Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe ticket giveaways for shows playing on Saturday July 9th

Here’s the contest for the Saturday of the opening weekend of the  2011 Toronto Fringe Festival! There are five performances to chose from on Saturday July 9. This is you’re chance to go out and see some Fringe shows for free.

The shows are:

Grounded in Fantasy – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 3:30pm show at The Tarragon Theatre Mainspace (Venue 1) please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Grounded in Fantasy contest” by 7pm on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Hypnogogic Logic – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 1:45pm at the Bathurst Street Theatre (Venue 3) please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Hypnogogic Logic” by 7pm on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Let’s play House– To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 1:45pm at George Ignatieff Theatre (Venue 6) please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Let’s play House contest” by 7pm on Friday, July 8, 2011.

The Demonstrator – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 7:30pm show at The Robert Gill Theatre (Venue 9) please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “The Demonstrator contest” by 7pm on Friday, July 8, 2011.

The Progressive Polygamists – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 9:15pm at the George Ignatieff Theatre (Venue 6) please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “The Progressive Polygamists contest” by 7pm on Friday, July 8, 2011.

See below for details on each show, how the contest works:

Grounded in Fantasy

From press release: What does a woman need to survive? A good man, a good job, or a good f—k? Accidental Crossroads is proud to announce the world premiere and its inaugural production of Grounded in Fantasy, by P.J. Elwood, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Live , original music pulses through this sexy, new, dark comedy about a depressed woman whose fantasy world takes over her reality when she hits rock bottom. Characters from the woman’s mind perform short fantasies in an effort to unlock the reason behind her mental illness. Based on a series of short vignettes inspired by some of the writer’s favourite music, Grounded in Fantasy was written in an attempt to show a unique perspective on a very real condition that affects most -if not all- people at some point in their lives.

The piece plays at The Tarragon Theatre Main Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue. Performances: July 7th @ 10:30pm, July 9th @ 3:30pm, July 10th @ 8:15 pm, July 11th @ 6:15pm, July 12 @ 8:45pm, July 15 @ 11:00pm, July 16 @2:15pm

Hypnogogic Logic

From the press release: WAKE UP! Montreal’s premiere comedy troupe and longtime Toronto Fringe favourites Uncalled For hijack your subconscious with their award-winning creation Uncalled For Presents: Hypnogogic Logic – a smart, hilarious, furiously energetic ride through the world of dreams. The show runs from July 8th to the 15th at the Bathurst Street Theatre.

The company’s 5th scripted show, Hypnogogic Logic won Uncalled For their second Just For Laughs Award for the best comedy at the Montreal Fringe. The show is a clever, charming and tightly constructed exploration of the hypnogogic – the hallucinatory state between waking and sleeping. In Uncalled For’s collective hive mind, this means an absurd and inspired dreamscape, filled with dictionary preachers, post-apocalyptic cooking shows, ticklish piano teachers and a reincarnated Freddie Mercury.
Uncalled For is an improv and sketch comedy troupe who have been performing together for over ten years. Fringe Fest mainstays in both Montreal and Toronto, they have won the Montreal festival’s Best Text Award once and the Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award twice. They have also received the Second City Best Of The Fest Award at the Toronto Sketchfest, and have been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Comedic Play. In July 2011 they will be launching a series of web videos on their new site, WeAreUncalledFor.com.

The piece plays at The Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. Performances: July 8 @ 8:45 PM, July 9 @ 1:45 PM, July 10 @ 10:30, July 11 @ 6:30 PM, July 12 @ 3:15 PM, July 14 @ 7:30 PM, July 15 @ 3:30 PM.

Let’s play House

From the press release: “Let’s Play House” tests and showcases the power of art.Jonathon and Carlynn believedthat with artistic thinking, anyone can live a rich life, regardless of constraints. Then Alzheimer’s and mysterious pain struck their families. Sleepless nights and fruitless doctor visits depleted their energy. Frustration bordering on rage slowly snaked its way into their homes, until it seemed only a matter of time before rage would erupt into violence. When they’ve done everything right, but still everything is wrong, what can they do? Explaining their “artistic thinking” was not enough. Badgering made it worse. Just when it seemed art had failed, they decided to submit themselves to the test: to create theatre with their families about their families. In the process, all the characters changed.

“Among the bravest stage projects I’ve seen.…
This is life at its most naked…. the actors escape gravity.”
–Michael Evans, SEE Magazine

“It’s heavy subject matter, but they keep it light and entertaining
while delivering a powerful message.” -Phil Dupperon, VUE Weekly

The piece plays at the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place. Performances: July 8 @ 8:45 PM, July @ 9 1:45 PM, July 10 @ 3:00 PM, July 11 @ 10:15 PM, July 13 @ 5:45 PM, July 16 @ 12:30 PM, July 17 @ 7:30 PM.

The Demonstrator

From the press release: An unfinished story haunts a writer forever. GITA Productions is pleased to announce the world premiere of Grayson R. Moore’s The Demonstrator at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The show opens July 6 at 10:30 pm and closes July 17 at 4:30 pm.

Audrey (Krista Hovsepian), a young journalist, accuses her boss of harassment, but soon issues a mysterious retraction without breathing a word of what happened to anyone. Isolating herself completely, her only contact with the outside world becomes daily conversations with her paper boy (Stephen Lotimer) and with an enigmatic young girl (Kate Zsoldos) who haunts her every thought, critiquing each and everything that she does. What has her spooked? Why can’t she seem to keep writing? And who exactly is this young girl at Audrey’s side?
GITA Productions is based in both Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. The company’s most recent productions include:, the stage production of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The History Boys and Bubba Begonia,You’ll Be Sorry! Not only does the company produce, but it also operates an acting studio (Growing In The Arts) – students of which have gone on to perform at The Stratford Festival of Canada, have been nominated for Gemini Awards, and have established themselves as successful professional actors throughout North America and Europe.

The piece plays at Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St., Toronto, 3rd floor. Performances: July 6 @ 10:30 PM, July 9 @ 7:30 PM, July 11 @ 3:00 PM, July 12 @ 8:30 PM, July 13 @ 2:00 PM, July 14 @ 10:30 PM, July 17 @ 4:30 PM.

The Progressive Polygamists

From the press release: What would it be like if your best friend was your sister-in-law, AND your husband’s wife?

Join these sweet “sister wives” from a BC polygamist society, in this satirical comedy, as they “reform” their way across Canada – revealing their side of polygamy, the real side. “WE ARE HERE TO GIVE YOU THE FACTS!” Through audience participation, Polygamist research, character mash ups, jump rope, history, and song, the Progressive Polygamists shine a new light on this topical and controversial community, that leaves audiences wondering the right and wrongs of polygamy and its role in Canadian society today.

The piece plays at The George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place. Performances: July 9 @ 9:15 PM, July 10 @ 4:45 PM, July 13 @ 7:30 PM, July 14 @ 5:45 PM, July 15 @ Noon, July 16 @ 11:30 PM, July 17 @ Noon.

Contest Rules:

(these will remain the same for each Fringe contest, so take the time to read the list once and you’ll be set)

  • The only acceptable form of entry for the contest is by email, sent to contests@mooneyontheatre.com (Mooney on Theatre will never use your email address for anything other than to reply to the specific contest you entered, and we certainly would never sell it or anything like that)
  • Each show counts as its own contest, and each entry must be in a separate email. So, if 5 shows are giving tickets away on a given day, and you want to try for each of them, then you need to send 5 emails.
  • Entrants must be available on the day and time listed in the contest. The tickets are available for that showing only, and cannot be transferred to another date.
  • The winning entrants will be chosen by a random drawing.
  • Winners will be notified by email by 9pm on the day of contest closing and need to confirm their attendance 10am AT THE LATEST the following morning so that their names can be given to the theatre company for tickets to be set aside.
  • Photo I.D. may be required to claim the winning tickets.
  • Tickets must be picked up 60 to 30 minutes before show time at the venue box office. The box office reserves the right to release any tickets not picked up 15 minutes before show time.
  • We ask that all winners provide us with a quick blurb on what they thought of the show, either in the comments section of the press release on Mooney on Theatre, or if it has already been reviewed by Mooney on Theatre in the comments section of that.