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First Dates – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release: 

First Dates ​is about the humour and heartache inherent in the search for connection.

Different couples. Different generations. Different results.

Beautifully penned by Wes Berger, ​First Dates ​shares ​honest, playful and moving stories about the broken-hearted many, the open-hearted few and our search for connection in these fragile times. The play features an ​amazing cast of actors and production team from the theatre community.

All of us search for connection and companionship; we yearn to love and be loved. We search for it, find it and lose it. Everyone has stories to share. Stories about the blunders, triumphs and awkward moments of dating, relationships and everything in between. ​First Dates ​features characters of different sexual orientations, different generations and different experiences navigating love and relationships. ​First Dates ​is honest, relatable, funny and moving.

Carefully seeded throughout the play are intimate and hopeful songs written and performed by ​Aaron Berger ​brother to Wes and winner of a Niagara Music Award forBest Original Songwriter.

We hope you’ll come on a ​first date​ with us!

Details

  • First Dates plays at the St. Vladimir Institute. (620 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Nudity.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. After the building’s business hours, a staff member will need to escort you through this route, so plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for evening shows.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 3:15 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 9:15 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 1:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 3:30 pm

 

ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL: IN REHEARSAL – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release:

Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory defined an era and launched a movement in many art disciplines — film, visual art, theatre, music, dance, life in general. ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL explores the ethos of the Silver Factory and the people who created that scene.

Based on verbatim quotes — sourced from media interviews, documentaries, journals and other materials — ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL gives us the wild collection of beauties, talkers, artists, poets, musicians, dancers, philosophers, models, drag queens, socialites and amphetamine takers who were at the Silver Factory.

Among the real-life people whose actual words tell the show’s stories are:
• Billy Linich, a loyal and loving friend to Warhol;
• Gerard Malanga, Warhol’s assistant in silk-screening who also created the dances in front of the Velvet Underground along with Mary Woronov;
• Ondine, a friend of Billy’s and the star of many Warhol films;
• Brigid Berlin, a longtime friend of Warhol and an artist in her own right;
• the female superstars – Baby Jane Holzer, Edie Sedgwick, Ultra-Violet, Viva and Nico;
• the drag queens – Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis;
• Freddie Herko, a brilliant dancer and the first drug casualty in the group;
• an assortment of art curators, patrons, biographers, and other celebrities who frequented the Silver Factory.

ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL is written and directed by Vinetta Strombergs, whose previous Fringe show, THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL was a sell-out hit at the 2013 Fringe Toronto and then transferred for a commercial run at the Panasonic Theatre. Her immersive production of STUPID FUCKING BIRD was a critical success and popular hit at a pop-up venue on King Street West.

The songs and music are by Robert Swerdlow and come from his seminal early 1970s musical JUSTINE, which was performed at the Global Village, a warehouse space in Toronto very much in the style of the Silver Factory in New York. That musical was renamed LOVE ME, LOVE MY CHILDREN and transferred to New York, where it had a very successful Obie-Award-winning Off-Broadway run, starring Salome Bey. The songs and music are from this earlier musical and have been further developed, with new arrangements by Peter Nunn, a member of the group Honeymoon Suite. The choreography is by accomplished musical theatre director, choreographer and performer Gino Berti. The set design and projections are by the dean of Canadian theatre designers, Jim Plaxton.

Details

  • Andy Warhol Musical: In Rehersal plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Sexual content; Gunshots.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the very front row.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 4th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 5:45 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 6:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 11:30 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 1:45 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 9:15 pm

Grade 8 – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release:

Going back to her thirteenth year for inspiration, performer Lara MacMillan presents her storied concert Grade 8 at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. She is one of the site specific (BYOV) offerings at this year’s Fringe and has chosen to mount the show in a classroom studio at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St.). The building was formerly Givins-Shaw Elementary School and where MacMillan taught grade eight music twenty years ago. “I’m really looking forward to performing the show in a school classroom which is similar to the school I attended as a grade eight student,” says MacMillan. “And, it provides an extra level of meaning for me that it will take place in a school where I taught music for two years.”

A singer-songwriter with two full length CDs to her credit Miss Mercury (2008) and Lara MacMillan (2013)), Lara has been experimenting with storytelling in a more theatrical/ cabaret way for a number of years. She started with a straight up tribute show Lara Loves Leonard – a Cohen Cabaret where she performed a selection of his songs and poems. Then came Lara Loves Lennon and Lara Loves Lightfoot”When I did the Lennon show I shared some of my personal stories between his songs and poetic writings and after the show a good friend said “You should do more of that” and I thought…. yes! That’s what I want to do, connect personal story and public song.” For years fans of her original music shows enjoyed the patter from the stage as much as the songs themselves.

She tried with middling success to bring a long story arc to Lara Loves Lightfoot “I was trying to do two things in one show,” she says. “It was a tribute show on the one hand and on the other: stories from my nineteenth year living in Banff. As much as I love Lightfoot’s music it wasn’t what I was listening to that year, so there was a disconnect for me.” Grade 8, which MacMillan has already performed at the Stratford SpringWorks Festival and London Fringe, ends up being a different kind of tribute show, one that celebrates a year (1980-81). MacMillan calls the form a storied concert and loves how it has come to life. “Really it’s a one-woman-show-juke-box-musical and were talking 1980 radio-play so the music is SO much fun.”

When MacMillan started pulling stories together for Grade 8 she found that the central theme was the friendship she had had with one of her classmates, Sean. “There came a point when I realized that my show was his story as much as it was mine and I had to reach out to him to ask for his blessing.” The two had been connected on social media but had not seen each other in over thirty years. “I sent him the synopsis and held my breath,” she laughs. I really didn’t know what I would do if he said “Hell no!” – I guess I’d have had to re-write it.” Turns out Sean not only gave his blessing but travelled from Windsor to Stratford with his family for the show. “That was magic,” says Lara. “And a little emotional for all.”

What is the main take away for MacMillan now that the show is up on it’s feet? “It’s great to spend an hour with the thirteen-year-old me,” she says. She was a hell of a kid.”

Details

  • Grade Eight plays at Artscape Youngplace. (180 Shaw St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Saturday July 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 2:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 8:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 7:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 8:00 pm

PLAYS IN CAFES (SHADOWPATH) – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

From Press Release:

Plays In Cafés is returning to the Toronto Fringe for the 4th time. The signature series, created by Shadowpath’s Artistic Director, Alex Karolyi, launched in Newmarket in 2006. It has since provided a platform for new works and has frequented dozens of cafés in six different municipalities in York Region. In 2015, Plays In Cafés expanded its reach into Toronto and Vancouver via the Fringe!

Part of Shadowpath’s new work development is to nurture female theatre creatives. Plays In Cafésshowcases the Shadowpath Femme5 with an all-female production team and new plays created by women and directed by the unstoppable, Rosanna Saracino.

This year, Plays In Cafés has a new venue partner – Poetry Jazz Cafe, introducing a jazz trio to the production. Guests receive a menu where each item tells a story. The audience then charts the artistic course of action by ordering their entertainment off the menu. Three of the five possible plays will be performed each night and an evening of theatre and song shall be served throughout the venue. The flavour of plays includes rich, bitter, dry, sweet and spicy

Shadowpath was founded in 2002 and is a charitable arts organization that turns everyday spaces into creative places. Plays In Cafés is Shadowpath’s version of café theatre, integrating the performing arts with café culture. Shadowpath received the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Innovation in Newmarket and the 2016 Creativity Connected Award for Best Innovation in Richmond Hill.

Details

  • Plays In Cafes plays at the Poetry Jazz Cafe. (224 Augusta Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Audience participation; No minors admitted; Unconventional venue.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 7:00 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 7:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:00 pm

ANYWHERE – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

From Press Release:

This summer, the Toronto Fringe Festival will feature two works by award-winning playwright Michael Ross Albert (Tough Jews, Dora Award nomination– Outstanding New Play), including the world premiere of his newest drama, Anywhere.

When a young businesswoman returns to her AirBnB, she finds that her host has been waiting up for her. What started as a cordial relationship between strangers begins to steadily escalate into a tense and unnerving battle for control. The two women find themselves facing off against each other in a struggle for meaning, connection, and power.

The world premiere production will be directed by David Lafontaine (artistic director, Unit 102). David recently directed the Canadian premiere of Michael Ross Albert’s play, Miss, for which he received the My Entertainment Critics’ Pick Award for Outstanding Direction in the small theatre division.

The cast of Anywhere features two pillars of Toronto’s indie theatre community: Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster(founding member of The Howland Company, resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company) and Cass Van Wyck (Therac 25, Unit 102).

With a thrilling new script, and a knockout cast and creative team, the world premiere of Anywhere promises to be an intense and unforgettable Fringe experience.

Details

  • Anywhere plays at the Factory Theatre Studio. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Sexual content; Realistic violence or gore.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 9:30 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:45 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 1:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 12:15 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 11:15 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 2:15 pm

GENERALLY HOSPITAL – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

From Press Release:

Let’s get clinical! Generally Hospital is a comedic show about a serious place: the hospital. Impossible rules for newborns, songs about death, and finding love in a room filled with farts – we have you covered for an hour of laughter, tears, and other bodily functions.

Directed by award-winning comedian Leigh Cameron (Second City Mainstage alum, 32 Short Sketches About Bees – 2017 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Pick and Second City Award forOutstanding New Comedy), this sketch comedy revue lifts the veil that shrouds the hospital and lets the audience in on all the weird, wacky, and bewildering things that happen inside.

Producers Ophira Calof and Grace Smith met while completing the Second City Sketch Conservatory Program. During a sketch performance in November of 2017, Calof’s wheelchair tipped over the side of the stage and fell into the audience, resulting in a 2-week hospital stay. The idea for Generally Hospital was borne out of a particularly laugh-filled visit during that stay.“We believe in the power of laughter to ease people into tense and personal subject matter, and as a tool to connect us all and foster empathy,” say Calof and Smith.

Generally Hospital is written and performed by a group of up-and-coming Toronto comedians,all graduates of Second City’s Conservatory. Calof and Smith co-produce the popular monthly All Access Sketch Show, one of the few regular Toronto comedy shows in an accessible venue. They are joined by Alia Rasul (Bad Dog Theatresports), Sabrina Friedman (Only One of us is Jewish), and Devan Islas (Good Judy), with dramaturg Ryan Hughes (Welcome to the Bunker – 2017 Toronto Fringe) and music director Nicole Byblow (Juno Awards Industry Gala).

Generally Hospital is proud to provide a variety of adapted, including a relaxed performance, an audio described performance, and ASL interpreted performance.

Details

  • Generally Hopsital plays at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Audience participation; Sexual content.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Patrons who use wheelchairs or who cannot climb stairs are seated in the front row.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 4th, 10:15 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 11:15 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 12:15 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:15 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 3:45 pm

THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

From Press Release: 

Based on a true story set in Mexico, “The Girl in the Photograph” (Quirvan Productions & Chameleon Productions) leads us by the hand as we witness the development of a dangerous romance peppered generously with live acoustic guitar and elements of a telenovela to explore each character’s strength inthe face of manipulation.

More than the sum of its parts, this story alludes to many themes and thought-provoking subjects relevant to a post-#Metoo world: How do we stay strong through manipulation? What is the nature of responsibility and fidelity in romance? How do we gain the strength to seek closure? What does closure even look like? With a predominantly Hispanic cast boasting various up-and-coming television and theatre stars, including Tamara Almeida (The ’94 Club, Heroes Reborn, Good Witch), David Chinchilla (The Expanse, The Handmaid’s Tale, Taken), Andrea Cabeza (Ponysitters Club, Waking, Standby) and Erin Roche (Player in Dear Uncle Wish, Libby in the World Premiere of Blues Bawls) this performance is guaranteed to fuel all theatre-goers to #StartFringeStrong.

To #StartFringeStrong, attend the preview-opening night (Friday July 6th, at 7PM in the Factory Studio Theatre) for discounted tickets and a sneak-peak at the talent. Starring Andrea Cabeza, a two time award winner of the Por Amor al Ar-t Awards in Cancun Mexico (Female Revelation & Best Musical Theatre Actress).

The Girl in the Photograph is lead by creator Andrea Cabeza, and aided by directorial innovators Victoria Urquhart (#ShakesbeersShowdown, Shakespeare-In-Hospitals) and Max Fearon (Hart House Theatre: The Crucible &Titus Andronicus). It is a heartfelt dramatic love-story, based on a true story. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster.

Details

  • The Girl in the Photograph plays at the Factory Theatre Studio. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Nudity; Sexual content; Unsuitable for minors.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 2:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 8:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 10:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 3:45 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 5:45 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 3:45 pm

THE WIN AT LIFE MEGA EXPO – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

From Press Release:

Comedians Faisal Butt (Sirus XM Top Comic), Amish Patel (Laugh Out Loud), and Morgan O’Shea (Just For Laughs) have gone rogue and quit comedy to pursue the lucrative life as motivational speakers. The Win at Life Mega Expo is having a limited engagement at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Guaranteed to solve all your problems on money, health, and love in 57 short minutes.

With a combined 30 years of stand-up experience, countless festivals and TV credits, the trio decided to call it quits and finally make a difference in people’s life. “I realized that it’s not only about me – it’s about all of us,” says O’Shea with a tawdry smile. “When you make a difference in someone’s life, you really make a difference,” follows Butt.”First you get the money then you get the friends,” exclaims Patel, seemingly out of nowhere. Their enthusiasm is exhausting.

Details

  • The Win at Life Mega Expo plays at Scadding Court (room 4). (707 Dundas St. W.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 7:00 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 7:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 7:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 7:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:00 pm

BIKEFACE – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

From Press Release:

BikeFace is a two-wheeled adventure of Canadian proportions, spinning strange-but-true tales from a ride across the country! There are graveyard groundskeepers, Wild West proprietors, and wanderers with secrets only fit for strangers. This one-woman whirlwind retraces a real-life bike ride from Halifax to Vancouver, uphill and against the wind the whole way

During the Victorian cycling craze, doctors warned women riders they would undoubtedly cultivate “bicycle faces”: becoming over-exerted, wild-eyed, un-sexed vulgarities, with nothing before them but the wide, open road. Over a century later, the Journal of Paediatric Psychology still finds that girls are four times more likely to be warned about dangers inherent in exploration and adventure. This is where BikeFace takes off! It will tickle your funny bone and above all else, ignite your thirst for adventure!

BikeFace is produced by Trailblazing Ladies, in association with the Toronto Fringe. We are interested in telling stories of adventure, exploration, and women who break boundaries.

Details

  • BikeFace plays at the Annex Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route which requires a staff escort. Check in at the box office at least 15 minutes prior to showtime.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 1:45 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 10:45 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 1:45 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 9:45 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 2:15 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 7:30 pm

 

FALLSVIEW TO A KILL – TORONTO FRINGE 2018 PRESS RELEASE

 

 

From Press Release:

Agents have had their identities compromised and the best of the best have been eliminated. It’s time to turn to the best of what’s left! Will they be able to save Niagara Falls in time…?

Dr. Thompson is up to his old tricks again, but this time he’s playing for keeps! Phase one is the elimination of every activeSMASH Agent. Phase two is a celebration party at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Phase three is the total destruction of Niagara Falls! There’s only one man who can stop him, Disgraced Former C.I.E.H. Agent Jake Brand! Will Jake be able to stop Dr. Thompson in time, or will North America need a new “Honeymoon capital”?

Fallsview to a Kill is the Improvised Beatprov show that the Fringe Festival audience can’t afford to miss! The performance is structured but the plot and story of each 60 minute James Bond-style show will be unique. Through the improvised content in this show, audiences will get to see their suggestions come alive, as Jake Brand and his nemesis Dr. Thompson fight for the fate of Niagara Falls!

Details

  • Fallsview to a Kill plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Audience participation; Gunshots.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 3:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 2:45 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 2:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 11:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 5:45 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 12:00 pm