Playing out in two different timelines on alternating nights, Love You Until tells the story of two women who fall in love and explores how their relationship is tested when one betrays the other. Each night the show will either begin with the positive or negative parts of the women’s relationship, with two very different outcomes.
“I’ve always been fascinated by how things would have turned out had one small thing been changed,” explained playwright Sylvie La Riviere. “For example, if you are having a really a bad day early on and someone says something to you, it could become nothing or something huge. I think it is the same thing with a relationship.”
While she doesn’t identify as lesbian, La Riviere’s decision to frame her play inside a lesbian relationship came from the news a few months back of the same-sex marriage loophole that put non-Canadian residents in limbo if they tried to seek a divorce if their home country didn’t recognize the marriage.
“That really pissed off a lot of people including myself,” she said.
With so many productions vying for traditional venues on Granville Island, where the Vancouver Fringe Festival is held each year, the BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) option has opened up additional performance spaces for artists. One such show is Rivere’s lesbian romantic comedy, which will find itself outside at Circle Point on the shores of False Creek.
“We discovered the spot at last year’s Fringe when another group used it and thought it would perfect for a show,” explained La Riviere.
While La Riviere admits the location will not play an integral part in the story itself, she did see it as a romantic little spot which would tie in nicely with her lesbian love story.
“I wanted to write a story about lesbians that just shows they are people that can have just as many problems as any heterosexual relationship. I want an audience to know that not all relationships are perfect, but they can beautiful no matter what happens in them.”
Love You Until
Part of the 2012 Vancouver International Fringe Festival
6 – 16 September 2012
Circle Point, Granville Island
Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for exact showtimes and tickets.