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Totally New Randomness and A Happy New Year

December 16, 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here… and so is New Years and other holidays too! Hopefully you’ll have some time to spend with friends and family, take a trip, or simply enjoy a bit of solitude in the coming weeks. Whatever you’re doing, those of us at the Fringe and Theatre Wire want to wish you season’s greetings and a happy New Year!

Jimmy and all the Fringe staff wish you Happy Holidays!

Jimmy and all the Fringe staff wish you Happy Holidays!

Thanks to all of you who made it to the Fringe’s holiday celebration with the Lottery Party and A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol. It was wonderful to laugh at Christmas and to see so many Fringers. A special shout out to Joanna and Heather who took advantage of our VIP tables with treats and Emelle’s Catering to have their birthday parties!

Still thinking about Christmas presents? Theatre Wire Gift Vouchers make a great gift for theatre lovers and those who may be new to theatre. Gift Vouchers can be purchased in any amount (individual tickets start at $23 and Subscriptions start at $59). Once you’ve purchased a Voucher it can be used towards any show in the 2016/17 Theatre Wire Subscription Season. Gift Vouchers are printable so you can write the gift amount and a personal message on, it! Buy your Gift Vouchers here.

Happy Holidays!

From TYA to Totally Offended: Fringe Lottery Results

Another Fringe Festival Lottery has come and gone—this one with more artist applicants than ever before, a record 285! Despite the huge number of applicants, the Lottery itself went quickly with Executive Director, David Jordan, dressed as “Father Fringemas” drawing names out of Santa hats lovingly monitored by Board Members, Gerry Keane, Claudia Sjoberg, and Leslie Carty.

Before drawing names though, we accepted the winners of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals touring lottery who selected Vancouver, including Australian puppeteer Lana Schwarcz who toured with a show about cancer last year, science comedian Tim X Lee, and Ingrid Hansen, who is probably best know for her hit show, Little Orange Man.

 lee williams boudakain and co-creators Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian, will present their new show Boxes, about a family immigrating from Lebanon, at the 2017 Fringe.

From left to right: Fringe Board Member Leslie Carty, Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir, who presented the Fringe New Play Prize, winners Anoushka Ratnarajah and lee williams boudakain, and David Jordan as Santa.

We were also happy to announce the winner of the Fringe New Play Prize! Selected by Playwrights Theatre Centre, lee williams boudakain and co-creators Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian, will work with a dramaturg from Playwrights Theatre Centre leading up to the production of their show Boxes, about a Lebanese family and their relationships with each other, at the 2017 Fringe.

In the coming months we will be learning about the artists who were drawn for the remaining spots. There is certainly a wide range in the ones we’re looked up so far! HeARTbeat Theatre Productions focuses on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and they’ve applied with the show The Secret of Castle Othrenee. Meanwhile, on the other side of gamut, Naked Empire Bouffon Company is in the Fringe again! The last time they were in Vancouver with You Killed Hamlet, many people were offended and walked out of their show—a fact that the Georgia Straight’s Colin Thomas gleefully wrote about in his review.

We can’t wait to see how the 2017 Festival comes together! See the full list of accepted artists (and the waitlists) here.

Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to Paper-Ya, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Theatre Wire, the Cinematheque, and Vancouver TheatreSports League for providing prizes for the people who came to the party!

Other Ways of Becoming A Fringe Artist

In Case You’re Too Far Down On The Waitlist

The Fringe Lottery has come and gone and if you are far, far down the waitlist, you may be wondering: How can I still be part of the 2017 Festival?

Trent Baumann in his show I Forgot to Fly Today

Trent Baumann’s I Forgot to Fly Today was a Site-Specific show at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Consider applying as a Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) artist! Pre-approved venues, include Havana, Carousel Theatre, and others are now accepting applications for rentals, which is the first step to being a BYOV artist. Check out all the details here.

Other categories, including Site-Specific and the Dramatic Works Series information can be found here. We can’t wait to see all the shows that come together to make the 2017 Festival!


New Year, New Name!

Our Executive Director, David Jordan, was really happy when the official name change document arrived in the mail!

Our Executive Director, David Jordan, was really happy when the official name change document arrived in the mail!

It’s almost 2017! Along with a new year, we have a new society name!

We’ve recently changed our society’s name to better reflect the organization’s work through Theatre Wire and the Fringe. We are now the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society! Our Vision is: Theatre for Everyone! And Our Mission is: Cultivating artists and audiences to create an open and vibrant independent theatre community.

And did you know that that the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society is a charity? The Society creates opportunities for artists through the Fringe Festival and through Theatre Wire. Be part of the Society and support artists by making a donation—and don’t forget to make your donation before midnight on December 31 so you can receive a 2016 tax receipt!

PS. Since you’ll be donating to the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, you’ll be able to take advantage of Fringe Benefits—including access to the exclusive donor box office so you can avoid the line at the 2017 Festival! Find more information and make a donation today!

Save The Date: Fringe Cabaret on January 20!


The Fringe Cabaret start January 20th!

The Fringe Cabaret is on January 20!

Do you need more Fringe in your life? Well you’ll soon have another opportunity to see Fringe performers with the Fringe Cabaret! Hosted and coordinated by Fringe Festival alumni Jeff Leard (The Show Must Go On, The Jupiter Rebellion: A Zach Zultana Adventure), Sydney Hayduk (Village Ax), and Fraz Wiest (Fraz vs The Future), the Fringe Cabaret will feature them and other Fringe artists performing skits and stories in cabaret style. Check it out on January 20, which will have the theme: the end of the world (guess who’s getting inaugurated that day). Buy your tickets here!

In the meantime, here’s the description that Jeff, Sydney, and Fraz sent our way:

Welp, it’s been a good ride but this is it, the end of the world is upon us! Take a break from stocking canned goods and celebrate with your favourite Fringe artists as we turn back the clock on… everything! So pull up your boot straps, dust off your radiation suits, and come on down for all the leg shaking dance moves, eye popping spectacle, and gut busting shenanigans the endless wasteland has to offer.

The first 20 people through the door will get a FREE picture of David Suzuki looking disappointed.

Making Spirits Bright: Support and Apply Today

November 29, 2016

We’re Celebrating #GivingTuesday with a Surprise!

Sign me up for Fringe Benefits please! Photo courtesy of Mike Vlasman

Sign me up for Fringe Benefits please! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

You heard from volunteer and theatre lover Holly Hamilton, our executive director David Jordan made an appearance, and you know that Fringe Matchmakers are doubling the impact of new, increased, and converted monthly donations—but what you don’t know is this….

New this year: any donor who makes a gift of $25 or more can skip the Box Office line at the 2017 Festival! We’re introducing your very own Box Office attendant during our busy Box Office times. We’ll serve donors only at the Donor Booth in the Hub. Yup, that’s new too!

Next (drumroll please) we’re extending Fall for the Fringe by a week and here’s why—we’ve revamped our Fringe Benefits Program, and we think you’re going to love it!

Fringe Benefits are Fringey tokens of our appreciation. They are exclusive perks that we know Fringe Fans will really appreciate! Fringe Benefits include merchandise and VIP tickets to Fringe events, among other awesome things! You can check out all the Benefits HERE!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day where amazing people step up to do amazing things. The Fringe needs your support. We’ve extended Fall for the Fringe and so you can still double the power of your Fringe Love if you act now because the Fringe Match Makers will make it so!

Donate now because there’s no better time to help make this year’s Festival


Be a Fringe Artist! Apply by November 30!

If you haven’t already and you want to toss your name in the hat for a chance to put on a show at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, apply by November 30 at 4:00pm PST!

To apply you just need to read this, fill in this form, and pay the $50 application fee. You’ll be entered into the Lottery for a Mainstage spot in the Festival. If you win on December 9, then the real work begins!

Other ways to become a Fringe Artist include the Bring Your Own Venue, the Dramatic Works Series, and the Site-Specific category. These applications will open in January and more information can be found here.

If you’re a woman-identified playwright, consider submitting to be part of Advance Theatre: New Works by Women. Submissions are due February 15 and information can be found here.

And yes, it’s true, Fringe show are uncensored so you have artistic freedom when creating your show!

A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol

In 2015 the Fringe held its first Christmas show ever, A Very Merry Fringemas. This year, Fringe heartthrobs, Peter n’ Chris created a show just for you—A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol!

On December 9 and 10 only, you can see a grumpy Chris as he’s visited on the night before Christmas (or maybe like a week before Christmas, honestly it’s a busy time for these Ghosts). Chris wastes most of his time with the first Ghost…

Chris Wilson shared reasons why you should see the show on the Theatre Wire blog. Meanwhile Peter Carlone did an in-depth interview with Theatre Wire where he reveals Peter n’ Chris performance rituals, the plays he dreams of directing, and how A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol is “a bit of an adventure show … with some hints of A Christmas Carol, just to get everyone in the MOOD.”

And if that’s not enough of a draw, a cash bar will be available featuring holiday cocktails in addition to beer and wine. Plus, if you purchase a VIP table, which seats up to four people, you’ll get Christmas-y treats along with appetizers from Emelle’s Catering, wine, and drink tickets!

Get your tickets or VIP tables here and prepare for a festive evening full of fun and laughter!

Get Lucky at the Fringe Lottery Party!


Whether you’ve applied for the Fringe Festival or you’re a Fringe Fan, we want to see you at the Lottery Party on December 9! If you’ve been before, or this is your first time, we promise a new and different Fringey good time!

All the details can be found HERE, including the link to RSVP—for free!

Granville Island 2040: Open House

Granville Island has been the Fringe’s home base since 2000 when the Festival moved most of its venues to the Island. It’s been a great partner and home as the Fringe has grown over the years. We know you love Granville Island too—we hear it every year through audience surveys!

But Granville Island is changing. The Emily Carr University of Art and Design will be moving their campus and it’s time to invigorate the Island and reinforce its founding vision. Over the past year, the Island has been busy surveying the public and stakeholders. Now they’re ready to present their findings and you’re invited!

On Saturday, December 3 at the Revue Stage on Granville Island you are welcome to drop in and view information between 10:30am and 4:30pm. There will also be presentations and Q&As with the project planning team at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can watch via livestream on Granville Island’s Facebook page.

For more information on the process Granville Island has be going through, visit GravilleIsland2040.ca.

The Theatre Scene

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


Basic Training
November 29 & December 3
Havana Theatre
Twenty-three unforgettable characters guide you through the true story of Kahlil Ashanti’s hilarious experience as a member of a military entertainment troupe called Tops In Blue and the shocking revelation that forces his attention home to face the abusive childhood he was trying to leave behind. Check out this video preview from when Kahlil took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe!

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
December 2 – 18
Jericho Arts Centre
Plenty of Fringe alumni star in the little-known story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (including David C. Jones, Adam Francis Proulx, Beth Gunderson, and Linden Banks)—the story of Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save the soul of Scrooge, everyone’s favourite curmudgeon.

The Most Honest Man in the World
December 19
Dusty Flower Shop (2050 Scotia Street)
Missed it at the 2015 Fringe? Andrew Wade builds a lie detector onstage and straps himself in. Using stories, music, apps, and tap shoes, Wade looks at old relationships and insecurities as he tries to learn how to honestly let go.