Ontario's cottage country, just north of Fenelon Falls, where there really was a caged bear. In her twenty-three years as a drama/English teacher, Dorothy taught in a Mennonite colony, a four-room schoolhouse in rural Alberta, and an adult learning centre attached toa prison. She coaches for the Canadian Improv Games. When Fenelon Falls is her first novel.

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Kerfuffle boils over with the energy, (re-)invention, truth-telling and wit of great improv. Like a protest or a parade, we're pulled along by the story, moved, confounded, delighted and fascinated by its participants as they explore relationships, compassion, love, grief, friendships, activism, and the possibilities of improvisation. Kerfuffle is ultimately about being seen, about allowing yourself to be seen, about seeing yourself. Meanwhile, I was happily combobulated by the kerfuffle & gobsmacked by its perfect surprises and its profound Yes, and. ..s.

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