The Fringe Turns 35!
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!
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 Vineyards, The Keg, Mobi, Hardbite, Boston Pizza, Habibi’s Mediterranean Foods, Clif Bars, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., and Rush Order Tees!
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.
Dead People’s Things
April 17 – May 5
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
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.