The Fringe Turns 35!

Help Us Celebrate with 35 for 35!

Image description: A collage of six images from the Fringe over the years. Top left: a naked woman holds two signs--

Not bad for 35, right? Help us celebrate our anniversary by donating to our 35 for 35 campaign!

Did you know the Vancouver Fringe is turning 35 this year? Time sure flies by fast—that means thousands of volunteers, hundreds of shows, scores of staff—all amounting to countless hours of showcasing Theatre for Everyone! 

We’re going to be celebrating our 35th anniversary by raising $35,000. Help us achieve this goal by donating through our website! As a thank you, we will give you a special shout-out on social media, and your name will be added to the list of 35 for 35 supporters, which we’ll feature at the donor booth during the 2019 Festival! You will also be invited to a special, exclusive 35 for 35 event during the 2019 Festival, which includes a private performance by a Fringe Artist and features food, drinks, and a chance to meet your fellow Fringe donors! 

Interested? Donate now, or e-mail our Director of Sponsorship and Development, Chelsey Stuyt, for more information! 

We <3 Our Volunteers!

Image description: a collage of four photos featuring Vancouver Fringe volunteers. Top left: Two older women wearing Fringe shirts under their jackets are sitting on a bench, looking at each other. Top right: four volunteers wearing their Fringe shirts, with the Raffle Coordinator wearing a "Raffle" apron on top of his Fringe shirt. He stands next to the two volunteers, while two are sitting down. They look at the camera, smiling. Bottom left: four volunteers stand next to the Bar Entrance sign, holding the Program Guide on each side. Bottom right: three volunteers hold up their Volunteer Passes to the camera, smiling. Caption: We're extremely grateful to all our volunteers! Photos by: Nandia Syabrina (top left and bottom right), Al Ricard (top right), and Cody Leung (bottom left).

We’re extremely grateful to all our volunteers! Photos by: Nandia Syabrina (top left and bottom right), Al Ricard (top right), and Cody Leung (bottom left).

This National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we want to thank and celebrate our more than 500 volunteers who have donated thousands upon thousands of hours of their time to the Fringe! With 11 days and 97 shows in the 2018 Festival, we can confidently say that the Festival would not have been possible without all the work volunteers do—from selling tickets, bartending, and to helping out with production, among other tasks. We also want to give a shout out to our Theatre Wire volunteers, who help operate our front of house smoothly. We seriously can’t do this work without you!  

One of our volunteers shared:

“Volunteering with the Fringe Festival was an amazing experience. I got to live a roller coaster of emotions in a very short period of time: from being mesmerized by all the shows that I got to attend for free, to the beautiful sense of community and belonging that I got to feel with the Fringe Family, whether it’s with other volunteers, staff, artists, or even patrons. I got to explore new venues around Vancouver, and memorize Granville Island like the back of my hand! The Fringe Festival gave me a beautiful sense of belonging, and I will definitely volunteer again next year.” 

We certainly look forward to having our returning volunteers back at the Festival, and welcome new ones to join our ever-growing family! Keep your eyes open for when we start recruiting volunteers for the 2019 Festival in June!  

Special thanks to Shear Comfort for generously supporting our volunteer program! And thanks to all the other sponsors who contributed to the program: Phillips Brewing and Malting Co., Wards Cider, Foodora, Road 13 VineyardsThe Keg, Mobi, Hardbite, Boston Pizza, Habibi’s Mediterranean Foods, Clif Bars, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., and Rush Order Tees!

Once again, from all of us at the Fringe, thank you to all of our past and present volunteers, and we hope to see you at this year’s Festival! 

The Theatre Scene

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

Never the Last
Now – April 20
Catch the world premiere of Delinquent Theatre’s Never the Last, which follows the passionate relationship of Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, one of the most innovative composers of early 20th century Europe, and expressionist painter Walter Gramatté. She is passionate, rude, and gifted; he is witty, emotional, and compassionate. Their love affair spans 10 years, four cities, artistic successes and failures, and tragedy.

Image description: A black and white photo of a sign on the road that says "Open: Dead People's Things For Sale". Caption: Zee Zee Theatre's Dead People's Things opens next week!

Zee Zee Theatre’s Dead People’s Things opens next week!

Dead People’s Things
April 17 – May 5
Studio 16
Dead People’s Things by Zee Zee Theatre explores the story of Phyllis, a Millennial, who inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She then must work with neighbour Beatrice, a Baby Boomer who has been named executrix, to try and make some sense of the life and death of a woman she barely knew, through the things she left behind.

April 30 – May 4
Progress Lab 1422
Get ready for a reversal of the typical theatre experience with BLANK, presented by Rumble Theatre, in association with Aurora Nova! This Canadian premiere production of Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s work is an interactive experience where audience and performer collide and collaborate to spark a new, moving life story each night.

Porn & Pinochet
May 1
The Backroom Theatre in The Heritage Grill
Fringe alumnus Andy Cañete is coming back with his show Porn & Pinochet…this time, as part of Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays! Andy Cañete grew up as a Chilean in Canada until age 13, when his family returned to Pinochet’s Chile, and he became a Canadian in Chile. While traversing the peccadilloes of a difficult family life and being an outsider, Porn & Pinochet touches on both risky and risqué themes.