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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

Perfect Couples – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

On July 5th 2017,  a cast and crew of young artists will open Perfect Couples, a new Canadian play that explores the lives of four couples, mainly focusing on one lesbian couple, as they navigate their lives in Toronto while coping with various mental illnesses.

This riveting, relevant, and witty piece is by Ryerson Theatre School graduate Mitchell Janiak and it will be produced by Pencil Kit Productions. It will play at the Helen Gardner Playhouse from July 5th- – 15th, and the the Hamilton Fringe from July 18th – 30th.

“The script was exciting for me because of its emphasis on queer female narratives,” says Claren Grosz, the director and Artistic Director of Pencil Kit Productions, “It was also refreshing that it’s a play centred on millennial experiences without reducing them to only twitter references and cellphones”.

Founded by Grosz in 2016, Pencil Kit Productions has sought to give young and upcoming artists the chance to create new and original work, as well as to present fresh takes on classic work. Their debut show Persephone, a feminist take on the classic Greek myth, premiered at the Toronto Fringe last year with rave reviews from Now Magazine and Mooney on Theatre.

Mitchell Janiak and Claren Grosz met as classmates in Ryerson’s acting program. They bonded over their frustration of the lack of authentic younger characters in theatre. When Janiak began writing the script 3 years ago, Grosz knew the piece would be relevant to younger audiences.

“Over half the audition submissions we received included a personal statement of how mental illness have affected the applicant’s life.” Grosz adds, “As classmates who have been though and witnessed the dark times of attending University in the big lonely city while growing into adulthood, this felt like an important project for us to work on together”.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 06:30 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 11:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 01:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 04:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 07:00 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 02:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 09:15 pm

Details

  • Perfect Couples plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George 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: Unsuitable for Minors, Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Photo of Arun Varma, Claire Keating, Belinda Corpuz, Hannah Whitmore, Ariana Marquis, Kaleb Horn, Meara Khanna, Felix Beauchamp by Ryan Dillon

The Moaning Yoni – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From press release

Written and performed by Joylyn Secunda, The Moaning Yoni combines dialogue, physical comedy, dance and puppetry to transmit a hallucinatory coming of age story.

In The Moaning Yoni, Zoë, a college student desperately trying to be normal, resists the dictatorial pressure of her anthropomorphic vagina (yoni), a no-bullshit Brooklyn-Jew with the wisdom of a sage. Together they cross the battlefield of Sex-Ed class, Tinder, and Tantric hippies.

Joylyn Secunda plays many other zany characters including Crystal, a cannabis lube ceremony facilitator – Aspen, a VW nomad and self-proclaimed mystic – and Ava, Zoë’s Dionysian nympho roommate.

“The show reflects an individual millennial experience, and yet is universal in that it explores the need for acceptance,” says writer/performer, Joylyn Secunda. “It’s a blend of innocent wonder and wild fantasies.”

Zoë’s character is inspired by Joylyn Secunda’s experiences in a sex-filled world, and her journey to identifying as grey-asexual.

This show contains strong language and sexual themes. Rated 18+.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 01:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 06:45 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 02:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 04:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 06:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 03:00 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 09:45 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 08:00 pm

Details

  • The Moaning Yoni 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 Warnings: Sexual Content, Audience Participation, Mature Language, Unsuitable for Minors.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible, with some tight cornering. Accessible seating is in the front row.

Photo of Joylyn Secunda by Emily Cooper Photography

Write for us! Coverage of the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

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Mooney on Theatre is looking for folks to review shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival, which runs from July 5 – 16, 2017.

In many ways, Fringe Festivals embody what Mooney on Theatre holds dear: making theatre more accessible. The Fringe features inexpensive shows attended by a wide range of people, many of whom are not theatregoers the rest of the year.

With this in mind, we put an intense amount of effort into providing as much coverage of the Toronto Fringe Festival as we can. To get an idea of what that coverage looks like, check out the Fringe Festival category on this site.

Among other things, this coverage includes reviewing each show in a relatively substantive way by the end of the first weekend. This task takes a lot of writers. Each year, to make it happen, we bring on additional contributors. Maybe this year that will be you.

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Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Saturday, July 2nd

fringe-for-free-graphicWe’re heading into the first weekend of the Toronto Fringe Festival and surely all you savvy theatre-goers are getting the jump on the crowds and checking out shows this weekend and not waiting until all the most popular shows are sold out next weekend, right?

Well as an incentive to get out there and see some theatre we’re running a draw for free tickets to five Fringe shows playing this Saturday so click “Read More” for the contest rules and a little something about the 5 shows we’ve got lined up for Saturday, July 2.

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Happiness™ – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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Award-winning Ottawa based company, May Can Theatre is making their Toronto debut this Fringe Festival with their show Happiness™.

Since its premiere in 2013, Happiness™ has travelled from Ottawa to venues such as Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival (Montréal, QC 2016), rEvolver Festival (Vancouver, BC 2016) and had a sold out run at the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Happiness™ is an explosive self-help seminar and product launch for anyone who’s ever wanted it all (and is willing to pay for it). Presented by the HPL™ spokespeople, James Lemon and Peter Barrel (Tony Adams and Cory Thibert) who struggle with their own relentless pursuit of happiness. Can two men who really don’t know happiness sell it?

Details

  • Happiness™ plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave)
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, $12 in advance. 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 Honest Ed’s Alley, 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.

Performances

  • Friday July 1st, 08:00 pm
  • Saturday July 2nd, 11:30 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 05:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 5th, 06:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 02:15 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 05:45 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 01:45 pm

Photo of Tony Adams and Cory Thibert by Isaac Vallentin

The Funky Punckies – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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From Press Release

The Funky Punckies is an educational play written for children in grades 4, 5 and 6. The play came to life as part of an endeavor to bring creativity and joy into the process of learning the appropriate and effective usage of English punctuation. Knowing full well that the topic of punctuation is not one which normally stirs excitement in a classroom, the authors have taken up the challenge of presenting it in a way that children will enjoy, effortlessly remember and learn with motivation and ease

The characters of The Funky Punckies are the different punctuation marks: Full stop (inflexible and arrogant), Exclamation mark (emotional and energetic), Colon (cool and confident), etc. As members of any family or group, the punctuation members squabble and compete with each other, they argue and fight their little battles, only to realize that there is more to life than their immediate, short-term interests. They find themselves in situations which force them to re-examine their roles, assert themselves, open their minds to reality and reassess their values. With much entertainment, music, song, and dance, The Funky Punckies brings the children’s attention not only to the topic of the correct use of punctuation, but also to the social and psychological issues it highlights: the importance of having confidence and belief in oneself, having respect for others, accepting differences and putting them aside in order to build a structure of higher value.

The cast consists of 9 members, male and female of different ages and of a cultural mix that reflects Canada’s diverse student population.

Details

  • The Funky Punckies plays at the George Ignatieff Theatre. (15 Devonshire Pl)
  • Tickets for FringeKids shows are $5 for kids (age 12 and younger); adults pay $10 at the door or $12 in advance.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s Alley, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • The George Ignatieff Theatre is wheelchair-accessible, and has wide aisles for easy mid-show exits.
  • Don’t miss the FringeKids club located on the lawn adjacent to the venue! Free activities for children (3-12) and caregivers run every day of the festival: see website for details.
  • Content Warning: Audience Participation.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday June 30th, 04:00 pm
  • Friday July 1st, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 02:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 5th, 01:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 10:00 am
  • Friday July 8th, 04:15 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 11:45 am

Image provided by company

Peter Vs Chris – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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From press release

Peter N Chris are returning to Toronto with a brand new sketch show, Peter Vs Chris, that will finally get to the bottom of who is the funniest member of Peter n’ Chris. Debuting in Toronto SketchFest in 2016, it is being hailed as “Hilariously polished…yet spontaneous” by Exclaim. P eter N’ Chris is a new style of show from the veteran fringe duo, that will have them perform a show with an open ended ending, depending on the score of each show, determined by audience reaction. It’s the most improvised, hilarious adventure from Peter N’ Chris

Who are Peter N’ Chris you ask? Good Question! Here’s a great answer. Peter N Chris (Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson) are a 3 time Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe from Vancouver BC (Best Sketch Troupe and Best Comedic Play 2013/2014). They gained a large following on the Fringe circuit over the last 8 years, andhave grown a large following nationally and internationally for their fast paced, cinematic and extremely physical style that pushes comedic theatre to its limits. The have won best of fest awards in every fringe festival city they have performed in and have recently performed in acclaimed festivals such as Just For Laughs, JFL42, The San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, the Chicago Sketch Fest. They were a featured act at the 2013 and 2014 Toronto Sketch festival where they earned back to back “Audience Choice” awards. They are also contributing writers to CBC Radio 1’s sketch comedy show The Irrelevant Show, CBC Punchline, have contributed video content to the massive comedy website College Humor, and are writers on the Vine Web Series W hite Ninja starring FX’s Paul Scheer.

Details

  • Peter Vs Chris plays at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave)
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, $12 in advance. 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 Honest Ed’s Alley, 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, Audience Participation.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Performances

  • Friday July 1st, 01:15 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 09:15 pm
  • Monday July 4th, 06:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 11:00 pm
  • Thursday July 7th, 07:30 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 12:15 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 04:00 pm

Photo provided by the company

Myths and Coffee Cups – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

From press release

mythsandcoffeecups_square-colourMyths and Coffee Cups tells the story of a father and son as they chat over coffee one afternoon. They discuss everything from tapeworms, to time travel, to the meaning of eternity – it’s both hysterically funny and heart-wrenchingly moving. The play features tremendously talented film and stage actors Bob Legare and Damien Doepping.

Myths and Coffee Cups is the second play in the Fringe festival to be created by Trevor Poelman and his company, Books are Boring.

Details

  • Myths and Coffee Cups plays at the Robert Gill Theatre. (214 College St)
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, $12 in advance. 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 Honest Ed’s Alley, 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.

Performances

  • Wednesday June 29th, 10:30 pm
  • Saturday July 2nd, 07:30 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 05:15 pm
  • Monday July 4th, 01:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 11:30 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 05:45 pm
  • Sunday July 10th, 05:00 pm

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for the record – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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From Press Release

When a mother tries to reconnect with her teenage daughter while browsing at a vintage record store, her adolescent musical memories prompt her to revisit her complicated relationship with her own mother. Set in an actual record store (Annex vinyl mecca Kops Records), and performed by an actual mother/daughter acting duo (Shari Hollett and Lucy Earle), for the record is a new site-specific comedy that explores the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters – with a soundtrack of classic vinyl from the 60’s and 70’s. It’s a funny, heartfelt look at the most primal of human relationships – underscored by the most universal of human art forms: pop music.

For the record is written by veteran writer-performer Shari Hollett (Big Head Goes to Bed, Expectation, The Second City), directed by Chris Earle (The Hotline Always Blings Twice, The Second City Guide to the Symphony), and also features Lucy Earle (Schitts Creek, Etobicoke School of the Arts).

Produced by the night kitchen. www.nightkitchentheatre.ca

Details

  • for the record plays at Kops Records. (592 Bloor St. W.)
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, $12 in advance. 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 Honest Ed’s Alley, 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.

Performances

  • Thursday June 30th, 09:00 pm
  • Friday July 1st, 09:00 pm
  • Saturday July 2nd, 09:00 pm
  • Sunday July 3rd, 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 5th, 09:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 6th, 09:00 pm
  • Thursday July 7th, 09:00 pm
  • Friday July 8th, 09:00 pm
  • Saturday July 9th, 09:00 pm
  • Sunday July 10th, 07:00 pm