Fox Drickey has been on something of a personal journey over the past two years. Her name was Kris, but last year she changed her name to Fox after making a pilgrimage to Central America to study music and medicine. She also lived in an RV in the Black Forest, a census-designated place in rural El Paso County. During this time she wrote a short story, The tug against the tidal wave, about a tugboat with a soul that collides with a sentient tidal wave. She tells the story through a four-episode podcast, Honeycomb liminal radio, which launched earlier this month. And on Saturday April 2, she hosts an immersive show called Metamorphosis to Enigma Bazaar which combines theatre, art and its music to tell the final chapter.
Drickey is happy the show has finally come together, as she struggles to bring all the seemingly disparate elements together into a cohesive whole. During the creative process, she realized that she had already written the narrative of the event with her short story, which is partly an allegory of massive changes that can overwhelm us like a tidal wave. But she wasn’t sure how to free The tug against the tidal wave. It’s not exactly fun to give people a reading assignment, so she produced a podcast that pushes the boundaries of the medium. The first chapter unfolds almost like a children’s story, although it may scare children.
The immersive show will include a “Rainbow Chorus” that helps drive the story forward with a “kindergarten theater vibe,” she says, adding that it’s also reminiscent of the ancient Greek theater chorus used to break up the fourth wall and explain the inner thoughts of the characters to the audience. She notes that she chose Enigma Bazaar as the venue for its surreal qualities and designed the show around space. The word “immersive” gets thrown around a lot these days, but Drickey says it’s hard not to use it in this context.
“Before people come to the show, they listen to the podcast, so they’re prepared for this world, which is a little more fluid and a little weirder,” she says. “When they enter the Enigma, there will be a threshold experience where they step through a rainbow curtain into an alternate world.”
Drickey was a bit hoarse during a phone interview on a Monday afternoon in early March. She had played a house show in Denver that weekend. It was his first outing under his new name, Fox, and with his new band, Fox & the Babes. The sore throat was worth it, though.
“It was so amazing,” she says. “It felt a bit like an old-school Denver house show. The scene kind of changed, morphed and grew. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a crowded house full of people.
Playing was a bit of a challenge. Drickey got rusty when it comes to modulating the adrenaline that floods her veins when she performs, and she was nervous. She adds that she played a stripped down set of material to get back into the fold.
“We usually do a lot of drumming on synthesizers,” she says. “But it was just me on electric guitar and the Babes on vocals. It was really special. There was a lot of energy in the room.
It was his first show for some time. It has undergone some changes. But who hasn’t the past two years?
Drickey, who went to high school in Denver and came and went from Colorado in subsequent years, left the country for the jungles of Central America in January 2020. It wasn’t the best time to travel to America. stranger, as the COVID pandemic began to wrap its claws around the world shortly after he left. Drickey soon found herself at home in personal uncertainty, both spiritual and financial.
“I had to land in the US as the lockdown was going on with no house or plan. I was in a pretty disoriented state,” she recalls. “For me, there was this sort of rolling avalanche of chaos that came from that experience.
Drickey adds that the upheaval has caused her to reflect on climate change and the forces of capitalism, among other heavy topics. On a more personal note, she experienced a “grief bow” due to her new accommodation and job insecurity. Everything seemed uprooted and upset.
“I went through this really deep journey where I felt like my old life was dead,” she says. “I knew a new life was coming, but it hadn’t arrived yet. Everything was just disassembled and chaotic during those two years.
She says she felt a “latency” between her and her former name, Kris. When people called him by name, it took him seconds to associate with it. She eventually left for a place called School of Lost Borders, a California-based entity that provides “transformative experiences for those seeking growth, insight, and restoration,” according to its website. In August 2021, Drickey attended the school’s campus near Buena Vista, where she fasted for four days and held a kind of funeral for herself. She was also given her new name, Fox, which she says was a terrifying experience at first. She didn’t want to change her name or announce it publicly. She was between the worlds.
When she finally recognized her new name a month later, she said, “I felt very embarrassed, but I also knew that was what I had to do. As soon as it was said out loud, it was as if my old name had just vanished. I was able to regain my body and begin to fit into my world again after a long period of limbo.
Drickey notes that her makeover also had a gender component.
“I had a moment when I was at a queer dance party, and I felt all sort of solidity around my identity as a woman evaporate,” she says. “I feel very broad when it comes to genre, and I’m leaning into that with this name change. I’m leaving a lot of cultural programming behind.
Drickey’s April show is already sold out. She chats with her considerable cast of characters and collaborators about whether another performance is possible. Metamorphosis will also serve as a late launch party for Change of statehis solo EP released in early 2021.
“I released him, but he doesn’t feel completely released,” she says. “Coming out of that EP kind of kicked off that time in my life where I went into a chrysalis, basically. It all dissolved. I wrote a lot more music and lived in an RV .
Drickey, who has spent a decade playing in Chimney Choir, which she describes as “gender implosion” theater, has brought together musicians from many Denver bands – Retrofette, Dandu, Covenhoven, the Whimsy of Things, Ghost Tapes, Other Black, Dragondeer, etc. — to populate the Babes. She sees her next visually stimulating show as one that will break the traditional line between audience and performer.
In retrospect, Drickey doesn’t find his story all that unique or special. Conversations with people around her revealed that almost everyone has been going through some sort of intensive internal rearrangement lately – a spiritual chiropractic adjustment, if you will. It’s just the way the world has been for the past few years.
“That’s what the Metamorphosis show is about, and that’s why it comes together,” she said. “This is the last chapter of the Tug series, but it is also for me the last chapter in the story and the evolution of my own metamorphosis.
Metamorphosis, Saturday, April 2, Enigma Bazaar, 4923 West 38th Avenue, SOLD OUT. Find it Change of state PE on band campand The tug against the tidal wave at Dricky’s Patreon page. Episodes of Honeycomb liminal radio weekly start and are available on Spotify.