July 2018


Twitter: VancouverFringe

Advance Theatre: New Works By Diverse Women

at the False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright Street)

Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada have partnered with the Fringe to showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Hence, Advance Theatre! Curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre with priority given to diversity, these five new plays by diverse Canadian women and directed by diverse Canadian women will be presented during the Festival.

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Tickets are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $5 to $10.

Rubby Slippers C-West John Fluevog


Jumping Ship
Marcia Johnson
Toronto, Canada

Playwright: Marcia Johnson
Directed by Marisa Smith

Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm

The year is 1904. Scottish sailor, Jamey Dunbar meets young entrepreneur, Audrey Williams on a beach in Jamaica. Their lives change forever. This is a love story inspired by the playwright’s great grandparents.

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Multicultural / 100 minutes / All Ages

Low Vision Friendly

Go, No Go
bike circus
Toronto, Canada

Playwright: Natalie Frijia
Directed by Leanna Brodie

Tuesday, September 12 at 1:30pm

is the story of 13 barrier-breaking pilots who in 1961 petitioned NASA to become the first female astronauts. And it’s about why you don’t know their names. Welcome to the space race.

Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

Low Vision Friendly

Hidden Memories
Gwaandak Theatre
Whitehorse, Canada

Playwright: Lillian Nakamura Maguire
Directed by Donna Yamamoto

Wednesday, September 13 at 1:30pm

The daughter of Japanese immigrants sifts through her parents’ memorabilia, piecing together their early BC life and forced relocation. She tries to find peace with her parents’ choices during times of racial discrimination, her own identity, and what she passes on to her daughter.

National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund support.

Tear-Jerker / Poetic / Multicultural / 90 minutes / 14+

SEX, DRUGS & AGE, the last taboo
Vancouver, Canada

Playwright: Colleen Ann Fee
Directed by Tammy Bentz.

Thursday, September 14 at 1:30pm

A stormy drama infused with social diversity and provocative, raucous comedy tracks a couple torn apart by sexual conflict and challenges conventions and beliefs. Cast of six, plus violinist, comprise Vancouver’s top performers.

Warning: Mature adult content, sexual violence, provocative material which may offend beliefs.

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 100 minutes / 18+ / Sexual Content / Violent Content

Low Vision Friendly

Happy Place
Toronto, Canada

Playwright: Pamela Mala Sinha
Directed by Fay Nass

Friday, September 15 at 1:30pm

“Broken women determined to die helping each other live.”
Happy Place takes place in an inpatient facility for women suffering from depression. With insight, raw truth, and sometimes humour, these seven women force each other to look at themselves in a way they never could “outside”... finding compassion—even love—where they least expect it.

Intense / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 100 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language