LA: Hello, Madame Feghali. Can I call you Pamela? I don’t want to take away the respectful formality that, as a woman, you’ve fought so hard for.
LA: I know you’re busy, so let’s get right to it. Why do you think teeth are important?
PF: As the writer of the play informed us, teeth are the strongest bones in the body and can last for hundreds of years before they decompose. So they must be important.
LA: Wow wow wow, I didn’t know that.
PF: You can also use teeth for self defence. I’m reminded of Mitchell Lichtenstein’s dark comedy Teeth. You know, the one with the woman who has teeth in her vagina and uses them to get back at the men that wronged her?
LA: Is that a real movie?
PF: It was featured at Sundance and is on Netflix, if you wanna watch it.
LA: Maybe I will. But it must be really annoying having to brush her teeth in two places, twice a day.
PF: I guess so.
LA: Let’s move on. If you were racist, what race would you hate?
PF: (laughs) I’m not answering that.
LA: You were quoted saying you wouldn’t direct again, but here you are. What changed other than your sex?
PF: I keep forgetting about the stress, frustration, vulnerability, lack of money, managing different personalities, all the technical stuff. But, honestly, I do get excited about collaboration, to make something with people that’s beautiful and that has integrity. I guess I’m also addicted to the adrenaline of working in a tight time frame. Or maybe I just don’t know what else I’m good at, so I keep coming back to it.
LA catches up with rising star Pamela Feghali as she gets ready for the premiere of Tooth:Hurty. The show is part of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival which runs from the 8th to the 18th of June.
Lost Kid Theatre Presents Tooth:Hurty
LA: That being said, rumours are you go by P Figgy. Do you wanna be a rapper? Or just dance in videos, shaking that booty? Is this the alternative you’re seeking?
PF: I wanna be in the videos! Particularly, the Big Baby D.R.A.M. Broccoli one with Lil Yachty! Actually, now that I think about it, shaking dat ass is the second thing I’m good at.
LA: You’re usually doing dark like Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill. Do you think you’ll ever do a Harry Potter play someday?
PF: No. Absolutely not. I’m never ever getting close to that stuff. Not that I have anything against Harry Potter and his owl, but I just don’t find it very challenging on the spectrum of things I like to explore.
LA: Is there hope in Tooth:Hurty? Is there hope in this world, even?
PF: When I was going through the ending of the play, I started crying. Maybe it’s a culmination of all the emotions from the hard work we put in, but it’s also because I’m moved by this connection between Maya and Wesley, how despite their suffering and isolation, they still find way to bond and look to each other as a source of hope.
LA: Finally, it’s rumoured you’re a germaphobe. As we speak, I’m having a herpes breakout. Are you glad this interview is by phone?
DL: Yes. It would be hard to look at you. (laughs). I’m sorry.
LA: No apologies necessary.Thank you for your time P Figgy. You’ve assembled quite a team and we are looking forward to seeing your latest.
Pamela Feghali is a graduate of the MFA in Directing program of the University of Ottawa. Directing credits include 4.48 Psychosis (Animaus Theatre), Sleep my Baby Sleep (Unicorn Theatre), Blackbird (Unicorn Theatre), and pool (no water) (Unicorn Theatre), which won the Capital Critics Circle Award for Best Student Production in 2016. Pamela worked as an assistant director on Prince Hamlet with Why Not Theatre, and is the recipient of the Shannon Reynolds Memorial Fund Directing Internship at the GCTC for the 2017-18 season.
Written by Damien Bailey
Directed by Pamela Feghali
With Sam Dietrich as Wesley
Lydia Riding as Maya
Stage Manager - Lydia Talajic
Sound Designer - Philip Caunter
Lost Kid Theatre’s Tooth:Hurty is the story about Wesley the Hobobobo who’s desperate to tell his story about his missing tooth. Drawing passing stranger Maya into his world, they end up reliving together the hard lessons that reveal his father’s legacy. It’s dark and it’s even funny as it tackles the fragility of boyhood, the insecurities of manhood, and the idealisation of fatherhood, all the while finding a place for the stifled female voice.
Artwork by Lydia Riding
Poster Design by Damien Bailey