THE MONSTER SONGS Premieres at Capital Fringe this July 2014
Dr. Dour and Peach present the THE MONSTER SONGS, a collection of original songs that capture the personal stories of monsters from around the world, music and lyrics by Toby Mulford. This playfully macabre cabaret premiers at the 9th Annual Capital Fringe Festival this July 10 - 27, 2014.
Dr. Dour and Peach are a comedic musical duo consisting of singer-songwriter Toby Mulford and cellist Rachel Spicknall Mulford. These musical storytellers regale the listener with an array of different musical styles, and different monsters. Each song takes the listener on a journey, like a musicological study of things that go bump in the night. A sexy Bossa Nova melody travels to the crypt of a love-sick Pharaoh, while a sprightly waltz gives directions to the dance steps of a giant lizard. Dr. Dour (vocals, 10-string guitar) and accompanist Peach (cello, banjo, cute) have collected these and many other sonorous narratives to share with the human listener.
The pieces in THE MONSTER SONGS have been in development for over 10 years, with recent workshop performances at the Clown Cabaret, a once-a-month showcase of variety acts. The songs reveal a nostalgia for the horror movies which inspired Mulford. In an homage to Dawn of the Dead and Mulford's post-college retail job, for instance, "Barbara" tells the story of the bored retail worker who knows exactly how to deal with zombies. The monsters we invent are the analogy for our everyday experiences.
THE MONSTER SONGS premiers at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival and features Toby Mulford and Rachel Spicknall Mulford, two hilariously talented actors and musically-inclined clowns. Since 2010, these physical comedians have performed with Faction of Fools Theatre Company in critically-acclaimed productions such as Romeo and Juliet, A Commedia Christmas Carol, and Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark, and the original work The Lady Becomes Him, directed by Toby Mulford in 2013. Their performances together have included participation in DC-area theater events and venues including The Capital Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Maryland Renaissance Festival, and Arena Stage.
The performance is appropriate for adults, and for children age 10 and up.
Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose ofconnecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe's vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.
1021 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC, 20001
(Metro: Green line - Mt Vernon Sq/Convention Center. Around the block from Fort Fringe!)
For tickets and passes: 866-811-4111 or capitalfringe.org
Running time is approximately 45 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.