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There Ain’t No More
Playwright: Willi Carlisle
In his final concert, an old folksinger confronts his troubled past, his legacy, and death itself with five instruments, square-dance calls, and dirty jokes in this haunting, heartfelt hootenanny. This tour-de-folk operetta addresses the faded and sometimes problematic legacy of American folk culture.
Winner of Best Show at the Orlando Fringe, 2017.
***** —CBC, Winnipeg & KC Applause
“Powerful ... Worth seeking out.” —Washington Post
“[A] manifestation of the current Renaissance of Americana.” —Chelsea Now
“Hauntingly beautiful and stunningly enchanting.” —Cincinnati City Beat
Funny / Musical / Poetic / 14+ / Coarse Language / 60 minutes
Awkward Stage Productions
Music and Lyrics by Craig Adams, Book by Ian Watson
Lift is a contemporary musical set in London’s Covent Garden Tube Station. The elevator ride takes one minute, but the journey inside takes us through eight lifetimes, allowing the characters to see and say things that might not otherwise ...come up. A rich, complex contemporary rock score and powerhouse vocals will not disappoint.
**** “Adams’ witty and poignant score brings coherence amongst fragmented bursts of dialogue, each song an eruption of unsaid truth.” —Whatsonstage.com (Soho Theatre Production)
Musical / Warm and Fuzzy / Intimate / Multicultural / LGBTQ+ / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / 80 minutes
Zack Adams: Love Songs for Future Girl
Weeping Spoon Productions
Playwright: Shane Adamczak
Celebrating the show’s 10-year anniversary, Australia’s rock’n’roll funny man returns with his award-winning Comedy Cabaret about love, loss, heartbreak, growing bad ginger beards and everything in between. Think of it as a cross between a rock concert and group therapy.
**** “Hilarious, sometimes raunchy, and often raunchily hilarious.” —CBC
“Laugh? I nearly died … This is a consistently funny, professionally executed show from one of Perth’s most industrious comedians.” —The West Australian
Funny / Naughty / Musical / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / 55 minutes
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life
Playwright: Keith Alessi
Triple award winner at the 2019 NYC Frigid Fringe. An inspirational true story of life, challenges, battles, and triumph. What choices do you make when confronted with life’s challenges? Will pursuit of a passion take you to a place you never imagined?
“A gem in New York City’s off-off Broadway scene.” —The Paper/FUpaper Blog, NYC
“Raw, authentic and beautiful.” —Theatre Addicts, Vancouver
“An intimate and affecting show.” —Vancouver Presents
Musical / Warm and Fuzzy / Intimate / All Ages / 60 minutes
Lil Theatre Company
Created by Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro
Six-time “Outstanding Performance” winner Tymisha Harris stars in this six-time Best of Fest winning off-Broadway biographical musical that combines theatre, cabaret, and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century.
***** “Tymisha Harris’ performance is a tour de force.” —CBC
***** “If there’s a truly must-see show... it’s Josephine.” —Winnipeg Free Press
***** “It’s is a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in.” —PlaysToSee, New York
Musical / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / Multicultural / 18+ / Sexual Content / Nudity / 75 minutes
This show is created by an underrepresented Artist.
Tymisha Harris, the performer and co-creator, is an African-American woman. The subject of the show is Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar, who was also bisexual.
The Legend of White Woman Creek
Playwrights: Katie Hartman & Nick Ryan
The American frontier, 1867: A young woman flees her war-torn home to start a new life in an unfamiliar land. A 13-song cycle of love, betrayal, and revenge sung by the ghost of Anna Morgan Faber.
***** “A series of magnificent narrative songs, performed just perfectly ... An absolute triumph of music, production and mischievous willingness to unnerve.” —Edmonton Journal “One of the most moving musicals I've seen in many moons.” —Orlando Weekly
Intense / Musical / Poetic / 14+ / Coarse Language / 60 minutes
Girls Night In
Monica Lee and the Couch Choir
Playwright: Monica Lee
Preaching from the couch, Monica Lee and the Couch Choir are tackling some of the most pressing issues of the day for women: wine, chocolate, women peeing on public toilet seats, how to make lemonade, sexting... Join these ladies for a Girls Night In!
Funny / Silly / Musical / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / 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
Gloria’s Happy Hour
Kat Single-Dain Productions
Playwright: Kat Single-Dain
Meet Gloria, your one and only for one night only. Gloria may be over-the-hill, but she is running down the other side! A showgirl in her prime, she doles out relationship advice to anyone who doesn’t ask and ends up getting it herself. Hilarious. You may just meet the love of your life.
From the creator of Jesse Award nominee Hard Times Hit Parade.
“Kat Single-Dain … has one of those resumes that compel instant credibility. Seeing her … in action proves her distinctions are entirely deserved.” —Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood “More complex and entertaining than a three-ring circus.” —Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver
Funny / Naughty / Musical / 18+ / Sexual Content / 65 minutes Low vision
Playwright: Susanna Uchatius
Workin’ addresses the personal and public value of work, the hierarchical status of different types of work, who works where, and why. What defines “something” as work and “something else” as not work?
“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.” —Helen Keller
Funny / Musical / Poetic / LGBTQ+/ Multicultural / All Ages / 45 minutes
This show is created by an underrepresented Artist.
The cast and crew are composed of people who are neurodiverse (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, brain damage), Indigenous (Haida, STL'ATL'IMX', Gitxsan/Witsuwit'en, Cree, Meti), Filipino, intersex, and living with a disability.
Playwright: Tim Bourgard
Hilarious, touching, fun. Old Tom is a quirky Old Fart. He takes you through the joys and challenges of living long, laughing hard, and loving deeply. Stories, jokes, songs, and tears, but mostly laughs. He’s everyone’s Granddad with a twist. He’s actually funny! Young or old, you’ll love him!
Winner of the People’s Choice & Best Actor Awards at the London One Act Festival, and Nominated for Best Comedy at the Brickenden Awards, London.
“A delightfully warm, poignant, silly and fun 60 minutes suitable for all, one that is sure to put a smile on your face that will stay long after you leave the theatre.” —Joe Belanger, the London Free Press
Funny / Silly / Musical / All Ages / 60 minutes
Ingénue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood
Melanie Gall Presents
St. Albert, Canada
Playwright: Melanie Gall
Judy is an icon—loved as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. But in the 1930s, Deanna Durbin was a far bigger star. A favorite of Roosevelt, Churchill, even Mussolini, her first kiss was front page news. At 27, she disappeared to a life of obscurity in France. The true tale of the lifelong friendship and rivalry of two great stars of Old Hollywood.
“Marvelous.” —Orlando Weekly
“Gall has whipped up a fizzy mix of history, personality, and musicality in this charming show.” —Orlando Sentinal
Musical / LGBTQ+ / Multicultural / All Ages / 60 minutes
Low Vision friendly
Where the Quiet Queers Are
Amplify Choral Theatre
Playwrights: Laura Fukumoto with Sara Jellicoe & Elyse Kantonen
She said, “How many of us build our families from our friends?” Two friends build an unlikely home in each other in the face of exhaustion, rising rent, and messy relationships. Using choral music, a cappella soundscape, and spoken poetry as the medium, this ensemble explores where the quiet queers go, and how to find family in a transient city.
Preview at the Havana Theatre added, August 31st at 7:30pm
Musical / Poetic / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / All Ages / Coarse Language / 45 minutes
low vision friendly
This show is created by an underrepresented Artist.
Poetry and script is written by a queer, mixed-race woman of colour. The show is conceptualized by queer women, and the cast is composed of LGBTQ+ Artists.
West Moon Theatre
Playwrights: Craig Lucas, Daniel Messe, Nathan Tysen
Amelie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.
“Bushels of imagination.” —Newsday
“The show is a quirky-sweet creampuff that breezily imports much of the movie’s off-kilter charm.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A triumph of adaptation, setting itself apart from the film to become its very own magical thing.” —The Guardian
Silly / Musical / Poetic / Multicultural/ All Ages / Sexual Content / 90 minutes
Carey-OK!: Timeless Timely Tunes
Chip Pop Productions
Playwright: Carey Wass
Winner: Favourite Performer at Victoria Fringe.
A mix of Robin Williams and Reggie Watts, Fringe fave Wass (Ride the Cyclone, **** —Globe & Mail) unleashes a one-man a cappella musical that blends singing, beatboxing, rapping, and dance into a series of uplifting song-o-logues about anxiety, social media, and his journey living in Vietnam.
“Sweet mother of mercy … it’s been years since I laughed as hard as I did at Carey-OK!—John Threlfall, Check The Program
***** “Carey-OK! is like if Bo Burnham was your cool high school teacher.” —Greg Kondrak, Theatre In London
Listed as a “Must-See Show” in Do250.com.
Funny / Musical / Poetic / All Ages / 60 minutes Low vision
The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical
Frenzied Millennial Collective
Playwrights: Nick Preston & Sam Dabrusin
This bold, new, and certainly hilarious musical sees best friends Caleb and Jess deal with a classic millennial crisis, navigating ethics in a world that so often rewards unethical behavior. In development since 2014, a complex Golden Era musical structure lifts this contemporary story, taking the audience on a fast-paced and unexpected ride.
Preview at the Havana Theatre added, September 1st at 9:30pm
Funny / Naughty / Musical / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / 90 minutes
The Woman Who Borrowed Memories
Playwright: Roan Shankaruk
Stella, an artist, left her city and traveled abroad to become famous. After a 15-year absence she returns to her old apartment, and her landlady informs her that her room is currently inhabited by an old acquaintance, Wanda. During her visit, Stella realizes that her old room is not enough for Wanda. She wants Stella’s very memories for her own.
The show includes English surtitle captions, making it d/Deaf Accessible. It is also low vision friendly.
Intense / Musical / Poetic / 14+ / 55 minutes
Deaf and low vision