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30 shows found
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
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
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's A Glorious, Wonderful Life

Morrow’s Lark Theatre Company 
West Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Shelby Wyminga  
A delightfully dark comedy about loneliness and the longing to escape: Ethan and Gloria meet as the closing credits of It’s A Wonderful Life roll. Through a series of hilarious social blunders and moments of unexpected connection, modern day Katharine Hepburn and James Dean discover that each might have what the other needs.

Written with all the wit and spunk of Hollywood’s golden age, emerging playwright Shelby Wyminga cleverly matches the pole of timeless classics with today’s Netflix escapism to unveil the secrets we refuse to let show. 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

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
Brain Machine

Andrew Bailey 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Andrew Bailey 
baileylaughs.com 
Award winning monologist Andrew Bailey (The Adversary, Phantom Signal) proudly premieres Brain Machine. Generations of scientists create the web to bring “harmony and understanding” to humanity. Chaos ensues. Bailey attempts to escape technology by moving to a cabin in the woods. While there he accidentally creates a viral video. Chaos ensues. 

“Finally, a storyteller with something to say.” —The Edmonton Journal
“Bailey has perfected the formula for funny.” —Monday Magazine
“Bailey really is a master of the monologue.” —Culture Vulture 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

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

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

Sociocomic 
North Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Marylee Stephenson 
sociocomic.com 
• 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
An Arrangement of Shoes

Footnote Theatre and Tara Arts
London, UK 
Playwright: Abhishek Majumdar  
Fresh from a sell-out run in London, UK and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Footnote Theatre in association with Tara Arts presents the North American Premiere of this award-winning writing by Abhishek Majumdar.

Set in an Indian railway colony during the Gulf War, this poignant family portrait is a captivating solo tour de force about family and global history in the Age of Faith.

Commemorating 70 years of independence of Pakistan and India. 

“The truly sparkling Radhika Aggarwal drives the rich monologue.” —remotegoat
“Magnetic piece of theatre ... remarkable storytelling.” —Extra! Extra!

Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / Multicultural / 60 minutes / 14+

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
A Night at the Rose Coloured Discotheque

Buy Me Dinner First Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Dylan Archambault & Arggy Jenati  
Club kids Toasty and Jorge spend their night at the local rave. They’re regulars at the joint, drinks are cheap, friendships are still intact, and it’s most likely only Tylenol Extra Strength they found in the bottom of her purse but, the night is still young. A satire about independent culture, trying to find love, or trying to find a job in 2017. 

Written by comedy duo Dylan Archambault and Arggy Jenati who have worked for CBC Comedy and at The Groundlings Theatre and School. Contains mild profanity and nudity, maybe, depending on the night! Dance. Drink. Repeat! 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Naughty / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Nudity

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Fifty Shades of Dave

Happysad Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwrights: Kyle Carpenter & Nico Dicecco 
happysad.ca 
A loving tribute and erotic parody of The Vinyl Cafe. Fifty Shades of Dave thrusts Dave and Morley into situations you’ve never heard on the CBC. All the warmth and wit of Stuart McLean’s beloved stories with a sexy twist. If you thought Dave couldn’t truss a turkey... 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Naughty / Warm and Fuzzy / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Blue River Blues

Jim Sands Presents 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Jim Sands 
jim-sands.ca 
A one-person storytelling memoir about life as a Snowmobile Tour Guide at the Athabasca Glacier in 1979. Jim Sands (Charlie: A Hockey Story, The Shakuhachi Quest, and Dating für Dumb Heads) uses stories, songs, and images to tell an intricate tale of glaciers, gorbies, and grand theft auto told against the glorious spectacle of the Rocky Mountains. 

“A gregarious and engaging storyteller.” —Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald
“Quickly drew me under his spell.” —Donna G., The More the Merrier (Toronto)
“You are in for a treat.” —Jason Broadfoot, Plank Magazine 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Musical / Poetic / 60 minutes / 14+ 

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

Standing Room Only Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Keara Barnes 
kearabarnes.com 
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
Hyena Subpoena

Cat Kidd 
Montreal, Canada
Playwright: Cat Kidd 
catkidd.com 
Mona Morse travels through South Africa and through time. A multimedia meditation on predator and prey, and the creatures within. Hyena Subpoena has earned prize nominations with the League of Canadian Poets, Quebec Writers’ Federation, and Expozine. A love letter to all those who, like the hyena, defy easy categorization. 

“A riveting storyteller. ”—The Straits Times (Singapore)
“One of Canada’s most talented wordsmiths.” —Broken Pencil
“...a rollercoaster. Catharsis will come. Scream now, exhale at the end.” —LitLive.ca 

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
The Immaculate Big Bang

Bill Santiago 
New York, USA
Playwright: Bill Santiago 
billsantiago.com 
God. Science. Laughs.
Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, 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, and death (not necessarily in that order). 

Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe ****1/2 “No cosmic question is too challenging to escape the laser wit of Bill Santiago.” —DCMetro TheatreArts

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 18+

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Good Game in "GUNG HO!"

Good Game 
Toronto, Canada
Playwrights: Nick Chenosky, David Horn & Craig Scorgie 
goodgamecomedy.com 
Laugh with us won’t you? Won’t you?! After 10 years of what they call “comedy,” these sketch comedians are giving you nothing but the best. You deserve it. Why not? Sketch, songs, and uncomfortable feelings. Be agape with the glory of laughter.     
     
“This show has so many funny, unexpected moments.” —LondonFringe.ca
“These are clearly three naturally funny people.” —Bloody Underrated
“Sure to make you laugh ... A must see!” —The London Yodeller 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Weird / 65 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language


 

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
The Secret Of Castle Alphabet

HeARTbeat Theatre Productions 
Calgary, Canada 
Playwright: Adam Schnell 
heartbeattheatre.com 
Mea happens upon a mysterious old castle, unearthing the legend that one day, a true heir of the lost kingdom will return. This fantastical, imaginative story shows kids that each of them have the ability to change someone's world by being the best version of themselves. Good fun for kids and adults alike! You can dress up in your best castle garb! 

“A variety of comical characters, frequent and entertaining set and costume changes, and thought-provoking content delivered in a light, humorous style.” —Victoria Daniel, Brander Garden School 

The performance on September 12 is half-price!

Funny / Silly / Family Friendly / 55 minutes / All Ages 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Ain't True & Uncle False

Paul Strickland Presents 
Covington, USA 
Playwright: Paul Strickland 
ainttrue.com 
Step Right Up! Mark Twain meets Tim Burton in this one-man trailer-park comedy (with songs!).
 
***** —Winnipeg Free Press (2015)
***** —Vue Weekly (Edmonton, 2014)
“Ushers in a new storytelling presence instantly worthy of a place on the top shelf.” —Edmonton Journal (2014)
Winner: Best of Fest at the Calgary Fringe, 2016
Winner: Best of Fest at the Cincinnati Fringe, 2013 
“Through Strickland’s pitch perfect storytelling and verbal acrobatics ... we’re transported to a magical place where common sense may be in short supply, but wisdom abounds.” —CBC (2015) 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Musical / Poetic / 60 minutes / 14+

 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
The Inventor Of All Things

big word performance 
Finchampstead, UK
Playwright: jem rolls  
A Jewish Hungarian wrecked the Nazi Atomic Bomb? The unbelievably true story of forgotten genius Leo Szilard. Peacemaker, physicist, refugee, Martian, celebrity. And very funny. And even more eccentric. Hated by Generals, first to think of the Atom Bomb, and much too good to flush his own toilet. A big story of a little man in big times. 


***** "Captivating." —CBC
***** “Terrific!” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix
***** "This is what must-see fringe fare looks like." —Winnipeg Free Press

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ 


9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Roller Coaster

Placeholder Productions 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: TJ Dawe 
tjdawe.ca 
Jessie Award winning Fringe vet and solo show meister TJ Dawe (Burn Job, Medicine, Marathon, The Slipknot) (he’s been touring since 1994) (this is his 109th Fringe worldwide) (yes, really) returns with a monologue about why we go to war, who our real gods are, the bizarre phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the end of the world. 

“A master storyteller.” —Orlando Weekly
“This guy’s headed for the stand-up hall of fame.” —the Georgia Straight
“Come and see what a real virtuoso can do.” —Edmonton Journal 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Let Me Freeze Your Head

Neil McArthur 
Winnipeg, Canada 
Playwright: Neil McArthur 
neilmcarthur.com 
Why leave the future to your children when you can have it for yourself? Attend our short sales presentation to learn how you can preserve your brain to live again! This one-person show takes you on a deeply personal journey into the world of human cryonic preservation.
If you give Neil an hour, he may convince you to join him... when the time comes.

**** —CBC
“A must-see ... It’s thought-provoking and original.” —Mooney on Theatre
“A strange and moving story performed with a touch of humour and an undercurrent of pathos.” —Winnipeg Free Press 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Weird / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Shadowlands

Pretentious Productions 
Edmonton, Canada 
Playwright: Savanna Harvey 
savannaharvey.ca 
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
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
'Tween Earth and Sky

Windwhistle Theatre 
Nevada City, USA 
Playwright: Mark Lyon 
windwhistletheatre.com 
From a clever lad’s attempt to outwit a leprechaun, to stones which weep tears of regret over an ill-starred romance, to a ruined aristocrat’s desperate bargain with the Devil, and a young rake’s harrowing journey with a talking corpse, Mark Lyon’s dramatization of four Irish tales of the supernatural weaves an unforgettable spell of enchantment. 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

“He is a master storyteller.” —Victoria Times Colonist
“One man, Mark Lyon, a born storyteller and charismatic tenor carried the audience in his palms.” —Prince George Free Press 

Funny / Family Friendly / Poetic / 60 minutes / All Ages

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
The Indefinable Soul

Uscript Productions 
Vancovuer, Canada 
Playwright: Rachelle Tomm 
uscriptproductions.ca 
Inspired by passion, a poetic piece about a woman’s energizing mission to squeeze one hour into every minute. It’s about finding passion through fear, and allowing ourselves the vulnerability to absorb every experience. It’s not about the good or the bad; it’s about living to love, and loving the imperfections that create who we are.  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 50 minutes / 14+

 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Everybody Dies in December

Broken Turtle Productions 
Ottawa, Canada 
Playwright: Nancy Kenny 
nancykenny.ca 
From the creator/performer of Roller Derby Saved My Soul (2014 Pick of the Fringe/Canadian Comedy Award nominee), Everybody Dies in December is a dark comedy about living with death. Literally. Third generation funeral director, Claire, has it easy making friends. It’s not too hard when they don’t talk back.

Outstanding Solo Performance —London Fringe
Best Drama —Atlantic Fringe 
“Both terrific and hypnotizing.” —Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
“A delightfully quirky solo drama.” —the New Ottawa Critics
“Deliciously clever and funny.” —the Coast (Halifax)
“Kenny is a charmer ... undeniably original.” —Montreal Gazette 

This show will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Heard of Hearing on Thursday, September 14 at 5:10pm at Studio 1398.

Weird / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: Jumping Ship

Marcia Johnson 
Toronto, Canada
Playwright: Marcia Johnson
Directed by Marisa Smith

The year is 1904. Scottish sailor, Jamey Dunbar meets young entrepreneur, Audrey Williams on a beach in Jamaica. Their lives change forever. This is a love story inspired by the playwright’s great grandparents. 

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Multicultural / 100 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.






9/11/2017 1:30 PM
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: Go, No Go

bike circus
Toronto, Canada
Playwright: Natalie Frijia
Directed by Leanna Brodie 
natandthebike.weebly.com

Go, No Go is the story of 13 barrier-breaking pilots who in 1961 petitioned NASA to become the first female astronauts. And it’s about why you don’t know their names. Welcome to the space race.  

Intellectual / 60 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.

9/12/2017 1:30 PM
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