Later this month, the Ottawa Fringe Festival presents Dressed as People—A Triptych of Uncanny Abduction, a theater production written by three speculative fiction authors. Kelly Robson (Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach), A.M. Dellamonica (A Daughter of No Nation), and Amal El-Mohtar (This Is How You Lose the Time War) have each written a monologue for the play, all centering on a different character in a different time period.
Here’s the official description:
A school haunted by troubled children, an encounter with the unknown on open waters, the mysterious disappearance of a friend in the woods. Three different characters, three different time periods, three spine-tingling tales of paranormal abduction and the intrusion of the uncanny into the lives of those who are taken, those who do the taking, and those who are left behind. Multi award-winning theatre creators and multi-award winning horror and speculative fiction writers team up for this chilling new show from the producers of the smash hit, The Elephant Girls.
Dressed as People is directed by Mary Ellis and stars Margo MacDonald, who performs the three monologues. A press release provided a little more detail about each:
“Skinless” by Kelly Robson
In 1989, while teaching Canadian Literature at a university in Edmonton, a nun reveals her past as a young instructor at a haunted school full of troubled children in 1950s Ireland.
“The Shape of My Teeth” by Amal El-Mohtar
In 1827, a woman reflects on her best friend’s mysterious disappearance in Mortimer Forest on the Welsh border. She refuses to be left behind.
“Repositioning” by A.M. Dellamonica
In the present day, a seasoned entertainer on the lesbian cruise circuit grapples with memories of an encounter with the unknown while on a Pacific Ocean repositioning cruise, headed to Vancouver, B.C. from Sydney, Australia.
Tickets to the online premiere are available here. The Ottawa Fringe Festival runs June 17th to 27th.