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October 2015


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Fringe Shows Coming in Hot: Fringe Presents, Pick Plus & more!

Tomorrow! Baba Brinkman Performs The Rap Guide to Religion!

Time Out New York calls Baba Brinkman's The Rap Guide to Religion "a smart and entertaining survey of what gives us faith." Photo by Rudy Miller.

Time Out New York calls Baba Brinkman’s The Rap Guide to Religion “a smart and entertaining survey of what gives us faith.” Photo by Rudy Miller.

Baba Brinkman comes back to the Vancouver Fringe Festival on July 23 to perform The Rap Guide to Religion for one night only!

The Rap Guide to Religion is one in a series of rap-comedies written and performed by the Canadian rap artist and playwright that have received acclaim in New York, Edinburgh, Vancouver, and more! The show will push your understanding of religion. If you’re religious or spiritual, it will challenge you to think about your faith in a new way—as a natural adaption through evolution. If you’re an atheist, it will challenge you to appreciate the secular utility of religion, suggesting that beliefs associated with religion don’t necessarily need to be true to be useful.

We’re sure he’s the only rap artist who has won the National Center for Science Education’s Friends of Darwin Award, which he won for his efforts to improve public understanding of evolutionary biology. Find out more about him through 20 questions with Vancouver Presents.

The Vancouver Sun suggests The Rap Guide to Religion for theatre this week! Tickets are available on Theatre Wire now and will also be available at the door starting 45 minutes before the show.

Thursday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, on Granville Island 

See 4, 10, or 30 Festival Shows with Frequent Fringer Cards!

Fringers line up! Photo by Michael Sider.

Fringers line up! Photo by Michael Sider.

You can buy your Frequent Fringer Card now and tell everyone that you’re a patron of the arts! You and a guest can use the card—or just hog it all to yourself—for four, 10, or 30 regular Festival performances. You receive great value and artists receive 100% of the proceeds from Frequent Fringer Card purchases. It’s indulgence at its best—celebrating all the different theatre we have to offer and supporting Fringe artists!

Frequent Fringer Cards are on sale now:
Frequent Fringer 4: Get 4 performances for $40
Frequent Fringer 10: Get 10 performances for $90
Frequent Fringer 30: After last year’s popular demand of the special 30th Anniversary Frequent Fringer 30 Cards, we’re bringing them back! Get 30 performances for $270

Frequent Fringer Cards are valid for one or two people (no more than two punches per performance). Cards are limited to regular Festival performances and not valid at special events. A limited number of Cards are available. Cards are non-transferable and tickets may be booked in advance or at the door. Memberships are required and must be purchased separately (except for the Frequent Fringer 30, which includes one Membership).

Purchase your Card now!

Pick Plus & the Fringe Presents are Back!

How do you choose what to see at the Fringe Festival? With 108 un-juried, uncensored shows to see, there is a touch of chance involved in the Fringe experience. You may see an emerging creative talent, a smart take on the modern condition, or an experimental disaster. It’s risky—and we get it! That’s why the Pick Plus and the Fringe Presents are opportunities to enjoy the theatre we’ve picked for you. From shows that receive exceptional reviews in other cities to shows that were popular at past Fringes, we pick them and show them.

Tara Travis in Searching for Dick: A Paranormal Comedy

Tara Travis in Searching for Dick: A Paranormal Comedy

Pick Plus

This year, fictional heroes, a robot, dead people, and god in drag take over the Revue Stage for the Pick Plus. Tickets are $25 each or get the Pick Plus Pass and save! Buy tickets to three or more Pick Plus shows and get more than 30% off—it’s like getting a show for free!

September 23 at 7:00pm
Bookworm is about a father reading to his son. For book sellers, book buyers, or anyone with a dad, this show will open your heart.
“A compelling, near magical and, transforming performance by a man whose extraordinary skills as a storyteller compels you to want to pick up another book.” —The London Free Press

Giant Invisible Robot
September 24 at 9:00pm
Absurd and poetic, Giant Invisible Robot tells the story of a young man and his invisible friend.
“Though this show is hilariously funny and hugely imaginative, Russel’s underlying turmoil makes it real.” —Uptown Magazine
“Creative, inventive, unique—this show is why you go to the Fringe.” —Vue Magazine

Searching for Dick
September 25 at 7:00pm
In a show that could be alternately called How I Met My Dead In-Laws, Tara Travis gets to know her husband’s late parents through psychic visits.
“It’s a bigger emotional workout than its name implies, but Searching for Dick is an incredible journey and Travis is rare talent.” —the Georgia Straight

God is A Scottish Drag Queen III
September 29 at 9:00pm
God, dressed in a floral power suit, gets real with the audience in this all new hour of comedy—you’ll certainly want to see part three after seeing part two during the Fringe!
“It would be a sin to miss!” —Watermark

Peter 'n Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

Peter ‘n Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

The Fringe Presents

Can’t get enough Fringe? As part of the Theatre Wire season, the Fringe Presents is a year-round series of shows from past Fringes and Fringe alumni. This year it includes the world premier of Charles Ross’s One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody!

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral
December 3-5, 2015
The acclaimed sketch comedy duo send it up in this parody of the Western genre (just wait until you see the cow…).
“The funniest thing I’ve ever seen at Fringe.” —Winnipeg Free Press

The Unfortunate Ruth
February 2-7, 2016
Winner of the 2014 Fringe New Play Prize from Playwrights Theatre Centre, Tara Travis wrote and performs as identical twins who each live in parallel universes. Featuring shadow puppetry from Mind of a Snail!
“Solo performer Tara Travis knows how to spin a line.” —the Georgia Straight

One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody
February 18-21, 2016
From the man behind One-Man Star Wars and One-Man Lord of the Rings, comes a parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Without costumes, sets, or Batmobiles, Charles Ross puts on an incredibly dynamic comedy show.

High Tea
April 11-17, 2016
Award winning comedy duo James and Jamesy accidentally flood the stage with tea—and bring down the fourth wall and the house in their attempts to stay afloat in his playful and interactive show.
“Outrageously funny, magnificently written, combined with brilliant performances.” —London Free Press

More info and tickets are available at These shows are available as part of a Theatre Wire Pass: buy tickets to any three or six Theatre Wire shows and save up to 30%! Be sure to visit Theatre Wire to see all the shows that are available as part of the Theatre Wire Passes!

AGM Reminder!

If you attended last year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival and filled out a Membership Card, you’re part of our team! The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, producers of the Fringe, will be holding an Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, July 29 at Big Rock Urban Brewery, 310 West 4th Avenue. Doors are at 6:30pm. Thank you to our new partner Big Rock for hosting us this year!

Please note that we have made arrangements and the meeting space is now wheelchair accessible!

Partner Profiles: Emelle’s Catering

Showing off our lovely partners!

Find Emelle's Westside Wheels Food Truck downtown Vancouver at Georgia St. & Dunsmuir St.

Find Emelles Westside Wheels Food Truck downtown Vancouver at Georgia St. & Dunsmuir St.

The Fringe’s newest partner is Emelle’s Catering—and we’re so excited to get to know them and introduce them to you. Emelle’s will be providing delicious appetizers at the Fringe’s Opening Night on September 8. So Fringers, meet Emelle’s!

Fringe: Tell us a bit about your business.
Emelle’s: We really cater to you! And we truly have something for everyone. Locally, we have a store front café “Emelle’s Westside Kitchen;” a food truck “Emelle’s Westside Wheels;” and of course our catering business Emelle’s Catering. So from one person on the street to 2,000 people for a conference, we are always eager to help. In December of this past year, we opened a secondary location on the Sunshine Coast—which features our Emelle’s Madeira Bistro (another store front restaurant location), Alice Sweet Shop (an ice cream and pastry shop), as well as an extension of our catering services.

Outside of the many places you can find us, we are most proud of our flexibility. Our brand is not based on the type of the food we serve, but instead, the experience you have with us. So be it meatloaf or the rarest caviar, we are equally as excited to be a part of your event. Consider, every milestone is often celebrated with food. Birthdays, weddings, life celebrations, holidays, new business launches, welcoming a new team member, etc. Being able to be part of those celebrations is a privilege.

F: How long has it been around? How did it come to be?
E: In 1986, after working at Expo here in Vancouver and being exposed to the hospitality industry, CEO and Executive Chef, Mary Lee Newnham, changed careers from accountant and found her passion as Chef. In the years following she worked her way up by holding positions at places such as the Convention Centre, Atrium, Expo in Spain, and a few other local catering companies. Searching for opportunities, in 1998 she joined what was then called Ramon’s as a consultant to help with menu development. Following a busy Christmas season, she decided to buy the business from its existing owners and in May of 1999 Emelle’s was founded.

F: What is something people may not know about it that they should?
E: How to pronounce our name—Emelle’s—it can stump people sometimes. Emily’s, Emile’s, all kinds of interpretations. The fun part of our name is that we call our CEO and Executive Chef Mary Lee “ML” for short. It’s just spelled phonetically. Most assume it’s something French and chic—and we certainly don’t mind being chic.

F: Is there a certain culture that it promotes?
E: Our company vision really says it all: “To be of service while striving for excellence; extending hospitality to our guests, team, community, and planet.” We always want to give back to our community and we take pride in our affiliations and commitments to our team, our guests, our footprint, and the many local charities, hospitals, and arts programs we support.

F: Four words that would best describe your business are:
E: Delicious. Hospitable. Integrity. Service.

The Theatre Scene

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

Kara Nolte and Julia Siedlanowska on site at Originals Cafe Mexicano for Chivalry is Dead. Photo by Rachel McCreesh.

Kara Nolte and Julia Siedlanowska on site at Originals Cafe Mexicano for Chivalry is Dead. Photo by Rachel McCreesh.

Theatre Under the Stars
Now-August 22
Malkin Bowl
There’s something about an outdoor theatre experience that can’t be matched. Theatre Under the Stars returns this summer with Hairspray and Oliver!

Chivalry is Dead: A two-women re-imagining of Don Quixote
Original’s Café Mexicano (Port Moody)
July 24-August 2
Shakespeare Unchained is back to present you with another classic re-imagined through theatre and dance—and the wacky brains of Kara Nolte and Julia Siedlanowska.

Sister Mary’s a Dyke?!
July 28-August 2
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Co-produced with the frank theatre company, Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! is a new play by Toronto-based playwright Flerida Pena. It follows Abby, a Catholic school girl whose notions about herself and the church are turned on their head in this coming-of-age, one-woman comedy. The show on August 2 is ASL interpreted and Pay What You Can.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival
August 13-23
Out on Screen presents diverse cinema at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. For its 27th year, the lineup includes over 80 films from 20 countries, with topics ranging from transgender lives to queer con artists.

Fringe Partners