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Twitter: VancouverFringe

Dramatic Works Series

at The Cultch Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables Street)


Generously supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, the 2018 Dramatic Works Series will shine a light on dramatic content at the Fringe!

This year’s Dramatic Works Series participants are being mentored by actor, director, and producer Genevieve Fleming. Genevieve is the Artistic Producer of Hardline Productions, the 2018-19 inaugural company-in-residence at the Arts Club Theatre Company, and was the 2015-16 Resident Producer at Neworld Theatre, where she returned in 2017 and 2018 to work as a producer on King Arthur’s Night. Recent directing credits include Wilderness (Studio 58), Flare Path (Slamming Door), and Of Mice and Men (Hardline). Select performance credits include The North Plan (UpintheAir), Creeps (Realwheels), Bug (Hardline), and most recently, Wet (Itsazoo). She is a graduate of Mount Allison University and Studio 58.


The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant
Midtwenties Theatre Society
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

mtstheatre.com

Set in modern Germany, an arrogant, female fashion designer falls in love with a beautiful but cold ingénue who wants to be a model. Themes of narcissism, intimacy, and obsession are explored in beautiful melodramatic fashion in this stage production of one of the most beloved films of New German Cinema auteur, Rainier Werner Fassbinder.

“A fascinating rococo experiment in power.” —Hilton Als, The New Yorker Magazine
“A disturbing story that encourages discussion on gender roles and reflects a lot of our society’s dormant issues.” —Ran Xia, Theatre Is Easy

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / Multicultural / LGBTQ+ / 14+
Bonnie & Clyde
The Ordinary Productions
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Adam Peck


1934. The American South. Outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde have found one last place to hide. Time is ticking—they’re on the run from the law and from reality, but which one will catch them first?

Based on the true story, Bonnie & Clyde is an intimate re-telling of the final hours of one the world’s most legendary crime duos.

“Bank robbers, murderers, American legends—Bonnie and Clyde captured the public imagination in the 1930s and haven’t relinquished it since.” —SF Chronicle
“Commit murder for a ticket. But only if ya have to.” —Venue Magazine

Intense / Poetic / Intimate / 14+
Dear Elizabeth
Wunderdog Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Sarah Ruhl

wunderdogtheatre.com

Together but continents apart, Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than 400 letters from 1947 to 1977, exploring poetry, romance, illness, grief, and the profound affection they had for one another.

From Sarah Ruhl comes a touching reflection on friendship, art, and what it means to love across distances.

“[Dear Elizabeth] delicately explores, through nothing more than the letters ... the solitude of the artist, the exactitude of the writer’s craft, the balance between confession and privacy and, in the end, why poetry matters.” —Variety

Intense / Poetic / Intellectual / LGBTQ+ / 14+
Precious Little
star star theatre
Richmond, Canada
Playwright: Madeleine George

starstartheatre.com

Three women across three generations play 10 characters in this ensemble play about the connections we form when language fails us. A 42-year-old lesbian linguist gets unsettling news about her pregnancy. When the grad student she’s dating is no comfort, she turns to two unlikely sources: an elderly speaker of a dying language... and a gorilla at the zoo.

“A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded but often comic play about love, language, memory, culture and commitment.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / 14+ / Coarse Language
Rabbit Hole
Frolicking Divas
Burnaby, Canada
Playwright: David Lindsay-Abaire

instagram.com/frolickingdivastheatre

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside-down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. “David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but
a revelation—an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion, and searing honesty." —Variety

Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 14+
The Shape of Things
Heckin’ Good Theatre
New Westminster, Canada
Playwright: Neil Labute


From the ever-popular Neil Labute, a biting tale of love, lust, and betrayal. When shy and sheltered Adam meets art student and would-be vandal Evelyn, the two are immediately drawn to each other. Before long, Evelyn adds a dose of chaos and rebellion to Adam’s life with her boldness, fierceness, and the revelation of one shocking secret.

“Clever, uncomfortable and brilliantly staged, The Shape of Things leaves the audience with much to talk about.” —CurtainUp
“Mean and marvelous.” —TheaterMania

Intense / Intellectual / Shocking / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content