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Falling Angel – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

RealSpace Theatre presents Falling Angel, a contemporary vaudevillian style comedy written by Erica Wood, Co-creative Director of RealSpace, in collaboration with RealSpace founder and fellow Creative Director, Bruce Hunter – at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Caroline Azar, dramaturg and consulting director, who has been working with RealSpace Theatre since its inception, describes Falling Angel as “a wonderland of the mind. The gardens of the CAMH park attract souls enmeshed in the absurdism of heavenly co-existence.”

“Falling Angel reminds us of the deceptive nature of what we call reality; not everyone is what they seem and after the sun goes down, just what colour is the grass on the other side anyways?” asks Wood. “During a time of so much change in the world, it seems ever critical to re-examine our perceptions of each other and connections to each other.”

The diverse cast is comprised of actor/ comedian/clown, Stevie Jay, Second City alumnus, Jamillah Ross, and classically trained, Erica Wood. Andrea Ouellette (Centre of Gravity) stage manages and costume designs. “The process has been marvelously collaborative – this is a dream team to work with on this production, at this venue,” says Wood.

Falling Angel mixes things up from previous RealSpace productions in non-traditional spaces – including the 2010 Fringe hit, The Getaway, that took place in a moving van and the zombie hit show Dine Her – and immerses audiences in the core of the city in the park at Queen & Shaw. Audiences will be seated on picnic blankets, benches and whatever is handy, and integrated into the action. The short running time (45 minutes) allows audiences to enjoy this outdoor production coming from or going to another Fringe show. Bring a picnic and join the flock!

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 06:30 pm
  • Thursday July 6th, 06:30 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 06:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 06:30 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 06:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 06:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 06:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 06:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 06:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 06:30 pm

Details

  • Falling Angel plays at Shaw Park (CAMH). (1001 Queen St. W.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual Content, Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible. Note that this production plays outdoors, and audience members may not be provided with seating.

Photo of Stevie Jay, Erica Wood & Jamillah Ross by Jon Blacker

Interstellar Elder – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Interstellar Elder is what it sounds like: a dark physical comedy about 300-year-old woman traveling through outer space. One geriatric astronaut is entrusted with caring for the spaceship’s cryogenically frozen ‘human cargo’: the last of humankind, hiding out and waiting for Earth to heal so that they may return to earth and begin a new civilization. Interstellar Elder premieres as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival with shows July 7th – July 15th 2017 at The Theatre Centre.

In this futuristic scenario, North American Prime Minister Justin Bieber takes it upon himself to end world hunger by deforesting the continent to plant thousands of acres of genetically-modified swiss chard. This Superfood takes over the entire planet, choking out all other forms of life and forcing a human exodus into space. “So we’re working with hyper-realism,” teases Hansen, one of the show’s creators.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 05:45 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 03:30 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 08:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 02:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 11:00 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 03:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 07:00 pm

Details

  • Interstellar Elder plays at The Theatre Centre’s Franco Boni Theatre. (1115 Queen St. W.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is accessible.

Photo of Ingrid Hansen by Laura Dittmann

James & Jamesy in the Dark – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Celebrated British comedians James & Jamesy reach new heights of hilarity and depths of profundity with their production James & Jamesy in the Dark, July 5 – 16, 2017 at the Al Green Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Hailed as “one of the most popular Fringe duos ever” (CBC) James & Jamesy’s latest theatrical excursion is performed entirely in darkness, with the only light originating from custom-built, illuminated costumes. Amidst this void, the duo employs their unique brand of British comedy to conjure an adventure of discovery, friendship, and creation.

James & Jamesy in the Dark begins in blackness. Soon, two chaps, who each believe they are alone in existence, happen upon each other. The encounter launches them into a series of physical and philosophical discoveries, overflowing with intricately layered wordplay. As they navigate this inky limbo, they conjure an adventure around creation itself. The visually spectacular show is a painting come to life; a rich, raw encounter that blends the playfulness of Pixar with the existential ponderings of Beckett.

James & Jamesy in the Dark offers fresh perspective on the fascinating characters of James and Jamesy, who’s previous two productions – High Tea and 2 for Tea – entrenched the duo as Fringe Festival royalty, having performed across Canada more than 150 times each. More than 50,000 audience members have relished their unique, signature brand of imaginative, joyous art.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 08:15 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 10:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 01:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 06:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 02:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 04:00 pm

Details

  • James & Jamesy in the Dark plays at the Al Green Theatre. (750 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Note that only certain building entrances are wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in front of the front row, and may have poor sightlines for certain productions.

Photo of James & Jamesy by Thaddeus Hink

SNAP! – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

The world is on its last nerve. But in one small room, one anger management counselor is hoping to make a difference. In these days of rampant road rage, heated political rallies and protests in the street, Snap! is a hilarious look at five ordinary people in a world on the brink of a global temper tantrum.

This play began as a writer’s challenge for the Toronto Cold Reads. In its next stage, it was a hit with audiences at the 2016 Short Short Play Festival at the Social Capital and has been developed by NightShift Theatre for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. Between the first reading and its current iteration, a lot has happened and the world suddenly seems like an angrier place. What better time to explore what makes us angry, what we do with our anger, and what happens when a group of angry people are forced into a room together. It’s a circle of support and caring. Until it’s not.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 06:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 5th, 07:45 pm
  • Thursday July 6th, 06:15 pm
  • Thursday July 6th, 07:45 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 01:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 02:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 07:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 07:15 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 06:15 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 07:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 07:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 02:45 pm

Details

  • Snap! plays at Scadding Court. (707 Dundas St. W.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.

Photo of Allan Michael Brunet, Jillian Rees-Brown, Anastasia Kokolakis by Joanne Latimer

Macbeth’s Head – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

The Scottish play, an ancient curse, and a disembodied head on a dessert trolley out for revenge is the story of actors Tim and Rupert who activate an ancient curse and awaken Macbeth’s severed head, who’s athirst for revenge on William Shakespeare for ruining his life. The Head, using his arcane powers, enslaves Tim and Rupert, and then brings Space Pirate Cleopatra, gender bending Richard III, and Hip Hop Hamlet to life to help in his insidious designs. It’s up to Tim and Rupert to stop the maniacal Head lest Shakespeare’s works are obliterated from the face of the earth forever!

This view of classical material is part of Malfi Productions’ mandate: to produce entertaining and interesting film, television, theatre, and literature by merging tradition with innovation for an audience who craves emotional and intellectual risk.

Multi-disciplinary artist Kyle McDonald is directing and taking on the title role of The Head and is joined by Scott McCulloch as William Shakespeare (winner of Canada International Film Festival) and Adrienne Kress as the iniquitous Richard III (author of award winning and internationally published children’s novels Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate), Gabriel DiFabio as Hamlet, Roselyn Kelada-Sedra as Cleopatra, Roberto Esteves as Tim, and Julian Nicholson as Rupert.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 10:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 05:45 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 10:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 04:45 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 04:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 05:45 pm

Details

  • Macbeth’s Head plays at the Factory Mainspace. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warning: Strobe Lights.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route.

Photo by Alexandra Augustine

For the Love of Pie – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Julia Child meets Roxie Hart in this zany solo show about a career-obsessed cooking show host. It’s 1983, and fading star chef Georgia Peach needs to dazzle her new producers. Nothing will stop her comeback – except, perhaps, for the budding young talent living under her roof. Described by Montreal’s Bloody Underrated as “a real diamond in the rough” For the Love of Pie is a dark and funny story that follows an unconventional family in their quest for fame, love, and the perfect recipe.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 10:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 01:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 08:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 03:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 04:45 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 08:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 09:45 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 02:15 pm

Details

  • FOR THE LOVE OF PIE plays at the Tarragon Solo Room. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. Check in at the venue box office at least 15 minutes before showtime, and a staff member will escort you to the venue. Accessible seating is in the front row.

Photo of Melissa Paulson by Daniel Esteban

The Resurrectionists – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

The Resurrectionists is an original dark comedy about Ontarian life in 1884. Before the western world began to enact versions of The Anatomy Act, the surge of people learning to practice medicine, and a lack of access to human cadavers, birthed a new class of criminal, grave robbers. Because stealing bodies out of their grave and selling them to medical schools happened. Like, a lot. And now we’ve made a show about it. The Resurrectionists is about two first-time grave robbers, Oliver and James, as their first attempts at being criminals’ spirals wildly out of their control. In their efforts to sell a body, they’ll run afoul of a criminal, a mastermind, their own morals, and of each other.The Resurrectionists challenges ethical preconceptions of what it means to be dead or alive, and the blurry area in which people are neither the “good guy” or the “bad guy”.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 06:30 pm
  • Thursday July 6th, 08:45 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 01:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 08:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 12:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 09:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:45 pm

Details

  • The Resurrectionists plays at the Randolph Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Gunshots, Realistic Violence or Gore, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. We recommend checking in with the venue box office at least 20 minutes before showtime.

Show poster design by Rick Jacobson of Deadcat Design

WILD/WALLED – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

WILD/WALLED is a highly physical, honest and compelling contemporary dance performance utilizing the performance talents of the members of the vibrant and tenacious collective Half Second Echo and special guests. Featuring the work of notable Choreographers who have wowed Fringe audiences and critics in years past, this rendition investigates timely concepts including, the assemblage and tearing down of walls in society and relationships, and the natural juxtapositions to the wildness, unpredictability and untamed nature of being human. The choreographers, Alison Daley, Miles Gosse, and Tracey Norman, are inspired by each other’s work and creating works that are meant to live together as separate events connected in surprising and curious ways.

All 3 producers have had hit Fringe shows which were well attended, well reviewed in major publications, and went on to be curated and produced by other organizations. Elly’s Emotions (Daley – Toronto Fringe 2014) was picked up by Solar Stage Children’s Theatre following the Fringe run and nominated for Best Production and Best Direction in the Young Audiences category at the Dora Awards 2015. no permanent answers (Norman – Toronto Fringe 2013) was named Outstanding Ensemble (NOW Magazine), and Norman’s work went on to be a curated by DanceWorks Mainstage/Next Steps and performed at Harbourfront Centre Theatre in 2015.

Come tear down the walls this summer and embrace your inner wildness.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 06:30 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 05:00 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 01:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 08:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 10:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 08:00 pm

Details

  • WILD/WALLED plays at the Al Green Theatre. (750 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Note that only certain building entrances are wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in front of the front row, and may have poor sightlines for certain productions.

Photo provided by the company

Bad Baby’s Rules Control the Fun – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From Press Release

Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective, in partnership with Flat Earth Global announced today that BAD BABY’s first solo show RULES CONTROL THE FUN will receive its world premiere at this summer’s Toronto Fringe Festival.

“I’ve seen a lot of solo shows. And I know all the rules. I know all of them. And I’m gonna follow all the rules, because rules…control the fun.” Toronto-based clown, Bad Baby, will feature in her first solo show Rules Control the Fun, a hilarious new Canadian play about love, relationships, vulnerability, and shame. Self-proclaimed Fringe expert Bad Baby wanted to become an actor so that she could sleep in and kiss boys. But lately she hasn’t gotten to do either of those things. However all of that is about to change. Showcasing exceptional acting skills, unmatched good looks, a huge range of emotional faces, a balloon arch, and not one, but two theatre schools on her résumé, Bad Baby is the best – no scratch that – the ONLY clown to wear rubber boots at the Toronto Fringe this year.

Boasting a total of thirteen Toronto Fringe tent romances under their collective belts, the teams that brought you Almost, Again (Best of Fringe) and Eternal Friendship with a Spotless Smile (Patron’s Pick) are back with an all new Fringe fling.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 01:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 09:15 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 04:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 07:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 12:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 04:00 pm

Details

  • Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun plays at the Annex Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Audience Participation, Nudity, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route which requires a staff escort. Check in at the box office at least 20 minutes prior to showtime.

Photo of Janelle Hanna as Bad Baby by Scott Murdoch – Five by Five Photography.

Seeking Refuge – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Seeking Refuge, winner of the Paul O’Sullivan Prize for best script for a new musical submitted to the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, has its world premiere July 7 at the Randolph Theatre. In this ground breaking musical tragedy, sisters Mara and Saleet have been left homeless and without family by civil war, and the only thing they have of value is their mother’s jewellery, enough to barter for a passage to freedom – for one. Set amid struggle and chaos, it is at heart a story of love, devotion, and sacrifice. This new Canadian musical features a score filled with captivating melodies and relentless rhythms.

Writer/composer Rick Jones was moved to write his script by recent world events, by images of refugees trudging across whole continents, of destroyed cities, of children in shock or dying. “I felt helpless, yet I also felt I needed to do something”, admits Jones. “If I can bring their stories to life, allow others to find some insight into their struggle to find safety and freedom, then I can count the play a success.”

“This is a universal story told on a personal level” adds veteran Fringe director Barbara Larose. “The themes of sacrifice and survival against tremendous odds are as old as mankind. We have a diverse cast ready to take up the challenge.”

Previous Toronto Fringe productions by Thick and Thin Theatre are Life in the Raw (2012) and Millennium Madness Sale (1999), both of which received critical acclaim for the husband and wife team.

The young cast of Liana Bdewi, Trisha Talreja, Nabil Ayoub, Noah Beemer, Milton Dover and Jennifer Walls all studied at Canadian performing arts schools Randolph Academy, Sheridan College, or Canadian College for Performing Arts, and bring a wealth of talent and enthusiasm to the production.

Joining the artistic leadership are music director Robert Graham, choreographer Jennifer Johnson, and assistant director Ellen Green, with lighting design by Melissa Joakim and stage management by Margot Devlin.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 03:30 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 09:15 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 03:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 09:00 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 04:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 05:15 pm

Details

  • Seeking Refuge plays at the Randolph Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Gunshots, Sexual Content.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. We recommend checking in with the venue box office at least 20 minutes before showtime.

Photo of Trisha Talreja, Jennifer Walls, and Liana Bdewi by Dahlia Katz