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January 10, 2018

Artist Applications for the 2018 Fringe Now Open!

The time has finally arrived! Applications for the Mainstage Category at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival are now open!

What would your show be about? From left to right: Include fight choreography like in I Am For You? Sketch comedy like in Help! I'm American? Wear wings like in Stupid Cupid? Photos by Michael Levy.

What would your show be about? From left to right: Include fight choreography like in I Am For You? Sketch comedy like in Help! I’m American? Wear wings like in Stupid Cupid? Photos by Michael Levy.

Mainstage Venue spots refer to shows that are placed in a venue supplied by the Festival, including a technician, basic lighting and sound, as well as Box Office services and inclusion in the Fringe Festival Program Guide. Mainstage Artists receive approximately six performance spots, September 6-16, 2018. Apply by Friday, January 26 at noon (Pacific time) by registering at Eventotron. Mainstage application fees are $50. For more details visit the Artists’ page on the Vancouver Fringe website.

And yes, it’s true! The Fringe is an unjuried, uncensored festival. Applications are drawn from a hat! Literally, a hat. That means that everyone has an equal chance! Plus you don’t need to know what your show is… yet. All you need to provide for this application is contact information, $50, and to agree to the terms. If you are selected we’ll ask you for more information. Apply today!

Looking for other ways to be a 2018 Fringe artist? Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV), Site-Specific, and Dramatic Works Series information will be available after the Mainstage Lottery.

If you identify as a woman playwright, consider applying to be part of Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women. Selected plays will be presented as dramatic readings during matinees at the 2018 Festival. For information on submitting, visit Ruby Slippers Theatre. Submissions are due February 15.

Save the Date! Lottery Party is on January 30!

That whole drawing out of a hat thing sounds fun right? Well you’re invited to watch the draw! Join us at the Mainstage Lottery Party!

Be the first to know who’s coming to the Festival. Join us at Studio 1398 on January 30. Details coming soon!

Shantini will certainly be missed at the Fringe!

Shantini will certainly be missed at the Fringe!

Farewell Shantini!

Congratulations to Shantini Klaassen, our outgoing Managing Director, who is taking on the role of Managing Producer at Electric Company Theatre!

Since 2011, Shantini has played an important role at the Fringe. Starting as the Box Office Manager before moving on to Operations Manager, and finally to Managing Director, Shantini made sure the Festival ran smoothly behind the scenes—including implementing accessibility initiatives, building relationships with artists, creating our now annual Fringemas event, fixing our printer (over and over again), and enforcing mandatory fun days for staff. And she even put on a Fringe show herself in 2014 (The Chariot Cities)!

As we said on Facebook, the Electrics are damn lucky to have her!

The Theatre Scene

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

January 17
The Heritage Grill (New Westminster)
2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival hit, winner of the Cultchivating the Fringe Award and the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, Jayson McDonald channels the bizarre and disorienting use of language that became William S. Burroughs’ signature style.

My Funny Valentine
February 7-18
The Dance Centre
Based on the tragic murder of gay 15-year-old Lawrence King, the critically acclaimed, Jessie-nominated My Funny Valentine examines the fracturing of opinion in the face of this horrendous act and explores the ripple effects of such hate on a community.

Who doesn’t love a dirty puppet show?

Who doesn’t love a dirty puppet show?

Vancouver International Puppet Festival’s HomeGrown Series
February 13-18
Performance Works
In anticipation of their international festival in October, the Vancouver International Puppet Festival is showcasing local talent with their HomeGrown Series including celebrated ventriloquist Kellie Haines’ family friendly A Birdy Told Me So, a co-presentation of Monster Theatre’s award-winning puppet murder mystery Who Killed Gertrude Crump?, and a saucy, naughty night of puppet mischief and mayhem for Valentine’s weekend, The Heart On Cabaret.

All I Want for Christmas is… Fringe Announcements!

December 7, 2017

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Fringemas!

Jeff Leard wants YOU to come to A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret on December 8!

Jeff Leard wants YOU to come to A Very Merry Christmas Cabaret on December 8!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Cabaret time! And A Very Merry Fringemas is here.

This Friday, December 8 we’re filling Studio 1398 with all of your favourite Fringers. That includes Jeff Leard (The Jupiter Rebellion), Sydney Hayduk (Village Ax), Mika Laulainen (Wild/Society), Alex Gullason & Carly Pokoradi (The Canada Show), Valerie Cotic (Mars), Devon More (Berlin Waltz), Joylyn Secunda (7 Ways to Die), Megan Philips (Not Enough), Travis Bernhardt (Chris & Travis), and Pippa Mackie (The Progressive Polygamists)! We’ve heard that Santa Claus himself might make an appearance.

Want a sneak peek? See how Pippa Mackie stole the show as a 6-year-old in her first grade Christmas pageant!

Stick around after A Very Merry Fringemas because we’re throwing a party! You’ll want to be there because a very special guest is attending: new Fringe Executive Director Laura Efron! So come celebrate the holidays with us and meet our new Executive Director. Friday, December 8 at 8pm. See  you there!

Red Bastard and Kevin, King of Egypt: It’s the CAFF Touring Lottery Winners!

The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) have drawn their winners for the 2018 CAFF Touring Lottery! All selected companies are guaranteed a spot in all the festivals they wish to perform in. So who’s coming to the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Let’s see!

Fringe firsts Indigenized Indigenous Theatre’s Treaty Tales: The Animals We Walk Beside by Josh Languedoc, MIND MAGIC Productions’ ANOMALY  by Louis Pezzani, and a yet to be titled Wish Experience production will have a go on a Vancouver Fringe stage in 2018.

And say welcome back to our returning Vancouver Fringers! Fringe circuit veteran Cory Thibert who brought HappinessTM to the Vancouver Fringe in 2016 returns after receiving the Future of the Fringe Award from the Ottawa Fringe in 2013 for The Tragicall Historie of Nick Wade (and other fuck ups). Shawn O’Hara is back with Advanced Field Zoology, a follow up to 2017 Vancouver Fringe hit Field Zoology, 101! Devon More Music is another familiar Fringe face you’ll remember from 2016’s Berlin Waltz and Sydney Hayduk with Peachy Keen Productions! Sydney was last here in 2015 with Village Ax!

Colette Kendall returns after ten years—when she “rescue[d] us from our dreary Canadian lack of glamour” (the Georgia Straight) with Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram. Rob Gee brings Kevin, King of Egypt, a story about an escaped psychiatric patient who is interrupted on his way to Egypt by Millie, a six-year-old with a mouth like a sandblaster to the Fringe. He brought Fruitcake to the 2011 Vancouver Fringe!

And last, but not least, is Eric Davis and Aitor Basauri of Red Bastard who return with Red Bastard: Lie With Me. Remember when he filmed a commercial for us in 2010?

And that’s the lineup! Who are you most excited to see at the 2018 Fringe?

Announcing the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize Winners!

Sara Vickruck and Anais West were awarded the Fringe New Play Prize for their play Poly Queer Love Ballad.

Sara Vickruck and Anais West were awarded the Fringe New Play Prize for their play Poly Queer Love Ballad.

Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are excited to announce that Anais West and Sara Vickruck have been awarded the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize for their new slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad! They will be working with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, whose experience in devising script work and her background in a band makes her the perfect collaborator.

In Poly Queer Love Ballad, Anais and Sara merge pop folk songs and spoken word to create a raw, intimate, genre-bending theatre experience. It follows Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, and Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, with a microphone, a loop pedal, and an array of instruments. Together they reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on sex.

As well as co-creating the play, Anais and Sara will perform the title roles in Poly Queer Love Ballad. You might remember Sara Vickruck, a queer theatre artist and musician, from NeOn at the rEvolver Festival and Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. With an Ovation Award and an E.V. Young Award under her belt, Sara is sure to impress. Her debut album Prologue is on iTunes! She’ll be joined by Anais West, queer actor and playwright and the current Associate Artistic Producer at Pi Theatre. After writing and producing Kill Your Lovers for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival and New York City’s Fresh Fruit Festival, Anais went on to co-produce the Virago Play Series, an initiative that develops and produces new work by female and femme playwrights. As a team, Anais and Sara will explore conceptions of queerness, while aiming to create a new representation of intimacy that isn’t confined by genre, medium, or societal obligations.

So keep your eyes peeled because Poly Queer Love Ballad will be at a Mainstage venue at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, September 6-16, 2018!

Want to be in the 2018 Fringe? Stay Tuned!

Hold tight! Applications for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival will be open soon. In fact, they’ll be included in our next newsletter! So make sure you’re subscribed to be the first to know when applications open. Information will also be available on our website as soon as a date is set.