Double Your Prison Time
Let’s fix your gloomy November with a hot serving of theatre! From November 7-9, catch award-winning performer Kahlil Ashanti in his new one-man show Razor. Directed by Fringe veteran TJ Dawe, Razor is an autobiographical production about Kahlil’s stint as a midnight worker at an Albertsons during the largest supermarket strike in history, where he builds unlikely friendships with his coworkers—hardened criminals and ex-convicts. If you saw Basic Training during the Pick Plus, then you definitely don’t want to miss this!
If seeing one show isn’t enough, we have just the solution for you: a Theatre Wire Package! Shows in the Theatre Wire Package are produced by some of Vancouver’s best independent theatre companies and Fringe Festival favourites. This year’s shows include Razor, The How and the Why, Soul Samurai, and more. And when you buy a Theatre Wire Package, you get great benefits like easy ticket exchanges, and a shareable, personal discount code! Click here to see what shows the Theatre Wire Package has to offer and start planning now!
While you can sign up to be a monthly donor at anytime, there’s only two days left to stretch your dollars even further! Become a monthly donor before midnight on Halloween, and your first gift will be doubled thanks to the generosity of Austin Property Tax Consultants. Give now and be a champion for artists and the theatre community!
If you’re a playwright or director who identifies as a woman/gender queer/non-binary who wants to be featured at the 2019 Fringe, you can apply now to be part of Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women! Presented in partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada, Advance Theatre features dramatic readings of five new plays written and directed by female-identifying theatre artists during the Festival.
Playwrights can submit their play synopsis, 10-page script excerpt, and a brief bio, while directors can submit their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2019. Selected playwrights and directors will have the costs of their rehearsal space, promotion, venue, and all artists’ fees covered by Ruby Slippers Theatre and the Fringe.
Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!
Heart of the City Festival
October 24-November 4
Various Venues in the Downtown Eastside
With 100 events over 12 days, the 15th Heart of the City Festival celebrates the richness and diversity of the communities living in the Downtown Eastside. Catch Vancouver Fringe alumni Pedro Chamale in Made in Canada?, Fringe circuit veteran Tayo Aluko in Call Mr. Robeson, and Theatre Terrific’s 2018 Fringe show Roy and Janet! Check out their festival program guide here.
The Ones We Leave Behind
October 24-November 3
The Cultch Historic Theatre
Part of this year’s Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, The Ones We Leave Behind is making its world premiere at The Cultch Historic Theatre! The play is about the redemptive power of human connection, examined through the story of Abby Chung, a Public Trustee investigator assigned to find the next-of-kin of an elderly woman who died without anyone to claim her. During this process, she is forced to face the truth about the father who walked out on her years ago.
Firehall Arts Centre
Award-winning director Rohit Chokani is bringing Bombay Black to Vancouver as part of Diwali in BC celebrations! A 2017 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winner, Chokhani’s production of Anosh Irani’s Dora Award-winning play follows an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother, whose lives are altered when a blind stranger visits them.
Fake Ghost Tours
Looking to add some spook to your Halloween night? Why not do a virtual walking tour of Gastown and explore the sights, sounds, and spirits that lurk there? Let Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara of the sold-out Fringe show Fake Ghost Tours tell you the absurd and supernatural past of this trendy yet historic neighbourhood—right on your phone. And the best part? It’s free!