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Get your Program Guides and your pencils ready because the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s fast-paced preview show will be coming back on September 8! That’s right people… we are talking about none other than the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All!
You can decide what shows you want to see by simply reading the show descriptions in the Program Guide, but if you want to get a taste for what shows excite you, then join us at the Fringe-For-All. Watching 40 of this year’s artists previewing their shows will definitely help you decide which of the 110 shows in this year’s Festival you’ll see! Not only that, but this always well-attended event is a great way to meet artists and to connect with other Fringers! Plus… the hilarious David C. Jones will be hosting once again!
Only one more week until the Fringe’s Box Office physically opens! Located at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island (in the “Fish Bowl”) the Box Office will open on September 6. You can purchase tickets in person at the Fringe Box Office, as well as pick up Memberships and Passes.
The Fringe Box Office is open September 6-18, 4-9:00pm on weekdays and noon-9:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Please note that there will be no refunds or exchanges once a ticket has been bought.
If you have any questions about tickets or passes, it’s all explained here!
Opening Night is almost here and there aren’t many tickets left! Make sure to secure your ticket and join us for a night of Film Noir fun! There is no dress code for this party, so Film Noir costumes as well as jeans will both be enthusiastically welcomed! Also Butt Kapinski will be there to bring the critically acclaimed laughs to the Performance Works stage! Get your tickets now!
Have you ever had an insane sexual experience that would make for a pretty crazy story? Have you been dying to tell someone this story but got cold feet every time you tried to? Has holding the story in driven you closer and closer to having a brain aneurysm? Well then, come to the Vancouver Fringe Festival and get your story out at the Smut Slam!
Smut Slam is an open mic show where anyone and everyone can either tell their sexy stories on stage or submit anonymous questions and confessions in the infamous FUCKBUCKET. Cameryn Moore (writer, producer, and performer of Nerdfucker) will be leading this night of “sexploration,” as participants “talk about those times and places and positions where [they] went in bold, poked around our boundaries, or maybe even just stayed home and read the guidebook.”
Sign up to tell your five minute real-life story as a Smut Slammer on September 10 at 10:30pm—and with luck you will be one of the eight to 10 names randomly drawn! Click here for full details, rules, and guidelines. And even if you don’t have a story to share, you’ll want to be there to hear all the juicy details! Get your tickets now!
Deneh’Cho Thompson won the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize from Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC). His win means that his Fringe artist fees have been waived. Moreover, he will be working with PTC’s dramaturg, Kathleen Flaherty on the development of his show, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine. Deneh wrote about his playwriting process on PTC’s website:
“Playwriting is the most vulnerable thing I have ever done, it brings me to tears, it makes me angry and I find myself running away or turning to vice. As a theatre creator I spend a lot of time discussing the work I most value as an artist; the plays I find most engaging grapple with personal struggles that the playwright has survived.”
Read Deneh’s whole post here.
Do you want to work with PTC and get your artist fees waived while producing a show for the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Submit your application for the Fringe New Play Prize today! Your application could lead to you enjoying great benefits that are worth, all together, an estimated $5,000. The benefits include eight months of dramaturgy, creation and rehearsal space, free admission to PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series called Block P, and a free space on the Fringe Mainstage. If you want to be the next Deneh, click here to apply!
Did you know the Fringe has programs that focus on providing opportunities for artists to learn and showcase their work?
We are excited to announce Advance Theatre: New Works by Women! In partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Equity in Theatre, the Fringe will showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights in an effort to prioritize equality and diversity in theatre. Click here for the full list of Advance Theatre plays! Tickets to Advance Theatre readings are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $5 to $10.
The Fringe has been collaborating with The Only Animal in the creation of site-specific shows since 2011. This year, the Generation Hot program will be giving a voice to theatre youth who are courageous enough to respond to the climate crisis through new performances. Be sure to catch the creativity of these young performers who have been working with The Only Animal for six months! These pieces will be short, and so they’ve been grouped into three separate programs. Check out the Generation Hot page on our site for details.
We love giving Fringe artists the opportunity to display their creativity at the Festival, but we don’t want to leave it there. We also want to give them, and other aspiring artists, tools that they can use for continued success and growth. If you’ve read through page 24 of the Program Guide you may already know where this is going. We’re calling for artists to sign up for workshops!
On Tuesday, September 6 Cameryn Moore will be facilitating Fringe Street Promo 101 for all artists looking to gain skills in promoting their production (which should be everybody). Whether you are flying solo or have a double-digit cast, you can gain some very important knowledge in how to get the word out. Bring flyers for your show, and be ready to talk!
We also have lessons on touring! The On the Road Touring Workshop will teach you the broad range of touring knowledge including what you need to know about booking shows, planning, preparing promotional materials, to budgeting and fees, and touring to different markets. Join us for this workshop on Tuesday, September 13!
Finally, there is Plays Well With Others on Thursday, September 15, which provides theatre artists, producers, and administrators from any/all lived experiences a space to foster inclusive practices that target community building. This workshop will be a continuation of the equity and inclusion conversations happening in the theatre community. The forum will feature self-identified, under-represented Fringe artists.
Check out the details on how to sign up and start honing your craft!
We want you to FEEL IT ALL! And what better way than to kick off the Fringe with a celebration at Opening Night? And the exclusive performance from the wildly hilarious Butt Kapinski is just the beginning!
When you walk through the doors of Performance Works, you’ll be captivated by the Film Noir theme—should you dress the part as a glamorous starlet or the handsome brooding hero in a fedora? We leave that decision in your hands.*
As you make your way inside you may run into your favourite Fringers, including some of this year’s exciting artists. Rekindle a friendship with your Fringe friends or start a new one when you take a photo together at the My City Photos wedge wall.
Riveting conversation will ensue as you and your fellow Fringers sip cocktail samplers from The Liberty Distillery or try the food and drink options, including hors d’oeuvres from Dockside Restaurant and Emelle’s Catering, sliders from The Keg, ginger beer from The Great Jamaican, Pinot Grigio from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and various beverages from Big Rock Brewery. And don’t forget to admire the beautiful botanical creations from the Olla Urban Flower Project.
Eventually, it will be time to settle into the theatre where the Fringe’s Executive Director, David Jordan, will be hosting an exciting live auction with just three items to bid on! You’ll certainly have some extra cash since the tickets for Opening Night are only $50 this year! Who knows? You just might win yourself a brand new bike from Motorino or a night with Cause & Effect Circus, the team behind The New Conformity!
How fun does that sound? And that’s all before the featured performance! This exclusive show is not like the other shows at the Fringe, it will be a once in a lifetime, not to missed event! Come join us as we have fun fundraising, partying, and solving mysteries!
Critics and audiences raved about Butt Kapinski during the 2013 Vancouver Fringe—the show won the Volunteer Choice Award and the Cultchivating the Fringe Award. “Kapinski roams the audience and it’s both suspenseful and hilarious waiting to see how the story unfolds,” the Georgia Straight wrote about the performance, which included participation like we’ve never seen. “To say people surrendered themselves wholeheartedly to their roles would be an understatement.”
And now Butt is back to open the 2016 Fringe with an exclusive performance. We asked Deanna Fleysher, the woman behind the Dick, what audiences should expect and just what it is about Butt that resonates.
Fringe: What brings you the most joy in performing as Butt Kapinski?
Deanna Fleysher: The whole shebang gets me pretty fired up.
F: How did you come up with the Butt Kapinski character and act?
DF: We could say that Butt is a glorious melange of film noir, improv comedy, clown, bouffon, childhood speech impediments, Burning Man, literary scholarship, and gender confusion. Or we could say that sometimes you find yourself on a street corner in New York City wearing a trench coat, and you just know.
F: Was there a specific moment when you realized that you really had something good with Butt Kapinski?
DF: From the first moment I performed as Butt Kapinski, I knew I had something good. Then again, every time I am about to go out and perform as Butt Kapinski, I’m convinced it’s a bad idea.
F: In your opinion, why does Butt Kapinski resonate with your audience as much as it does?
DF: People who enjoy Butt Kapinski like film noir, like audience involvement, are interested in gender play, don’t particularly like film noir, hate audience involvement, and don’t give a shit about gender play. It’s a great group, overall.
F: Can you give us some clues as to what to expect from this exclusive performance at our Opening Night?
DF: Butt’s got a big case to solve, and this one involves the filthiest, most perverted, filthily violent filth anyone’s ever seen!
F: We know other Fringe artists will be involved. What can you tell us about that? Who will be joining you?
DF: There are many other Fringe artists involved: local favourites like Tara Travis and Travis Bernhardt, fresh meat like Windy Wynazz and Emily Newton, and international flavour such as The Birdman. Also a youth choir. They may or may not tell me beforehand what they are going to do in the show. They understand the rules of the game, but how they play is anybody’s guess.
F: Finally, how excited are you to return to the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
DF: As Butt might say, “PWETTY ECKTHITED, VANCOUVAW.”
Experience Butt Kapinski for yourself at the Fringe’s Opening Night on September 6! Buy your tickets now!
Whether you’re a certified Fringe lover who wants to help out in any way possible, or if you’re just looking for fun ways to get involved in the community, sign up for these opportunities! Hurry before it’s too late to receive all the great perks that come with being a Volunteer—including the amazing perk that’s just been added—all volunteers will get free tickets to see an Instant Theatre show at Havana! Apply now!
Vancouver’s most entertaining musicians will be gracing the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar this year! Whether you enjoy pop, jazz, rock, folk, funk, or music from around the globe, these artists will bring performances that will certainly appease your musical palate. If you’ve been looking through the Program Guide and you don’t know which artist you’d like to check out, don’t worry! Allow us to point you in the right direction!
Jody Glenham and the Dreamers have developed a reputation around the Vancouver music scene for their unique style. As Beatroute Magazine stated in 2015, “Jody Glenham has never been an artist who has settled into simple musical genres such as folk or country, but has etched her own niche into the side of the mountainous indie rock world.” Come see it for yourself on Wednesday, September 14!
On the following day, Skye Wallace will be gracing the Fringe Bar stage for the first time. Over the past few years she’s found success in adding her own original twist to the revered genre of folk rock, and now she’s coming to the Fringe to perform her very personal songs that make you feel what she’s feeling.
Then there is, of course, Tonye Aganaba, who we just can’t get enough of! We had to bring her back after three years of captivating the Fringe with her soulful and rhythmic sound. She sings the jazz and R&B genres with an authenticity that is seldom found anywhere else in Vancouver, and if you visit the Fringe Bar on Saturday, September 17, you will see why she’s considered “The Queen of the Fringe Bar.”
One of the most popular aspects of Dockside Restaurant is their patio. The combination of relaxing accommodations, great drinks, and the always beautiful Granville Island scenery has led to the people of Vancouver voting for Dockside for the Best Patio Golden Plate Award five years in a row. Dockside has also won several other Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards including Best Brewpub and Best Scenery.
In a previous interview, when we asked them what they liked about the Fringe specifically, this was their reply:
We like how unique and out-there some of the shows can be. The Fringe doesn’t try to play to a specific demographic, and certainly doesn’t censor its artists’ material. They look to provide the best shows they can, whether it’s musical, solo performance, more traditional theatre, be it mildly offensive or wildly hilarious. They also go out of their way to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists to break into a tough industry, which makes for a lot of original shows you won’t see anywhere else.