More Ways to Join the Fringe
For the 34th year in a row, a selection of balls has decided the content of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. That’s right. Balls… lottery balls!
On Tuesday, January 30, our illustrious MC, Vixn Przybysz (the Fringe’s “Dispatch Queen”) welcomed Fringe fans to Studio 1398 on Granville Island to draw all the balls, aka Mainstage artists. Before drawing any balls, the Fringe’s Executive Director, Laura Efron, explained that the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals conducts their own Lottery—and those winners select a minimum of five Fringes to tour to during the 2018 season. Ten artists chose Vancouver, including Red Bastard! Check out the whole list here.
We kicked off the ball draw with the International category. Paco Erhard, who was part of the 2017 Fringe with 5-Step Guide to Being German, will be coming back. And we’re looking forward to welcoming Saye Theatre from Iran to their first Vancouver Fringe.
Some familiar faces will be on stage in September from the North American category, including Keith Brown, Stacey Hallal, and Martin Dockery! There are also some great show titles: F*ck Tinder: a love story, Fastcar: man of action, and Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum’s Rush.
Before drawing from the Provincial category, we drew from a very large bin of 2017 activated Memberships. A special thanks to all the volunteers who have diligently been entering Memberships into our database. They finished up just in time for the party! Our lucky winner, Lauren Sommer will receive a Super Pass for the 2018 Fringe! Lauren let us know that she stumbled across the Festival last year while on holiday from Alaska and she’ll be back again to take advantage of her prize.
Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Kathleen Flaherty introduced the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize winning show, Poly Queer Love Ballad, and one half of the team behind the show, Sara Vickruck (the other being Anais West who was celebrating her birthday). The winners receive dramaturgical support and a guaranteed spot at the 2018 Fringe! Sara performed two songs from the show, one of which hilariously summed up queer flirtation on Commercial Drive.
Finally, we drew the Provincial category artists! Sadly, only one local artist was in the room when his name was announced… James Melcher! You may recognize James as a regular Fringe volunteer or from his 2012 site-specific show, My Marvelous Melcher Machine. James was overwhelmed with his win, dropping to the floor in excitement. He’ll be putting on a one-man musical this September. Other local winners include District 13 Presents of The Hunger Games Musical Trilogy, who will be putting on Die Hard: the Musical, Vancouver Puppet Theatre known for their kids’ shows, Diana Bang with SELF-ish, about “first-generation Korean immigrant parents and their ‘ne’er-do-well’ and ‘intelligent but unfulfilled’ daughter” (Mooney on Theatre), and La Palabra en el Tiempo, a literary flamenco collaboration. To see the list of accepted and waitlisted artists, visit our website.
We want to give a special shout out to Green Thumb Theatre for providing rental space as a prize for winning Fringe artists, to Travis Bernhardt for a short performance involving a pair of Rubik’s Cubes and more than a few “how’d he do that” moments, as well as to Joylyn Secunda who performed a scene from The Moaning Yoni, showing us a multitude of kissing styles.
Are you excited for September yet?
Thanks to Granville Island Brewing the 2018 Lottery Party was fully stocked! Brewed across the street from Studio 1398, Granville Island beers made a perfect pairing for finding out who would be performing at the Festival this September!
Be sure to visit Granville Island Brewing the next time you’re on the Island, or make a special trip for some fun events to brighten up your February! Starting tonight and for the rest of the month Full Pint Comedy takes over the taproom every Tuesday starting at 7:00pm! And on February 22 it’s Taproom Trivia from 7:30-10:30pm. Follow Granville Island Brewing on Facebook for details and to find out what’s hopping! #BeerPuns
So maybe you missed the Mainstage application deadline! Or you applied to be a Fringe artist and you’re way down on the waitlist. Well don’t you worry! There are still a few ways to put on a Fringe show:
Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV)
The Fringe negotiates with “pre-approved” venues to keep artists’ rental costs and the Fringe’s administrative capacity manageable. If you apply to one of these venues and they accept you, we’ll accept you too! Read the details and apply to pre-approved venues now! Don’t forget, apply to the venue first, and to the Fringe after the venue has accepted you!
If you have questions about BYOVs, please contact Chelsee Damen at administration[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com.
Site-Specific shows must be created for their space and may not take place in a traditional theatre. We’ve had shows on fire escapes, in the back seat of a car, in a back yard, and in a duck pond. All these shows related to the space they were in. Have an idea for a site-specific show? Is your potential site within walking distance of Granville Island or Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive? Contact us with your idea! Starting February 12, we’ll start accepting inquiries for site-specific shows. For more information, visit our website.
Dramatic Works Series
Want to produce a previously published dramatic script with two or more actors? Then the Dramatic Works Series, generously supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, is for you! The Fringe will subsidize royalty costs up to $200. We’ll be accepting applications as of February 12. Check here for details.
Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women
Are you a woman playwright with a new script? Ruby Slippers Theatre selects five works that are showcased as dramatic readings during the Fringe! Submissions are due February 15. Check out Ruby Slippers’ website for more information and to submit your play.
This February take your Fringe Love to new heights! Make a donation by February 28 and your gift will be doubled!
Thanks to a generous matching donation by our One True Love* Kevin Campbell of the Lochmaddy Foundation, your impact will automatically increase when you make a donation today!
We call our donors Fringe Lovers for a reason—you really are the ones that make it all possible. From putting on an amazing Festival that creates a space for emerging artists and the risks they take, to ensuring we keep theatre accessible for everyone!
*Our One True Love is this year’s top donor, but we love you all!
Are you always the banker in Monopoly? Do you love the Fringe and independent theatre? Show your love by helping us find a new assistant to the treasurer for the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society Board.
Our very capable current treasurer, Bob Wang, needs someone to help out and become ready to be the next Fringe Treasurer. As the assistant to the treasurer, you would assist in the preparation of the annual budget, quarterly reports, and generally keeping on top on financial issues and helping keep the Board informed.
If you’re interested in this volunteer opportunity and want more details on the duties and skills required, please contact Board member and Board Affairs Committee member, Jim[dot]Sibley[at]gmail[dot]com.
The Managing Director is responsible for the implementation, day-to-day management, and the smooth operations of the Fringe Festival as well as Theatre Wire. The ideal candidate has administrative and management experience and proven leadership skills. Click here to read the whole posting. The application deadline is February 12, 2018.
The Sponsorship Manager uses sponsor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship techniques to develop sponsorships for the Festival and the year-round Theatre Wire program. The Sponsorship Manager will also assist with Festival-time events and grant research and writing. Click here to read the whole posting. The application deadline is February 18, 2018.
We’ll be posting more positions in the coming months. Be sure to visit our Work With Us page for current postings.