Here is your chance to win free some tickets and check out some 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival shows. Today there are eight shows to choose from. Enter one of the contests, or enter all 8. I mean, who doesn’t like winning free stuff, right?
The shows you could be seeing for free on Thursday if you enter are:
Rob Ford and the Mysterious Case of the Flying Anarchist – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the noon show on Thursday at St. Vladimir’s Theatre (Venue 7) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Flying Anarchist contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party a Go Go – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 4:00pm show on Thursday at the arragon Theatre Extra Space (Venue 2) please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Tiki Bikini contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Little Red Riding Hood – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 5:15 show on Thursday at the Palmerston Library Theatre (Venue FringeKids!) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Riding Hood contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Forbidden Fruit: Evolution – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 5:45 pm show on Thursday at Factory Theatre Mainspace (Venue 12) please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Forbidden Fruit contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
The Grapes of Khan – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 6 pm show on Thursday at Helen-Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (Venue 8 ) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Grapes of Khan contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Every Woman I Slept With Before I Met You – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 6:15 show on Thursday at the Solo Room (Venue 5) please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Every Woman I Slept With contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Finally: An Epic Cycle – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 9:30pm show at Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (Venue 8 ) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Finally contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
In the Trenches – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 9:45 pm show at the George Ignatieff Theatre (Venue 6) please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “In the Trenches contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
See below for details on each show, how the contest works:
From press release: Based on Dario Fo‘s classic 1970 clown show, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Matt Jones‘s adaptation is a pre-emptive attack on Toronto’s new political landscape. A graduate of Concordia University’s Creative Writing program, Jones will be starting a PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Toronto this September. His writing has appeared in theMontreal Mirror, the Montreal Gazette, Canadian Dimension, ThisMagazine and his plays have been staged in Montreal, Toronto and New York City.
This piece plays at St. Vladimir’s Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave. Performances: July 13 at 9:30pm; July 14 at Noon; July 15 at 8:00pm; July 16 at 1:45pm.
From press release: A musical comedy celebration of the Beach Party films of the 1960’s. Freddie, Jeanette and their beach pals plan to celebrate the final weeks of summer vacation by throwing an outta sight party! Everything would be copacetic if it wasn’t for feared beach villain, “The Big Tuna” who controls “Bikini Beach” the best beach for a party in all of Hawaii. Looks like only a surf-off between The Big Tuna and the gang will settle who rules the beach.
This piece plays at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Ave. Performances: July 13 at 9:15pm; July 14 at 4:00pm; July 15 at 7:00pm; July 17 at 1:45pm.
From press release: Whether you’re young, or whether you’re old, you’re bound to have heard this story told. The story of a woodland caper much reported in the local paper. It’s been around for years & years & never grows dull or so it appears. Little Red Riders dances & plays and dances with ﬂowers she meets on her way.
An orchestra plays wherever she goes, painting the scene as the tension grows.
This piece plays at Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave. Performances: July 12 at 4:15pm; July 14 at 5:15pm; July 15 at 1:00pm; July 16 at 4:00pm.
From press release: Take a bite of what’s forbidden and enter into the lives of 5 people who take you on a journey of facing social issues such as bullying, abuse and sexuality. Forbidden Fruit: Evolution focuses on stories from childhood to adulthood, focusing on the conflict of the inner spirit and the discovery of what is true for the characters. It highlights how we tend to repress human emotions and not communicate our feelings. The show ends with the discovery of finding the truth and essentially becoming free from within. Forbidden Fruit: Evolution brings to light such issues as sexuality, bullying, gender roles and building confidence/individuality through a fusion of dance styles including Contemporary Ballet, Bharatanatyam and Kathak, taking into account common elements and techniques in stances and poses.
This piece plays at Factory Theatre Mainspace, 125 Bathurst St. Performances: July 13 at 11:00pm; July 14 at 5:45pm; July 16 at 5:45pm; July 17 at 1:45pm.
From press release: Jape is a critically acclaimed and award-winning troupe comprised of Aaron Hagey-MacKay, Adam McNamara, Simon Pond and Eric Turk. They have honed their craft in front of the notoriously skeptical audiences of Toronto’s comedy community. They have produced shows as official selections in international sketch comedy festivals in Toronto, Montreal and Chicago. They have a passion for creating shows that have nothing to do with their titles.
This piece plays at Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79 St. George St # 302. Performances: July 13 at Noon; July 14 at 6:00pm; July 16 at 7:00pm; July 17 at 4:00pm.
From MoT Review: Every Woman I Slept With Before I Met You promises to be a darkly comedic performance about a guy who takes a wrong turn trying to romance his current girlfriend, and ends up spilling his whole sexual history instead. Created by filmmakers David Amito and AJ Bond for the Fringe Festival, it drew a solid house for 10pm on a Wednesday night.
With this in mind, I turned up expecting a salacious – or at least mildly naughty – sex comedy. You know, the kind in which the performer would bite his lip like a bad boy and say something along the lines of “…which turned out to be more fun than I was expecting, even if I did eventually have to throw out all the bedsheets and wash my cat in dish soap.”
This piece plays at The Solo Room at the Randolph Academy, 736 Bathurst St. Performances: July 12 at 10:15pm; July 13 at 4:45pm; July 14 at 6:15pm; July 17 at 2:15pm.
From press release: A comedy about relationships, bike messengers and underdog hockey franchises.
No one saw it coming. After nearly half a decade of disappointment, the unthinkable has happened: for the first time in 46 years, The Leafs are finally playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s the day of the seventh game, and Gen— on shaky ground with her boyfriend, Dan—has tickets to take him to The Game in a desperate attempt to cling to his affections. Or rather, she had tickets. Just hours before the puck is set to drop, she has lost her tickets.
This piece plays at Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79 St. George St # 302. Performances: July 14 at 9:30pm; July 15 at 5:15pm; July 16 at 1:45pm.
From press release: Set in World War I France, In The Trenches is an original, fast paced, dark comedy written by Peter Sawyer, an ex-soldier turned actor/comedian, and David Rutherford, an abstract oil painter turned graduate of the London School of Economics. In the Trenches shines the spotlight on a group of eight young (and not so young) Canadians in their “home away from home” a trench at the front, where the smell of fear is overwhelmed by the smell of each other. As they fight the enemy and the daily grind of life in the trenches, they soon learn that bullets and shells are the least of their problems. In eight hilariously moving vignettes, In the Trenches takes the audience on an intimate, sharply funny journey, as our Canadian “heroes” battle their enemy, around and within.
This piece plays at George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place. Performances: July 14 at 9:45pm; July 15 at 1:45pm; July 17 at 3:30pm.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.