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22 shows found
A Soldier's War
Strikes Twice Productions 
Saskatoon, Canada 
Playwright: Joshua Ramsden 
asoldierswar2017.com 
Inspired by the war-time letters written by the playwrights' grandfather, A Soldier’s War follows the journey of five Canadian soldiers during World War II—from basic training in Nova Scotia, through to D-Day and their return home. It's a story about brotherhood and friendship, honour, and the unrelenting desire to get home.  

The performance on September 7 is half-price!
 
Funny / Intense / Tear-Jerker / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content / Gunshots / Smoke Fog
9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Executing Justice

Bessie-Jean Productions 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Bill Pats
A 2013 Angus Reid Poll revealed that 66% of Canadians support the return of capital punishment. April 7, 2030, 11:00pm: Daryl Kane is one hour away from being the first person executed in Canada since 1962. This is his story.

2014 Rintoul Memorial Award Winner at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival
Written and performed by Bill Pats 

“Tough as nails drama.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Pats exhibits true, raw emotion on stage.” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix 

Intense / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches

Katharine Ferns 
Manchester, United Kingdom
Playwright: Katharine Ferns 
katharineferns.com 
This Canadian debut of a brutally funny storytelling show from Manchester based comedian Katharine Ferns is a comedic journey about learning to laugh at the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, and drug addiction—plus some feminism for comic relief.

“The most incredible comedy performance I’ve ever seen.” —Phil Jones (audience member as quoted on BBC Radio 2
“Observant and witty, Katharine is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes.” —TheWeeReview.com
“Salty-sweet, savagely honest, brutally funny.” —Scene Magazine 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Naughty / 70 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
It Figures

Meadtri Theatre 
New Westminster, Canada
Playwrights: Megan Kurzeja & Chad Kamer  
What is the average lifespan of a relationship? How do you calculate love with the law of large numbers? What variables lead to the greatest success rate? Liz and Chris experiment with this and other modern relationship issues when their young marriage is put to the test.  

Intense / Intimate / 30 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content


 

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

Tomo Suru Players 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Gerald Williams 
tomosuruplayers.com
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
A David Lynch Wet Dream

Acherontia Productions
Montreal, Canada
Composer/Performer: Natasha Perry-Fagant 
A David Lynch Wet Dream is a surrealist movement piece, a solo show following a character trying to find her place within a harsh and intangible landscape. The story of leaving the clutches of naivety and grappling with the ever-changing nature of identity. Making use of projection and an encompassing sound design, the show plunges the audience into a one of a kind sensory experience.

“By treating the audience as an abstract body … Natasha made a poignant statement about the role external pressures play in the day-to-day performativity of the human body ... Natasha was able to bring me from despair to empowerment.” —Sonja Hanson, CJLO

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Weird / Intense / Poetic / 45 minutes /  18+ / Nudity / Strobe Lights

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
I Am For You

Wunderdog Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mieko Ouchi  
Lainie and Mariam have it out for each other. When they finally come to violent blows, a newly minted student teacher has an idea: by teaching the girls the art of stage combat, he can help them understand the roots and costs of violence; but when they are cast as Mercutio and Tybalt in their school play, swords, words, and egos clash. 
  
Intense / Intimate / 65 minutes / 14+

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Throne

BlackJacq Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Chris Nash 
BlackJacq.com 
A troubled young Irish musician locks himself in a public restroom stall after receiving some devastating news. Inspired by true events. Contains mature subject matter and a bazillion f-words.  

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 30 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Adult Company

4am Theatre 
Duncan, Canada 
Playwrights: Jessica Schacht & Sam Young  
We’re always waiting for 4:00am—that magical time when the best memories are supposed to find us—if we can only endure the journey. Two couples come together one rainy spring evening to see if their friendships will survive the wait.

Co-written with the author 2014 Fringe show, Thus, I Curse Love!  

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Intense / Intellectual / Intimate / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Teaching Shakespeare

Doctor Keir Co. 
Montreal, Canada 
Playwright: Keir Cutler 
keircutler.com
The multi-award-winning parody of a college Shakespeare class and portrait of a frustrated actor turned frustrated professor returns to the Vancouver Fringe. Over 200 performances across Canada and the US.

“Hilarious example of how not to conduct a class.” —Toronto Sun
“Gloriously funny!” —Orlando Sentinel
“I’d give it an ‘A.’” —Backstage (New York) 
Teaching Shakespeare is playing to sold out houses for a good reason. It’s a very funny, witty, well-acted show. I loved it.” —Mooney on Theatre

Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Blood Countess

Prairie Fire 
Regina, Canada
Playwright: Sharon Nowlan  
Guinness World Records describes Elizabeth Bathory as the world’s most prolific murderess. Did this 16th century Countess kill over 600 girls to satisfy unquenchable bloodlust? Or was “Countess Dracula” the victim of a well-planned conspiracy? Meet this infamous character and decide for yourself.  

Intense / Intimate / Shocking / 60 minutes / 18+ / Violent Content

 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
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 
island-productions.ca 
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
Nobody's Boy

Kokoska Co. 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Kevin Kokoska 
kokoska.co 
Comedy and tragedy collide as a man attempts to cope with his son’s illness by performing unsolicited stand-up comedy sets in a pediatric care home cafeteria. Will you laugh at him?  

The performance on September 10 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Soul Samurai

Affair of Honor 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Qui Nguyen 
youtu.be/uFhBcK0Kv64 
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
The Man Who Sold the World

David Ortolano 
Longmont, USA
Playwright: David Ortolano 
davidortolano.com 
The Man Who Sold the World is a pre-apocalyptic dramady set in a post-truth, completely fictional world. The Burning Man is a bearer of “questionable news” and bears strong political messages about the current American agenda; the world versus America and America versus itself. Storytelling, multi-media, live music, and immersive theatre. 

“Dave Ortolano is both a theater Renaissance man and a friend of theater.” —Westword
“David Ortolano, in performances infused with heart.” —Denver Post 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Slumber Here

Geekenders Theatricals 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Fairlith Harvey, Ryan Caron, Andrew Lynch, Chelsey Stuyt 
geekenders.ca 
Do you want to fall in love tonight? Immerse yourself in the fantasy of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream as you become Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, Hippolyta, etc, and are escorted into the carnivalesque world of the fairies to be seduced by Oberon, assist the Mechanicals to fix their play, help Puck create mischief, and find your soulmate.  

Silly / Intense / Intimate / 45 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Disengaged

Efthimios 
Kitchener, Canada 
Playwright: Efthimios Nasiopoulos 
efthimioscomedy.com 
Coming off of this year’s Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, Disengaged reveals a comically raw look at relationships, love, and the institution of marriage through the eyes of a cynical, yet hopeless romantic. Follow Efthimios Nasiopoulos’ hilariously painful account of his two failed wedding engagements.  

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
OBIT: A Deathly Serious Comedy

Alone Together Productions 
Delta, Canada 
Playwrights: Cathy Collis & Simon Roberts 
obitfringe.wordpress.com 
Three distinct lives. Three different deaths. Countless comedic possibilities. Is it okay to laugh in the face of death? There’s no room for sentimentality as our cast of animated actors question whether our obituaries tell the whole story. OBIT is a deathly serious comedy about life. See this before you die!  

The performance on September 14 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Naughty / 65 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Bondage

West Moon Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: David Henry Hwang  
One of the most audacious and thought-provoking plays by Asian American playwright, David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Bondage deals with issues of race and racial stereotypes by placing a fully disguised man and woman in an S and M parlor playing out sexual games. Directed by Chris Lam (Redcurrant Collective's The Nether).  

Weird / Intense / Shocking / 65 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

 

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: SEX, DRUGS & AGE, the last taboo

Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Colleen Ann Fee  
Directed by Tammy Bentz.
A stormy drama infused with social diversity and provocative, raucous comedy tracks a couple torn apart by sexual conflict and challenges conventions and beliefs. Cast of six, plus violinist, comprise Vancouver’s top performers.

Warning: Mature adult content, sexual violence, provocative material which may offend beliefs.  

Funny / Intense / Shocking / 100 minutes / 18+ / Sexual Content / Violent Content

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.

9/14/2017 1:30 PM
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: Happy Place

Toronto, Canada 
Playwright: Pamela Mala Sinha
Directed by Fay Nass  
“Broken women determined to die helping each other live.”
Happy Place takes place in an inpatient facility for women suffering from depression. With insight, raw truth, and sometimes humour, these seven women force each other to look at themselves in a way they never could “outside”... finding compassion—even love—where they least expect it.
 
Intense / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 100 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

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.

9/15/2017 1:30 PM