During her career as a performer, Gemma Wilcox has played dozens of intelligently crafted characters. The U.K.-born, University of Leeds trained actress is a one-woman cabaret of personas, and today she spends most of the year taking her shows on the road across the country and through Canada. She tries to make it back to Colorado for the Boulder International Fringe Festival, though; she's presented a piece in almost every fest since the event's inception in 2005.
For this year's Fringe fest, with the help of director and collaborator Elizabeth Baron, Wilcox will bring 21 characters to life in the Magical Mystery Detour, the story of a car trip-turned-personal journey, with the first of multiple shows set for 6 p.m. this Saturday, August 18, at the Carson Theater in the Dairy Center for the Arts. In advance of that run, the now-Boulder resident spoke with Westword about the appeal of performing a one-woman show, and what it means to carry more than sixty characters around in her psyche.
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