But Wait! There’s More Fringe!
That’s a wrap! And just like that, the 11-day Festival is over. We hope you had a great time “playing” with us at the Fringe! Thanks to your support, artist payouts are up by more than 18% over last year! A big shout out to the Phillips Fringe Bar for keeping the drinks flowing, and to the musicians and DJs who gave us the tunes to swing or sing to.
We want to thank all our sponsors for generously supporting the Festival: our Presenting Partners CMHC Granville Island, the Georgia Straight, and TD Bank Group; our Signature Partners Phillips Brewing and Malting Co., Global TV, 980 CKNW, Wards Cider; our Leading Partner, The Status Bureau; our Supporting Partners Foodora and Road 13 Vineyards, Blenz Coffee, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Thunderbolt Signs, Finisterra Travel; our Sustaining Partners Mobi by Shaw Go, PrintPrint, BeatRoute Magazine, Hardbite Chips, Dockside Restaurant; our Boosting Partners Boston Pizza, Habibi’s, Clif Bar & Company, Sober Guys, Rush Order Tees, Nita Lake Lodge, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., Shear Comfort, and Make Vancouver; and our Hub Sponsor, Cubeit Portable Storage!
And a very special thank you to all our volunteers! Truly, a big part of the Festival’s success is because of them. We are extremely grateful for all their hard work! We hope you had fun, and we hope to see you volunteer again next year!
Want to see some highlights? Come back soon to our Facebook page, where we’ll be uploading some of our favourite photos from the Festival. Don’t forget to tag yourselves—see you next Fringe!
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE FRINGE!
Vancouver just can’t get enough Fringe Theatre—that’s why there are Fringe holdovers after the Festival! From September 19 through 23 the Public Market Pick of the Fringe will be held at Performance Works on Granville Island. Pick shows got people talking in lineups, at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and online—and they received rave reviews—so we just have to bring them back for another performance!
And without further adieu, the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are:
|5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0
Wednesday, September 19 at 8:45pm
Wanna be German? Of course you do. German comedian Paco Erhard will teach you how. The first ever stand-up show to hold a mirror up to real modern Germany, Canada, and the rest of the world. You will laugh.
“It’s crowd-pleasing entertainment that has been packing houses for years.” —the Georgia Straight
Thursday, September 20 at 8:45pm
30-something Korean-Canadian Esther examines herself in the aftermath of a recent tragedy and navigates her relationship with family and other characters in her life.
“The heart of the show is a killer—thanks largely to Bang’s witty and transparent performance. Emotions pass over her like weather. She’s a star.” —Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet
|Poly Queer Love Ballad
Saturday, September 22 at 6:45pm
Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter. They struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love. A charming and poignant exploration of polyamory, queerness, and relationship.
“The tenderness and rapture of this story made me weep big, nostalgic tears..” —Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet
|Squeeze My Cans
Saturday, September 22 at 8:45pm
Cathy Schenkelberg’s journey as a Nebraska Catholic girl from a family of 10, through the rabbit hole of the infamous cult of Scientology, represents an everywoman’s story of a young adult searching for her place.
“Schenkelberg is a dynamo of a storyteller, and her bravery is admirable given that this can’t be an easy story to tell.” —Winnipeg Free Press
Sunday, September 23 at 6:00pm
A completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot from Travis Bernhardt, creator of the award winning Charlatan!, Unpossible!, and Chris & Travis.
“[Travis Bernhardt is] charismatic enough to get the entire audience to participate.” —Vancouver Presents
|The Lady Show
Sunday, September 23 at 7:45pm
Putting the JOY in feminist killjoy! Sketch, stand-up, monologue, satirical news, and more starring Diana Bang, Morgan Brayton, Fatima Dhowre, and Katie-Ellen Humphries.
“I was in such high spirits leaving this performance and the positivity and hilarity has stuck with me.” —Theatre Addicts
Feeling sad without the Fringe? Well, we just have the perfect thing to cheer you up: EVEN MORE FRINGE! Pick Plus is back with four shows especially handpicked for your enjoyment.
Happysad Theatre will be kicking off Pick Plus with 50 Shades of Vinyl – A Canadian Parody. According to Vancouver Presents‘ Mark Robins, Nico Dicecco “is a consummate storyteller. Never feeling forced, every word and gesture had a purpose in telling the sometimes ridiculously funny, and bawdy, stories.” His show will play on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00pm!
Up next is Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov’s Habitats! Winner of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Joanna Maratta and Mollie Bradley Awards, the show combines physical comedy, dance, circus, and shadow puppetry. Check out their show trailers here and see how Habitats is inspired by Fellini and Lewis Carroll. You can see them on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00pm!
Returning to Pick Plus is Kahlil Ashanti’s Basic Training. A theatrical mix of storytelling, redemption, and comedy, BroadwayBaby.Com comments that Basic Training is “imaginative and quick-witted… his acting is superb.” See him onstage on Friday, September 21, at 7:00pm!
And finally, the Pick Plus wraps things up with The Birdmann FINALE. A celebratory climax of past tours, CBC calls it a “show like no other.” Will this be The Birdmann and Egg’s last tour? There’s only one way to find out! You can watch them on Friday, September 21, at 8:45pm!
Catch them from September 19-21 at Performance at 1218 Cartwright Street. Pick Plus tickets are available for $25 each. But if you choose three or more of these shows and/or any of the Theatre Wire Package shows, you can save 20%! And if that’s not enough, you also get extra perks like a discount code for future shows that you can share with friends and family. For more information, visit TheatreWire.com!
Every year, the Fringe Awards Night honours the best and Fringey-est from the Festival! Held on September 16 at Performance Works, this year’s ceremony was hosted by Nathania Bernabe (Soul Samurai) and Sara Vickruck (Poly Queer Love Ballad). Here are the night’s big winners:
Volunteer Choice Award: Poly Queer Love Ballad
BC Touring Council Award: Awkward Hug
Joanna Maratta Award and Mollie Bradley Award: Hysteria
The Georgia Straight Critics’ Pick Award: Poly Queer Love Ballad
The Spirit of the Fringe Award (SOFA): Charlie Petch from Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum’s Rush
Artistic Risk Award: (Tied!) Red Bastard and Hip.Bang! Presents Surveil
Cultchivating the Fringe Award: Big Sister
Public Market Pick of the Fringe: SELF-ish, 5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0, Poly Queer Love Ballad, Squeeze My Cans, Unscriptured, and The Lady Show (Click here for more info and to buy tickets!)
The Fringe Raffle winners were also announced!
Congratulations to Adam O’Neill for wining the $100 Foodora gift card and a 2019 Fringe Kick-Ass Pass; Stacy Ashton for winning the weekend getaway for two at the Nita Lake Lodge and dinner for two at Aura Restaurant; and Simone Avram for winning the Grand Prize, an eight-day adventure to Guatemala for two from Finisterra Travel!
Has Fringing made you think of putting on your own show, and you need some guidance doing it? Today’s your lucky day—Playwrights Theatre Centre is now calling for applications for the Fringe New Play Prize!
Now in its seventh year, the Fringe New Play Prize gives BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. The prize package includes eight months of dramaturgy, free creation and rehearsal space, a free spot in their theatre production seminar series, and best of all, a spot in the 2019 Fringe Mainstage!
To learn more about the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize winners Sara Vickruck and Anais West from Poly Queer Love Ballad, click here to watch their interview with PTC, where they talk about developing their show and share snippets of Poly Queer Love Ballad.
Make sure to get your application in no later than October 1, 2018. The winner will be announced during the Fringe Festival Lottery Party this winter. For more information on the Fringe New Play Prize, click here!