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How I Lost One Pound, The Musical

Lesley Carlberg 
Mississauga, Canada 
Playwright: Lesley Carlberg 
Abandoned mom and lost soul, Lesley Carlberg is always battling the muffin top. But now she has bigger problems: her kids have left home. So what is she going to be when she grows up? How I Lost One Pound, The Musical follows Lesley’s quest in this dizzying world to realize her purpose in life now, and maybe even lose a pound or two but probably not. 

“I figure, with all the laughing I did, I must’ve lost at least one pound.” —Lauren Stein, Mooney on Theatre 

The performances on September 7 and September 8 are half-price!
Funny / Musical / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: How I Lost One Pound, the Musical is written, created and performed by a woman.

9/7/2017 To 9/15/2017
The Cañete Chroñicles

Caturro Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Andy Cañete
Chilean-Canadian comedian and Fringe veteran returns for to the Vancouver Fringe for the third time with a new collection of stories from the last 20 years after returning to Canada from Chile. It picks up where his first hit show Porn & Pinochet left off. (Though you don’t need to have seen that one to understand this one). 

“He also makes you question your place in the world, something only the best comedians are capable of doing.” —Plank Magazine
“He’s charming and likeable, funny and self-deprecating.” —Mooney on Theatre 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

Underrepresented artist: The Cañete Chroñicles is written, performed and directed by Chilean-Canadian comedian/storyteller Andy Cañete.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
No Big Deal

Tomo Suru Players 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Gerald Williams
A woman, her boyfriend, and the man who allegedly molested her. Funny, touching, and emotionally compelling as each person describes their experience around the event. From the writer/director of The Dance Teacher, a 2016 Fringe favourite, this story explores themes of consent, assault, education, and gazpacho and asks when is something “No Big Deal?”

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Gay. Emerging writer older.

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Lovely Lady Lump

That Girl Entertainment 
Yarraville, Australia 
Playwright: Lana Schwarcz 
Listen, I’m ok. I have a pesky cancer tumour in my left jug, but I’m not dying and I’m the luckiest person in the entire world. Cause f*ck cancer, man. F*ck cancer. Jokes, truths, and poignant bits from a comic who survived breast cancer.

Winner: Most Outstanding Solo (Ottawa Fringe 2016)
Best Theatre (Dunedin Fringe 2016)
Highly Commended Theatre Award (Adelaide Fringe 2017) 
“Hilariously honest.” —Sometimes Melbourne
“Uproariously funny, devastating, heartfelt.” —the Residents
“Smart, funny, empowering ... you’ll fall in love with the unstoppable Lana Schwarcz.” —Inside Ottawa 

The performance on September 13 is half-price!

This show will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on Friday, September 15 at 6:45pm at Studio 1398.

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Nudity

Underrepresented artist: Written, performed, and created by wonder women.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Tightrope Talking

North Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Marylee Stephenson 
• Time spent in a Berkeley slammer.
• Lane-dancing with a dealer.
• Cars and sex through the ages.
• Obituaries.
• Bus drivers.
Marylee Stephenson is upping the story ante by outsourcing the topic to the audience! You name it, she tells it through instantaneous, dynamic, suspenseful combinations of totally true well-crafted stories! No two shows can ever be the same!     

The performance on September 14 is half-price!   

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / 50 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a 74-year-old lesbian with a Ph.D.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017

The Elegant Ladies Collective 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: The Elegant Ladies Collective 
The Elegant Ladies are back for our fourth year with another interactive, site-specific, interdisciplinary theatrical cornucopia. Make a choice, make a change, make a difference—this year we are at Make, and we are challenging our audience to remake themselves, and to engage in art as social resistance through acts of creative making and mischief. 

On Peripeteia: “Go see it.” —Plank Magazine
on ESUM: “They share freely of their creativity and compassion.” —Plank Magazine
on Eidola: “It sure was something special.” —Plank Magazine 

The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Weird / Poetic / Intimate / 45 minutes / 14+ 

Underrepresented artist: The Elegant Ladies strive to be an inclusive, LGBTQ friendly, and fully accessible community that prides itself on diversity.

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani

Raghupriya Society 
Burnaby, Canada
Playwright: Anosh Irani  
The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Poetic, mythic, and brave, Anosh Irani’s 2006 multiple Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, and directed by Mumbai-born, Fringe award winning producer Rohit Chokhani.

Rohit Chokhani’s prior Fringe award-winning production work in different capacities includes: Siddhartha:  A Journey Home, winner of the Talk of the Fringe Award, and Mrs. Singh and Me, winner of the Pick of the Fringe Award. 

Funny / Poetic / Multicultural / 100 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Smoke Fog

Underrepresented artist: Performed by culturally diverse actors - this production engages with the members of the blind community and the South Asian community and will take you on a journey into their world.

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Almost a Stepmom

Standing Room Only Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Keara Barnes 
Based on a true story. Keara moved to Ireland. She fell in love. Then she became a stepmom... almost. A darkly comic tale about the ups and downs of becoming a stepmother.

This award winning show has toured to critical acclaim throughout Western Canada, most recently completing a sold out run at the Vancouver CelticFest.

“Barnes has a stage presence like none I have ever seen ... If this show isn’t already on your Fringe list, make room for it.” —The Marble Theatre Review
“A show that you don’t want to miss.” —James Hutchison, Playwright
“Terrifically engaging.” —Jo Ledingham Theatre Reviews 

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Performed by local female playwright Keara Barnes.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Distractingly Sexy

Nebula Company Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mily Mumford 
Join real life scientist (and writer) Mily Mumford for an interactive ultra-funny, quite-wild, pretty-darn-sexy history of how women in science have been f*$%ed over for centuries.

Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party (Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver 2016)!

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Strobe Lights / Smoke Fog

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a queer woman in science.

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Alternate Endings

Bringing Down The House Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Danielle Braund
What happened to those happy endings you binge watched on your parent’s TV? In this one-woman memoir/parody/cabaret, Danielle (full-body) tackles love in all the wrong places, misplacing careers and car keys, while realizing she won’t self-actualize her inner-Beyoncé. If hurtling towards an imminent ending isn’t simple, at least it’s entertaining.  

The performance on September 10 is half-price!

Funny / Musical / 50 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Female writer/performer

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017

Theatre Terrific 
Vancovuer, Canada 
Playwright: Susanna Uchatius in collaboration with the cast. 
Breath-Ahhh’s all inclusive cast explores the universal truth... that breath is something we all share. This rhythmical explosive work uses dance, imagistic gestures, self-expressed soundscape, and all variations of emotional and physical breath to define the means to support humanity’s co-existence. Join us for another remarkable pioneering work! 

Theatre Terrific is in the development of increasing accessibility capacity for the Deaf-blind, low-vision, and blind communities. Please reach out at or through our ASL interpreters at 778.819.0836 for more information.

Weird / Poetic / Multicultural / 45 minutes / 14+

Underrepresented artist: Collaboratively created and performed by artists who may identify as deaf, physically, mentally, cognitively, gender and culturally different.


9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Graceless Grace

Spiderhands Collective 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Natalie Collins  
Graceful, talented, flexible, in time with the music... None of these things describe Grace Monroe, but a little thing like lack of talent won’t stop this determined dancer from following her dream of being Canada’s Next Dance Star! Laugh, cringe, and cry with Grace while she gets back in touch with reality. Whether she wants to or not.  

The performance on September 12 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 50 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a queer woman.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Her Name Was Mary...

Indigo Child Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Tai Amy Grauman  
A new girl comes to Amy’s small town school, her name was Mary. Quickly, they become best friends and share everything. Watch as they eat tapeworms, swallow laxatives, starve, puke, and learn the meaning of true unconditional friendship between the ages of 10 and 15. Once upon a time doesn’t turn out so beautiful...  

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Intense / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

Underrepresented artist: Written and directed by an Indigenous woman with a diverse cast.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Gruesome Playground Injuries

Island Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Rajiv Joseph 
Over the course of many years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre and macabre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare ghastly scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. 

“This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play’s bizarre events.” —Variety
“Irresistibly odd and exciting.” —NY Daily News

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

Underrepresented artist: Written by a South Asian-American playwright.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Beaver Dreams

Lost & Found Puppet Co. 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Maggie Winston 
A schtick you can to sink your teeth into. Winner of two and nominated for five Montreal Fringe Awards. Une famille. Generation after generation. Beavers. Les castors! Sharing the same land, the same lake, and the same nightmare depicting commercial development threatening their corner of paradise in the Laurentians, Quebec. Get wet at the best dam show! 

“Nothing less than brilliant.” —Savage Clown Montreal
“A very funny, creative piece worth catching!” —Daily Hive Montreal
“Everyone was simply in love, it won a ton of awards.” —Montreal Rampage 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Silly / Warm and Fuzzy / Family Friendly / 50 minutes / All Ages 

Underrepresented artist: Bilingual FR/EN

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Soul Samurai

Affair of Honor 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Qui Nguyen 
In this darkly awesome future, Shoguns reign, vampires infest Brooklyn, and the world has gone grindhouse. After losing her lover to some undead hoodlums, Dewdrop gets herself a training montage and a sidekick and sets off for revenge. Soul Samurai—a graphic novel explodes onstage: multimedia action topped with zine-like homemade sweetness.

The performance on September 12 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / LGBTQ+ / 100 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Gunshots / Smoke Fog

Underrepresented artist: Affair of Honor produces productions that are vehicles to represent Multicultural Artists.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Kurt Vonnegut's The Euphio Question

Little Mountain Lion 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Kurt Vonnegut (book), Matt Clarke (stageplay) 
A new adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1951 short story. A young physicist discovers radio waves from outer space that make anyone within earshot completely and utterly euphoric. The Euphio Question asks audiences what the true cost of happiness is when it comes at the mere flick of a switch.  

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 40 minutes / 14+

Underrepresented artist: This play features youth actors and designers.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017

Pretentious Productions 
Edmonton, Canada 
Playwright: Savanna Harvey 
Cells in a petri dish. A scientist. A ghost. A laboratory mouse. We are on a journey to see what can’t be seen. We are on a quest to find truth in the dark. Part of the 2017 Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals tour, Shadowlands will be presented in the Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringes.  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Poetic / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ 

Underrepresented artist: Female creator-performer.

9/8/2017 To 9/11/2017
Setting Bones

Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: lee williams boudakian, Kamee Abrahamian & Anoushka Ratnarajah 
When their mother and grandmother suddenly die, three estranged siblings are reunited in their childhood home, where they are confronted by legacies of displacement, cultural erasure, and fragmentation that have haunted their family for generations. In turn, they must rediscover one another and their desires for belonging, understanding, and love. 

Setting Bones is a new show from interdisciplinary arts company Kalik, and the 2017 winner of the Fringe New Play Prize from the Playwrights Theatre Company, with Dramaturgy from mia susan amir. 

The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Intimate / Multicultural / LGBTQ+ / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Strobe Lights

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by queer, trans and gender non-conforming people of colour.

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: Hidden Memories

Gwaandak Theatre 
Whitehorse, Canada 
Playwright: Lillian Nakamura Maguire
Directed by Donna Yamamoto 
The daughter of Japanese immigrants sifts through her parents’ memorabilia, piecing together their early BC life and forced relocation. She tries to find peace with her parents’ choices during times of racial discrimination, her own identity, and what she passes on to her daughter.
National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund support. 

Tear-Jerker / Poetic / Multicultural / 90 minutes / 14+

This show is part of the Advance Theatre New Works by Women series.

Tickets are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested rate of $5 to $10.

Underrepresented artist: Written by Lillian Nakamura Maguire, a second generation Japanese Canadian, emerging playwright living in Whitehorse Yukon.

9/13/2017 1:30 PM