July 2018


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!

See below for the 2017 Dramatic Works series. Stay tuned for details about the 2018 Dramatic Works Series. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know!

Soul Samurai
Affair of Honor
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Qui Nguyen


In this darkly awesome future, Shoguns reign, vampires infest Brooklyn, and the world has gone grindhouse. After losing her lover to some undead hoodlums, Dewdrop gets herself a training montage and a sidekick and sets off for revenge. Soul Samurai—a graphic novel explodes onstage: multimedia action topped with zine-like homemade sweetness.

Funny / Intense / LGBTQ+ / 100 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Gunshots / Smoke Fog

Portion of Proceeds Donated to PAL
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Island Productions
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Rajiv Joseph


Over the course of many years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre and macabre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare ghastly scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

“This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play’s bizarre events.” —Variety

“Irresistibly odd and exciting.” —NY Daily News

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

Portion of Proceeds Donated to PAL
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani
Raghupriya Society
Burnaby, Canada
Playwright: Anosh Irani

The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Poetic, mythic, and brave, Anosh Irani’s 2006 multiple Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, and directed by Mumbai-born, Fringe award winning producer Rohit Chokhani.

Rohit Chokhani’s prior Fringe award-winning production work in different capacities includes: Siddhartha: A Journey Home, winner of the Talk of the Fringe Award, and Mrs. Singh and Me, winner of the Pick of the Fringe Award.

Funny / Poetic / Multicultural / 100 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Smoke Fog
West Moon Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: David Henry Hwang

One of the most audacious and thought-provoking plays by Asian American playwright, David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Bondage deals with issues of race and racial stereotypes by placing a fully disguised man and woman in an S and M parlor playing out sexual games. Directed by Chris Lam (Redcurrant Collective's The Nether).

Weird / Intense / Shocking / 65 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content
I Am For You
Wunderdog Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Mieko Ouchi

Lainie and Mariam have it out for each other. When they finally come to violent blows, a newly minted student teacher has an idea: by teaching the girls the art of stage combat, he can help them understand the roots and costs of violence; but when they are cast as Mercutio and Tybalt in their school play, swords, words, and egos clash.

Intense / Family Friendly / 45 minutes / All Ages