The Fringe Opens Tomorrow!

The Fringe Opens Tomorrow!

The Fringe is here… almost! Starting tomorrow, get ready to have A Shift in Perspective as you enjoy live, in-person shows and play readings written by Indigenous women playwrights, learn and grown with our workshops, and meet with Fringe staff, volunteers, and other Fringers—all at a safe distance, of course.

Come celebrate with us tomorrow, September 10, at 6pm as we officially launch the first mini-Fringe at the Free-For-All! Hang out with us as we unveil the Program Guide, have some fun in a Q&A round of “welcome to our bubble” trivia with special guests, and chat with us about all things Fringe! Register today so you can take a peek at what’s coming at the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival. As the name implies, there is no ticket charge for this event; however donations are encouraged!

Here are the Mainstage and Site-Specific shows opening very soon, so get your tickets now. Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, featuring dramatic readings of plays written by female-identifying Indigenous playwrights, starts on September 14–watch out for our next newsletter, where you can get to know them better! Presented in partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Savage Society, this year’s line-up is curated by Fringe alumna Tai Amy Grauman (Métis, Cree, and Haudenosaunee). We suggest that you book your tickets in advance to ease your arrival and communicate any accessibility considerations:

Richard Lett
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Richard Lett
Performance Works

Some people dodge bullets. Richard Lett takes 'em right in the gut—then does a hit show about it. He survived alcohol addiction (Sober But Never Clean), Testicular Cancer (One Nut Only), and now COVID-19. This legendary comedian, slam poet, musician, and mall Santa tells all. You will feel much better, just like him.

Funny / Musical / Poetic / 14+ / 60 minutes / Challenging Content
Judith Fair: an outdoor variety night
Alley Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwrights: Raven John, Lili Robinson, Cherine Amr, Caroline Hébert, Jackie T Hanlin & Nathania Bernabe, Bella Dé Colletage & Isla Lesbos, Ragini Kapil, Liesl Lafferty and Alex Masse
Picnic Pavilion


Take a socially-distanced seat and treat yourself to some live performance! Hyper-present spoken word, stand-up comedy, Egyptian folk music, queer burlesque, fight, Sign Language history, femme lesbian musical poetry, African-diaspora storytelling, and more by some of Vancouver’s top womxn and nonbinary performing artists!

Funny / Intense / Musical / 18+ / 120 minutes / Coarse Language / Violent Content / Sexual Content / Nudity / Challenging Content / Racialized Content / LGBTQ+ / Culturally Diverse

Art Heist
In Stride Entertainment
Vancouver, Canada
Playwrights: TJ Dawe & Ming Hudson
Yellow Crane Pad


Based on the true story of the world's biggest caper. Your group of ten or less will meet the main suspects and investigators in the theft of 13 works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. You’ll gather clues and figure out what really happened. Set your personal BS detector to high and help solve this mystery.

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 14+ / 90 minutes / Coarse Language

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Making the Fringe Accessible

With the Fringe’s vision being “Theatre for Everyone,” we strive to make the Festival accessible to patrons with different needs to ensure that everyone enjoys the Fringe as much as they can! Read on to see what accessibility supports are in place for the first mini-Fringe.

Mainstage venue Performance Works, where you can catch HARD 2 KILL, and Picnic Pavilion, where Judith Fair: an outdoor variety night and The Hills Have Eyes: A Generative Hillside Writing Workshop for Equity-Seeking Artists is happening, are fully wheelchair/mobility aid accessible! There may be some mobility considerations with the Yellow Crane Pad, where the roving show Art Heist is starting out. You can check back on this page for more information on the physical accessibility of Fringe venues!

For the first mini-Fringe, there will be ASL interpretations for both of Judith Fairs performances on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13! And if you’re interested in attending The Hills Have Pens: A Generative Hillside Writing Workshop for Equity-Seeking Artists on Sunday, September 20 at 1pm and would like to arrange for ASL interpretation, make sure to register by Wednesday, September 9 (which is today!)!

When you look at the Program Guide, you may see a symbol that looks like an eye—this indicates that a show is Low Vision-Friendly, which means that the show’s meaning and enjoyment does not depend on visual elements. For this first mini-Fringe, the Low Vision-Friendly shows are HARD 2 KILL, and all the shows that are part of the Advance Theatre series: ūtszan, The In-Between Place, Women of Papiyek, Turtle’s Island, and The Seventh Fire. This list was established based on criteria in consultation with the blind/low vision community.

The Attendant Ticket Program is back for another year! This program provides patrons with accessibility needs a complimentary ticket for a support person to accompany them to see shows. Tickets are subject to availability. Click here to learn more about the Attendant Ticket Program and e-mail us for any questions!

And finally, there are a limited number of free tickets to live performances for folks with financial barriers who are part of equity-seeking communities—these include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), living with disability, neurodiverse, LGBT2Q+, low vision, d/Deaf and hard of hearing). Tickets are subject to availability, and folks can apply to access a maximum of one ticket per show. Contact the Fringe’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Department to access a ticket today!

Please visit our website for more information on accessibility in the Fringe, or e-mail us if you have any questions!

Be Part of the Fringe Family!

A photo of Davey Calderon, a cisgender man of Filipinx descent, and June Fukumura, a cisgender woman of Japanese descent who's wearing a party hat. They are standing next to each other, leaning on an orange sandwich board with the poster of the show "My Name is SUMIKO" taped to it. Caption: Becoming part of the Fringe Family means supporting emerging artists, such as the 2019 Public Market Pick of the Fringe-winning show, My Name is SUMIKO! Pictured are co-creators Davey Calderon and June Fukumura. Photo by Al Ricard.

Becoming part of the Fringe Family means supporting emerging artists, such as the 2019 Public Market Pick of the Fringe-winning show, My Name is SUMIKO! Pictured are co-creators Davey Calderon and June Fukumura. Photo by Al Ricard.

Join the Fringe Family today! They make “Theatre for Everyone” possible through their generous donations. When you give to the Fringe, you are supporting emerging artists, investing in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Fringe and theatre community, making theatre accessible, and growing a community of people who participate and share in the theatre experience. 

Commit to a monthly donation of $15 or more and you’ll automatically become a Fringe insider. You’ll get first access to new tickets, exclusive event invitations, and be the first to hear about the latest developments. You can contact the Fringe’s Director of Sponsorship and Development, Chelsey Stuyt, at chelsey@vancouverfringe.com for more information! 

And whether you’re already part of the Fringe Family or just about to be, we want to get the word out that the Fringe matters. That the arts matter. And that we will stand together to protect the arts for generations to come. To do this, we need a short video featuring YOU! 

All you need to do is take a video of you, your loved ones, or even your entire bubble finishing one of the following sentences with as much energy and enthusiasm as possible! 

“I support the Fringe because…”
“Fringe matters because…” 

We encourage keeping your video short and sweet! Please take your video in landscape orientation (put your phone sideways) and e-mail the video to Chelsey. If you have any difficulty attaching the video, you can also send it to us via our Facebook page. We need to get the word out that the Fringe matters, and there’s no better way than for all of us to speak together! 

This video will be used to promote the Fringe and to encourage others to donate and support the Festival for years to come. Send us an e-mail if you have any questions!