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Ludwig and the Hammerklavier
Boondogglers Theater Co.
Playwright: James W. Jordan
1818! Join the cranky-but-friendly, idealistic-but- ... tired? ... Beethoven in his flat for drinks, a chat, and some piano. In a “raptus,” he takes measure of his life by scribbling measures for a new sonata, the Hammerklavier—a work (celebrating its bicentennial) that pulls him from a rut and heralds his “Late Period” (and his final years...).
This is a world premiere of the first act. The second act of the complete show is the full piano performance of the Hammerklavier. This full production is coming in 2020.
Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / All Ages / Coarse Language / 75 minutes Low vision
Jimmy Hogg: Like A Virgin
Playwright: Jimmy Hogg
The multiple award-winning English comedian brings you his comedy about the trials of youth, love, and loss of virginity. Physical, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling from a veteran of the Fringe circuit.
“Telling really funny stories is what Hogg does best. … If you want to know how to take ordinary life and turn it into theater, this guy is a master.” —Orlando Sentinel
“Jimmy Hogg’s exaggerated-for-comedic-effect sexual history/biography is piss-your-pants hilarious.” —Plank Magazine, Victoria
“Hogg is sharp as a whip and effortlessly charming.” —Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg
***** “Dickens would love this guy.” —Orlando Sentinel
Funny / Naughty / Intellectual / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / 60 minutes
Aaron Alexander Presents
Playwright: Aaron Alexander
If you could suddenly feel what a stranger feels or know what they know, how would it change the way you understand people, the world, or even yourself? Connect invites participants to rediscover the miracle of real “non-digital” human connection through a unique blend of participatory theatre, storytelling, and cutting-edge science.
Preview at the Havana Theatre added, August 29th at 9:30pm
Weird / Intellectual / Intimate / All Ages / 55 minutes
The Trophy Hunt
Playwright: Trina Davies
An exploration of who eats who. Parker has waited his whole life for this trip. Jan follows this same path and makes this same trip every day – there is still some enjoyment in nature. Soraya wishes they’d all leave her alone on her beach vacation. Go on a hunt for something wild and dangerous... you just might find it. Part of a rolling World Premiere mounted at five Fringes across the country this summer.
This site-specific production is part of a rolling World Premiere of this play that is being mounted at five Fringes Festivals across the country this summer.
Praise for Trina Davies’ previous show, Silence:
“Silence had me in tears the first time I read it.” —Dennis Garnhum, London’s Grand Theatre
Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / All Ages / 50 minutes
Playwright: Anna Dupuis Zuckerman
Two sisters are spending the winter at their childhood country home. Francis is waiting for a liver transplant and her sister Jesse joins her to be a caregiver. Time slows as they wait for the hospital call that will decide life or death. They talk about their memories, their dreams, and the option of the organ trade.
Intense / Intellectual / Intimate / 14+ / 60 minutes
Playwright: Natalie Frijia
A two-wheeled adventure of Canadian proportions! This one-woman storytelling whirlwind spins strange-but-true tales from a real life cross-country bicycle ride. Meet Wild West proprietors, haunted graveyards, and wanderers with secrets only fit for strangers! BikeFace will tickle your funny bone and ignite your thirst for adventure.
**** “A heartfelt adventure that’s equal parts classic road trip story (but on two wheels) and feminist ode to cycling.” —NOW Magazine
“Funny, inspiring, suspenseful, and wonderful.” —Kings River Life
***** —Vue Weekly
**** —Global News, Edmonton
Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content / Sexual Content / 60 minutes
Dusty Foot Productions
Written & Directed by Patricia Trinh
Abstract Sci-Fi dramedy. An interdimensional science experiment! Woman involuntarily takes an all inclusive internal trip after falling into a deep depression. A scientist is hired to navigate her neurological pathways from inside her mind – tackling the fact that humans cannot physically re-experience somatosensory sensation, like pain. What if that were the case for traumatic emotional pain? A creepy little girl is heard running by. What happens next?
Weird / Poetic / Intellectual / LGBTQ+ / Multicultural / 14+ / Sexual Content / 50 minutes
This show is created by an underrepresented Artist.
Written, directed, and produced by local theatre Artist Patricia Trinh, a Queer, Asian-Canadian female.
Crazy for Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation
North Adelaide, Australia
Playwright: Tim Motley
All new from Tim Motley...
Winner of 12 Fringe Festival Awards!
***** “Incredible.” —Edmonton Journal
***** “A perfect mix of magic show, stand-up routine, and murder mystery.” —Vue Weekly
Help everyone’s favourite psychic detective solve a murder in a 1930s asylum as he interrogates the hilarious and colourful new characters trapped inside.
Magic / Funny / Intellectual / 14+ / Coarse Language / 60 minutes
The Walk in the Snow: The True Story of Lise Meitner
big word performance
Playwright: jem rolls
Physicist, fugitive, pioneer, heroine.
On Christmas Eve 1938, two refugees from the Nazis walk out in the Swedish snow. Sat on a tree-trunk, they make the shocking discovery: the atom can be split.
And the world changes forever.
Jem Rolls tells the remarkable life of a determined and forgotten woman.
“I will have nothing to do with a bomb.”
From the creator of The Inventor Of All Things:
***** “If you love history, science and great storytelling, you cannot afford to miss this show.” —Edmonton Journal
Intense / Poetic / Intellectual / 14+ / 60 minutes
Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof
Andrew Frank Comedy
St. Charles, USA
Playwright: Andrew Frank
Andrew Frank: Cognitive Goof is an hour of cerebral stand-up comedy. Belief systems, social constructs, the human mind, technology, the biosphere, and the Cosmos are all one grandiose and hysterical joke.
**** ½ “Frank is a witty man, trading obvious jabs for sly observations, cerebral quips, and machine gun spitted declarations on the morality of the western world.” —Edmonton Journal
Funny / Silly / Intellectual / 18+ / 60 minutes
Tommy’s Amazing Journey
New Westminster, Canada
Playwrights: Pete Townsend/Kevin Armstrong
In 1969, The Who released Tommy, a concept album that was the first “Rock Opera.” Fifty years later, Kevin Armstrong (Opera for Heathens) brings his astounding solo performance of this seminal album to the Fringe, singing all of the roles while playing 8-string guitar.
Come and join us on an “Amazing Journey” with the “Pinball Wizard.”
“Opera for Heathens is a beautiful and often electrifying display.” —Vue Weekly, Edmonton
“And that voice, my God, that voice! … Prepare yourself for an hour of intense musical talent.” —Brieanna Ingram, Plank Magazine, Vancouver
Intense / Musical / Intellectual / All Ages / 60 minutes
AI Love You
Playwright: Melanie Anne Ball
Adam and April are a regular 20-something couple, very nearly blissfully generic, aside from one important detail: one of the pair is an “artificially intelligent companion.” Their joyful veneer has begun to crack and they need YOU to decide the future of their relationship. Is the freedom of a robot or the will of a human more important?
For AI Love You:
***** “Magnificent, complex and beautifully addictive.” —Spy in the Stalls
**** “Emotionally charged, deeply moving piece ... I was left with goosebumps.” —West End Wilma
**** —London City Nights
***** “The perfect show.” —Theatre Box
Intellectual / Intimate / Shocking / 14+ / 75 minutes
How to Become More Less Crazy
Playwright: Bill Bernat
Eternal despair is a little funny! TED speaker, The Moth Radio Hour storyteller, and Goalcast inspirational speaker Bill Bernat shows you how to connect to people and your own awesomeness. Gain comically diagrammed insights from Bill’s transformation from suffering with addiction, depression, and social anxiety to loving life—or at least liking it.
“Hilarious show that’s equal parts comedy and counseling.” —Josh Kern, MyNorthwest.com
“Bernat’s performance is being recognized by both the theater and mental health communities.” —Broadway World
Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / 14+ / Coarse Language / 75 minutes
Two Modern Noh Plays by Yukio Mishima
Midtwenties Theatre Society
Playwright: Yukio Mishima
Upon a successful run last year, Midtwenties Theatre is proud to be back to premiere Two Modern Noh Plays By Yukio Mishima for the 2019 Dramatic Works Series.
A 20-year old poet falls in love with a 90-year old woman and a young girl waits for a long-forgotten lover in this double-bill of two Noh plays by famous Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima.
“Hauntingly enigmatic, subtle and beautiful, Mishima’s masterpieces reach back into the deep past of ancient myth and brings into the modern world stories that are part fairy-tale, part surreal drama.” —Broadway World
Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / Multicultural / All Ages / 100 minutes
This show is created by an underrepresented Artist.
Collaboratively produced and performed by Artists from different genders and cultural backgrounds, including Asian and Métis.
Pieces of Eight
Playwright: Nathan Narusis
Housing costs or commuting blues got you down? Can Vancouverites team up to make our own solution? Romulus thought so and his friends rallied behind him. But can eight singles buy a 5,000 sq. ft. Kitsilano house without losing their sanity? And will the Mayor stop them before they find out? Don’t give up on Vancouver before seeing Pieces of Eight.
Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / 75 minutes
Play Together Productions
Playwright: Tyler Bielman
What if you could have all the answers? What questions would you ask? A politically incorrect, philosophical journey into an afterlife where two characters learn everything they ever wanted to know. And some things they only *thought* they wanted to know.
Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content /30 minutes
low vision friendly
Playwright: John Logan
Under the gaze of his young assistant Ken, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: a series of murals for New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Red is a raw and provocative portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
"Intense and exciting... a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts. ... Red captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations.” —The New York Times
Intense / In Your Face / Intellectual / 14+ / Coarse Language / 90 minutes
The Immaculate Big Bang
New York, USA
Playwright: Bill Santiago
Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, Comedy Central Comedian Bill Santiago goes in search of answers and laughs at the border of science and religion, exploring the comic nature of the cosmic quest for understanding existence, life, death, and the number 33 (not necessarily in that order).
“Bill Santiago’s comic monologue is so much better than the rest of the stand-up I’ve seen at this year’s [Vancouver] Fringe that he makes the other guys look like they’re sitting down.” —Colin Thomas, Substantive Editor
Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / 18+ / 75 mintues
North Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Yvonne Wallace
Director: Nyla Carpentier
A one-woman show about first language reconnection. Auntie Celia is at the end of her days. She has suffered from a heart attack and realizes that she has very little time left in this World. She makes a decision to have others accommodate her by refusing to speak English. Margaret, her niece, is about to discover that a lifelong path is about to unfold. Margaret is put to task to learn and think in her Ancestral first-language, Ucwalmicwts. Love will give her the strength she needs to let go as she realizes that the language is easy and it’s the life that was hard.
Intellectual / Tear-Jerker / Intense / 14+