Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A- The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A- The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

BWW catches up with Jean Ann Douglass from Dutch Kills Theater Company to chat about bringing The Providence of Neighboring Bodies to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tell us a bit about The Providence of Neighboring Bodies.

Dora and Ronnie are two women with different flavors of social anxiety and loneliness, living next door to each other in apartments that have adjoining balconies. Ronnie rents out her couch to Jane, who becomes the new object of their need for connection, but also turns out to be a beaver. It gets complicated.

The play takes place mostly in the characters heads, with occasional flashes of how things are actually unfolding in the real world.

Is the beaver present onstage?

Eventually. We need her perspective on things, too.

What was the inspiration for the play?

I was thinking a lot about how larger societal issues manifest in tiny ways in our everyday lives; about how economic anxiety shapes friendships, prejudice directs conversations, and how our own fate is tied up in the fate of our communities. And I was also thinking about how the reverse is true, how the currents of society and history are directed by a collection of millions of small moments in seemingly uninfluential people's lives.

Who would you recommend comes to see it?

Whoever is interested in plays that respond to our current moment. People who love a good day drinking story. Fans of the absurdist. Women who know the anxiety of playing host. Beaver rights activists.

What do you hope audiences take away from it?

I don't think there's a 'correct' response to any play, so I always love to learn about the different things that audiences take away from plays (diversity is strength!). But for what it's worth, I think this play is deeply American, unapologetically feminine, and weaves personal and political themes together.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/providence-of-neighboring-bodies

During the Fringe, there is so much running from one show to the next, and my greatest hope for my audience is that they give themselves time to reflect and chat about the play. Come find me at the theater bar. Let's talk.



Related Stories
Edinburgh 2022: Review: STOP THE WORLD, WERE GETTING OFF Photo
What did our critic think of STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF at theSpace?

EDINBURGH 2022: Review: MARC JENNINGS: ORIGINAL SOUND, Monkey Barrel Photo
Scottish Comedian of the Year winner, viral video star and regular panellist on BBC Scotland's Breaking the News, Marc Jennings returns to the Fringe following his sold-out debut in 2019. In this new show Marc tackles the topics dominating our cultural conversation today, shares his experience of an ill-fated lockdown relationship and discusses the difficulties of modern dating.

EDINBURGH 2022: Review: FILLS MONKEY: WE WILL DRUM YOU, Pleasance Courtyard Photo
A worldwide sensation from Montreal to Beijing, Fills Monkey return with an exhilarating new show. Blending pure joy and comedy with extraordinary musicianship, these two exceptional drummers fuse musical styles from rock to heavy metal, and Latin to jazz. Creating percussive heaven they also play tribute to their favourite artists: AC/DC, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, U2, Phil Collins and more. Their drumsticks are magic and their irresistible beats go straight to the heart! A fun-packed experience to delight the whole family.

EDINBURGH 2022: Review: MADE IN INDIA/BRITAIN, Pleasance Courtyard Photo
Since leaving home in Birmingham, Rinkoo Barpaga has been determined to find somewhere to settle. Along the way he's encountered racism, discrimination and has begun asking himself: 'Where do I belong?' Join him as he delves deep into past experiences in order to discover his true self and a place he can finally call home.


From This Author - Natalie O'Donoghue


Review: 10 YEARS OF LOST MAP, Oran Mor, GlasgowReview: 10 YEARS OF LOST MAP, Oran Mor, Glasgow
February 6, 2023

Celebrate 10 years of record label Lost Map, with an all-day showcase across both venues at Òran Mór, as part of Celtic Connections.

Spectacular 30th Edition of Celtic Connections Draws to a CloseSpectacular 30th Edition of Celtic Connections Draws to a Close
February 6, 2023

Europe's premier folk, roots and world music festival Celtic Connections drew to a close last night after 18 days of spectacular concerts, unique and powerful collaborations and captivating screenings.

Review: THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, Theatre Royal, GlasgowReview: THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
January 31, 2023

This side-splittingly funny, fast-paced comedy tells the story of Henry Holland, an unassuming bank clerk who dreams of stealing the van full of gold bullion he drives across London each day. When Henry learns that his new lodger makes Eiffel Tower paperweights out of lead, he devises a plan to make his dream a reality. It’s a golden opportunity to pull off the crime of the century, they’d have to be fools to mess it up …

Get Off Live Comedy Fundraiser Comes To The Stand In GlasgowGet Off Live Comedy Fundraiser Comes To The Stand In Glasgow
January 26, 2023

Get Off Live Comedy is an industry born and funded independent HR that aims to eradicate sexual harassment in the industry we love. This fundraising gala is part of a number of incredible benefits that have taken place this year to support the initiative.

Review: ROAMING ROOTS REVUE, Glasgow Royal Concert HallReview: ROAMING ROOTS REVUE, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
January 23, 2023

This is Celtic Connection's annual highlight-packed exploration of classic influences on contemporary music. Tonight’s show revisits themes including tributes to The Women of Song, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and the music of Laurel Canyon. Curated as ever by Glasgow’s own Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, the guestlist likewise comprises an array of return visitors.