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Lin Young is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University by day, an insatiable theatre-goer by night. She truly loves seeing innovative indie theatre, the strange sort of hole-in-the-wall shows that big companies would never take a risk on. She’s seen plays in basements, gardens, bars, and in old dilapidated houses, to name a few. She’s always on the lookout for the next theatrical experiment in the city, and loves seeing shows that have some quality of fantasy, historicity, or strangeness to them – especially if they involve puppets! She tweets about theatre, comics and the 19th century at @linkeepsitreal.

The Huns – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From press release:

New Comedy THE HUNS by Michael Ross Albert to Premiere at Toronto Fringe Festival

Following their critically acclaimed, sold-out production of Anywhere in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, One Four One Collective and The Spadina Avenue Gang presentthe world premiere of a menacing new comedy by Michael Ross Albert (Anywhere, Best of Toronto Fringe/Patron’s Pick; Tough Jews, Dora nomination – Outstanding New Play).

The Huns will be among the first Fringe plays performed at Streetcar Crowsnest’s Guolien Theatre, in a production helmed by Crow’s Theatre’s own associate artistic director, Jessie-nominated Marie Farsi (SURVEIL, rEvolver Festival; upcoming: Ghost Quartet, Crow’s Theatre/Eclipse Theatre Company).

Set during a frenzied conference call at a tech company the morning after a break-in, The Huns is a dark workplace comedy about millennial anxieties, minor revolutions, and modern-day barbarians. The ensemble cast of this fast-paced and provocative new work will feature One Four One Collective’s artistic producer, Cass Van Wyck (Therac 25, Unit 102; My Entertainment World Critic’s Pick nomination – Outstanding Performance), as well as Dora-nominated actors Jamie Cavanagh (Confederation Parts I and II, VideoCabaret/Soulpepper) and Breanna Dillon (What Happened Was…, Witchboy Theatre).

To create the chaos of the play’s central conference call, the production will include an intricate sound design, with a dozen pre-recorded cameo voice performances from members of the Toronto indie theatre community, including sound designer, Andy Trithardt (Wildfire, Soulpepper/RARE Theatre).

Though darkly comedic, the play examines the serious themes of depression, anxiety, and mental health in the workplace. Its characters are locked in a brutal and desperate conflict with each other, and with the world around them. The Huns is a scathingly frank examination of a floundering generation’s relationship to work, a satirical critique ofthe culture we’ve become, and a rallying battle-cry for radical change.

Featuring a stellar cast and creative team, The Huns is a visceral, unnerving, laugh-out-loud look at modern workplace culture and mental health. It promises to be an intense and unforgettable Fringe experience.

One Four One Collective and The Spadina Avenue Gang

in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival present

THE HUNS

written by Michael Ross Albert

directed by Marie Farsi

featuring Jamie Cavanagh, Breanna Dillon, and Cass Van Wyck

sound design by Andy Trithardt

stage managed by Aidan Hammond

Venue: Streetcar Crowsnest, Guloien Theatre (345 Carlaw Ave.)

Performances:

Friday July 5, 9:30pm

Saturday July 6, 6:15pm

Sunday July 7, 8:30pm

Tuesday July 9, 7:30pm

Thursday July 11, 5:30pm

Friday July 12, 10:15pm

Sunday July 14, 4:00pm

The ADHD Project – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Written and performed by award-winning storyteller Carlyn Rhamey, directed and designed by Fringe veteran Jon Paterson (Dora Award winning BoyGroove), The ADHD Project is a biographical account of growing up with ADHD and learning to embrace and celebrate what makes us different. “I’m sharing my story in hopes that it will raise awareness and promote acceptance towards neurodiversity”, explains Rhamey, “and hopefully show how hilariously eventful life can be, when you experience it a little differently.” The ADHD Project also includes a projection element to include photos and personal home videos.

The ADHD Project premiered in the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival, where Rhamey won the Emerging Artist
Award. Since then it has sold out shows across the Fringe Festival circuit in Orlando FL, Vancouver, Edmonton,
London and Hamilton. In each city, audience members have lined up at the end of the show to share their own experiences with ADHD and neurodiversity. The Toronto Fringe Festival is the fifth stop on a nine-city Canadian tour this summer, with four Fringes for The ADHD Project and a stop in Edmonton for the National AccessAbility week. The ADHD Project also tours Ontario schools for Grades 4-12 with Prologue to the Performing Arts.

SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Canadian Comedy Award winner directs new musical, 
SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE is a reverse coming-of-age musical about four seniors who plot to regain their independence. 2019 Canadian Comedy Award winner, Andrew Lamb, director of the hit musical My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, directs this new musical premiere at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, at the Toronto Fringe, July 4-14, 2019.
In SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE, a newcomer upsets the status quo at a retirement home, unleashing repressed desires and igniting conflict between staff, residents and their adult children. A trio of seniors go AWOL from the home, embarking on a journey that forces them to wrestle with the power of choice and its consequences, and challenges stereotypes about age, love, family, friendship … and freedom.
The SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE team has collectively worked on over 40 Toronto Fringe Shows. The stars of this musical, Charlotte Moore, Denise Norman, Jillian Rees-Brown and Rick Jones, are talented actor/singers who each bring decades of experience to the stage.
Dora-award-winning actor, Charlotte Moore, reflects, “there are very few strong roles for women, let alone experienced and talented professionals over 50, in Canadian theatre, especially musicals. Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance puts three retired female characters right at the centre of the story.” Jillian Rees-Brown, whose acting credits include two years with the touring company of Billy Elliot and Mirvish productions, agrees: “finally a musical where mature adults shine and have all the adventure!”

Some People To Think About – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Some People To Think About is a solo sketch comedy show by Canadian Comedy Award Nominee Paul Blinov (Gossamer Obsessions, Rapid Fire Theatre), directed by Beth Dart. It offers a finely curated collection of strange fools and plausible nonsense: an all-too-honest father, an all-too-desperate screenwriter, and more. 
 
Paul Blinov is a comedian and writer based in Edmonton. He improvises weekly with Rapid Fire Theatre where he’s the Director of Education (Youth), and he’s toured and performed sketch and improv in places like Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, and Chiang Mai (Thailand!). He also co-hosts an award-winning arts criticism podcast called I Don’t Get It.
 
Dates ‘n’ times:
Wed, July 3 (8:30 pm)
Friday, July 5 (2:30 pm)
Sunday, July 7 (8:30 pm)
Monday, July 8 (5:45 pm)
Tuesday, July 9 (6:15 pm)
Friday, July 12 (4:15 pm)
Saturday, July 13 (3:15 pm)

Runtime: 50 minutes
Price: $11
Rating: 14+
Location: Venue 15, Streetcar Crowsnest Scotiabank Studio, 345 Carlaw Avenue

Sidney Needs a Kidney – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

SIDNEY NEEDS A KIDNEY: AN INAPPROPRIATELY MEDICAL DINNER PARTY

Sidney Needs a Kidney is an original story about a couple with a plan. And it’s a good plan. Isn’t it? Well, Mark says it’s a good plan, Sidney says it’s the only plan they’ve got. Desperate and out of options, Mark and Sidney have decided to take things into their own hands – with a dinner party. They didn’t want it to be this way. But he made up his mind, and there’s no changing it. Join us at Theatre Pass Muraille during this year’s 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival for the premiere of this strangely funny dramatic thriller about love, survival, and morality that is set exclusively in Mark and Sidney’s kitchen.

The play is an original story collaboratively created by four new generation writers. Mirroring the characters in Sidney Needs a Kidney, the writers are two couples, connected by two sisters. The writing process was one of close collaboration whereby each week the team would meet, map out the next 7 pages, and assign them to one of the writers. Regular editing meetings and close planning created a well-blended show with one strong voice that successfully portrays and explores the depths and limits of love and community.

The cast is made up entirely of new generation actors, all of whom have a connection to Sheridan College’s joint acting program with the University of Toronto. This has truly been a collaborative and hands on process from start to finish with the four writers also taking on roles as producers, directors, stage manager, and even cast member. Notable accomplishments of some of the company members are Eric Gordon’s work on the shows Fear Thy Neighbor and Unexplained, and his performance as Jimmy in Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really Really. Jake Settle’s work on Disasters at Sea, and as Hamlet in Theatre Erindale’s production of Hamlet are also of note; along with Kat White’s performance as Geraldine Moodie in Photographic Evidence during the 2018 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

We invite you to join the company members for dinner this July – you’ll be thankful there isn’t a place set for you at Mark and Sidney’s table.

Little Fish Productions
In association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents
Sidney Needs a Kidney
Written by Bronwyn Fischer, Hannah Fischer, Eric Gordon, Emma Workman
Directed by Hannah Fischer
Assistant Directed by Bronwyn Fischer
Starring Max Ackerman, Eric Gordon, Karen Scora, Jake Settle, Kat White
Stage managed by Emma Workman

Opens July 3rd runs to July 13th.
THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE – MAINSPACE, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2P3.

Performances:
July 3, 8:30pm
July 5, 3:00pm
July 7, 10:30pm
July 8, 5:45pm
July 10, 8:00pm
July 11, 9:30pm
July 13, 3:15pm

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.

Tickets:
Tickets go on sale June 6th, 2019.
Purchase online: https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/show/sidney-needs-kidney
By Phone: 416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Street (Dundas + Bathurst).