Fringe Tickets & Guides Now Available!
Ready to indulge in some theatrically delicious Fringe shows? Tickets are now on sale! Visit our website and buy tickets to the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival shows for just $15. And if you’re looking to save some cash, don’t worry: select performances are available for half-price!
Can’t get enough Fringe? Buy a Frequent Fringer Card, good for four, 10, or 30 performances at a discounted price! But Frequent Fringer Cards are limited and always sell out, so make sure to get yours now.
Don’t forget, everyone needs a Membership to attend shows at the Festival. These are $7 and are available to purchase in advance online or at the venues. Memberships help cover the cost of the Festival, since Artists keep 100% of the base ticket price!
Find more ticket information here, then get your tickets! And when you do, make sure to read our Code of Conduct, a community pledge for all participants in the Fringe to ensure the Festival is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all. See you in September!
If you missed the Program Guide Launch Party on July 25, don’t worry—we’ll fill you in on what went down that evening at CBC Studio 700. The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society also had its Annual General Meeting before launching into party mode, and here’s everything you need to know from that night.
Fringe Executive Director Laura Efron led everyone into full party gear! She invited Communications Director Debby Reis and Graphic Designer Courtney McLachlin to the stage to speak about the theme this year: “It’s Theatrically Delicious!” 2019 Program Guide cover artist Chris Ross aka Christache (who also created the 2018 cover) couldn’t join us that night, but shared some of his process on his Instagram page!
Once Program Guides were handed out, Fringers in attendance played a game of Stationary Scavenger Hunt while enjoying some snacks from Dockside Restaurant and refreshments from Georgian Bay Spirits Co.!
Afterwards, Director of Sponsorship and Development Chelsey Stuyt hosted a familiar treat for Fringers: a bite-sized Fringe-for-All exclusively for the party! Publius Productions opened the show with a scene from their show Pieces of Eight, followed by a set from Rape is Real and Everywhere’s Jane Stanton. The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical then took to the stage with a rousing musical number, followed by a scene from Legoland, which is part of this year’s Dramatic Works Series. Kat Single-Dain closed the show with her show Gloria’s Happy Hour, ending the night with a cartwheel and a split that surprised audiences!
Pick up your own Program Guide at select Blenz Coffee locations or at other Fringe-friendly business today! Visit the Program Guide page on the Fringe website for a downloadable version or check out the Google Map with all points of distribution marked so you can find a Guide close to you!
At the AGM, which preceded the Launch Party, Executive Director Laura Efron reported on the success of the 2018 Festival, highlighting the over 18% increase in artist payouts and the increase in show attendance. She also acknowledged Kathy Costello’s many years of hard work at the Fringe as the Finance Manager before retiring earlier this year.
Laura spoke about the Fringe’s ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) work and introduced Siobhan Barker, the Fringe’s EDI Director. She also announced a new award for the 2019 Festival—the TD Fringe Forward Award. Presented in partnership with Neworld Theatre and sponsored by TD Bank Group, this prize recognizes a production that centres the work of Artists from historically marginalized communities. You can read more about this Award on the Fringe website.
The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society thanked Aaron Pinto and Andrew Westman for their work as Board Secretary and Past President, respectively, as they step down from their roles. They also welcomed new board members Lee-Lynn Gan, Kuan Foo, and Robyn Kurtz. You may remember Kuan for writing the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winning-show, SELF-ish, and Robyn for being previously involved in the Fringe in different capacities for many years—as a volunteer, as a Board Member, and as the Director of Patron Development!
The Fringe’s 35th birthday is coming up fast (less than a month, to be exact)—and we’re making merry by raising $35,000. And we’re almost halfway there! Help the Fringe reach this goal by donating today!
If you donate $25 by September 1, you’ll get the added perk of getting an invite to an exclusive Donor Event on Opening Night on September 4. This pre-Fringe-for-All party treats you to food, drinks, a private performance by a Fringe Artist, and an opportunity meet other Fringe lovers like you!
The Fringe does not earn money from selling show tickets—100% of the base ticket price goes directly to the Artists, and the one-time $7 Membership only covers 5.5% of the Fringe’s expenses. This means that it’s thanks to donations from awesome people like you that the Festival keeps going year after year!
Donate today to help the Fringe achieve its goal by October 1! As a token of gratitude, you’ll get an invite to a donor-exclusive party in November featuring food from Dockside Restaurant, drinks by Georgian Bay Spirits Co., and a one-of-a-kind performance by Fringe Artists just for donors!
The Fringe New Play Prize (FNPP), a partnership between the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre, awards an emerging playwright a guaranteed spot on the Fringe Mainstage, dramaturgical support, and more. This year’s winner is Mx, created and written by Lili Robinson. In this latest Dispatch, Lili chats with dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel about the process of developing her show.
JG: What led you to apply to the FNPP?
LR: I was very interested in working with a dramaturg on a multidisciplinary show like this one and seeing how that process would take shape. The whole package of the FNPP also just seemed like an amazing springboard from which to dive into writing and performing my own work.
JG: How has it been different from working independently, or with peer writing partners?
LR: Compared to working totally independently, it has been really good to know that someone else has the show in their head and is keeping an eye on not only the sense and integrity of the writing itself, but the myriad little things to keep on top of, knowing that this is a self-produced show we’ll be doing at a Fringe Festival.
Knowing that I can write whatever wacky idea comes into my head and there is someone else, with a lot of experience in this stuff, looking out for the overall cohesion of the piece is a huge comfort, especially for a play as jam-packed as this one. Having a dramaturg allows me to be able to work towards the very specific, very personal vision of this piece while still having the gift of a collaborator working with me to figure out the best execution of it.
Click here to learn more about Lili’s thoughts on “writing” clown for the page, navigating heavy personal experiences in her work, bringing in Donna-Michelle Saint Bernard to direct Mx, and what learnings she’ll take going in to her next play. And visit PTC’s website to learn more about applying for the 2020 Fringe New Play Prize!
Fringe Artists lead action-packed lives during the Festival. On top of performing anywhere from six to 10 times in 11 days, they also promote their show any way they can: by giving interviews, plugging their show everywhere, and by flyering Festival lineups. And if you’ve ever stood in line waiting to get into a Fringe show, you’ve probably gotten a flyer from one or more of them!
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