The Cardboard Countess
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The Cardboard Countess explores the developing friendship between a troubled teen and a homeless woman who wears a gown of garbage bags and proclaims she is a Countess. United by concerns of conservation, and isolated from their communities, their friendship grows. At times tragic, at times hilarious, the ongoing battle between these two characters, both fighting to be heard in an ever hostile world, is a play audiences of all ages can relate to.
Mom & Daughter
What to do when your teenager is ready to go to highschool at 13 but you think that's too young? Why you take a "gap year" to act and travel. That's what Carson and Victoria Goring did. Between Theater festivals, performing for libraries and faires, and landing 2 Artist in Residences, this mom and daughter duo prove that the teen years can be the most delightful of all.
Actor (LOST, CRIMINAL MINDS), and Playwright (Sooz, Run, Happy, Lie With Me, Middleschoolandia), Ms. Goring has been shortlisted for Juilliard twice, created many Fringe sold out shows, and has been creating site specific works before it was even a genre.
Playwright Victoria Goring developed this play through 2 Artist in residencies in conjunction with her photographic exhibit: Trashed at San Gabriel National Monument and Hot Springs National Park.
The set, costume, and props are works of art created form recycled materials.
Ms. Goring is concerned that Issues of poverty, women's rights, and environmental impact are degraded by the current political systems, causing a need for dialogue. The Cardboard Countess tackles issues of teen depression, mental health, homelessness, and the difficulties of forging human connection in today's increasingly technological world.
Carson Goring, age 14
Carson Goring was attending Fringe Festivals as a three month old baby, as mom, author of many Fringe Hits (Sooz, Lie With Me, Run, Happy), took baby Carson to many plays. At the age of 12, Carson co-wrote an original musical about her observations of middle school. Middleschoolandia (middleschoolandia.com), an instant Fringe hit. So mom and teen decided to hit the road with a tour of The Cardboard Countess.
…and locals from each city
The Cardboard Countess hires local actors at each venue with characters that are open to age, gender, and ethnicity, allowing for barrier free casting. This community outreach allows local actors to gain international experience with minimal rehearsal time. The audience themselves play a part: The Countess speaks the audience directly, as if she can see them, while the rest of the characters remain firmly within the fourth wall. this unsettling experience allows the audience to ponder the boundaries of sanity.
Dedicated to created theater that exposes our emotional nerves. Created in 1999,
urban spine was creating sites specific theater before it was a recognized term. Lie With Me, was a sold out success. Sooz was the highest grossing Fringe play in Toronto in 2001, which subsequently played in BC, and resulted in a short film that CBC. Happy, and Run, both of which garnered critical acclaim and hold-overs. CAEA contacted urban spine to become an Equity Theater due to the quality of their shows. Middleschoolandia was an instant hit in Los Angeles.
PEI Press release