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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
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
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
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 for matinees and opening weekend


Nov. 17-26, 2017
Performance Works
11/17/2017 To 11/26/2017
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, 2017
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