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Geocaching Applications and Hugs

More Ways to Fringe

Two women standing outdoors. A blonde woman is at the front, standing inside a tire swing, holding the chains and looking forlorn.  A darker-haired woman is standing a few feet behind, looking down, her hands clasped loosely together. Caption:  FIX was one of the Site-Specific shows at the 2018 Fringe. Photo by Al Ricard.

FIX was one of the Site-Specific shows at the 2018 Fringe. Photo by Al Ricard.

Calling all potential Fringe Artists! Still looking for a way to be part of the 2019 Festival? We have good news for you: there’s still a few ways you can get involved!

Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV): Some of our pre-approved venues are still taking applications! Check out Arts Umbrella and our new BYOV, What Lab, who are taking applications until March 30 and February 22, respectively. Remember to note their venue specifications and seating capacities to see if they will fit your show. And don’t forget to apply to the venue first, and then to the Fringe, after the venue has accepted you!

Dramatic Works Series: Supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, this Mainstage venue provides a space for Fringe Artists to produce dramatic work with two or more actors. Showcased at the Vancity Culture Lab, Artists may not apply with their own script. Applications will open on March 4 and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more details.

Site-Specific Shows: Have an idea for a show that doesn’t occur in a traditional theatre setting? Is your potential venue within walking distance of Granville Island or Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive? Then apply to put on a Site-Specific show! Applications open March 4 and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis—as long as they meet our criteria and are close to the abovementioned venues. Click here for more information.

If you have questions about applying for the Fringe, please contact Samantha Kannegieter at administration[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com.

Catch You Later, Kathy!

There’s a little sadness in the Fringe office these days. That’s because our longest serving employee, Kathy Costello, is retiring from her role as Finance Manager.

Kathy started at the Fringe in 2006 during a tumultuous time in the organization’s history. The Fringe was lacking funds and according to former Executive Director, David Jordan, who started just months before Kathy did, he “didn’t know much about finance management in that first year, but Kathy taught me the basics which served me so well in years to come—she truly was a kind of artist.”

Although she always swore that “math is not my thing,” Kathy contributed greatly to getting the Fringe back on its feet, all while working here part time, and part time at a law office. The Fringe must always have been a laugh in comparison. Our Communications Director, Debby Reis, recalls the snickering that ensued after Kathy had to write off the purchase of a “Lovin’ Lamb Blow-Up Doll,” which was part of a Fringe Award.

Kathy also did a lot of crafting on behalf of the Fringe. If you’ve seen staff photos or some of our social media posts—you likely saw some of Kathy’s handiwork, including papier-mâché chickens, white “surrender” flags, hearts made from old Fringe tickets or even older Fringe Membership badges.

In the coming months, we expect Kathy to have more time for her favourite hobby—geocaching. She loves it so much, that one year, for Staff Fun Day, she created a geocache challenge just for us around Granville Island.

Kathy will certainly be missed, but our new Finance Manager, Jennifer Kasun, brings her own spark to the team! Jen has worked with the Fringe as our Count Room Manager for the last two years, so she’s no stranger to the Finance department, and we’re thrilled to welcome her in this new role! And on that note, we also want to introduce our new Marketing Manager, Zoe Zhang. She most recently worked as the Asia Marketing Coordinator for the Kay Meek Centre, where she also conducted outreach to the Chinese community! Welcome aboard, Jen and Zoe! And Kathy, we hope to see you around the Festival having fun and seeing all the shows.

Take a look at some snippets from Kathy’s retirement party below, where we sent her on a scavenger hunt to find Jimmy. And for even more photos, go check out our Instagram page!

Kathy receives the first clue in her retirement party scavenger hunt.
Doing the puzzle...
Oh! It's Jimmy! Kathy found three more clues before leading her to her retirement gift, a Jimmy etched in wood as well as a Fringe hoodie!
Fringers making funny faces for Kathy's retirement lunch.

The Theatre Scene

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

Talking Stick Festival
February 19-March 2
Various Locations Across Vancouver
Now in its 18th year, Talking Stick Festival is noted as being the premier, multidisciplinary Indigenous Arts festival in North America. With this year’s theme of hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ (“Using Tradition”), their events showcase the diversity of theatre, dance, music, film, and other artistic disciplines in traditional and contemporary formats. Check out their festival program guide here.

Poly Queer Love Ballad
March 5-10
SUM Gallery
After their successful sold out, critically-acclaimed run at the 2018 Fringe, Sara Vickruck and Anais West are back with their award-winning show, Poly Queer Love Ballad, this time as part of the Queer Arts Festival! This 2018 Fringe New Play Prize-winning show is an intimate, edgy musical merging slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, at Cafe Deux Soleils. With two microphones, a loop pedal, and array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love.

Four stacked photos. Top photo: a naked woman sitting sideways, her body mostly in shadow. A projector sits between her legs. Middle left: a man flanked between two boxes, one floating on top while he seems to hold the other one. Middle right: two blonde women standing next to each other; the one on the left strums a guitar and bites the right one's shoulder; the woman on the right holds a notebook in both hands. Bottom photo: an Indigenous woman speaks/sings into a microphone, pointing to outside of the frame. A couple of trees can be seen in the shot.  Caption: A lot of exciting theatre is happening in Vancouver, including some of your Fringe favourites!

A lot of exciting theatre is happening in Vancouver, including some of your Fringe favourites!

Awkward Hug
March 14-15
Havana Theatre
Winner of the BC Touring Council Award at the 2018 Fringe, this show is back for two nights only at the Havana Theatre! Directed by Linnea Gwiazda, Awkward Hug sees Cory Thibert embodying his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart. This coming-of-age story with a twist explores how having parents with disabilities challenges what a ‘normal’ family can look like.

Multiple Organism
March 19-30
Vancity Culture Lab
If you missed Multiple Organism at the 2017 Fringe, don’t fret—here’s another chance for you to see this Mind of a Snail creation! Winner of many awards including the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, Multiple Organism is a genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.

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