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Got To Be Startin’ Somethin’

Butt Kapinski is back with a new show: Dick on the Loose, that's part of the Theatre Wire Season.

Butt Kapinski is back with a new show: Dick on the Loose, that’s part of the Theatre Wire Season.

Don’t Miss the Theatre Wire Season Announcement!

Thirteen shows are joining Theatre Wire to offer theatre lovers flexibility, savings, and options on subscription packages to the city’s favourite independent theatre groups!

The announcement will happen in just a few short days—and you can be the first to know what those shows will be by signing up for the Theatre Wire newsletter!

Don’t delay! Early bird pricing will be in effect and you certainly don’t want to miss your chance to save up to 40% on tickets!

Fringe Season Is Here!

Fringe staff, Shantini and Debby, spying on the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Fringe staff, Shantini and Debby, spying on the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Did you know that there are 29 Fringe Festivals across Canada and the USA that are part of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals? Many artists do the “Fringe Circuit” and perform at multiple Fringes all summer long—many of whom start at the Orlando Fringe, which just wrapped up its 25th anniversary Festival on May 30. This year, our Communications Director, Debby Reis and our Managing Director, Shantini Klaassen were lucky enough to travel to Orlando to spy… er, explore what it’s like to be a Festival on the other end of the summer.

The Orlando Fringe is the oldest Fringe in the USA. But just because the city filled with theme parks doesn’t mean that Orlandoans don’t love theatre! While surveying patrons, Debby spoke to dozens of Festival-goers, many of whom recalled the days when the Orlando Fringe was just getting started—with venues in abandoned storefronts and no air conditioning—and they’re still coming now that the Fringe has swanky digs.

Most of the Orlando Fringe takes place in Loch Haven Park, home to the Lowdnes Shakespeare Theatre (which has seven theatres!), the Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the Orlando Museum of Art. In the centre of it all is a large lawn with an outdoor stage, Fringe Bar, and food vendors. There are also venues outside the park, including BYOVs and site-specific venues. Having all the action centralized created a great Festival atmosphere where people talked to each other in lineups and ran from venue to venue to catch different shows. To top it all off, there was a Visual Fringe with uncensored artwork and a Kids Fringe on the weekends.

Mike Delamont created a special fundraiser show in Orlando called Flori-duh, about all the crazy news headlines about Florida over the past year. There were a lot of alligator stories. A lot.

Mike Delamont created a special fundraiser show in Orlando called Flori-duh, about all the crazy news headlines about Florida over the past year. There were a lot of alligator stories. A lot.

While Debby was finding out why patrons visit the Fringe, Shantini focused on seeing local and touring shows that may be part of a future Theatre Wire season or be a special presentation for the Vancouver Fringe (she saw 16 shows in just four days!). Debby saw shows too, with the goal of checking out what’s coming to Vancouver in anticipation of her job as our publicist. Just like our own Fringe, there was a lot of variety—from stand-up and clowning, to personal stories and musicals—and just like Vancouver, the artists were flyering lineups, trying to get people to go see their shows. All in all, it was a fantastic business trip with a large dollop of fun mixed in!

If you’re travelling this summer, be sure to check if there’s a Fringe where you are. We’d love to hear about it and the shows you see. Happy Anniversary to the Orlando Fringe! And we can’t wait for all the Fringe goodness to make its way to Vancouver this September!

Tell Your Own Story!

Are you an aspiring storyteller? This workshop is for you!

Are you an aspiring storyteller? This workshop is for you!

Award winning actor, Deborah Williams—one of the creators of Mom’s the Word, and co-founder of The Flame, the storytelling event that’s now in its seventh season, is hosting a storytelling workshop at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Rehearsal Hall June 10-12, 2016.

In this weekend intensive, Deb will share her 30 years of storytelling expertise to give you the tools to create and share a truly compelling story. This inclusive and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth and will be followed with the opportunity to tell your story on stage at the BMO Theatre Centre!

Dates & Locations:
Friday, June 10: Granville Island Rehearsal Hall (1585 Johnson Street) from 6-9:00pm
Saturday, June 11: Granville Island rehearsal Hall from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 12: BMO Theatre Center, Studio A (182 West 1st Avenue) from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 12: PERFORMANCE at the BMO Theatre Centre , Studio A at 7:00pm

The workshop fee is $200, which can be paid for here and tickets to the Flame performance will be free and available at the door!

See Your Name in Print!

Want to see your name in the 2016 Fringe Festival Program Guide? Donate $25 or more before June 24 and you’ll be included in our Donor Thank You page! The Program Guide is distributed all around Vancouver, including at Blenz Coffee locations and at Big Rock Urban Brewery, and is shared on our website—so you can easily gloat to all your friends about how you help make the Fringe Festival possible—because that’s what your donations do!

And! If you donate a minimum of $3 to the Vancouver Fringe in June  through Canada Helps, you will be entering the Fringe to WIN $10,000!!!! If you help us win $10,000 we will seriously love you forever and ever and ever!

Fringey Jessie Award Nominations

On May 24, members of Vancouver’s theatre community came together at the York Theatre on Commercial Drive to find out who had been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award.

The Jessie Awards are named for Jessie Richardson, who began her theatre career in Vancouver in the 1930s with the Vancouver Little Theatre Association. She worked in a variety of roles and also helped form Holiday Theatre, which was a children’s touring company. In 1982, the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance began presenting the Awards which was handed over to the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society in 1997, which has been managing the Awards ever since. This non-profit charitable organization “exists to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community” and is run by volunteers, the majority of which are theatre professionals.

Marisa Smith, right, in a promotional photo for Little One, which was first presented at the Fringe, has been nominated for a Jessie Award!

Marisa Smith, right, in a promotional photo for Little One, which was first presented at the Fringe, has been nominated for a Jessie Award!

As usual, there are some familiar Fringe names among the nominees, including Marisa Smith of Alley Theatre, whose production of Little One debuted as part of the inaugural Dramatic Works Series at the Fringe in 2014. Marisa is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in the Small Theatre category for the remount of Little One at the Firehall Arts Centre this past February.

Upintheair Theatre received numerous nominations for The North Plan, including Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Genevieve Fleming), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Herbert), Outstanding Direction (Chelsea Haberlin), Outstanding Production of a Play, and Significant Artistic Achievement in site-specific staging. Upintheair has been in many Fringes since the early 2000s, not to mention that Chelsea Haberlin, who is also the Co-Artistic Producer for ITSAZOO Productions, was part of the site-specific mentorship program, Onsite, with the Fringe in 2011’s Stay Away From My Boat @$$hole.

Another Fringe notable is I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck, which was at the Fringe in 2013, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script.

We’re also happy to see that Twenty Something Theatre’s Tender Napalm, which was part of the first Theatre Wire subscription series, receive three nominations: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Claire Hesselgrave), Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition (Julie Casselman), and Significant Artistic Achievement for outstanding movement direction and choreography (Joel Sturrock).

The Jessie’s have implemented a new award this year, the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of accessibility and inclusion. Playwrights Theatre Centre, who also selects the Fringe New Play Prize, is nominated for ongoing and responsive transformation of practice to meet the needs of underserved artists, while Theatre Terrific, who produces a show in the Fringe almost every year, was nominated for diligent, ongoing commitment to inclusive casting and creative processes.

Congratulation to everyone who was nominated! To see all the nominated shows and artists, visit the Jessie’s website, where you can also find out about attending the Awards Ceremony on June 27!

The Theatre Scene

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

Jordan Hall's How To Survive an Apocalypse is on at the Firehall till June 11.

Jordan Hall’s How To Survive an Apocalypse is on at the Firehall till June 11.

How to Survive an Apocalypse 
now – June 11
Firehall Arts Centre
A romantic comedy by Flying Start playwright Jordan Hall about a young couple convinced that their lifestyle is coming to an end. They begin hoarding supplies and learning to hunt. But their obsession takes its toll, and they’re forced to imagine the apocalypse without the love of their life.

O’wet/Lost Lagoon 
June 21-25
Firehall Arts Centre
Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow, O’wet / Lost Lagoon grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world through snapshots of her life including her modeling career, partying with the rich and famous, fishing trips with her dad, and her journey of healing through intergenerational trauma.

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