Local emergency doctor / mystery writer Melissa Yuan-Innes is adding something new to her resumé.
The author of the popular Hope Sze mystery series has penned several others books, but soon she will be onstage at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, to perform I Am the Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World (and Other True Tales From the Emergency Room).
Yuan-Innes is the writer and producer of the show.
“My show covers everything from my first delivery–where the newborn’s debut view of the world was a garbage can, and his dad crooned, “You’re so ugly”–to my own father’s fight with brain cancer at the Ottawa Hospital. Originally, I wrote essays for the Medical Post, which became a popular book, before its metamorphosis into theatre,” says Yuan-Innes.
The show will premiere at the Ottawa Fringe Festival on June 13. The show is based on her raw, funny, unfiltered columns in the Medical Post, which were turned into a bestseller called, “The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World.”
Her show benefited from both the Fringe Open Doors mentorship program with GCTC’s Eric Coates and Catherine Ballachey’s Emerging Creators Unit.
“I’m more comfortable on the page — and in the ER — than on the stage, but the Ottawa Fringe had these great boot camps on everything from dramaturgy to directing,” says Yuan-Innes, who writes medical crime novels under the name Melissa Yi.
“I wanted to figure out how to dramatize my novels. Then I decided to start with real life, because everyone is curious about blood, bile and guts. Still, I wouldn’t have made the leap, except I won their Open Doors program.”
The Open Doors mentorship program randomly selects two brand new producers who self-identify as a minority. All Fringe fees are waived and winners are paired with a mentor.
Show times at the Ottawa Fringe Festival are as follows: Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 16 at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, June 19 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 at 4 p.m.
You can view the trailer here.