Imagine feeling stagnant. Caught between mindless jobs and unhealthy relationships, you decide you have to do something completely unexpected of someone like you, an average guy working a cubicle job. These were the thoughts running through Martin Dockery's mind only a few years ago that led him to an epiphany, now known as his one-man-show Wanderlust.
The award-winning piece is a part-travelogue, part-comedy act that details Dockery's journey to West Africa. Decked out in safari gear, Dockery improvises descriptions of his travels for each performance. This creates an "immediacy to each evening," according to Dockery.
In some moments, Dockery is comical, describing the awkwardness of sharing his adventures with friends who can't relate. At other times, he's a hopeless romantic calling his engaged ex-girlfriend hoping to change her mind.
New York-based Jean-Michele Gregory, who has been working with solo performers to create monologues like Dockery's for more than a decade, directs the show. On her own time, she performs her own monologues and has directed past Piccolo shows.
Wanderlust will troll the fringe circuit this summer, with stops in Orlando and Toronto. It has already received several awards from other festivals, like the Multiple Sellouts Award at the Rogue Festival in Fresno, Calif. — so be sure to get your tickets early.
So what's next for Dockery? "I'll also be touring this summer with another monologue called The Bike Trip to festivals in Orlando, London, and Winnipeg. And with yet another monologue, entitled The Surprise, to a festival in Regina."