I’ve written a solo show that I’m excited about — “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures” — and I’m asking your help to put it before Fringe Festival audiences this summer.
“Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures” is a comedy (!!) about tough issues: people in your family who die or need services or need to be institutionalized. It’s a little bit like that bumper sticker: “Be kind to your kids: they’ll choose your nursing home.” (haha)
It’s also completely inspired by my sister Margaret — the star of that little three-and-a-half-minute movie on my kickstarter website — and the questions that surround her life. Why can’t she live at home? Which is worse, sedation or seizures? Will forgetting her past keep her from blaming the family who sent her away?
Where to now?
So I’ve written “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures,” and I think it’s good. And so does David Ford, the San Francisco director who helped me develop it. But a performance piece can’t really be good till it’s performed.
This summer I'm taking “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures” to three Fringe Festivals: Capital Fringe (Washington, DC) and Victoria and Vancouver, BC. At Fringe Festivals you get to try out your material face-to-face with an audience. If it works, they laugh and sigh and you can hear and feel it. If it doesn’t, you can slink back to your hometown with your tail between your legs.
Either way, you learn a whole lot, terribly useful in then taking your show to the next level.
How can you help?
I need funding to cover the many expenses necessary to prepare my show for these three Fringe Festivals. Especially director fees: as I said, "Zero Tolerance" was developed with David Ford, and in the pre-Fringe crunch: Wayne Harris. Also: rehearsal space rentals, Festival application and participation fees, videography and publicity materials.
My kickstarter goal will raise funds right up until July 27th: the day before the final performance of “Zero Tolerance” at my debut Fringe (Capital Fringe in Washington, DC). I’m hoping that you will not only support me financially, but that you’ll pledge for tickets to my performances. Think about it: the perfect gift for Cousin Allie in DC, your college roommate in Victoria, and hard-to-shop-for Mr Campbell in Vancouver!
If you do ask for show tickets, you can choose any of the three Fringe Festivals. In fact, if you know anybody else within fringe range of a Fringe, please consider forwarding this appeal on to them.
If you sign up for a different pledge gift, I’ll make you wait for it till after I get home from Vancouver (till October).
But the heartfelt thanks come immediately!
Q: Where do I get more information about the Fringe Festivals themselves?
A: Here are the websites:
Q: Is there a website for Bárbara Selfridge or “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures”?
A: Sort of. My Facebook website is
My page on the Capital Fringe website says: "This production is presented as a part of the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC, non-profit Capital Fringe," and is located at
And BarbaraSelfridge.com is “under construction”
Q. Who's your photographer?
I did the video myself -- you could tell! -- and the publicity shots were done by Clay Rosenthal. That one with the black hat was taken by Barbara Rockhold.
- (25 days)