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Watching, Writing, Wiring, and Wassailing!

July 20, 2016

Fringe Binge!

Just a typical lineup at Waterfront Theatre during the Fringe!

Attention all binge Fringers… it’s time to buy your Frequent Fringer Cards! Cards are now available for you and a guest to have access to four, 10, or 30 regular Festival performances. Not only will you get to see tons of Fringe shows with a Frequent Fringer Card, but artists will also receive 100% of the proceeds from Frequent Fringer Card purchases. So, unlike Netflix, you get to binge watch without the guilt!

Frequent Fringer Cards are on sale now:
Frequent Fringer 4: Get 4 performances for $40
Frequent Fringer 10: Get 10 performances for $90
Frequent Fringer 30: Get 30 performances for $270

All of this is great, but you’ll have to hurry because there are a limited number of Frequent Fringer Cards available. Again, Cards are limited to regular Festival performances and are not valid at special events. Frequent Fringers are valid for one of two people per performance. Cards are non-transferable and tickets may be booked in advance or at the door. Memberships are required and must be purchased separately (except for the Frequent Fringer 30, which includes one Membership).

Purchase your Card now!

A Fringe-y Theatre Wire Season

Fringe alumni have joined Theatre Wire! (Top, left to right) Baba Brinkman, Alley Theatre, Peter n’ Chris, Butt Kapinski. (Bottom, left to right) Pajama Men, Chase Padgett, and Monster Theatre.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival is just around the corner. We know Fringe fans have a tendency to be rabid, consuming as many Fringe shows as they can during the 11-day span of the Festival—hey, there’s a reason Frequent Fringer Cards always sell out. With Theatre Wire, Fringe fans can nibble on Fringe-y treats all year long! And when you purchase a three or six show subscription package, tickets are just a few bucks more than Festival time shows. But don’t delay—early bird ticket pricing ends August 1!

There are seven shows in the 2016/2017 Theatre Wire season from Fringe alumni… perfect for a 6+ show subscription!

Originally from New Westminster, Baba Brinkman first made a splash at the Vancouver Fringe in 2003 when he performed The Rap Canterbury Tales. He took that show to the Edinburgh Fringe a year later and was soon well known for his Rap Guides to… just about everything. He loves knowledge and has his work peer reviewed by scientists—so you know his facts are legit. Baba brings the Rap Guide to Climate Chaos to Vancouver in October as part of the Theatre Wire season.

Alley Theatre has been a regular part of the Vancouver Fringe for a decade. With a penchant for exploring the dark side of human nature (Little One, Tape) and for site-specific theatre (Tape, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Space) Alley Theatre’s October offering meets both criteria. Set in the dark, Three Stories Up follows a cop trying to solve her husband’s murder in Vancouver’s seedy underbelly. (And it was written by Mack Gordon, another Fringe alum!)

Butt Kapinski wowed Fringe audiences in 2013 with audience participation like we’d never seen before and it won the Cultchivating the Fringe Award and the Volunteer Choice Award that year. We’re excited to have Butt create a special performance for the Fringe’s Opening Night on September 6, and can’t wait for the new show to be part of the Theatre Wire season in November.

Often called Fringe heartthrobs, Peter n’ Chris have joked their way into Fringe fans’ hearts by inviting them to tag along on their adventures to murderous hotels, inside their own bodies, and to the Kinda OK Corral while sharing their friendship along the way. Now the duo takes on Charles Dickens in A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol, an exclusive holiday romp this December.

In 2005, Pajama Men made their way to the Vancouver Fringe where they won the Pick of the Fringe. Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critics said, “These guys rock. Their previous shows have all been surreal and hilarious. Don’t miss ‘em.” Good advice. Since their success in 2005, the Men have toured internationally, winning awards and earning rave reviews. They’re back with Pterodactyl Nights as part of the Winterruption Festival in February.

Vancouver audiences were introduced to Chase Padgett’s musical range in 2013 when he performed 6 Guitars, which won the Public Market Pick of the Fringe, the BC Touring Council Award, and the Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award. In addition to the triumphant 6 Guitars, Chase often performs improv at Portland’s Curious Comedy Theater. He’ll be bringing his improv skills, along with his love of all musical genres, to Theatre Wire in April 2017 with a brand new show, Funny Music Weirdo.

Way back in 2002, Monster Theatre debuted their first ever Vancouver Fringe show, The Canada Show. Since then, Monster has become a staple of the Fringe Circuit, producing hits year after year, with a commitment “to presenting history and myths in an exciting new package for today’s audiences.” Just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary, The Canada Show is back in Vancouver in May 2017!

Check out all the shows on offer as part of the 2016/2017 Theatre Wire season here.

To purchase your Fringe themed Theatre Wire subscription, head over to TheatreWire.com and select your shows and preferred dates! Once you choose three or more shows, subscription pricing will automatically come into effect. Click here for more info on how subscriptions work and to see what perks are available to Theatre Wire subscribers.

Calling All Playwrights!

Are you a playwright who wants to produce a show in the Fringe? Maybe you need a little help crafting your dialogue and storyline? The Fringe New Play Prize just might be for you!

The Fringe works with various organizations that offer mentorship for developing artists. The Fringe New Play Prize is one of these. Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) is now accepting submissions and the selected artist will receive eight months of dramaturgy, a spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, free creation and rehearsal space, and a free, guaranteed Mainstage spot in the 2017 Vancouver Fringe!

Winners of in inaugural Fringe New Play Prize, SNAFU Dance Theatre’s Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future.

Applications are due October 2, 2016 and must include a script idea, outline, fragment, or draft; the resumes of artists involved in the creation; and a production plan. See PTC’s website for full details.

Previous Fringe New Play Prize winners include Derek Chan whose 2015 Fringe show, Starstuff: Per Aspera Ad Astra followed an astronaut on a perilous expedition; Tara Travis with The Unfortunate Ruth; SNAFU Dance Theatre with Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future; and Deneh’Cho Thompson, whose show, The Girl Who Was Raised By Wolverine, will be presented at the Fringe this year!

Do you have the beginning of a script for the 2017 Fringe? Apply for the Fringe New Play Prize now!

Big Rock Brewery: Sponsors of Creativity!

The amazing artwork on Big Rock Brewery labels! The Big Rock Brewery beverages that will be served at the Fringe Bar this year are the Grasshopper Wheat Ale, Citradelic, Mosaic Lager, Rock Creek Cider, and the Traditional Ale.

We are very excited to announce that Big Rock Brewery will once again be sponsoring the Fringe Bar! Drinks will be flowing every night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar while top-tier local musicians and DJs will grace the stage and add to the positive energy.

In addition to sponsoring the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Big Rock Brewery has a long history of being active participants in the arts. We spoke with Stuart Karol, Big Rock Brewery’s National Social Media Specialist, for more information:

Fringe: Between the festivals and theatrical events that you guys sponsor, and the very creative artwork that goes into your product labels, it’s clear that creativity is a point of focus for you guys. Speak on the reasoning behind this.

Stuart Karol: The inclusion of original artwork on our labels goes back over 30 years. Our founder, Ed McNally, and his wife Linda were big supporters of the arts community. Ed and Linda had a vast collection of their own artwork, and believed Big Rock’s labels were the perfect canvas to share great art with a broader audience. Ed was also pretty passionate about the art of brewing craft beer. We like to consider our Brewmasters artists in their own right. So, bringing the two together just feels right!

Creativity knows no bounds at the Fringe and the Fringe Bar… and you can be a part of it too! Big Rock Brewery and the Fringe are brewing up a contest where the winner will get to create their own beer! Stay tuned! We’ll be announcing the contest and details soon.

Reminder Fringe AGM on July 28!

The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (FVTS), producers of the Fringe Festival, will be holding an Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 28 at 6:00pm at Big Rock Urban Eatery. If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2015 Fringe Festival, then you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote during the AGM.

Murder the Fringe In Your Bed

July 7, 2016

Dick on the Fringe: A Can’t-Miss Opening Night

Private Dick, Butt Kapinski, will solve a Fringe murder on Opening Night! Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic.

*Cue film noir music*

It’s gonna be an amazing night. The type of night where even the most introverted member of your family would be heartbroken to miss. We could spill all the details if we wanted to. We could tell you all about how the Vancouver Fringe Festival Opening Night will knock your proverbial socks off with opportunities to meet Fringe artists and Fringe VIPs. We could let you know about the spectacular pre-show reception that includes:

But we’re gonna keep all that under wraps for now. All you need to know about this special event on September 6 is that there will be a featured performance from a person who some would say is one of the finest private eyes wearing a lamp on their head. Yes, we are talking about none other than the detective with the lisp: Butt Kapinski. Watching Butt means laughing your way to solving a murder mystery. That’s a two for one deal that even that even a gentleman with the brain of a dodo bird would know to take. So do yourself a favour, and get your tickets.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Location: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island)
Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: $50 (19+ only)
Click here to buy tickets.

Host an Artist, Help the Fringe!

How does being part of an artist’s Vancouver Fringe Festival experience sound? Good? Great! Then sign yourself up to become a billet host! By opening your home to our journeying Fringe artists, you’ll not only be an amazing supporter of the Festival, but you’ll also be an example of the wonderful people who reside in our great city!

The fringe artists will take what they can get, but if you give them the best bed with the finest sheets in your house, they won’t complain.

Once you fill out the Billet Request Form, we will ensure that your household is compatible with the amount of and types of Fringe artists that come into your home. Whether you have guest rooms, air mattresses, a loud household, or a quieter household, we will find the artist(s) that work for you! If you were a billet host during past Festivals and would like to bring back the artist(s) that you had before, we have an option on our form to request that as well. As a token of our appreciation, billet hosts will receive either a Volunteer Rush Pass, which allows free admission into any show that’s not already sold out, or 10 Exchange Vouchers for the 2016 Festival, which can be used for admission to any regular Fringe performance. Sounds great, right? We knew you would agree… so sign up!

And while we’re on the subject of volunteering… let’s talk about volunteering! We still have space for you to become one of our volunteers! Yes, you! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the perks that come with being a Vancouver Fringe volunteer, including the Volunteer Rush Pass! Check out all the positions we have, and then either sign up, or if you are a returning volunteer, simply update your profile. We’ll email you when shifts are available so you can sign up directly.

Thanks to Shear Comfort and the Great Jamaican for supporting our volunteer program (and yes, there will be Ginger Beer at the Volunteer Centre)!

Changing Our Name at the AGM on July 28!

The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, will be holding an Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 28 at Big Rock Urban Brewery, located at 310 West 4th Avenue. Doors open at 6:00pm.

If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival, you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. At this AGM, Members will be reviewing new bylaws, reviewing our constitution, ensuring compliance with the new Society Act, and will appoint the auditor.

Members will also vote on a proposed name change that would change the Society’s name from the First Vancouver TheatreSpace Society (FVTS) to the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS). The reason for this proposed name change is to have a Society name that better reflects the purpose of our organization.

Big thanks to our sponsor, Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery for hosting once again! See you there!

The Fringe at the Jessie Awards

The cast and crew of The North Plan accepting the award for Outstanding Production, Small Theatre, an award that was sponsored by Theatre Wire!

Congratulations to all the artists who were nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award this year… especially the nominated Fringe alumni!

The Fringe and Theatre Wire’s Executive Director, David Jordan, and Communications Director, Debby Reis, were in attendance at the Awards on June 27, where they live-tweeted  the events (@theatrewire) and posted the highlights on the Theatre Wire Instagram. Read our piece about the night and the Theatre Wire alumni who won Jessies in our last Theatre Wire newsletter. You can also find out more about the Jessies and all the shows and artists who were nominated and won on the Jessies’ website.