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We’re the Best, and You are too!

October 7, 2019

Besting the Fringe

Thanks to all of you for making this year’s Fringe a blast! Photos by (clockwise from top left) John Roxas, Monique Sello, and Neil Bryan.

We’re simply the best—according to you! Thank you for voting for the Vancouver Fringe Festival as the Best Local Performing Arts Festival for the 24th Annual Georgia Straight Readers’ Choice Awards for the 16th year! Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who voted for the Fringe—here’s to the next 35 years with you all!  

Did you indulge in some Theatrically Delicious shows this year? If you did, make sure to fill out the Audience Survey so we can learn more about you! Plus, your responses help the Fringe in reporting to donors and funders!  

If you’re feeling some post-Fringe blues and want to reminisce the good times you had at the Fringe, check out our Facebook page to see some highlights from the Festival taken by our lovely and talented volunteers!   

Love the Fringe for the next 35 years

Become a Fringe Lover today and you’ll help keep the Festival going for the next 35 years! Photo by Marie-Catherine Massie.

Thanks to your support, the 35 for 35 campaign to raise $35,000 by the end of the Festival is a success! The final amounts are still being tallied, but make sure to become a Fringe Lover by October 31. If you donate a minimum of $25 before the end of the month, you’ll receive an invite to an exclusive donor event in November!  

It’s thanks to Fringe Lovers like you that Festival continues to thrive. Did you know the entire Dramatic Works Series is possible thanks to one donor? And thanks to another donor’s idea, the Fringe was able to host its first ever Artist Welcome Dinner? And monthly donors are the reason the Fringe is able to secure venues months in advance of the Festival! It’s true! Become a Fringe Lover today to support the Fringe as it grows for another 35 years! 

Go On Tour!

Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior was one of the CAFF Touring Lottery winners this year! Photo by Brandon Law.

Calling all (potential) Fringe Artists! The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals Touring Lottery is now open!

If you’ve ever wanted to take a Fringe show on the road, the CAFF Touring Lottery makes this process easier by giving Fringe Artists a guaranteed spot in a minimum of five Fringe Festivals in Canada and/or the United States. To be eligible for the lottery, Artists must have participated in at least one CAFF Member Festival before. Learn more about the Touring Lottery on CAFF’s website, and when you’re ready, start your application here and remember to submit by 10:00am (CST) on October 22. The lottery draw will take place on October 24, with results to be posted on CAFF’s website. Good luck and see you at the 2020 Fringe!

The Theatre Scene

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

Diwali in BC
October 6-November 1
Various Venues
Now returning for its third year, Diwali in BC is back with a groundbreaking and culturally diverse lineup of Artists from various traditions and backgrounds, including Fringe veterans Rohit Chokhani and Nyla Carpentier, and Mohamed Assani, who you may remember from his fantastic show at the Phillips Fringe Bar. The 2019 edition of Diwali in BC will continue to build on its success in Vancouver with special programming in the Punjabi Market and the Downtown Eastside, as well as Diwali presentations in Vernon and Cranbrook.

Did you miss (clockwise from top left) Didn’t Hurt, Legoland, How I Killed My Nan, and Where the Quiet Queers Are at the Fringe? Catch them again at the first Replay festival!

REPLAY: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again!
October 15-26
Havana Theatre
REPLAY: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again! features artists that are fresh from the Fringe, ready to pluck your heartstrings, knock you sideways, and make you laugh. Presented by Staircase Theatre Society, this festival features Amplify Choral Theatre (Where the Quiet Queers Are), Ragamuffin Productions (Legoland), Rodney DeCroo (Didn’t Hurt), Dion Arnold (How I Killed My Nan), and Power Pause Productions’ Joanna Rannelli and Hilary Filier, who are back with a new show after the successful run of The Most Massive Woman Wins at the Fringe! Plus, No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery from a few years back, will be back at REPLAY Festival!

November 3-16
Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch
Fringe alumna Jan Derbyshire needs help in determining her current state of sanity, so she turns the audience into a mental health review board. Join this irreverent fun of Jan’s hilarious and heart-aching journey through the mental health system. Grapple with hefty questions like: how do we define “crazy” and who gets to decide? In this case: you do.

Please Don’t Stop the Fringe

September 19, 2019

Spend Your Weekend with THE Pick of the Fringe!

Get your tickets for the Public Market Pick of the Fringe now, featuring the hottest shows from this year’s Festival! Clockwise from top left: Larry, Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life, Pretty Beast, Old-ish, My Name is SUMIKO, and Guards at the Taj.

Want to see your favourite Fringe show again? Or did you miss out on a great show because it was always sold out during the Festival? Well, we have some great news for you: you can see them for one more performance at the Public Market Pick of the Fringe, happening from Friday, September 20,until Sunday, September 22! Here’s a sneak peek of the shows that are going to wow you one more time:

Get ready for three nights of Fringe double features, starting with GoodSide ProductionsOld-ish on Friday, September 20, at 7:00pm, followed by Kazu Kusano’s Pretty Beast at 8:45pm.

Kick your night off on Saturday, September 21, with New(to)Town Collective’s My Name is SUMIKO at 7:00pm, and then the Artistic Risk Award-winning show, Larry, by Candy Bones Theatre at 8:45pm.

Finally, on Sunday, we’ll close Pick of the Fringe with Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life at 6:00pm, followed by Guards at the Taj at 7:45pm!

These performances will be showcased at Performance Works on Granville Island. Tickets are $25 and are available online or at the venue starting 45 minutes before the show starts. Click here for more details.

Save 20%??

Josh Languedoc is bringing back Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land at Pick Plus tonight! Buy your tickets now!

Want yet more Fringe? Don’t worry—Pick Plus is here to satisfy your post-Fringe cravings! Tonight, Josh Languedoc hits the stage with Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land and tomorrow check out two shows: Devon More’s Flute Loops and Weeping Spoon’s The Ballad of Frank Allen.

Want to save some cash on these shows an more Fringey goodness going on year-round? Save 20% on your tickets when you buy tickets to three, four, or five Theatre Wire shows, which include the Pick Plus offerings! Or save 30% when you buy tickets to six or more shows!

There are plenty of Fringe-y shows coming this year, including the 2017 Fringe hit, Ain’t True and Uncle False, Monster Theatre’s play creation showcase, Theatre Under the Gun, and TJ Dawe’s Roller Coaster! Check these shows out and all the others on offer now and get buying! Tickets must be purchased on the Theatre Wire website in advance for discounts to apply. Click here to read about the package and click here to see all the shows on offer as part of this amazing deal!

Thank You Volunteers!

We can’t thank the Volunteers enough for helping us make this year’s Festival a success again! Photos by: Al Ricard, Sam Krochmal, Simone Leslie, and Anita Kaur.

Once again, volunteers saved our butts during this Festival! We want to thank everyone who donated their valuable time, skills, and efforts to make sure the Fringe went off without a hitch. Whether playing up a customer service role selling tickets, helping patrons to their seats, selling raffle tickets, and pouring beverages or to those behind the scenes driving to and from venues, distributing Program Guides, laminating everything, and prepping snacks for their fellow volunteers—THANK YOU!

And an extra special thanks to those volunteers who took on new roles this year, stepped into empty shifts, helped out for an extra hour or 10. You are all stars!

Last night, Tuesday, September 17, we held our Volunteer Appreciation Party. It felt so good to get to thank those in attendance in person. Earnest Ice Cream donated four tasty flavours, pizza was devoured, as was Habibi’s dips with so much celery and carrots, and prizes from so many generous businesses were handed out to volunteers who went above and beyond.

Once again, THANK YOU! We can’t wait to see you next year!

Hysteria After the Fringe

After a successful run at the 2018 Fringe, Direct Theatre Collective is back with their hit show, Hysteria! Photo by Catchfall Photography.

Winner of the Joanna Maratta Award and the Mollie Bradley Award at the 2018 Fringe, Direct Theatre Collective are back with a redeveloped version of their hit show, Hysteria, playing at Havana Theatre from September 18 to 28.

Praised by Room Magazine for “ke[eping] the energy high and the laughs coming between moments of vulnerability,”  this version introduces elements that will be new to audiences who saw the show at the 2018 Festival: an expanded script and new vignettes, and new voices and stories from their cast.

This version also welcomes two of the original ensemble members, Lauren Martin and Ariel Martz-Oberlander at the directing helm, and three new ensemble members: Kapila Rego, Julia Muncs, and Florence Reiher, who will join Isa Sanchez and Jill Raymond. According to Jill, Direct Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director, having Lauren and Ariel at the co-director role means a real coherence in the show’s vision, and the new ensemble members have driven new creation and ideas for the show, such as puppetry and original music.

Jill emphasizes that Hysteria is important in furthering the conversations and posing questions regarding the #MeToo movement. “Hysteria is a really scary glimpse to where the future could lead… How do we undo the deeply rooted societal norms and expectations that are put onto us from such a young age? How do we create a sexual landscape that is safe and enjoyable for everyone? How do we navigate the murky conversations around consent and boundaries?” she says.

“We’ve learned that this show acts as a gateway for some of these tough topics to be presented in a way that is somehow simultaneously entertaining and provoking,” she adds.

Whether you’re seeing Hysteria for the first time or want to see the show’s evolution in the past year, make sure to get your tickets now! And if you have a Fringe Membership, make sure to enter the code DTCFR!NGE to watch their show half-price on their opening night tonight at 8:00pm, and on their performance at September 24!