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Picaza – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival will introduce audiences to a fresh and experimental take on modern live performance with the world premiere of Picaza . Curated by the Inamorata Dance Collective, Picaza has a seven show run from July 7-16 at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St). Supported by the Culturally Diverse Project at the Fringe, Picaza see’s its artists come together as one in a multidisciplinary telling of the journey to self awareness.

Twelve Torontonian artists from different cultural and professional backgrounds gather together to perform the best of contemporary and flamenco dance, physical theatre and original text and music to produce a fully original tale of the coming of age of a young woman.

“Picaza uses theatre as an accessible storytelling platform to delve into difficult and often polarized themes that often affect our sense of identity, like our birthplace, perceived familial duty, culture and romantic expression.”- Sofí Gudiño

Directed and choreographed by Sofi Gudino, Picaza features an eclectic and diverse cast of performers, including long time members Sam Yang and Kahvontay Willis, and newcomers Nazanin Meshkat, Hailey Gardiner, Nicole Haber, and True Skalde. The dancers perform to a range of traditional and experimental music, including live performances of traditional songs from Mexico and Venezuela, with original compositions by musicians Andrew Wiseman, Benjamin Barrile, and Mark Marji. The dance and music are brought full circle by original text in Spanish and English written by Eryka Gudino-Barthold.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 05:15 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 07:00 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 04:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 09:45 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 01:45 pm

Details

  • Picaza 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: Sexual Content, 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.

Photo of Sofi Gudiño, Nazanin Meshkat by Andrea Perez Leon 

Life Records 2: Side B – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

After a sold-out run at the 2015 Toronto Fringe, storyteller/comedian Rhiannon Archer is back with the sequel to her critically acclaimed solo show – Life Records2: Side B! Originally written and performed while pregnant with her first child, Archer is energized with more stories, laughs, and hopefully less baby, making this truly a “solo” show!

Life Records is a comical, heartwarming and honest solo show about the songs that make their way into our lives and become the “soundtrack” to our memories. This eclectic show is filled with true stories and the songs that bring them to life. From poetic revenge for a bully to accidental fraud- laugh, cry, and reminisce with more classic hits from a silly life.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 09:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 03:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 05:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 02:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:15 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 12:15 pm

Details

  • Life Records 2: Side B plays at the Factory Studio. (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: Mature Language.
  • This venue is accessible.

Photo of Rhiannon Archer by Shlomi Amiga

Madeleine Says Sorry – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Bold, spiteful, and hilarious—Prairie Fire, Please is proud to present Madeleine Says Sorry. Failed actor, Madeleine, loses her big break to a wiener dogso she attempts to drown it. Now she must apologize not only to the dog, but to all of society.

Madeleine Says Sorry is a dark comedy about the monsters created by performative activism and political correctness.

This world premiere satirizes our apologetic Canadian culture. It invites audiences to question how our morals are constructed. Audiences need to see this show to consider the harm we can cause by blindly adopting opinions. We must examine the inequities within our own activism and allyship. In a time that screams for revolution, we need to force less, and listen more.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 06:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 01:30 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 07:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:15 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 04:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 10:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 06:15 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 12:30 pm

Details

  • Madeleine Says Sorry plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. (16 Ryerson 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.
  • Content Warning: Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible, with some tight cornering. Accessible seating is in the front row.

Photo of Anthony Perpuse and Madeleine Brown by Jordan Laffrenier

Bugger the Butterfly! (Or My Sci-fi, Hollywood Adventure) – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Ever wondered what happens after we figure out time travel? Hollywood would have us think it’ll all be evil-doers and paradoxes. But what if it’s crass exploitation for cheap thrills? What if it becomes as lowbrow as reality television? Bugger The Butterfly! ponders a world where time-travel, like so many other miracles of technology, has become banal. Celebrity–filled, boozy, irreverent, and just a little bit gay, Bugger the Butterfly! answers Cher’s question for the ages – what would you do ‘if you could turn back time’?

Pencil-Neck Theatre is proud to present Bugger the Butterfly!, their new production by the author of past Fringe hits: Gypsies, Four Ways ‘Til rain, SERVICED, BASH, and 2009’s multiple award winning A Singularity of Being. Bugger the Butterfly! is a smart, speculative comedy about our futurein time-travel. Written by award-winning author T. Berto, Bugger the Butterfly! features Kenny Grenier as Diego, our hero from the future, and Gordon Harper as an early Peter O’Toole. Bugger the Butterfly! is the seventh Fringe production of playwright T. Berto, FIRST PLACE WINNER of both the 2000 and the 2009 Toronto Fringe Playwriting contest.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 06:30 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 04:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 07:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 10:15 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 05:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 04:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:45 pm

Details

  • Bugger the Butterfly! (Or My Sci-fi, Hollywood Adventure) 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 Gordon Harper and Kenny Grenier by Anto Zerducci.

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