The Immaculate Convection
There’s still time to RSVP for Fringe 101! Whether you’re interested in putting on a Fringe show in the future, want to discover different ways to Fringe, or just want to learn what we do, you’re invited to this free information session. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Vancouver Fringe Festival, from the different ways you can be part of the Fringe as an artist, to the nitty-gritty things you need to get in order once you’ve been accepted. We’re also bringing Fringe alumni to talk about their experiences and see what the Fringe has done for their artistic careers!
We just wrapped up the first Fringe 101 session on November 14 with our long-time Artist Services Coordinator Jess Amy Shead and 2018 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winner Diana Bang (SELF-ish and The Lady Show), who shared tips that would benefit prospective Fringe performers and stressed the importance of seeing Fringe shows during the Festival. Our next session will be on November 21 at the Strathcona Community Centre’s Multipurpose Room, where we’ll be joined again by Jess, and 2017 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winner Rohit Chokhani (Bombay Black). The session starts at 7:00pm, with space for Q&A and informal conversation until 8:30pm.
If you’re interested, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your dietary restrictions and other needs that we could accommodate. There will be food and refreshments during the event. There will also be ASL interpretation available for the session.
The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) recently announced the winners of the 2019 Touring Lottery, which guarantees companies a spot in the Fringe Festivals of their choosing. Let’s see who’s coming to the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival!
Gracing the Fringe Mainstage for the first time in 2019 will be Write in the Kisser / Dumb Ax Productions’ Naked Tourist, Sacred Mountain by Rod McPherson, Rage Sweater Theatre Productions’ Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior by Monica Ogden and Ann-Bernice Thomas, An Actor’s Quest by Arthur MacKinnon, Things the Trees Taught Them by Meg Webster, Janoah “anygoodjokes?” Productions’ SpinS by Janoah Bailin, and a yet to be titled production by Convection Productions’ Laura Anne Harris.
We’re also glad to have returning Vancouver Fringers for the 2019 Festival—say hello again to Squirrel Suit Productions’ Carlyn Rhamey! You may remember her from The ADHD Project, where the Georgia Straight commended her for being “openhearted and generous [as] a performer!” Also coming back will be Bill Santiago with The Immaculate Big Bang, which Colin Thomas praised as being “so much better than the rest of the stand-up I’ve seen at [the 2017] Fringe that he makes the other guys look like they’re sitting down.”
Give a warm welcome to Tonic Records’ Didn’t Hurt by Rodney DeCroo and Fringe veteran TJ Dawe. Rodney’s 2013 Fringe show Allegheny, BC, was applauded by the Georgia Straight for “build[ing] a real, heart-aching intimacy over 50 minutes,” while TJ Dawe has received praise for his shows at the 2018 Fringe, including A Sad-Ass Cabaret, which he was hailed for being a “master of transforming research into riveting stories.” And finally, another familiar Fringe face coming back to Vancouver is Shane Adamczak with a show that’s yet to be titled. You may remember him from the 2016 Fringe hit The Ballad of Frank Allen, the show about a guy who lives in another guy’s beard that the Georgia Straight called “Hilarious. Insanely original.”
Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!
November 22-December 8
A timely and darkly comedic interpretation of the classic dysfunctional family, Pi Theatre‘s production of Taylor Mac’s Hir follows the story the story of Isaac, who returns to a household in revolt upon coming back from war. Arnold, the patriarch, has become disabled, leaving Paige liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage. Isaac’s younger sibling Max, is a newly out transgender teen with a thing or two to teach the world. And Isaac? He has to come to terms with where his loyalties really live.
November 22-December 1
If you missed Affair of Honor’s production of Qui Nguyen’s Soul Samurai at the 2017 Fringe’s Dramatic Works Series, here’s your chance to see it again! Set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan, the play is about young samurai Dewdrop, who is on a mission to avenge the death of her lover at the hands of the Long Tooth Gang. But she’ll have to battle burnouts, shoguns, flashbacks, and her wise-ass b-boy sidekick just to make it across the Brooklyn Bridge.
House Nocturnae – Deeper & Darker
Vancouver Fringe sensation House Nocturnae is back with five acts that go Deeper & Darker in tantalizing the senses! They invite audiences to step into an electric roadhouse where enigmatic fantasies come alive after dark. With every sip, witness a menagerie of captivating performers prowling the dusty stage. Eclectic dancers, burlesque stripteasers, and torch singers show you the intoxicating taxonomy of the night.