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Blood Countess at the Vancouver Fringe Festival – Review and Interview

Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Interviews, Performance, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

September 13, 2017

Western culture is obsessed with gore and violence and torture. We love it in our media, we love it in our history and we love it in our folklore. I have a deep love of  Gothic literature from man made monsters to the romantic nobility that seduces women and then drains them of their blood and their mortal souls.

Vampires are the most popular mythical beings. They are more popular than fairies, unicorns, and leprechauns. There are good ones and there are bad ones. Misunderstood and completely feared.

The most famous vampire ever is and will always be Dracula, but if we were to root around into history you would find that Dracula was based on a Romanian nobleman Vlad the Impaler. The facts around his life are absolutely horrific, however, he didn’t drink blood and wasn’t a serial killer.

The second most famous “vampire” is a woman and her name is Erzebet (Elizabeth) Bathory, a pure blooded aristocrat from Hungary. Her family was the Kennedys of the time. Rich, educated, attractive and powerful. She married a well respected nobel who was also the head of the Hungarian Army and with that much power and responsibility one will always have a target on your back and that is where Blood Countess lives.

Written, directed and performed by Sharon Nowlan, this one woman show dives deep into the misogyny and misinformation surrounding “The Blood Countess” and the circumstances around her life of torment and eventual death.

It is gripping and intimate and visually striking. Employing minimal set but historic costumes and impressive poi and whip skills Nowlan will make you feel the betrayal and pain that one feels when you are centre of scandal and rumor.

It is not for everyone, you have to love history and you have love vampire to really get this show at its core. If you are thinking you are going to see torture porn at the Fringe you are going to be gravely mistaken. If you think that you are going to get Twilight or Interview With A Vampire, you should go to Netflix. This show is meant for us folks who are folk lore nerds.

You can see Blood Countess Friday September 15th at 8:40pm and Saturday September 16th at 4:15pm and tickets are available here.

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We were able to have a quick talk with Sharon about the project and her goals for Blood Countess and her future plans.

LM: Can you give us the history of the project?

SN: About 9 years ago I was working on a production of Dracula. At a party, the lead actor told me that I should play Elizabeth Bathory. I was unfamiliar with her, so I began looking into her story. Over the years I became more interested in the story, ordering every book I could find on the subject. Most portrayals of her supported the accepted legend: She was a prolific murderess, obsessed with her looks, who would kill young virgin girls in order to bathe in their blood.


Yet, when I focused my research on facts, and what could be proven with documentation, another portrayal emerged. She was educated and intelligent, spoke 5 languages (including the language of her peasants). A mother. A woman who managed a large amount of properties, worked in her community, started a school for young women, and supported war widows.

 

It was this contrast that kept compelling me to come back to the story.
Of course, it would have been quite easy (and fun!) to portray the legend in a bloody horror show. But it was after last year’s US election when I realized that I could not do that. I would not use a sensationalized story to portray this powerful and intelligent woman as a monster.

LM: What are your plans for the show in the future?

SN: That’s a tough questions to answer, at the end of a six city tour! It’s been challenging.
But, I think after I integrate my experiences of this summer, the Countess will rise again. I believe the subject matter, and the esthetic of the show, might appeal to a European audience. I would love to continue to tour it.

LM: Given that history is written by the winners do you think that women’s stories in history usually need to be retold later on in years to add context and nuance?

SN: I love the saying, “don’t believe everything that you think”. It’s so easy to except historical record as fact. But if you’ve ever been a subject of gossip, you know how quickly stories can get muddied. Women have not fared well in history. If we are to learn from it, it is worth re-examining.

The ‘facts’ behind the legend of Elizabeth Bathory–650 girls murdered, bathing in blood–didn’t come into documentation until 100 years after her death. But that is the story that many people prefer to stick to.
If you don’t find my interpretation plausible, you aren’t paying attention.

LM: Can you tell us if you learned any skills for the show or how you incorporated skills you had into the show?

SN: I have used whips and LED poi in most of my shows. When I saw that there was a new LED whip product, I immediately ordered it. I was excited to be able to integrate this very modern product into my 16th century world, in a way that I think is very effective.

LM: Do you have other projects that are in the works?

SN: Not at the moment. But I see as many Fringe shows as I can while I can. I am always inspired by the work of my fellow artists.

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Fifty Shades Of Dave at The Vancouver Fringe Festival – Review and Interview

Books & Writing, Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Interviews, Performance, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

September 13, 2017

I am going to clue you into a loosely kept secret around here… I am an American. I was raised by NPR listening hippies. I watched Public Television a lot and I was brought up with the voice of Garrison Keillor lulling me into a peaceful amusement about the people and crazy antics of the fictional town of Lake Wobegon via the very popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion. There was even a movie about the radio show itself starring Keillor as the romantic interest of Meryl Streep, and Lindsay Lohan who was just starting to tip over the precipice of highly successful child star to a tragic train wreck of a young adult who used to be a child star.

Now, we had a family cherished Christmas album, even though we were Pagans who celebrated Yule, and on this CD was one story. This story was Polly Anderson’s Christmas Party and it was cooed to me annually by Stuart McLean and his beloved story telling experience The Vinyl Cafe.

So, now that there is context and nostalgia we shall begin to talk about Fifty Shades of Dave the delightful and sexy show written by Happysad Theatre‘s Nico Dicecco and Kyle Carpenter and performed by Nico Dicecco.

Dicecco, sounds so amazingly accurately like Stuart McLean that I would find myself closing my eyes and pretending that I was wrapped up in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and smelling our Christmas Tree/Yule Bush… but then our host would say phrases like, “The ice cream is a metaphor FOR EATING PUSSY” or “Put your hands up and spread your legs… Officer Morley was naked” or “I came four times that night” and I was immediately snapped out of my warm, safe, innocent childhood to my lurid and sex positive adulthood and I sat at the edge of my seat falling in love with Dave and Morely’s very amazing and heartwarming adventure into spicing up their sex life.

I really could not love this show any more than I do and I really feel so much pleasant joy and amazing gratitude to have seen it.

Please go see it, you have two more chances Sat Sept 16 at 6:25pm and Sun Sept 17 at 3:00 pm. You can purchase tickets and your membership to the Fringe here.


We also got the chance to have a few words with Nico Dicecco who plays Stuart in the play and who is also a co-writer of this gem.

LM: Can you give us the history of the project?

ND: It started as a party trick that my co-writer Kyle Carpenter and I would do years and years ago to make friends laugh, just saying the dirtiest things we could think of in Stuart McLean’s voice. Eventually, we decided it would be funny to write a full story and record it as a podcast. As we were writing that, we discovered that the whole thing worked best if we pulled back on the really dirty humour and tried as hard as possible to capture what it would actually be like if Stuart McLean revealed the intricacies of Dave and Morley’s sex life. We managed to record one story, but then we decided that the project was strong enough to work as an hour long live theatre performance. We applied for a few fringes and got into Vancouver and started writing more stories to fill out our time. By January of this year, we had a full draft. Then, in February, Stuart McLean passed away. We were heartbroken. We took a bit of time to think about whether or not we still wanted to go ahead with the show. We reread the script, and it was chock full of love and admiration for The Vinyl Cafe, so we were confident that audiences would receive it as the tribute that it is.

LM: Can you tell us more about your love of either Vinyl Cafe or Fifty Shades of Grey or both?

ND: Hearing The Vinyl Cafe on the radio is the earliest memory I have of realizing how incredible storytelling can be. I was listening in the car and when we got home I refused to let my mom turn off the radio until the story finished. I was enraptured. Since then, I’ve been a fan of Stuart McLean, usually listening to his CDs on road trips. There’s a way that The Vinyl Cafe has of weaving itself into really great family memories.

As for Fifty Shades of Grey… I really don’t know much of anything about it. I read two pages once and didn’t care for the writing. We just liked the title.

LM: How long did it take you to get Stuart McLean’s voice down?

ND: I’ve been doing a Stuart McLean impression since at least 2008, but it kind of started out as more Jimmy Stewart than anything. We first started crafting material for this show in 2013, and that’s when I got more serious about perfecting the voice and the rhythm of his storytelling.

LM: What are your plans for the show in the future?

ND: We’re booked to take it to the Montreal Fringe in May, and I’ll be applying to a ton of other festivals for the 2018 season.

LM: Do you have other projects that are in the works?

ND: I’ve had a lot of people come up to me after shows and comment that I look a fair bit like Justin Trudeau, so I’m starting to work on my impression of him, and Kyle Carpenter and I are brainstorming ideas for what kind of Trudeau show we might want to do.

LM: Have you thought about touring this to sex positivity conferences?

ND: I haven’t, but that’s a great idea! Our top priority, next to honouring the spirit of The Vinyl Cafe, was to offer a sex-positive portrait of Dave and Morley. We worked really hard to shape the stories so that they are celebrations of sexuality and human connection, even when Dave is causing calamity in the bedroom.

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Review – Scientist Turned Comedian at Vancouver Fringe Festival

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

September 11, 2017

 

Above is a brilliant example of what Tim Lee does. He shows you the hard data of things. The hard science of why your spouse steals the covers at night. The hard data on how we go from sober to “Scottish” when drinking and mad to Scottish when faced with the geopolitical climate of North America. In other words, this show is funny and informative.

Tim is an engaging comic and thoughtful commentator on the world around us blending observations with Demitri Martin style delivery with George Carlin frankness but with actual science!

You can read more about Tim and his point of view in our interview here.

His upcoming fringe show times are:

Mon 9/11 8:15PM
Thur 9/14 6:40PM
Sat 9/16 5:25 PM
Sun 9/17 2:45 PM

and you can get tickets here!

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Review – Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story at the Vancouver Fringe

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

September 11, 2017

From the press kit: “Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story focuses on love, particularly the love that blossoms in the heart of a young school teacher, Katalin, and her suitor(s) in the tiny village of Kerekegyhaza, Hungary, in 1946. This true story is a testament to how love can emerge in the aftermath of the darkest times.

This show was developed when The Grand Salto Theatre‘s Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz (pronounced Mike) interviewed Zita’s grandmother Katalin Szabo on the eve of her 90th birthday. With permission from Katalin and Zita’s family, The Grand Salto Theatre has expertly brought her love story to life. With a mix of storytelling, dance, masks, Hungarian culture, and linguistics, Zita and Myque weave this family story into an engaging theatrical experience.”

Full disclosure, the current iteration of Living Myth Magazine – with the staff of Aaron, Anne, Abbey, Eva, Bree and Jalyn along with the collaborators we have such as Radioactive Nerd, Dark Lake Tarot, Holly McCrae and all of the people who interact with us on a mostly daily basis – wouldn’t exist if this true story hadn’t happened.

And that is because Katalin Szabo is the grandmother of Chris “MooMan” Nyarady, who is the executive producer and host of Geeks versus Nerds Vancouver and how all of us met. So, I would like to thank “Nagymama” for being alive and living her beautiful life and having her beautiful creative children and her beautiful children having their beautiful creative children, which created a space for me to meet the people who would be my chosen family.

With all of that being said, this was the most adorable and sweet and hilarious love story filled with whimsy and puns and hats. This is story of how Katalin met her first love and how she met the man she would marry and it is told by Nyarady and Franz (who met at the Dell’Arte International – School of Physical Theatre), with clowning, dancing, masks, audio clips, music, and audience participation with such enthusiasm and care that you feel like you are part of their family by the end of it. I was craving pierogies.

The emotional core of the story is one of love and you can tell that Zita and Myque love what they do, love what they are telling us and love each other and that is why the show is called Szeretlek which means I Love You in Hungarian.

Please go see this show, it is a treasure and it will make you love clowns.

The remaining shows are:

Monday September 11th 5:00pm
Wednesday September 13th 7:45pm
Saturday September 16th 10:30pm
Sunday September 17th 4:30pm

You can purchase tickets here.

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Soul Samurai at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Opinion, Performance, Performance, Reviews

September 11, 2017

Soul Samurai is mad ambitious.

It’s the latest offering from Affair of Honor, a small stage production house that employs fight choreographers and stunt people as actors and reaps the benefits of doing so. They’ve done some incredible fight work in the past and usually put on a visually striking show and this one is no exception.

This play is about a young woman named Dewdrop who is trained as a samurai after a bunch of vampires move into New York and everyone slowly got pseudo-Japanese for reasons that are never adequately explained. The main vampire dude looks Maori maybe? Is he a weeaboo? Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense. Nothing else does, either.

Affair of Honor provides their usual high-quality routines, though, and if you haven’t seen a show by them before Soul Samurai is worth checking out for that alone. These people – Nathania Louise Bernabe, Jackie.T. Hanlin, Lou Ticzon, Jordan Svenkeson, Eryka Alanna, and Jarelle De’Von Hepburn – know what they’re doing and know their way around a sword. The fights are fantastic and sometimes breathtaking, and there’s a number of dance routines that are equal parts elegant and terrifying.

The lighting and sound design are also pretty decent, so far as these go. The music selection is driven by high-energy fight music throughout with some slick hip-hop thrown in for good measure. The crew works with what they have and make it work, and the result is something that is hard to look away from.

Every member of the cast also gives it their all and almost manages to make the dialogue and script work, but… well, this is where it begins to fall apart.

If you are looking for good script work you will not find it here.

There’s a movie called My First Mister where one character explains to another that swear words have a place in language, and that is used for emphasis. That’s the proper fucking way to use vulgarity. Most people get this without being told – it’s a learned skill. Most writers, however…

Everyone swears in this show. A lot. To the point where none of the dialogue sounds like anything real people say. It also doesn’t help that the main romance between lesbians was very clearly written by a cis-gender man who was maybe been in the same room as lesbians in the past but has maybe never spoken with them. Spoken at them, maybe?

There is a metric shit-tonne of casual racism, as well. It’s probably meant to be endearing between the romantic leads the same way that the casual swearing is meant to sound tough, but it just comes across as fake and robs the characters of their dignity and believability.

I’ve seen a lot of post-apocalyptic stories lately in everything from comics to movies to the news, consuming dystopia after dystopia. Even when the story doesn’t spell out how the world fell into whatever hell it has become in that narrative, there is a sense that the characters know and that you could piece it together in hindsight. Not so, here.

The mythology is all over the fucking map and doesn’t make a lick of sense. The head samurai is not Japanese and people declaring themselves shoguns in New York implies a certain level of, well, something. We need to know what that something is but it doesn’t feel like either the characters or the world or the writer has any idea of what’s going on outside of the immediate now.

A big part of acting is learning what to do between lines – how to convey and live in a world that isn’t real, but feels like it is. Nothing here feels real because nothing happens outside the script, and no part of this makes any sense because of it. Forgettable caricatures prance about on stage and are given more life than they deserve by a talented cast before fading back into nothing.

It’s infuriating because I fucking want to like this.

For fuck’s sake, it’s a story about a lesbian couple torn apart by vampires as they take over New York and the fall out later, when the survivor pulls herself together enough to seek out revenge by becoming a Samurai and going on a rampage. Everything about that sentence is awesome, so where is that awesome in this story?

The vampires lack any real menace or sense of power here, which is also a problem. Unless given supernatural power, humans fighting vampires tend to end with humans becoming snacks unless they can somehow outwit the vampire. A vampire with Samurai hand-to-hand and sword training should be one of the scariest things wherever they happen to be, but they fall by the dozens here without anyone breaking a sweat and the fucking sidekick takes out the big badass vampire shogun.

It’s frustrating.

You have no idea how badly I want to like this.

The cast is limited because you need people that know their way around combat for this to work. The result here is that almost everyone plays multiple characters with a couple of costume changes to mark them, and they cover these changes by using pre-taped segments to tie the story together or to give us background on characters. This is all fine and good and it’s a good idea that is hamstrung because none of these scenes actually explain anything or evolve anyone; they become a weird disconnect where you hope they’re going somewhere because the cast is so good, but ultimately go nowhere because the writer is not.

Soul Samurai is a big unholy mess of a thing, and yet… it is mad fucking ambitious. It has as intense a car chase as you’re ever going to see on stage and, again, that fight choreography is gorgeous and the acting is so much better than this script deserves. Affair of Honor is capable of doing amazing things and you can see brilliance shine through here and there. While the ideas are great and the performances awesome the script fails the production on every level.

If you want to see a talented cast and crew struggle with a script, this is your show.

Soul Samurai tickets run for $14 a pop and it’s playing at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street in Vancouver) at the following times:

Tuesday, Sept 12, 8:50 pm (Half Price Show)

Friday, Sept 15, 7:00 pm

Sunday, Sept 17, 5:35 pm

You can buy tickets by clicking here.

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Slumber Here at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Why Aren't You Watching This?

September 10, 2017

Do you know what Interactive Theater is? How about the Fringe Festival?

You should. And you will.

Starting in 1985, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is a place for alternative theatrical productions to take center stage and be celebrated. These are professional works of strange content, some of which later spill out into their own projects – it is a locus for emerging talented artists from all along the North American west coast.

It is, therefore, no surprise that Geekenders and the Instant Theater Company would find a presence here, combining their efforts and playing to both their strengths to produce something utterly magical. Geekenders is known for their nerdy burlesque and parodies, while the Instant Theater Company provides some of the best improv and training for actors you could hope to find in this city.

The two groups have put together a rendition of the play within a play from the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the one where players are brought in to perform during a wedding and faeries get involved. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works and has seen hundreds of iterations over the years, but nothing like this.

Slumber Here is an interactive play that relies on the audience for its narrative and even it’s ending. Multiple outcomes are possible depending upon the choices made and the quests completed, as an audience will come to see one play before finding Pucks that will take them off on one of six different paths. Every path comes with quests and adventure. In the forty or so minutes that it takes to go through the adventure, there are more than six hours of content, encouraging multiple viewing to complete every possible outcome and ending.

The process encourages audience participation and interaction with the actors of the play, but also the wandering faeries that hold court and go about their trickery all along a transformed Ron Basford Park. You can visit the wrathful King Oberon or the enchanted Queen Titiana, among others. There are many choices, many outcomes, many dreams to be had and found and claimed. We sent two people who had very different experiences: 

Aaron’s Experience: 

My experience started with the players beginning their performance when a mischevious voice whispered in my ear: “Would you like to meet the king?” I turned to find a glimmering grinning Puck, teeth gleaming, and how can one say no to such an offer? Two other audience members followed him up a Faerie Mound to meet a fuming Oberon, he lashing out at his entertainment and failing to cow us into silence.

We had to help his poor entertainment, who was banished for our aid and her insolence. She sought solace from the Queen and invited us along with her, where we learned of a fury-borne curse meant to bring a loyal and noble soul low. How could we do other than trying to break the curse, regardless of the cost? We were not knaves, not we; we stood and made our offerings, found the means to break the curse and teach a King his worth should he come to lack a kingdom.

It was an adventure, a slippery gate into a different world where magic is real and faeries still dance and duels are waged with pillows instead of rapiers. It is very much a thing to experience, a show to be had and won and claimed.

Anne’s Experience: 

I am guided by a person in white in a group full of friends and strangers explaining to me that I am a mortal and I shall be entering the fairy world. We are led to place where the Mechanicals are getting ready for their play and surrounding you are people in green who are making direct eye contact and interacting with you on an intimate level but not in a way that makes you feel like you are the same as them, it is obvious they are different than the mortals in front of you. When the Mechanicals are done you are engaged by “The Puck” the people in green who explain to you that you are part of their fairy world now and you are quested to help them with the story that is unfurling. 

I, however, was not going to do that, because I got whisked away by twin fairies Primrose and Abalone to have a fairy makeover and to talk about my secrets and to find my one true love. After the intimate and sweet makeover, I was led to “Look into the eye of an ass” which was my cue to go see Titania proclaim her love for mini-donkey love that was a trick that Oberon had played on Titania.  I gave them my ID because they needed something old (over 30 years). I petted a mini donkey and has beautiful soulful eyes. Because I was Un-Pucked in this, I was able to run around with free will and free reign and experience this as I would most things.

Primrose and Abalone found my one true love for me, we got married eventually. 

I had a sweet and kind hearted encounter with Caliban who played me Greensleeves and I gifted them with a flower as a thank you and I got a hug. 

I was asked to be part of the Mechanical’s play in which I was a Romulan (from Star Trek) but couldn’t get through the script for a full minute of giggling happened because they kept heckling me when I was trying to say my profession. I gave up and said I was a professional human.

After it was over, I wanted to do it again and again and again, because, I only did a very small fraction of what was available to me. I could see this sort of thing is absolutely my type of  “gaming”. I would be the international champion of interactive role playing adventures if I could.  And you should absolutely go to this. It is such a beautiful expression of community and much like an ongoing public ritual that initiates you in the rites of fantasy. 

Slumber Here starts at Granville Island’s Sculpture Garden, which is viewable from the boardwalk behind the tennis courts. Tickets are $14 and include food, though if you have a nut allergy let the faeries know. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the show 45 minutes in advance. Be aware that Slumber Here always start exactly on time and that latecomers are never admitted. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and you can determine the degree with which the Fae interact with you.

Performances are as follows:

Sunday, Sept 10: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Monday, Sept 11: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Tuesday, Sept 12: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Friday, Sept 15: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Saturday, Sept 16: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Sunday, Sept 17: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

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FRINGE! FRINGE! FRINGE!

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Showcase

September 7, 2017

Fringe festivals are a creative person’s dream. YOU ARE LITERALLY WATCHING ALL OF YOUR KINDRED SOULS DO THE THINGS YOU LOVE TO SEE!

We would like to give you our guide of must see awesome cool Fringe things.  So, in alphabetical order:

A DAVID LYNCH WET DREAM by Acherontia Productions

A David Lynch Wet Dream” is a surreal exploration of unconscious fears, desires and the strange ways in which they manifest. The show premiered at the 2016 Montreal Fringe festival to both public and critical acclaim and was named as the runner up for the Mainline Creativity Award . “Lynch Wet Dream” was remounted in January of 2017 as the headliner of the Bouge D’ici dance Festival and is hitting both the Regina and Vancouver International Fringe Festivals.

A David Lynch Wet Dream is a one woman show centering around a character trying to find her place within a harsh and intangible landscape. It is a story about leaving the clutches of naivety and grappling with the ever-changing nature of identity. The piece uses the disturbing yet beautiful Lynchian world to bring its protagonist to terms with the absurdity of being alive.

The movement based theatre piece incorporates clown like play contrasted by visceral dance. Making use of projection and sound design the audience is plunged into a world of color and light and cacophonic sound.

Tickets 14$ – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/a%20david%20lynch%20wet%20dream/events

September 7, 2017 – 6:45pm is half-price!
September 9, 2017 – 8:05pm
September 12, 2017 – 5:15pm
September 14, 2017 – 10:15pm
September 15, 2017 – 6:45pm
September 17, 2017 – 1:00pm

playing at

The Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St,
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3R7

CRY-BABY: THE MUSICAL by Awkward Stage Productions

Awkward Stage Productions returns to The Fringe for the 8th time with the Canadian Premier of Cry-Baby: The Musical

Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic film written and directed by John Waters

Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell
Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum

Director: Barbara Tomasic
Musical Director: Andy Toth
Choreographer: Erika Babins

It’s 1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film. Filled with unforgettable songs and a truly unique and fresh story. Cry-Baby, Allison and Baltimore’s juvenile delinquents will dance their way right into your heart!

Featuring a diverse cast of 16 emerging artists:
Victor Hunter, Katrina Teitz, Daniel Curalli, Kelly-Ruth Mercier, Synthia Yusuf, Ali Watson, Krista Skwarok, Stephanie Wong, Charlotte Marija Wright, Daren Dyhengco, Vuk Prodanovic, Max Borowski, Courtney Shields, Sidney Klips , Tosh Sutherland, Jessica Ingham and Nathan Cottell

TICKETS $14 – http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/cry-baby-%20the%20musical/events

SHOWTIMES
September 7th, 2017 – 6:45pm
September 9th, 2017 – 8:30pm
September 10th 2017 – 1:45pm
September 11th 2017 – 6:00pm is half-price!
September 13th 2017 – 6:00pm
September 16th 2017 – 3:15pm
September 17th 2017- 2:00pm & 7:15pm

playing at

Firehall Arts Centre

280 E Cordova St.

Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3

 

DISTRACTINGLY SEXY by Nebula Company Theatre

Join real life scientist (and writer) Mily Mumford for an interactive ultra-funny, quite-wild, pretty-darn sexy history of how women in science have been f*$%ed over for centuries and what it’s like to be a lady-of-the-lab today. Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party (Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver 2016)!

Written and performed by Mily Mumford
Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley
Dramatugical support by Cheyenne Mabberley, Katey Hoffman and Kayvon Khoshkam
Stage manager: Samantha Pawliuk

TICKETS $14 –  https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/distractingly%20sexy/events

SHOWTIMES

September 8, 2017 5:00pm

September 10, 2017 8:15pm

September 11, 2017 10:15pm

September 14, 2017 6:45pm

September 15, 2017 8:35pm,

September 16, 2017 2:45pm is half-price!

playing at

Studio 16

1555 W 7th Ave.

Vancouver, BC

V6J 1S1

FIELD ZOOLOGY 101 by Shawn O’Hara

From the untamed wilds of the Vancouver Landfill to the loading bay behind Pacific City Centre, Field Zoologist Brad Gooseberry has seen it all. Join him in this introductory lecture, as he shares a lifetime of “wisdom” and “experience” on how to thrive and survive in the cutthroat world of Field Zoology.

Voted Favourite Comedy at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016
“Hilarious!… A brilliant character!” – Showbill.ca
“Great improv… a fun one-man show!” – Orlando Sentinel

Showtimes:

September 8, 2017 – 8:25PM is half price!
September 9, 2017 – 10:05PM
September 10, 2017 – 2:40PM
September 13, 2017 – 9:20PM
September 15, 2017 – 5:10PM
September 16, 2017 – 3:50PM

Tickets 14$ – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/field%20zoology%20101/events 

playing at

False Creek Community Centre

1318 Cartwright St.

Vancouver, BC

V6H 3R8

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES by Michael Germant and Island Productions

Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ hits the Canadian stage at Vancouver Fringe Festival

STORY
Gruesome Playground Injuries is a harrowing and humorous story about love, where internal and external pain are a measure of everything vulnerable when it comes to intimacy, timing and love. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

WHO
Written by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Mel Tuck
Starring Gina Leon and Michael Germant
Produced by Island Productions
Stage Managed by Avalon Short and Carolyn Woolner
Set design and construction by Mel Tuck and Dave McLeod
Photography by Jayme Cowley

PERFORMANCES
September 8th 7:00 p.m. – Preview (HALF-PRICE)
September 9th 4:45 p.m. – Opening Night
September 10th 8:40 p.m.
September 14th 7:00 p.m.
September 16th 5:50 p.m.
September 17th 1:40 p.m. – Closing Night

TICKETS $14 – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/gruesome%20playground%20injuries/events

playing at
Vancity Culture Lab Theatre @ The Clutch
1895 Venables St.Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

HABITATS by Habitats

Accompanied by a mysterious white hare, a woman travels through time to find home in a world of continuous transformation. Blending physical comedy, contemporary circus and dance, ‘Habitats’ is an interdisciplinary performance for all ages. Supported by BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and Made in BC.

Created and performed by Nayana Fielkov & Isabelle Kirouac with original music by Martin Reisle and shadow art by Heather Dawn Sparks
TICKETS 14$ –  https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/habitats/events

SHOW DATES & TIMES:
Thursday Sept. 7th- 7:17pm – Half Price Day!
Wednesday Sept 13- 5:30pm
Thursday Sept 14th- 10:25pm
Friday Sept. 15th- 6:45 pm
Sunday Sept 17th- 1:00pm
LOCATION:
The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St. Vancouver
TICKETS 14$ –  https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/habitats/events

SCIENTIST TURNED COMEDIAN  by Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

6 shows as part of Vancouver Fringe Festival!
“You know how Larry the Cable Guy’s act pretty much consists of him yelling “Git ‘er done!” every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee’s material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin”
– The Boston Phoenix

You can read our interview with him here.

FALSE CREEK GYM – 1318 Cartwright St, V6H 3R8
Sat 9/9 1:15PM
Sun 9/10 9:15PM
Mon 9/11 8:15PM
Thur 9/14 6:40PM
Sat 9/16 5:25 PM
Sun 9/17 2:45 PM

Tickets $14 – http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/scientist%20turned%20comedian/events

SLUMBER HERE by Geekenders and Instant Theatre Company

Do you want to fall in love tonight?

Immerse yourself in the fantasy of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as you are thrust into the carnivalesque world of the fairies to be seduced by Oberon, assist the Mechanicals to fix their play, help Puck create mischief, visit Nick Bottom (a real mini donkey!), and find your soulmate.

‘The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe’ and the rest of the Mechanicals’ repertoire will be free to watch by any member of the public that happens by their stage in Granville Island’s Sculpture Garden.

LOCATION: Ron Basford Park, Granville Island. Specifically starting in the Sculpture Garden. You can find the big, metallic sculpture behind Performance Works and the parking lot next to it, along the boardwalk. Looks like: http://covapp.vancouver.ca/PublicArtRegistry/_image.aspx/A086lfGQBVCFyarDuQP1M3kCgUHgEn-SoHC36GE=/MAW139-1.jpg

Tickets on sale now! http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

Saturday, Sept 9: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Sunday, Sept 10: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Monday, Sept 11: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Tuesday, Sept 12: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Friday, Sept 15: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Saturday, Sept 16: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Sunday, Sept 17: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Featuring….

Zac Beardsley, Stephen Blakley, Lindsay Braynen, Bradley Bergeron, Arthi Chandra, Greg Delmage, Meredith Fraser, Isabella Halladay, Kimberly Ho, Daisy Hulme, Amanda Lau, Stefanie Michaud, Draco Muff-Boi, Shan Naziripour, Shayan Naziripour, Chloe Packer, Casey Por, Claire Rice, Levi Schneider, Abbey St. Brendan, Claire Temple, Graeme Thompson, Andrew Wade, Zach Wolfman

Conceived and directed by Ryan Caron, Fairlith Harvey, Andrew Lynch, Chelsey Stuyt
Writing by Abbey St. Brendan (Yes, this would be our fiction editor), Fairlith Harvey, and W. Shakespeare
Graphic Design by Julia Lank
Puck Text Coaching – Sarah Harrison
Produced by Geekenders and Instant Theatre
http://geekenders.ca/ || http://instanttheatre.com/

SOUL SAMURAI by Affair of Honor

Katanas. Revenge. True Love. What are you waiting for?

Queer romance, slick hip hop, and the finest stage combat this side of Brooklyn crash the Fringe with SOUL SAMURAI.

Affair of Honor presents the tale of Dewdrop, a young samurai in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. She’s on a mission to avenge the death of her girlfriend Sally at the hands of the Long Tooth gang… but she’ll have to battle burnouts, shoguns, flashbacks, and her wise-ass B-boy sidekick just to make it across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Featuring: Nathania Louise Bernabe, Jackie.T. Hanlin, Lou Ticzon, Jordan Svenkeson, Eryka Alanna, and Jarelle De’Von Hepburn.

Film by Nach Dudsdeemaytha

Cameos by: Albert Nicholas, Lee Shorten, Rene Rebora and Damon Bradley Jang

Times:
FRIDAY SEPT 8 – 9:00 PM
SATURDAY SEPT 9 – 2:15 PM
SUNDAY SEPT 10 – 6:15 PM
TUESDAY SEPT 12 – 8:50 PM — HALF PRICE!
FRIDAY SEPT 15 – 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SEPT 17 – 5:35 PM

Location:
Vancity Culture Lab @ The Cultch
1895 Venables Street (Victoria at Venables)

Note:
SOUL SAMURAI features strong language, sexuality, and (awesome) stage combat. Not for the faint of heart.

SWORDPLAY: A PLAY OF SWORDS  by Sex T-Rex

Sex T-Rex presents / / / S W O R D P L A Y / / / A Play of Swords

With a trail of sold-out houses and rave reviews, Swordplay: A Play of Swords is Sex T-Rex’s most beloved show yet! Chandelier-swinging, epic adventure and swordfights, swordfights, swordfights await as we bring our signature cinematic style to the stage, dancing from The Princess Bride, to Final Fantasy, to Game of Thrones and dipping our rapier wit into all things sordid and sworded.

We’re so excited to be making our Vancouver Fringe Festival debut with#SwordPlay with none other than PETER CARLONE of Peter ‘n Chris Showfame taking on such roles as Grandpa and Sexy Tree!


/ / / PERFORMED BY / / /
Conor Bradbury
Peter Carlone
Julian Frid
Kaitlin Morrow
Seann Murray

SHOWTIMES
Thursday, September 7th @ 6.35pm ***Half-price show!***
Saturday, September 9th @ 8.20pm
Wednesday, September 13th @ 5.15pm
Thursday, September 14th @ 10.05pm
Friday, September 15th @ 6.45pm
Sunday, September 17th @ 1pm

FALSE CREEK GYM
1318 Cartwright St.

TICKETS 14$ – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/swordplay-%20a%20play%20of%20swords/events

SZERETLEK: A HUNGARIAN LOVE STORY  by The Grand Salto Theatre

Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story
Written and Performed By: Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz
Directed by: Maria Wodzinska
2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 7th-17th 2017

Proclaimed the “Most Adorable Show” by the Ottawa New Critics, awarded 4 1/2 STAR from the Winnipeg Free Press and described as “a sweet story told with grace and undeniable charm” by the CBC. Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story focuses on love, particularly the love that blossoms in the heart of a young school teacher, Katalin and her suitor(s) in the tiny village of Kerekegyhaza Hungary in 1946. This true story is a testament to how love can emerge in the aftermath of the darkest times.

This show was developed when The Grand Salto Theatre’s Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz interviewed Zita’s grandmother Katalin Szabo on the eve of her 90th birthday. With permission from Katalin, and Zita’s family, The Grand Salto Theatre has expertly brought her love story to life. With a mix of storytelling, dance, masks, Hungarian culture and linguistics Zita and Myque weave this family story into an engaging theatrical experience.

Venue: False Creek Gym

Thursday September 7th 5:00pm
Sunday September 10th 5:55pm
Monday September 11th 5:00pm
Wednesday September 13th 7:45pm
Saturday September 16th 10:30pm
Sunday September 17th 4:30pm

Tickets $14 – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/szeretlek-%20a%20hungarian%20love%20story/events

THE AUDIENCE DIES AT THE END by Singles Awareness Productions

Hot off a three year journey, theatre maker Blair Moro brings his solo show The Audience Dies at the End to the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

This bloody (funny) travelogue takes you through some of Blair’s real experiences mixed with a Faustian pact he made to become the greatest performer ever!

The show is being presented at Arts Umbrella: 1286 Cartwright St., Granville Island, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

SHOW TIMES
Sept 8 – 6:15pm
Sept 9 – 2:45pm & 9:45pm
Sept 10 – 6:15pm
Sept 11 – 8pm – Half Price
Sept 12 – 9:45pm
Sept 14 – 6:15pm
Sept 15 – 8pm
Sept 16 – 9:45pm

PRICE: $14 – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/the%20audience%20dies%20at%20the%20end/events

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Fringe Interview – Scientist Turned Comedian, Tim Lee

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Interviews, Performance, Showcase, Tech, Why Aren't You Watching This?

September 6, 2017

As part of our Vancouver Fringe Festival coverage we would like to introduce you to Tim Lee – Scientist Turned Comedian. We sat down with Tim and asked him questions! Here is the results! With pictures and diagrams.

“You know how Larry the Cable Guy’s act pretty much consists of him yelling “Git ‘er done!” every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee’s material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin”
– The Boston Phoenix”

LM: Can you give a brief but interesting history of Scientist Turned Comedian?

TL: When I was in grad school I used to throw gag slides into my talks. I find that a little humor relaxes the mind. When I started comedy I was performing regularly at a bar in Palo Alto that had a PowerPoint setup so I brought back some of those gag slides and put them into my standup act. The audience loved it!

LM: Why did you choose to perform in Vancouver?
TL: I’ve heard Vancouver has a wonderful performing arts scene. I want to experience it myself.

LM: Do you have a favourite scientist?
TL: I named my children after Edison and Faraday. The reason I like them so much, besides their influential body of work, is that they are both self educated. Edison was a child laborer who was beaten so hard at his job that he lost his hearing. He only went to school for three months. Faraday also had little formal education. It was their curiosity that drove them to greatness. I’m inspired because they were both were driven by the joy of discovery. It drives me to keep discovering and I hope it will inspire my kids as well.

LM: Do you have a favourite science fiction character?
TL: I hate to say it but it’s probably James T Kirk. I find him both humorous and oddly inspiring. Only someone as clueless as William Shatner could have taken writing that went right over his head and turned it into a classic role.

LM: What are your top 4 road trip songs?

TL:

Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
Take it Easy – Eagles
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

LM: If you were early to get to your plane and you had 20$ what would you spend it on?
TL: Iced tea and smokehouse almonds.

The show is from September 7th – 17th, 2017 and you can buy tickets here!  The show will be at the False Creek community Centre on Granville Island.

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