Please Don’t Stop the Fringe

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.

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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!