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Blinded By The Love

February 28, 2018

Cultchivating the Fringe with the After After Party

The Fringe is a place for emerging artists to experiment with their art and to learn to produce a show… and to be part of a big party! So it’s no surprise that The After After Party not only fit into the 2016 Fringe, but that they won the Public Market Pick of the Fringe, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Cultchivating the Fringe Award!

The Cultchivating the Fringe Award means that a Fringe show becomes part of an upcoming season at The Cultch—an amazing learning experience for emerging artists.

Did you see The After After Party at the 2016 Fringe? Maybe you missed it? Did you know they’ve added more for this new production? Catch this preview, then get yourself some tickets for performances March 6 to 17 and see the After Party girls in action yourself. Plus! Use promotional code BANGER and get $10 off your tickets! Valid for all performances from March 6 through 11, this sweet offer expires March 2 at midnight.

What Are You Waiting For? Get a Theatre Wire Subscription!

You love theatre. You see a lot of theatre. You wish you saw more theatre. If any, or all of these statements applies to you, you should really look into booking a Theatre Wire subscription! It’s as easy as checking out the Theatre Wire subscription page and booking tickets to at least three shows. That’s it. When you go to pay, your subscription discount is applied automatically, you become a subscriber, and you are entitled to some great subscriber benefits! Theatre Wire subscription shows are award winning, presented by the most talented independent theatre makers in Vancouver, and start as low as $16.50, before your subscriber discount!

Consider starting off your Theatre Wire Subscription with Blindside. You may recognize Stephanie Morin-Robert as one half of The Merkin Sisters, or as one half of Bushel and Peck. In her solo show Blindside, Stephanie integrates live video projection, contemporary dance, and comedic storytelling as she recounts her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her disability as a weapon. The show is on April 26 through 28.

Thank You Fringe Lovers!

You helped the Fringe get one of these $10,000 bundles! Keep on donating as we could really use the whole stack...

You helped the Fringe get one of these $10,000 bundles! Keep on donating as we could really use the whole stack…

Fringe Lover Kevin Campbell put up $5,000 and asked you to step up and support the Fringe and Theatre Wire with a donation, and boy did you ever! With one day to go we met our target and with Kevin’s match have raised $10,000! Thank you to all our donors! For anyone who was planning to donate, don’t worry, now is still a great time! We’re planning the 34th annual Festival and the fourth season of Theatre Wire and you will make a difference to arts and culture in Vancouver and the world with your support! Once again, thank you Kevin and thank you all!

Be a part of the Vancouver Fringe!

Join the best Board around! Our Board hosts events like Board Night at the Bar, where we drew for prizes! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Join the best Board around! Our Board hosts events like Board Night at the Bar, where we drew for prizes! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Always the banker in Monopoly? Love the Fringe? Show your love by helping us find a new Treasurer for the Fringe/VFTS Board (Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society).

Our very capable current treasurer, Bob Wang, will be leaving us in July, so we need someone to become the next Fringe Treasurer. As the treasurer, you would oversee the preparation of the annual budget, quarterly reports, and generally keeping on top on financial issues and helping keep the board informed.

See more details on the duties and skills we require. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Board member and Board Affairs Committee member, Jim Sibley at jim[dot]sibley[at]gmail[dot]com.

Artist Applications Update!

Still considering becoming a 2018 Fringe artist? There are just a few options left!

Bring Your Own Venue: Most pre-approved venues have now closed their application period, however Arts Umbrella is still accepting applications. Click here for more details.

One of 2017's site-specific shows was Slumber Here. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, the show needed to take place in a park... and not just because they had a real donkey. Photo by Al Ricard.

One of 2017’s site-specific shows was Slumber Here. Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the show needed to take place in a park… and not just because they had a real donkey. Photo by Al Ricard.

Site-Specific Applications: Think you have a perfect show to be performed at a specific location (ie not a theatre setting)? Is it walking distance to Granville Island or Havana on Commerical Drive? We’re still accepting proposals! Click here for more information! Proposals will be accepted until March 15.

That’s all for now! Mainstage artists have been drawn and Dramatic Works Series artists are now being waitlisted. If other opportunities arise, we’ll let you know!

More Ways to Join the Fringe

February 7, 2018

Lottery Results Are In!

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!

Fringe Bar Manager Ian Wardle drawing
the final balls of the night. Photo by Bruce McPherson.
PTC's Kathleen Flaherty presenting Sara Vickruck
with the Fringe New Play Prize. Photo by Bruce McPherson.
James Melcher winning a spot in the 2018 Fringe!
Photo by Bruce McPherson.
Travis Bernhardt (right) magically made these 
Rubik’s Cubes match after Fringe Board Member
Leslie Carty (left) mixed one up behind her back! Photo by Bruce McPherson.
Joylyn Secunda's The Moaning Yoni
and a very interesting kiss. Photo by Bruce McPherson.

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 for All the Lager (and Pale Ale)

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

Bring Your Own Venue Applications Now Open!

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
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.

Affair of Honor produced Qui Nguyen's Soul Samurai as part of the Dramatic Works Series in 2017.

Affair of Honor produced Qui Nguyen’s Soul Samurai as part of the Dramatic Works Series in 2017.

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.

Match This Love!

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!

Become a Fringe Lover, join our Commitment Club of monthly donors, or increase your Fringe Love by giving again and help us get to $10,000 through Kevin’s match!

*Our One True Love is this year’s top donor, but we love you all!

Are you a whiz with numbers? Our current Board Treasurer Bob Wang could use your help. Photo by Carlos Santos.

Are you a whiz with numbers? Our current Board Treasurer Bob Wang could use your help. Photo by Carlos Santos.

Be Our Treasurer in Waiting!

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.

We’re Hiring!

Think you can fit in with our wacky team? The Fringe is hiring! Photo of our 2017 Fringe Team by My City Photos.

Think you can fit in with our wacky team? The Fringe is hiring! Photo of our 2017 Fringe Team by My City Photos.

The Fringe is now searching for a Managing Director and a Sponsorship Manager!

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.