Totally New Randomness and A Happy New Year

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here… and so is New Years and other holidays too! Hopefully you’ll have some time to spend with friends and family, take a trip, or simply enjoy a bit of solitude in the coming weeks. Whatever you’re doing, those of us at the Fringe and Theatre Wire want to wish you season’s greetings and a happy New Year!

Jimmy and all the Fringe staff wish you Happy Holidays!

Jimmy and all the Fringe staff wish you Happy Holidays!

Thanks to all of you who made it to the Fringe’s holiday celebration with the Lottery Party and A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol. It was wonderful to laugh at Christmas and to see so many Fringers. A special shout out to Joanna and Heather who took advantage of our VIP tables with treats and Emelle’s Catering to have their birthday parties!

Still thinking about Christmas presents? Theatre Wire Gift Vouchers make a great gift for theatre lovers and those who may be new to theatre. Gift Vouchers can be purchased in any amount (individual tickets start at $23 and Subscriptions start at $59). Once you’ve purchased a Voucher it can be used towards any show in the 2016/17 Theatre Wire Subscription Season. Gift Vouchers are printable so you can write the gift amount and a personal message on, it! Buy your Gift Vouchers here.

Happy Holidays!

From TYA to Totally Offended: Fringe Lottery Results

Another Fringe Festival Lottery has come and gone—this one with more artist applicants than ever before, a record 285! Despite the huge number of applicants, the Lottery itself went quickly with Executive Director, David Jordan, dressed as “Father Fringemas” drawing names out of Santa hats lovingly monitored by Board Members, Gerry Keane, Claudia Sjoberg, and Leslie Carty.

Before drawing names though, we accepted the winners of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals touring lottery who selected Vancouver, including Australian puppeteer Lana Schwarcz who toured with a show about cancer last year, science comedian Tim X Lee, and Ingrid Hansen, who is probably best know for her hit show, Little Orange Man.

 lee williams boudakain and co-creators Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian, will present their new show Boxes, about a family immigrating from Lebanon, at the 2017 Fringe.

From left to right: Fringe Board Member Leslie Carty, Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir, who presented the Fringe New Play Prize, winners Anoushka Ratnarajah and lee williams boudakain, and David Jordan as Santa.

We were also happy to announce the winner of the Fringe New Play Prize! Selected by Playwrights Theatre Centre, lee williams boudakain and co-creators Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian, will work with a dramaturg from Playwrights Theatre Centre leading up to the production of their show Boxes, about a Lebanese family and their relationships with each other, at the 2017 Fringe.

In the coming months we will be learning about the artists who were drawn for the remaining spots. There is certainly a wide range in the ones we’re looked up so far! HeARTbeat Theatre Productions focuses on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and they’ve applied with the show The Secret of Castle Othrenee. Meanwhile, on the other side of gamut, Naked Empire Bouffon Company is in the Fringe again! The last time they were in Vancouver with You Killed Hamlet, many people were offended and walked out of their show—a fact that the Georgia Straight’s Colin Thomas gleefully wrote about in his review.

We can’t wait to see how the 2017 Festival comes together! See the full list of accepted artists (and the waitlists) here.

Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to Paper-Ya, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Theatre Wire, the Cinematheque, and Vancouver TheatreSports League for providing prizes for the people who came to the party!

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In Case You’re Too Far Down On The Waitlist

The Fringe Lottery has come and gone and if you are far, far down the waitlist, you may be wondering: How can I still be part of the 2017 Festival?

Trent Baumann in his show I Forgot to Fly Today

Trent Baumann’s I Forgot to Fly Today was a Site-Specific show at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Consider applying as a Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) artist! Pre-approved venues, include Havana, Carousel Theatre, and others are now accepting applications for rentals, which is the first step to being a BYOV artist. Check out all the details here.

Other categories, including Site-Specific and the Dramatic Works Series information can be found here. We can’t wait to see all the shows that come together to make the 2017 Festival!


New Year, New Name!

Our Executive Director, David Jordan, was really happy when the official name change document arrived in the mail!

Our Executive Director, David Jordan, was really happy when the official name change document arrived in the mail!

It’s almost 2017! Along with a new year, we have a new society name!

We’ve recently changed our society’s name to better reflect the organization’s work through Theatre Wire and the Fringe. We are now the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society! Our Vision is: Theatre for Everyone! And Our Mission is: Cultivating artists and audiences to create an open and vibrant independent theatre community.

And did you know that that the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society is a charity? The Society creates opportunities for artists through the Fringe Festival and through Theatre Wire. Be part of the Society and support artists by making a donation—and don’t forget to make your donation before midnight on December 31 so you can receive a 2016 tax receipt!

PS. Since you’ll be donating to the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, you’ll be able to take advantage of Fringe Benefits—including access to the exclusive donor box office so you can avoid the line at the 2017 Festival! Find more information and make a donation today!

Save The Date: Fringe Cabaret on January 20!


The Fringe Cabaret start January 20th!

The Fringe Cabaret is on January 20!

Do you need more Fringe in your life? Well you’ll soon have another opportunity to see Fringe performers with the Fringe Cabaret! Hosted and coordinated by Fringe Festival alumni Jeff Leard (The Show Must Go On, The Jupiter Rebellion: A Zach Zultana Adventure), Sydney Hayduk (Village Ax), and Fraz Wiest (Fraz vs The Future), the Fringe Cabaret will feature them and other Fringe artists performing skits and stories in cabaret style. Check it out on January 20, which will have the theme: the end of the world (guess who’s getting inaugurated that day). Buy your tickets here!

In the meantime, here’s the description that Jeff, Sydney, and Fraz sent our way:

Welp, it’s been a good ride but this is it, the end of the world is upon us! Take a break from stocking canned goods and celebrate with your favourite Fringe artists as we turn back the clock on… everything! So pull up your boot straps, dust off your radiation suits, and come on down for all the leg shaking dance moves, eye popping spectacle, and gut busting shenanigans the endless wasteland has to offer.

The first 20 people through the door will get a FREE picture of David Suzuki looking disappointed.

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