The Fringe Cabaret: Back to School Special

The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!


The Fringe Cabaret: Back to School Special
August 26, 2017

Summer is coming to a close and with September just around the corner it’s time to celebrate that special time of year.  A time filled with pencils and chalk, backpacks and spitballs, a time to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while and share stories of your summer adventures.  That’s right!  It’s Fringe again!  And our esteemed faculty of Fringe artists have prepared a pre-Fringe refresher course to make sure you get the most out of your Fringe experience.  Audiences will be encouraged to challenge their skills at laughter, applause, paying attention, and socializing in the lobby. 

*We do not offer college credit.

8/26/2017 8:00 PM
An Evening with Louise Penny
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church


A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

In her latest, gripping book, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called ‘the court of conscience.’ Join Penny to hear about the latest installment in her award-winning Gamache Series, her fascinating career – including why she left her CBC post to write her first novel – and insight into her work for devoted fans and new readers alike.

Louise Penny worked as a broadcaster with CBC before she began writing mysteries. Her first, Still Life, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel, along with awards in the United States and United Kingdom. Her subsequent novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache have earned her an enthusiastic following as well as several more awards. Penny lives near Montreal.

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St.
8/28/2017 7:30 PM
Salman Rushdie in Conversation

Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest in association with the Indian Summer Festival

Tickets for this event are available through The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

One of the most celebrated public thinkers of our time, the multi-award-winning and bestselling author Salman Rushdie discusses his latest, brilliant epic, The Golden House, at this special event. In quality and compelling scope, The Golden House is Rushdie’s The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby: an unparalleled modern-day thriller with a compelling storyline straight out of today’s headlines.

In The Golden House, real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the United States under mysterious circumstances. Soon, he and his three adult children assume new identities, reinventing themselves at the apex of New York society. At the event, Rushdie will consider the novel in the context of the current U.S. political climate, probing key moments in recent history, from the inauguration of Obama to post-election Trump. Join us for a timely conversation with one of the greatest writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Theatre Wire was listed in error as the ticket seller for this event. Tickets are available through The Chan Centre at http://chancentre.com/events/salman-rushdie-conversation/.

9/19/2017 7:30 PM
The Merkin Sisters

SNAFU & Stephanie Morin-Robert

Wednesday Sept. 20 at 7:00pm at Performance Works

Daughters of the now-defunct Merkin Empire, these formerly-famous sisters leave the house for the first time in a decade as they risk everything to present their Ultimate Work of Art. Think Olsen Twins meets Grey Gardens meets the Muppets.

“In a show that goes where few, if any, shows have gone before, their skits swing from superbly graceful to absolutely bizarre.” —The Orlando Sentinel

Sexual Content

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9/20/2017 7:00 PM
Give It Up

Morgan Brayton
Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00pm at Performance Works

Morgan Brayton has it all! Well, she has questions about it all. Where is her husband Scott Baio? When is SNL going to call? What happened to her big break? Did she miss it? Is this it? Will there be snacks? Outlandish characters and true stories combine for big laughs from this award-winning but still only moderately famous comedian.

"A fiercely funny, but biting look at 'the industry' that is film ... Brayton delivers with panache and incredible timing."
—Entertainment Vancouver

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9/21/2017 7:00 PM
Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch

Heartichoke Arts
Friday Sept. 22 at 7:00pm at Performance Works

Vancouver's very own internationally acclaimed, award-winning cabaret comedian Shirley Gnome sings explicitly honest songs about sex and human nature. A country, folk, soft-rock and pop cabaret mashed with wickedly witty lyrics and dark social commentary—with a dollop of empowerment and a dash of sequins. The show chronicles her attempt to write songs that might make the world a better place—raunch in tact.

"Hilarious... Gnome is a disarmingly likeable performer." —Chortle (UK)

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9/22/2017 7:00 PM
Peter n' Chris’ Best Bits

Friday Sept. 22 at 8:45pm at Performance Works


Three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winners Peter N' Chris return to bring you a night of sketch, friendship, and laughs with a collection of their very best stuff. The comic duo has been writing sketches and comedy shows for almost 9 years now and after all that time has finally accumulated one show's worth of pretty great material!               

★★★★★ ”Hugely and un endingly funny. The two comics exhibit a remarkable chemistry, an irresistible energy and bounce off each other like racquet balls.”  —Edmonton Sun    

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9/22/2017 8:45 PM
Viva

Bright Young Theatre and Aenigma Theatre

A contemporary ode to unconditional love. Viva follows two strangers, Alice and Graeme, whose lives become intertwined over the course of one night in Las Vegas. Alice comes to the city in a desperate attempt to secure an organ on the black market to save her dying brother; Graeme is partying with friends when he finds a photocard listing the services of a prostitute—and he becomes convinced the woman is his missing sister. Dark, poetic and thrilling, Viva promises to be an adventure for audiences.

13+, Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter
Pay What You Can Previews on October 12 and 13 at 8:00pm.


October 12-22, 2017
Havana Theatre

10/12/2017 To 10/22/2017
Falling Awake

RAGMOP Theatre presents Falling Awake, a surrealist physical comedy with mesmerizing illusions, salt, coffee, flash floods, the musing of love, and the questionable nature of reality. Falling Awake toured the Fringe receiving the acclaim of: Best of Fest, Staff Pick, Artists Pick (Edmonton); Best of Fringe Short-list, Best Ensemble (Toronto); The Montreal Clown Festival Award Nominee; The Joanna Maratta Award and The Mollie Bradly Award (Vancouver).

“So beautiful that I groaned with pleasure.” —Colin Thomas
“A mesmerizing display of physical comedy.” —NOW Toronto
“Seamless in every aspect.” —CJLO Montreal
“Breathtaking physical actors.” —Theatre in London

Oct 13-15, 2017
Studio 1398

10/13/2017 To 10/15/2017
In Conversation with Jennifer Egan
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre


A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad discusses her long-awaited first historical novel, Manhattan Beach, in this special event. Egan’s widely acclaimed books include The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a feature film starring Cameron Diaz, and The Keep, a national bestseller. In this anticipated event, she shares insight into her latest work, and opens up about her esteemed writing career to date. Join us for an engrossing and uplifting conversation with one of the foremost writers of our time.

Jennifer Egan is the author of five books of fiction, including A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Books Critics Circle Award; The Keep, a national bestseller; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine and many others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

More about Manhattan Beach:
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Manhattan Beach is a masterpiece, a deft and startling exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.
 
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Avenue
10/25/2017 7:30 PM
The Fringe Cabaret October

The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!

10/31/2017 8:00 PM
Two Views from the Sylvia
Presented by Kol Halev Performance Society

Two Views from the Sylvia is an exciting musical and theatre show of two original one-act plays about The Sylvia Hotel. The hotel’s walls, like the pages of a journal, reveal tales in which Vancouver’s history, and the struggles of its builder and his family, come to life. The first play, “Sylvia’s Hotel”, is set in Vancouver in 1912. It brings to life the origin of the Sylvia Hotel and the story of the Ablowitz-Goldstein family who built it. Young Sylvia Goldstein and Joe Fortes, the beloved lifeguard who taught Vancouver children to swim, develop a bond that helps Sylvia to realize her dreams. In the second play, “The Hotel Sylvia”, the story continues as we meet the characters whose lives and loves became interwoven with the story of The Sylvia over her 100-year history.

The premiere of Two Views from the Sylvia, a uniquely Vancouver story, will be presented by Kol Halev Performance Society November 8–12, 2017 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.
11/8/2017 To 11/12/2017
Waiting for First Light: In Conversation with Roméo Dallaire
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

In this candid, electric evening, Roméo Dallaire – bestselling author, retired general and senator, leading humanitarian – discusses his struggle with PTSD following his missions around the world including assisting the UN during the Rwandan Genocide. Rivaling Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, the RBC Taylor Prize-nominated memoir Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Struggle with PTSD is a moving self-portrait of a top political and military figure whose nights are invaded by despair, but who faces each day with the renewed desire to make a difference in the world.

Lieutenant-General (retired) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C., C.D., L.O.M. (U.S.), B.ésS., LL.D. (Hon.), D.Sc.Mil (Hon.), D.U. Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, especially in regards to child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities, General Dallaire is also a respected government and UN adviser, a bestselling author, and former Canadian Senator.

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St.
11/16/2017 7:30 PM
Satellites
Solo Collective Theatre

An activist author recovering from a head injury campaigns to stop off-shore millionaires from buying up local property only to learn that her neighbor is a “satellite kid”—a lonely, vulnerable teenager from China left to fend for himself in a monster house by his business-like mother—a realtor from Beijing. Others connected to the campaigning author include her husband, a police officer madly in love with their realtor, and a corrupt city administrator who accepts the ultimate bribe to keep foreign money pouring in. This play is a dark comedy about betrayal and loneliness in a city that has started to lose its identity, where characters orbit each other looking for connection and ultimately, love. This is an existential play about place and people; and most importantly about Vancouver’s continuing housing crisis. This dark comedy is by award-winning playwright and author Aaron Bushkowsky. It is inspired by Caroline Adderson’s book on Vancouver’s vanishing heritage homes, Vancouver Vanishes.

14+ Coarse Language
2-for-1 tickets for the Tuesday, November 21 performance
Discount tickets available for preview, opening weekend, and matinees


Preview: Thursday, November 16
Nov. 17-26, 2017
Performance Works
11/16/2017 To 11/26/2017
A Newfoundlander in Canada: Alan Doyle in Conversation
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

Following the runaway success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle discusses A Newfoundlander in Canada: a hilarious, heartwarming account of discovering Canada through the eyes of the Newfoundlander leaving home for the first time. The author shares never-before-heard stories from the band’s early touring days – including opening for Barney the Dinosaur and drinking moonshine with an elderly churchgoer in PEI – and takes the audience on a journey through the complexities of community, regionalism and the true meaning of ‘Canadianness’.

Alan Doyle is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. In 2012, Doyle released his first solo album, Boy on Bridge, which made the top twenty on the Canadian Albums chart. Doyle lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
 
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Avenue
11/20/2017 7:30 PM
Mockingjay: The Musical - A Hunger Games Musical
District 13 Presents

Good things come in threes... even angst filled dystopian musicals with kicky pop tunes. Mockingjay: The Musical concludes the adventures of Katniss Everdeen as she joins the rebels of District 13 in taking down President Snow and the Capitol. Along with action-packed battles and espionage, the love triangle continues as Katniss must finally choose between her dearest friend and her fellow tribute who has been brainwashed to kill her. To lighten the mood, the characters sing and dance to fun pop song parodies of artists like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Justin Bieber. So get ready for a final helping of Hunger Games Musical goodness.

14+

November 23 – 25, 2017
Studio 1398
11/23/2017 To 11/25/2017
The Fringe Cabaret December

The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!

12/8/2017 8:00 PM
My Funny Valentine

Zee Zee Theatre

Based on the tragic murder of gay 15-year-old Lawrence King, the critically acclaimed, Jessie-nominated My Funny Valentine examines the fracturing of opinion in the face of this horrendous act and explores the ripple effects of such hate on a community. Presented as a series of monologues exploring each character’s relationship to the crime, an unnamed character known only as the Collector embodies seven people on the fringes of the murder as he struggles to make sense of a gruesome act provoked by a seemingly innocent gesture. The play invites the audience to search through the confusing and chaotic implications of this death to find their own humanity.

“A play’s premiere is like a birth. My Funny Valentine is a beautiful baby.” —Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight

“An exceptionally beautiful piece of work…meticulously scripted characters shot through with contradictions…simply superb.” —Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

“Considering the subject matter, My Funny Valentine has more laughs than you’d expect [but] sadly, Deveau’s play is likely to remain topical for years to come.” —Mark Leiren-Young, The Vancouver Sun

Contains Coarse Language
2-for-1 Preview on February 7 at 8:00pm


February 7 – 18, 2018
The Dance Centre

2/7/2018 To 2/18/2018
Down in the Uncanny Valley
Nebula Company Theatre

Could you love a robot? In the near-future to keep up with the artificial intelligence arms race and survive a changing planet, many people are opting to have their minds “uploaded” into android bodies. But what parts of our humanity do we lose in the process? How do our relationships change when one, or both of us are no longer quite human? Could we even tell? Down in the Uncanny Valley is an up close and personal immersive show that explores how our bodies can make us human, how our minds can be tricked into believing what is true is false, and how what is virtual is in fact...reality.

14+ mature content
Contains coarse language, low visibility, haze, strobe
Preview February 20, 2018 at 8:00pm

February 20-25, 2018
Studio 16
2/20/2018 To 2/25/2018
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

Little Mountain Lion

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theatre and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

“Anne Washburn’s hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play ... does the improbable: It makes the end of civilization seem like the perfect time to create glowing objects of wonder and beauty.” —Time Out New York

Pay What You Can Preview on April 3, 2017.

April 3-21, 2018
Studio 1398

4/3/2018 To 4/21/2018
Blindside
Stéphanie Morin-Robert

After her recent American, Canadian, and European tour, one-eyed multiple award winner Stéphanie Morin-Robert returns to Vancouver to recount her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower. Raw, hilarious, and literally eye-popping!

★★★★★ “Expert physical comedy and impeccable timing.” —CBC
★★★★★ “Stephanie Morin-Robert is an absolute delight ... and a daring performer.” —Vue Weekly
★★★★★ “Intoxicating crescendo of laughter.” —Theatre in London 
★★★★★ ''Phenomenal and not to be missed!'' —Inside Ottawa

Caution: exposed eye sockets.

April 26-28, 2017
Studio 1398
4/26/2018 To 4/28/2018
Wet

ITSAZOO Productions

WET is a raw, in-yer-face play set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War. A soldier returns home from combat after suffering from a head injury. Her husband is forced to become her caregiver while she struggles with PTSD and he tries to unravel the mystery of what exactly happened to her. She finds herself abandoned by the country she served, in a near catatonic state, physically immobile, and left to languish in poverty in a basement suite with her unemployed and intimacy-starved husband. Tension escalates when a former war comrade shows up unwelcomed and unhinged. WET offers a devastating account of what some of our veterans come home to and how they must struggle to reclaim their humanity after being trained and conditioned into killing machines. The play mostly takes place in the aforementioned basement suite. As such, ITSAZOO will produce WET in a site-specific venue, an actual basement suite, thereby enhancing its potential for intimacy and intensity.

Nudity, Coarse Language, Violence

May 8 to May 27, 2018
Venue TBA
5/8/2018 To 5/27/2018