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October 27, 2014

Six Artists Who Will Be Part of the 2015 Festival!

You may be under the impression that we get to take a little break between Festivals, but boy are you wrong! We are already prepping for the 2015 Festival and first up are the winners of the CAFF Touring Lottery!

Artists who want to tour their show on the Fringe circuit are encouraged to apply to the CAFF Touring Lottery. Each winner chooses a minimum on five Fringe Festivals they want to be a part of. The applications have been drawn and now we know there’ll be six artists coming to the 2015 Festival! Without further adieu, they are:

Usually Jon Bennett pretends things are cocks, but here, he's pretending to be a cock. He'll be at the 2015 Fringe, possibly with this Pretending Things Are A Cock, or another show.

Usually Jon Bennett pretends things are cocks, but here, he’s pretending to be a cock. He’ll be at the 2015 Fringe, possibly with Pretending Things Are A Cock, or another show.

1. 2hoots Productions
Best known to Vancouver Fringers for 2010’s Pretending Things Are a Cock, Jon Bennett will be back, but which show will he do? My Dad’s Deaths? Fire in the Meth Lab? Or will we be in store for more cocks?

2. Dance Naked Productions
“Dedicated to celebrating and unlocking the erotic imagination,” Dance Naked Productions’ shows explore sexual desire in many forms, from GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies to Lust & Marriage (which is structured as letters to esteemed sex columnist, Dan Savage).

3. Windy Wynazz 
Expect to interact with clown Windy Wynazz as she explores the need for human touch (while wearing sequins).

4. Wired on Words Productions
Documenting the best of spoken word, Wired on Words host a monthly cabaret show in Montreal—and now they’re taking it on the road!

5. Sam Mullins
He folds tinfoil into dinosaurs and doesn’t necessarily title his shows, and Vancouver (and the whole Fringe circuit) loves storyteller Sam Mullins! We’re excited to see him at a Mainstage venue this year.

6. Mike Delamont 
Looks like God’s coming back! Can you say “Holy Trinity?”

Be a Fringe Artist!

Yes, you can be! Applications for the Mainstage Lottery open on October 29 at noon PST and anyone can apply! And we mean it. Stand-up? Dance? Storytelling? Clowns? Seasoned performer? Never put on a show before? Yep. All of you can apply and be part of the Festival!

Ross Travis, of The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth, won the lottery in 2014. But you could win this year! Photo by Michael Sider.

Ross Travis, of The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth, won the lottery in 2014. But you could win this year! Photo by Michael Sider.

Here’s how it works:

Mainstage spots are chosen by Lottery draw and applications will be accepted between October 29 and November 26. Mainstage artists are assigned to a venue and the venue rental cost, technician, and schedule are provided by the Festival. More info on what’s covered and how the process works can be found here. The artists will be drawn at the Lottery Party on December 3, 2014 at the ANZA Club (we’ll be live tweeting for those of you who can’t make it).

Details on how to be a Fringe artist in our other categories, including Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) will be available soon. Please note that the Onsite Program will not continue in 2015, however we will accept applications for site-specific theatre productions. Check the Artist Info page on our website for details.

The Theatre Scene

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

Urinetown: The Musical 
November 1-29, 2014
Firehall Arts Centre
This New York Fringe Festival hit-turned-Broadway-sensation is an irreverent take on a dystopian, drought-filled future where a large corporation has a monopoly on all toilets and people must pay for the privilege to urinate. Hero Bobby Strong steps in to fight for people’s right to pee in this musical comedy.

One of the Georgia Straight's

One of the Georgia Straight’s “Talents to Watch,” Emmelia Gordon, stars in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig. Photo by Shimon Karmel.

Fat Pig 
November 3-8, 2014
Studio 16
Fringe alumna, Emmelia Gordon stars in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, the story of a man who starts dating a plus-sized woman and the pressure he feels from his friends when they find out. In a society so concerned with body image, is weight the last accepted prejudice?

Broken Sex Doll 
November 12-22, 2014
York Theatre
After a sell-out run last year, Broken Sex Doll, the sci-fi musical sex comedy is back! The year is 2136. When an ordinary man wakes up from routine implant upgrade surgery, he discovers he has unexpected sensory skills—and a crush on his mysterious nurse, Ginger. After uploading an intimate encounter for an amateur “feelie” contest, he becomes the next big star in the world’s bizarre sex industry, only to discover love in the most unexpected place…

Tremors 
November 12-15, 2014
Russian Hall
A four-day theatre party with emerging theatre artists behind three edgy plays (This Is War, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, and Trainspotting), followed by burlesque, spoken word, and musical performances—and food trucks!

Volunteer for the PuSh Festival
Now-December 12, 2014
Various
The PuSh Festival, held January 20-February 8, 2015) is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of roles, including pre-Festival shifts! Apply by Dec. 12 to take advantage of the volunteer perks available!

Now On To the 31st Vancouver Fringe Festival

October 7, 2014

The 30th Vancouver Festival was a success! Photo by Michael Sider.

The 30th Vancouver Festival was a success! Photo by Michael Sider.

Risk, Drama, and Gratitude: This is 30

What an amazing 30th anniversary Festival—and calling it our best yet is no exaggeration! We introduced the new Dramatic Works Series, partied at a smash Opening Night Birthday Bash, danced at the Fringe Bar, sent someone to Peru, ate lots of chocolate, played Super Nintendo, laughed, cried, were shocked and sometimes appalled at the shows we saw, and hung out with all the amazing artists, volunteers, donors, and other audience members who make every September the perfect end to the summer.

Attendance was up over last year—breaking our previous attendance record! And we had record high attendance the first weekend of the Festival. Over 100 performances were completely sold out. Artist donations from their performances and your contributions to attend the Fringe Awards Night, meant nearly $2,000 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society—that’s almost $6,000 worth of food! And donations during and prior to the Festival covered the basic costs of almost half of all Mainstage performances—far more than any previous year! (Forgot to donate? No problem!)

Dirty Old Woman enjoyed a sold out run and won the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, garnering a run at The Cultch next year. “We had a dream cast of Susinn McFarlen, Robert Salvador, Emmelia Gordon, and Alison Kelly,” writer Loretta Seto explained. “When it was announced that we’d been awarded the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, I literally felt my jaw drop—it was a shock and a thrill all at the same time! I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a strong team to help make Dirty Old Woman happen at the Fringe.”

2014 was the inaugural year for the Dramatic Works Series and Liz Kirkland, producer and actor in The Good of the Sun pointed out that “the Fringe offered me a place to learn, fail, question, and eventually succeed in producing a show for the Dramatic Works Series without feeling like I might fall flat on my face. I was set up for success by the staff and the Festival as a whole. I have finished this whole process feeling accomplished as a producer and artistically fulfilled as an actor. I can’t wait to do more!”

Ross Travis (centre) accepting the Artistic Risk Award from Little Miss Risk (left) and Fringe Board Member, Lianna Walden (right). Photo by My City Photos.

Ross Travis (centre) accepting the Artistic Risk Award from Little Miss Risk (left) and Fringe Board Member, Lianna Walden (right). Photo by My City Photos.

Ross Travis, of The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth, won our first ever Artistic Risk Award. “What an incredible fulfilled feeling to get honored in this way after all of the risks I took this year: Started my own company. Made a new show. Made a nonverbal show. Interacted with the audience in daring ways. Combined disciplines I’ve never combined before. Chose themes near and dear to my heart and presented them in a way that caused conversation that wasn’t always popular,” Ross explained. “Thanks to all I’ve met along the way who have been supportive of me and who have been a part of this!”

Our volunteers, as usual, were also amazingly supportive of the Fringe. They told us about some of their experiences with the Festival:

“I walked into Fringe alone, a bit anxious and overwhelmed. I came out enlightened, with friends, and some amazing experiences that money could never buy. Some artists had stories so deep and meaningful that the world has to know and share.”

Fringe volunteers are pretty much the best...and they think the Fringe is pretty great too! Photo by Clayton Wong.

Fringe volunteers are pretty much the best…and they think the Fringe is pretty great too! Photo by Clayton Wong.

“Often I had artists come up to me on the Island and thank me for volunteering. This gratitude hits home the strongest as I know they are the reason for the Festival and we are all supporting them.”

“My days consist of waking up and thinking about Fringe—for two weeks it’s pretty much all I can think of. The live music at the Bar, the artists I meet while lining up for shows, the amazing shows I was excited to see, seeing old friends from last year’s fringe—It’s a Festival I’ve come to love and love with great passion.”

Artists and volunteers weren’t the only ones having a great time. Responses via our audience survey were incredibly positive too:

“The Fringe Festival is one of the things that makes Vancouver a great place to live. It adds real flavour and personality to the city.”

“I love the atmosphere it gives off and all the amazing creativity! It brings people together.”

“It’s about artists and the audience taking risks together.”

“This is theatre at its best—the lack of censorship and lottery system encourages innovation so it is the ONLY place to this amount of diversity and quality!”

“First time attending, won’t be the last time!”

Thanks to all of you who helped make the 30th Vancouver Fringe Festival a special one! Be sure to make your calendar for next year’s Festival, September 10-20, and visit us during our year-round series of performances, starting with One-Man Star Wars Trilogy this February!

Tara Travis won the Fringe New Play Prize with The Unfortunate Ruth in 2014. Apply now and it could be you in 2015!

Tara Travis won the Fringe New Play Prize with The Unfortunate Ruth in 2014. Apply now and it could be you in 2015!

Fringe New Play Award Application Deadline Extended!

Do you have the beginnings of a great script? Do you want to showcase it at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe? Well good news playwrights! The deadline for submissions for the Fringe New Play Prize has been extended to October 17!

Playwrights Theatre Centre is a dramaturgically-focused theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances Canadian playwrights and supports new plays from creation to performance. For a third year, PTC has teamed up with the Fringe for the Fringe New Play Prize. The winner receives dramaturgical support from PTC and a free guaranteed Mainstage Category spot in the 2015 Festival.

To submit, you must have draft script and a basic production plan to be eligible for the Award. For full details on how to submit, visit PTC’s website. Don’t forget, the deadline is October 17!

There are a lot of Fringe Festivals in North America that you could tour to if you win the CAFF Touring Lottery!

There are a lot of Fringe Festivals in North America that you could tour to if you win the CAFF Touring Lottery!

Be a Fringe Artist in 2015!

Attention performing artists! Do you want to be part of the 2015 Fringe Festival? Ever thought about performing your show on the Fringe circuit across Canada (and some States)? The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals has made touring the circuit just a little easier with the Touring Lottery Application! All applications must be received on or before 5:00pm EST on Friday, October 10!

If your application is drawn in the lottery, you’ll get to choose a minimum of five Fringe Festivals to be a part of in 2015! Take your show on the road and apply today.

Honour a fine artist and support the Fringe!

La Douceur du Thé et des Ponts de Venise by Theo Tobiasse could be yours! Contact us at gareth[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com for details.

La Douceur du Thé et des Ponts de Venise by Theo Tobiasse could be yours! Contact us at gareth[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com for details.

From his first exhibition in Nice in 1960 (when he won the grand prize!), to his passing in 2012, Theo Tobiasse wowed the world with his art. Born in Israel, where he lived out his final days, he survived a childhood under the Nazi occupation of Lithuania. When Tobiasse moved to France, post-liberation, his pursuit of art became public.

Though he created sculptures, pottery, and stained glass, the world knows him best through his arresting paintings, gouaches, drawings, etchings, and prints. The Fringe luckily received one of these beautiful gouaches as a gift from long-time Fringe Lovers who moved south. The piece, called La Douceur du Thé et des Ponts de Venise, is mixed media gouache on paper, signed, and it measures 26 ½” x 19 ½” (exclusive of its frame).

We hope to receive at least $5,000 for the piece. We’d like to put it in the next Maynards fine art auction—but first we wanted to make sure that those in our closest circle and their friends have an opportunity to share in our good fortune!

Please let us know as soon as possible if you or someone you know would be interested.

The Theatre Scene

Jay Clift & Pippa Mackie star in the Canadian premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's wickedly funny play, Hunter Gatherers. Photo by Oshy Parasol & Jonathan Dy.

Jay Clift & Pippa Mackie star in the Canadian premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s wickedly funny play, Hunter Gatherers. Photo by Oshy Parasol & Jonathan Dy.

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

Butt Kapinski 
Now-October 11, 2014
The Cultch
2013 Cultchivating the Fringe Award Winner, Butt Kapinski is back at The Cultch till October 11! Don’t miss this totally interactive film noir clown that will shock and delight you! Plus, there’ a talkback Oct. 7 too!

Vancouver International Improv Festival
Now-October 11
Various
Featuring Fringe alumni, Hip.Bang!, Lorax, and Virginia Jack (Orange is the New Blank), VIIF is made up on the spot from your suggestions! And there are even workshops for you to try your hand at improvising!

The Rainmaker
October 10-November 1, 2014
Pacific Theatre
See our Box Office staff on stage (are you surprised we hire actors to man our Box Office?)—and Robert Salvador, the younger man in the 2014 Fringe hit, Dirty Old Woman. In this prairie romance, Lizzie must decide if the man promising rain for her drought-ridden ranch is a con artist, or if he’s the key.

Hunter Gatherers 
October 29-November 15, 2014
Havana Theatre
There are plenty of familiar Fringe faces (directed by Ryan Gladstone and starring Pippa Mackie, Peter Carlone, and Maryanne Renzetti) in this dark comedy that’s described as “Lord of the Flies meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.”

Sponsor Spotlight: CMHC Granville Island

Granville Island lets the Fringe take over a lot of spaces during the Festival, including some space for posters outside the Public Market. Photo by Clayton Wong.

Granville Island lets the Fringe take over a lot of spaces during the Festival, including some space for posters outside the Public Market. Photo by Clayton Wong.

Granville Island has been the Fringe’s home base since 2000 and they’ve supported us through the Cultural Partners Program as well as letting us take over most of the Island during the Festival with our outdoor spaces and many of the Onsite Program shows! Here’s what they have to say about working with us:

In one sentence, tell us what your organization/business is or does.
Granville Island is an urban, waterfront neighbourhood with an unusual mix of arts and culture, food and shopping, offering a unique and enriching experience every time you visit.

What other charities does your organization support?
Many festivals and theatre groups that are on Granville Island.

Tell us why your organization supports the Fringe and/or the arts.
The performing arts industry is a pillar of the Granville Island experience and enriches our visitors’ lives. The Fringe is important because it provides an audience for emerging, experimenting artists.

What do you like about the Fringe?
The creative energy and joyful spirit. The unexpected element; the opportunity to discover new talent and ideas.

If your organization and the Fringe were people, what would they do on an afternoon together? And why?
We would go see a new show together, because we are curious and adventurous.


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