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September 14, 2004 > Fremont Hosts 'Save the World'

Fremont Hosts 'Save the World'

by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson

The first anniversary of September 11, 2001 was nearing when McGowan discussed her idea for the play with Hitt on a coffee house deck. McGowan's initial concept was to have a traveling show that could fit inside of her car. Initially conceived as a one-woman show, with the voice of newscaster Fox McFearlips playing from a radio, the play evolved as the two women collaborated, discovering McFearlips was a character all her own.

Hitt, an artist challenged by the idea of making a compact, collapsible set, signed on "Save the World". At the time, Hitt as working as an actor and teacher at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival did not have time to take over the role of McFearlips and the role was filled by various men and women.

This past August, Hitt hit the road with McGowan and friends, forming the troupe that is coming to Fremont.

"She is Fox McFearlips," emphasizes McGowan. "There's a really interesting dynamic between Carolyn and I-we're both about 5'10" and a half, Amazon women, she's Asian, I'm Irish. People think we're sisters."

Hicks, a singer, got his start with the troupe as a stagehand and veritable chauffer as neither Hitt nor McGowan own cars. This past September, McGowan sold her car so that, as she says, "I that I could walk the talk and ride a bicycle everywhere."

Hicks' character is a vaudeville-type role with changes of costume and character.

Catherine Lewis took over the role of Fox McFearlips when Hitt was called back to the Ashland's Shakepeare festival. Lewis took to the role quickly and is now the understudy for Hitt (the standby for McGown) as the group travels a grueling thirty cities in six weeks. McGowan notes all three can easily play the "Sleazy Everyman" role.

McGowan, a self-described "Type A" personality utilizes her energy in bringing together the other members of her troop, who balance out her "hyperactivity" with their reserve.
The traveling act will pass through Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Massachusetts before making its final stop on Election Day with a public performance in Lafayette Park, where everyday, demonstrators make their voices heard in the tiny park across the street from the White House.

Running at forty-five minutes, the political "skit" is a non-stop riot that will have you rolling in the aisles regardless of your political affiliation.

Do your part to save the world and see the play when it arrives in Fremont on Tuesday, September 21th at Niles Hall. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $10, which is a small price to save the world.

For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit or e-mail

"Joanie McGowan is a 20-year veteran stage performer and fun raiser who recently took a huge leap of faith and left her job at Jefferson Public Radio to "do what she can do" to save the world. Come see her "Mort Sahl channeling Joan of Arc" style of stand up comedy, based on the good ole daily news, and you'll be ready to save the world!

Joanie's comedy is recommended for all ages, but you should know that she does use one profanity in her show, and kids under the age of 12 may not get a lot of the jokes, but they will love being in a room full of laughing people!"
McGowan and company are currently on the west-coast leg of their 30 city "2004 Vote, Dang It Tour." Opening in Portland, Oregon on August 24, the show will travel down the Pacific seaboard, until it hits Fremont from which it will then continue on to Arizona.

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