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All I Want for Christmas is… Fringe Announcements!

December 7, 2017

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Fringemas!

Jeff Leard wants YOU to come to A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret on December 8!

Jeff Leard wants YOU to come to A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret on December 8!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Cabaret time! And A Very Merry Fringemas is here.

This Friday, December 8 we’re filling Studio 1398 with all of your favourite Fringers. That includes Jeff Leard (The Jupiter Rebellion), Sydney Hayduk (Village Ax), Mika Laulainen (Wild/Society), Alex Gullason & Carly Pokoradi (The Canada Show), Valerie Cotic (Mars), Devon More (Berlin Waltz), Joylyn Secunda (7 Ways to Die), Megan Philips (Not Enough), Travis Bernhardt (Chris & Travis), and Pippa Mackie (The Progressive Polygamists)! We’ve heard that Santa Claus himself might make an appearance.

Want a sneak peek? See how Pippa Mackie stole the show as a 6-year-old in her first grade Christmas pageant!

Stick around after A Very Merry Fringemas because we’re throwing a party! You’ll want to be there because a very special guest is attending: new Fringe Executive Director Laura Efron! So come celebrate the holidays with us and meet our new Executive Director. Friday, December 8 at 8pm. See  you there!

Red Bastard and Kevin, King of Egypt: It’s the CAFF Touring Lottery Winners!

The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) have drawn their winners for the 2018 CAFF Touring Lottery! All selected companies are guaranteed a spot in all the festivals they wish to perform in. So who’s coming to the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Let’s see!

Fringe firsts Indigenized Indigenous Theatre’s Treaty Tales: The Animals We Walk Beside by Josh Languedoc, MIND MAGIC Productions’ ANOMALY  by Louis Pezzani, and a yet to be titled Wish Experience production will have a go on a Vancouver Fringe stage in 2018.

And say welcome back to our returning Vancouver Fringers! Fringe circuit veteran Cory Thibert who brought HappinessTM to the Vancouver Fringe in 2016 returns after receiving the Future of the Fringe Award from the Ottawa Fringe in 2013 for The Tragicall Historie of Nick Wade (and other fuck ups). Shawn O’Hara is back with Advanced Field Zoology, a follow up to 2017 Vancouver Fringe hit Field Zoology, 101! Devon More Music is another familiar Fringe face you’ll remember from 2016’s Berlin Waltz and Sydney Hayduk with Peachy Keen Productions! Sydney was last here in 2015 with Village Ax!

Colette Kendall returns after ten years—when she “rescue[d] us from our dreary Canadian lack of glamour” (the Georgia Straight) with Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram. Rob Gee brings Kevin, King of Egypt, a story about an escaped psychiatric patient who is interrupted on his way to Egypt by Millie, a six-year-old with a mouth like a sandblaster to the Fringe. He brought Fruitcake to the 2011 Vancouver Fringe!

And last, but not least, is Eric Davis and Aitor Basauri of Red Bastard who return with Red Bastard: Lie With Me. Remember when he filmed a commercial for us in 2010?

And that’s the lineup! Who are you most excited to see at the 2018 Fringe?

Announcing the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize Winners!

Sara Vickruck and Anais West were awarded the Fringe New Play Prize for their play Poly Queer Love Ballad.

Sara Vickruck and Anais West were awarded the Fringe New Play Prize for their play Poly Queer Love Ballad.

Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are excited to announce that Anais West and Sara Vickruck have been awarded the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize for their new slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad! They will be working with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, whose experience in devising script work and her background in a band makes her the perfect collaborator.

In Poly Queer Love Ballad, Anais and Sara merge pop folk songs and spoken word to create a raw, intimate, genre-bending theatre experience. It follows Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, and Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, with a microphone, a loop pedal, and an array of instruments. Together they reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on sex.

As well as co-creating the play, Anais and Sara will perform the title roles in Poly Queer Love Ballad. You might remember Sara Vickruck, a queer theatre artist and musician, from NeOn at the rEvolver Festival and Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. With an Ovation Award and an E.V. Young Award under her belt, Sara is sure to impress. Her debut album Prologue is on iTunes! She’ll be joined by Anais West, queer actor and playwright and the current Associate Artistic Producer at Pi Theatre. After writing and producing Kill Your Lovers for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival and New York City’s Fresh Fruit Festival, Anais went on to co-produce the Virago Play Series, an initiative that develops and produces new work by female and femme playwrights. As a team, Anais and Sara will explore conceptions of queerness, while aiming to create a new representation of intimacy that isn’t confined by genre, medium, or societal obligations.

So keep your eyes peeled because Poly Queer Love Ballad will be at a Mainstage venue at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, September 6-16, 2018!

Want to be in the 2018 Fringe? Stay Tuned!

Hold tight! Applications for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival will be open soon. In fact, they’ll be included in our next newsletter! So make sure you’re subscribed to be the first to know when applications open. Information will also be available on our website as soon as a date is set.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival Welcomes its New Executive Director

November 7, 2017

Laura Efron Joins the Fringe as New Executive Director

Laura Efron started her affair with the Fringe as a volunteer in 1997. She’s now taking on the role of Executive Director.

Laura Efron started her affair with the Fringe as a volunteer in 1997. She’s now taking on the role of Executive Director.

Andrew Westman and the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society are proud to announce that Laura Efron will be joining the Fringe as the new Executive Director. Laura has been a professional arts administrator for 20 years, working with some of Vancouver’s most established theatre organizations including Rumble Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre Company, the Firehall Arts Centre, and Capilano University’s BlueShore Centre.

The hiring committee, made up of Fringe Board Members Andrew Westman, Claudia Sjoberg, Sharon Sutherland, Leslie Carty, and Nancy More, alongside community representatives Howard Jang (SFU Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Woodward’s Cultural Unit) and Tara Travis (Fringe artist alumni) selected Laura from more than 60 applications that came from as far away as California and Ottawa.

“My love of the Vancouver Fringe Festival began when I volunteered for the Festival in 1997 shortly after moving to Vancouver,” Laura says. “Since then, I have enthusiastically attended the Festival as a member of the theatre community, been a donor, and helped facilitate Fringe shows at the Firehall Arts Centre during my time as the General Manager. I am excited to take on this role because of the opportunity to be surrounded by such enthusiastic volunteers and artists and to be part of a team that is working hard to provide theatre for everyone.”

The Fringe is thrilled to have Laura and her diverse experience as part of the team. The Festival will welcome Laura to her role as the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Executive Director on December 11, 2017.

Celebrating 50 years with the Georgia Straight!

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Georgia Straight with limited edition cover art by Bob Masse!

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Georgia Straight with limited edition cover art by Bob Masse!

The Georgia Straight, the Fringe’s Presenting Partner and large supporter of the Festival for many years, is turning 50 big ones this year! That’s 50 years of Japanese fartsploitation, naked devils, and stories about Robert Redford, Stephen Harper, and Bill O’Reilly. Not to mention day-to-day coverage of the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Georgia Straight‘s is selling a limited edition cover poster by Bob Masse signed by the artist, Bob Masse, and Georgia Straight‘s publisher, Dan McLeod! Bob Masse has been producing concert posters since the 1960s with designs reflecting the art nouveau movement and the work of Alphonse Mucha in particular. You’ll notice the techniques of that period in his brilliant colour palette, unique lettering style, and bold composition. So join the Fringe and the Georgia Straight in celebrating 50 years of local art and news in Vancouver!
 
 

The Theater Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

Riley Sandbeck and Jennifer Pielak star as Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games Musical finale, Mockingjay: The Musical! Photo by Cecilia Rahoerason.

Riley Sandbeck and Jennifer Pielak star as Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games Musical finale, Mockingjay: The Musical! Photo by Cecilia Rahoerason.

The Lonesome West
October 20-November 11
Pacific Theatre
Described as “hilarious and viscerally exciting” by the Daily Telegraph, The Loneseome West is a violent, dark comedy about two brothers learning to coexist. And it features Vancouver Fringe Festival Box Office Manager, Paige Louter as Girleen!

Wives and Daughters
November 9-25
Frederic Wood Theatre
Wives and Daughters is the newest adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1860s serial novel of the same name by UBC Theatre and Film Professor Jacqueline Firkins. Drop by UBC to see a feminist ahead of her time tell the story of 17-year-old Molly, the daughter of a country doctor whose life gets turned upside down when an overbearing stepmother and an impetuous stepsister move in! Buy tickets here.

The Ridiculous Darkness
November 11-19
The ANNEX Theatre
If you like Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, you’ll want to check out Fringe alumni, Alley Theatre’s The Ridiculous Darkness! When two soldiers enter a foreign (to them) land to retrieve a fellow comrade, the local communities and inhabitants encounter them and the journey becomes an exploration of how difficult yet vital it is to understand “the other.” Vancouver Fringe Festival Acting Managing Director Jess Amy Shead will make an appearance!

Mockingjay: The Musical
November 23-25
Studio 1398
The conclusion of the Hunger Games: The Musical trilogy Mockingjay: The Musical is here with action-packed battles and Taylor Swift. Read about the pop fueled parody from its playwright Mark Vandenberg here!

Stay Tuned for Artist Applications

Attention artists! Applications for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival have been delayed as the Fringe undergoes its Diversity Audit. However, the Fringe will be accepting submissions for the 2018 Festival very soon. Information will be available on our website as soon as a date is set. Or, you can subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when applications open!