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if you’re new to the Vancouver international fringe festival, you’re in for a treat! if the fringe has been your favourite festival for the past 24 years, then this is merely a reminder of how to fringe!

The Fringe is an equal opportunity theatre festival. All 67 shows in this year’s Festival were selected by lottery or on a first-come, first-served basis. That means that it’s up to you, the audience, to decide what’s hot and what’s not! 1. find your prograM. If you found this program on a bus and want another, then you can find copies at community centres, theatres, and Fringe friendly businesses. You can also find copies at Blenz locations. Or you can download a copy from our website at www.vancouverfringe.com. 2. piCk your sHoWs. Get a pencil and start circling! Or head to our website and search by show title, date, or venue. Taking risks is what the Fringe is all about, so be spontaneous! Use the master schedule in our fancy new pull out section as a guide. For the real Fringe feel, try seeing two or more shows per evening! 3. get your tiCkets. Tickets are available online through our website at www.vancouverfringe.com or at the Fringe Box Office (powered by Mac Station) in the parking lot next to the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the half price ticket symbol for a great deal or try to get a Frequent Fringer Pass ($80 for 10 different shows!). Frequent Fringer Passes are limited so hop to it! Check the Ticket Information section on page 6 for details. Half price ticket symbol 4. get a MeMbersHip. Without your annual membership fee, there simply could not be a festival! 100% of the regular ticket price of each show goes directly to the artists. Memberships can be purchased online or at any venue for $5. 5. gatHer your friends. Facebook, Twitter, the phone, carrier pigeon . . . however you gather your people, do it! Meet up at the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Café, share stories, hear show buzz, let other people convince you about must see performances, and go see them! 6. get in line. If there are tickets left for sale, you can find them at the venue 50 minutes before show time. Seating is general admission, so line up early for the best seats. Line ups also make a great grapevine. Spread the word through conversations with your line-mates, or simply eavesdrop. For more ticket info, turn to page 6. 7. get tHe inside sCoop. Information about performance schedule changes and special events are available on the Fresh Sheet, which can be found at the Fringe Info Centre (in the parking lot next to the Waterfront Theatre), the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Café, or at any Fringe venue.

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CHECk OuT OuR HaNdy daNdy puLL OuT sECTION! aLL yOuR FRINGE basICs IN ONE pLaCE: FRINGE HIGHLIGHTs, THE MasTER sCHEduLE, aNd Maps! paGEs 23-26 WelCoMe Messages....................................................................... 4 tiCket inforMation...................................................................... 6 getting to tHe fringe............................................................. 10 opening nigHt gala................................................................... 17 st. aMbroise fringe bar at agro CafÉ....................... 9 publiC Market piCk of tHe fringe...............................

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fringe aWards nigHt .................................................................. 7 onCe upon a fringe (fringe festiVal History).. 12 only at tHe fringe (More fringe History) ............ 15 Waterfront tHeatre................................................................ 18 playWrigHts tHeatre Centre.......................................... 20 false Creek gyM........................................................................... 30

8. Vote! Use your rating card and rate the shows you enjoyed so you can see them become this year’s Public Market Pick of the Fringe! Ballots are available at all venues and will be collected near the exits. 9. CoMMent! Write reviews on the pearls and potatoes you find at the Fringe on www.plankmagazine.com. Plank will also be a hosting a Plank Club at the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Café. It’s like a book club but for theatre! A theatre club! And you can find our Buzz Board (presented by Speedpro Imaging) plastered up at 1398 Cartwright Street. Read audience comments and contribute your own! It’s sanctioned graffiti! 10. refresH! danCe! The St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Café is the place to be before and after performances. Make sure to try a tasty beverage from our friends at St. Ambroise. We’ll make room for dancing by moving the tables out of the way on Fridays and Saturdays! 11. Celebrate! At the Fringe Awards Ceremony on September 20 at Performance Works, we’ll be announcing the Public Market Pick of the Fringe line up (chosen by you!). There’ll be lots of other fun awards presented too. See page 7 for info. Check out the winners of Public Market Pick of the Fringe on stage from September 24 to 27 at the Waterfront Theatre.

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WELCOME TO THE On behalf of the British Columbia Arts Council, it is my great pleasure to welcome audiences and artists to the 2009 Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Over 12 days, a variety of local venues on and around Granville Island will host an amazing range of theatrical performances. I hope you will revel in the eclectic program of inspired performances that these actors, directors, designers, and producers have come together to create. The BC Arts Council is particularly proud to support the commitment of the dedicated organizers and volunteers who continue to make this event such a rewarding experience for audiences. Enjoy! Don Shumka Chair BC Arts Council

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Our Government knows how important arts and culture are to our communities and our identity. This is why we are pleased to support events like the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, which brings together people of all backgrounds and makes a positive impact on the local economy. It also gives our experienced and up-and-coming artists an opportunity to express their creativity and demonstrate their talent. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, and as a proud British Columbian, I congratulate everyone who has made the Fringe the largest theatre festival in British Columbia. Your passion for the arts and your desire to share it with Vancouver’s residents and visitors are much appreciated as this event celebrates its 25th Anniversary. The Honourable James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

It is a great honour to be sitting at the helm in our 25th year. One of my great pleasures as Executive Director is having chance meetings with people who’ve had a connection with the Fringe Festival over the years. These connections often start with the confession, “I was in a Fringe show,” or sometimes, “Oh I know someone who was in a Fringe show.” My favourite such encounter was with a woman I met at a community gathering on Commercial Drive. She smiled as she recalled fond memories of the Fringe. I could see she was sorting through her brain’s filing cabinet — she then paused as if she was finding a file she hadn’t previously noticed before. “Oh, I was in a Fringe show! I had forgotten!” she said. She then laughed and we went on discussing the Fringe. It was such a pleasure to be present for the moment she recovered this memory. I suppose this comes with the territory of becoming a festival with a long history. What an achievement it is to reside in people’s memory banks. What an honour to be remembered as part of their lives. David Jordan Executive Director Vancouver International Fringe Festival

As Minister of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts, I would like to welcome you to BC’s largest theatre festival, The Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Hosted by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is a 12 day event that spotlights an outstanding cast of local and international theatre talent. This year’s festival features more than 400 performances. The appeal of this festival continues to grow each year, from an audience of 4,000 when it was first held in 1985 to a record attendance of 30,000 to date. It takes a lot of hard work, ingenuity, and skill to host an event of this scale. I would like to thank everyone involved in bringing together this year’s festival, including the many volunteers and sponsors who generously give of their time and energy. I wish all the best to this year’s performers. Sincerely, Kevin Krueger Minister of Tourism, Culture, & the Arts

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the FVTS, I welcome you to the 25th annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival. It’s hard to believe that out of the humble beginnings and overflowing enthusiasm of a handful of visionaries, The Fringe has become a mainstay of the Vancouver arts scene. Through the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers, the creativity and courage of our artists, and the support of our audience, The Fringe proudly takes its place among our city’s great festivals. We take pride in our motto, “Theatre for Everyone” and I’m sure that as you peruse the titles and listen to the buzz about the shows (and of course you’ll notice our low prices) you’ll agree that this year’s Fringe will once again live up to that billing. See a bunch of shows, get to some of our BYOV’s, come to the Fringe Bar, and enjoy. And one more thing: give us some feedback so we can continue offering the finest Festival possible. Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors. We have support from all levels of Government and a wide range of support from the private sector — from major contributors to those who donate to our auctions and keep our volunteers fed. Your commitment to the Fringe is greatly appreciated. Lonnie Propas President of the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society

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On behalf of the citizens of Vancouver and my colleagues on City Council, I want to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending The 2009 Vancouver International Fringe Festival as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary. In the 25 years since it was founded, the Vancouver Fringe Festival has become a mainstream part of our city’s cultural life without losing its ability to provoke, challenge, entertain, and inform. Few of our cultural organizations are as successful as the Vancouver Fringe Festival at incubating new talent, generating new audiences, and strengthening our community’s theatrical and dramatic offerings. Thanks to all those on stage and backstage who make it possible. Congratulations to the artists for a fabulous show and I hope everyone has a wonderful time! Yours truly, Gregor Robertson Vancouver Mayor


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TICkET INFORMaTION all tickets and passes are subject to availability. no lateCoMers. no refunds. no exCHanges. no exCeptions. please turn off cell phones and other electronic devices in the theatres. With almost 450 performances presented over 12 days, we need to start every performance on time! patrons arriving after the performance has begun will not be admitted. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before a show starts to avoid disappointment. MeMbersHip fee (one time purchase) Purchase your $5 First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (FVTS) membership to gain access to the Fringe Festival. Without your membership fee there simply could not be a festival. 100% of the regular ticket price goes right into artists’ pockets. By joining the FVTS, you are also entitled to participate in its direction by attending the society’s Annual General Meeting in April 2010. Membership is valid until August 31, 2010. You will be required to present your membership card at each performance you attend. If you are unable to present your card, you will be required to purchase one at that time. All completed membership cards will be entered into a draw for a 2010 Festival Pass. Please note that all personal information provided will be kept private and confidential and will not be passed on to any individual or organization. regular tiCket priCes $10 for weekday shows and weekend late night shows (10:00pm or later) $12 for weekend shows starting before 10:00pm +$2 surcharge per advance ticket purchase Weekdays are defined as: Monday - Thursday. Weekends are defined as: Friday - Sunday. Please note that shows may sell out in advance. Buy tickets to your must see shows in advance. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. In case of show cancellation, return tickets to the Fringe Box Office. opening nigHt gala tiCkets $40 advance or at door (see page 17 for details). publiC Market piCk of tHe fringe $16 at the door or available online starting on September 21. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe will run from September 24 to 27 at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street). See page 11 for more info. | 6 | Vancouver International Fringe Festival

frequent fringer pass For $80 you can see 10 different shows or pick five and bring one friend per show. This pass is for anyone who wants to FRINGE a lot. A limited number of passes are available. Passes are non-transferable. Memberships are required. Tickets are only available at the door and subject to availability. Purchase your pass at www. vancouverfringe.com or at the Fringe Box Office (see page 26 for location). Not applicable for half price shows. add a GEIST MAGAZINE subsCription Geist is Canada’s magazine of ideas and culture, fact and fiction; it has a strong literary focus and a sense of humour. With your purchase of Opening Night Gala tickets, Public Market Pick of the Fringe tickets, or a Frequent Fringer Pass, you can add a one-year subscription to Geist Magazine for only $10 (an unheard of 66% savings off the cover price!). Half priCe sHoWs Tickets as cheap as the 1985 Fringe! Every show marked with the half price symbol is half price! Frequent Fringer Passes are not applicable.

Half price ticket symbol tiCkets at tHe door Day-of-show tickets for all shows may be purchased at the individual venues starting 50 minutes prior to and until show time, subject to availability. CasH only! Please arrive early. Patrons arriving at show time will not be admitted. No refunds for latecomers. adVanCe tiCkets Advance tickets will be available online and in person up to four hours prior to show time and will be held at the door. order online: Tickets go on sale online at www.vancouverfringe.com on Saturday, August 1, 2009. in person at tHe fringe box offiCe (poWered by MaC station): You may purchase tickets in person at our Fringe Box Office tent, located in the parking lot next to Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (see page 26 for location) from August 15, 2009. The box office is open daily from noon to 8:00pm. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Aquabus offers complimentary ferry service from 4:00pm till closing to Fringe patrons who display a valid 2009 Festival show ticket or online receipt for a show on that day. Valid September 9-20 and September 24-27, 2009.

prograM CHanges and updates Visit www.vancouverfringe.com for the most current information on added, sold out and cancelled shows, venue and show time changes, and for updates on events. All show times are subject to change. Please check the FRESH SHEETS for updates. Fresh sheets will be posted daily at the Fringe Box Office, Info Centre, St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at the Agro Café, and at each venue. fringe info Centre Visit our Information Centre from September 10, 2009 till the end of The Festival to find the latest show reviews, show information, and show updates. The Fringe Info Centre is open on weekdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on weekends from noon to 8:00pm. It is located in the box office tent in the parking lot next to the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (see page 26 for location). fringe info line Call 604.637.6380 to receive information about the Fringe from August 15 to September 27, 2009. note: no tiCket sales Via pHone!

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2009 PUBLIC MARKET PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD You vote, they win! Join us from September 24-27 for the winners’ held-over runs! CULTCHIVATING THE FUTURE AWARD From The Fringe and The Cultch, the “Cultchivating the Future Award” pays tribute to the show that demonstrates unique potential and rewards it with a run at The Cultch. TALK OF THE FRINGE AWARD Plank Magazine’s “Talk of the Fringe Award” recognizes the show that generates the most online and in person buzz and displays the best marketing savvy. The buzziest Fringe show gets a $500 print credit from Industry Images and a $500 credit for video work from Michael Sider Video. JOANNA MARATTA AWARD The new “Joanna Maratta Award” honours those who best exhibit the original founding spirit of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. 25TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD Celebrating an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Fringe over our first quarter century. VOLUNTEER CHOICE AWARD Some of our most dedicated fans have their say! THE SOFA (SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD) Think Miss Congeniality, but more comfy. THE NASTY AWARD The show you’d least like your grandmother to see. MOST MISLEADING TITLE AWARD Not quite what we were expecting.

9:30pm September 20, 2009 Performance Works Visit www.vancouverfringe.com to reserve your FREE tickets!

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COME IN FOR FRINGE FRIES Open from 7:00pm till late every night of the Festival. 1363 Railspur Alley Join us after our Opening Gala on Sept. 9 and on Sept. 20 following our Fringe Awards Night for the Closing Night Celebration!

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GETTING TO FRINGE

Granville Island is the Vancouver International Fringe Festival’s hub. With restaurants, a public food market, pubs, live theatres, galleries, art studios, and shops, the Island offers a lot to do between Fringe Shows. Its relaxed atmosphere surrounded by mountains and ocean make Granville Island the perfect stage for outstanding theatre at the Fringe. Located in the heart of Vancouver, Granville Island (under the south side of the Granville Street Bridge) is easily accessible through a variety of means. If you are attending shows at other Fringe venues, including BYOVs, please refer to the websites listed below to help you plan your trip.

Walking, CyCling, and alternate transportation The seaside path is always a treat and gets you right to Granville Island and the Fringe! A bike is also a fantastic way to navigate the Fringe. Visit www.city.vancouver. bc.ca/maps.htm and click on the “Bicycle Routes” link to find a route. These routes are also suitable for people on foot. You can bring your bike on many buses, including the 99 B-Line. Get off at Broadway and Granville and continue northbound on Granville Street towards the Island. For further trip planning go to www.translink.bc.ca or call 604.953.3333 (6:30am to 11:30pm seven days a week).

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Want a little scenery on your trip? You can now bring your bike on the Aquabus’ Cyquabuses for free! Bikes are only allowed on the Cyquabus and your best chance to catch one is to board from the Hornby Street dock. See the Aquabus section below for more information.

who display a valid 2009 Festival show ticket or online receipt for a show on the same day. Valid from September 9 to 20 and September 24 to 27, 2009. For more detailed information including schedules, tickets, and maps visit www.theaquabus. com or call 604.689.5858.

publiC transit The Fringe is easily accessible by bus. The #50 bus goes straight to Granville Island from Waterfront Station thru downtown along Granville Street and on to False Creek South. Otherwise the #4, #7, #10, #16, #17, or #98 all stop on the south side of the Granville Street bridge, where a leisurely stroll through the Granville Street Bridge Pedestrian Underpass and across the Granville Loop Park will find you in the heartland of the Fringe in no time. For more personalized transit information and trip planning go to www.translink. bc.ca or call 604.953.3333 (6:30am to 11:30pm Monday to Sunday).

parking After 7:00pm, parking on Granville Island is free and without time constraint — including in all the pay lots! Between 7:00am and 7:00pm, free timelimited parking is available in designated areas around the Island. During those hours, a vehicle may park for a maximum of only three hours (and in certain spots, only one hour). Moving to another spot is permitted as long as the total time parked on the Island does not exceed three hours. If you want to extend your stay, we recommend that you move into a pay lot to purchase the extra time needed. Vehicles parked overtime will be ticketed.

aquabus The Aquabus operates from approximately 6:40am to 9:30pm daily (please check www.theaquabus.com/ routesandfares.htm for specific route schedules). Aquabus ferries offer various routes both to and from Granville Island and depart from locations around False Creek. The Aquabus offers complimentary ferry service from 4:00pm till closing to Fringe patrons

taxi Taxis are often found outside the Granville Island Public Market. boat If you’ve got your own boat or other water-based form of transportation, free three hour visitors’ moorage is located behind the Granville Island Public Market. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first-served basis.


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“THE FRINGE CLub Was IN MaNy Ways THE MOsT ExCITING spaCE aNd bECaME THE MOsT IMpORTaNT spOT aFTER FRINGE sHOWs. FOR sEvERaL yEaRs IT Was ON THE THIRd FLOOR OF THE MT. pLEasaNT LEGION sTaRsHIp bINGO HaLL. a HuGE HaLL. ON a saTuRday NIGHT THERE COuLd bE as MaNy as 1,000 pEOpLE JaMMING THE FRINGE CLub dRINkING bEER aNd HavING GREaT CONvERsaTIONs abOuT aLL THINGs RELaTEd TO THEaTRE aNd THE aRTs . . . aNd a pLaCE FOR LOTs OF FRINGE ROMaNCEs TOO.” — JOaNNa MaRaTTa, FRINGE FEsTIvaL FOuNdER aNd ExECuTIvE dIRECTOR, 1985-1998

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oanna Maratta, founder of the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, had never even heard of “Fringe” when the application for the Edmonton Fringe Festival arrived at the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (FVTS) loft in Gastown. But that application sparked the idea that Vancouver should host its own festival, and now, 25 years later, Vancouver’s Fringe Festival is the second oldest Fringe Festival in Canada. Prior to that fateful day, Joanna, along with a team of collaborators, had been running the FVTS since 1983. Their initial goal was to bring professional theatre people together to network and have a space to produce events. They felt a need to create a focal point for Vancouver’s theatre community. “It was a very dynamic time. There were a lot of people doing different things in different spaces. A lot of people were doing new work,” Joanna says. Nevertheless reviewers and audiences often wouldn’t catch on until it was too late and the productions had been cancelled—or worse yet, they had closed

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down for violating fire codes or city bylaws. Creating a Fringe Festival in Vancouver enabled the FVTS to extend their goal. Not only would a festival strengthen the city’s theatre community by allowing its members to produce experimental productions in a setting surrounded by peers, but it would make attending the theatre more accessible for the general public. Hence, the mandate “Theatre for Everyone” was born. The Vancouver Fringe Festival began in 1985. It was centred in Mount Pleasant and held its opening ceremonies in the parking lot of an IGA. There was face painting, a chicken BBQ, and a sock hop! The 220 performances were held in seven venues with 4,000 people in attendance— and only 25 volunteers helping out! Anchor venues in Mount Pleasant included the Western Front, Heritage Hall, and later, for the Fringe Bar, the Mount Pleasant Legion. “On a Saturday night there could be as many as 1,000 people jamming the Fringe Club drinking beer and having great conversations about all things related to theatre and the arts. And [it was] a place for lots of

Fringe romances too,” Joanna reveals. But there were other, less conventional venues as well. “The Fringe became about converting space into theatres and that was interesting for artists, audiences, and Fringe organizers. Our technical and production staff were amazing innovators and adapters,” Joanna says, explaining their use of parking garages and other unique places.

. . . 25 years later, Vancouver’s Fringe Festival is the second oldest in Canada. The staff’s office spaces also reflected the “spirit of converting interesting space,” Joanna explained. The Fringe’s first office was Joanna’s VW Bug and a table at Bert’s Restaurant on Main. Next, they were in the flatiron building on Main and Kingsway. “We moved in in 1986 and bought our office furniture at the auction sale of Expo ‘86. Linda Gorrie [the Fringe’s General Manager from 1984 to 1988] and I had great fun bidding and buying and outfitting all the offices,” Joanna shares.

There was more fun to be had in the long hallway of that office where chair races and bowling were a common occurrence. “Main Street really did represent all of our learning and growth. And it was a neighbourhood festival,” Joanna remarks. Nevertheless, having two main roads (Main Street and Kingsway) running through the centre of the Festival put a damper on things, and once the Fringe reached a certain size, it had to look for a new home anyway. In 1995 the Fringe relocated. “We needed to grow and change and Commercial Drive was a neighbourhood that offered more diversity,” Joanna recalls. “We became ‘Alive on the Drive.’” The Fringe’s first home on the Drive was above the novelty shop where Havana Restaurant is located today. Known as the Production Palace, it was a hub for staff, volunteers, and others. The years on Commercial Drive introduced the Fringe to new features like Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV). There were also parades, children’s activities, pay by “pass the hat” shows, a craft tent, and Drag Bingo!


“THE vaNCOuvER FRINGE Has THE bIGGEsT sEaGuLLs, THE sExIEsT vOLuNTEERs aNd THE 2Nd bEsT FOOsbaLL TabLE ON THE FRINGE CIRCuIT. WHEN I FIRsT CaME TO vaNCOuvER I WENT dOWN TO THE FRINGE WITH JusTIN saGE-passaNT aNd sTEWaRT MaTTHEWs FROM sCREWEd aNd CLuEd. WE CLIMbEd THE HILL OppOsITE pERFORMaNCE WORks aNd TapEd a pOsTER EaCH TO a sLab OF CONCRETE THaT Was ON TOp OF THE HILL. THEN WE LIT a JOINT, Happy THaT OuR pOsTERING FOR vaNCOuvER Had bEEN COMpLETEd. THaT Was My INITIaTION TO THE vaNCOuvER FRINGE.” — JONNO kaTz, FRINGE aRTIsT 2003-pREsENT

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“[THE FRINGE] MusT HavE MadE a bIG IMpREssION ON ME. HERE I aM 10 yEaRs LaTER WORkING aT THE OLyMpICs aNd I aNsWEREd THE pHONE: “GOOd aFTERNOON vaNCOuvER FRINGE FEsTIvaL, kaREN spEakING!” sOME MEMORIEs yOu kEEp FOREvER!” — kaREN pLaNdENJEFFERy (NEE pLaNdEN), FRINGE FEsTIvaL ExECuTIvE dIRECTOR 19982000

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“The mandate of the Fringe or First Vancouver Theatrespace is ‘Theatre for Everyone.’ What does that mean? What does that look like? How do you deliver that?” says Karen Planden-Jeffery (née Planden), the Fringe’s Executive Director from 1998-2000, explaining the thought process behind the move from Commercial Drive to Granville Island. In the millennial year, the Fringe took the plunge into False Creek to see how other areas of the city might embrace the unique festival born in Mount Pleasant and raised on the Drive. The Fringe was ready to release its pubescent self into the centre of the city. Besides having venues on Granville Island and back on the Drive, there were also venues in Yaletown, which is where the Fringe Bar ended up. Despite not having a centralized location, ticket sales jumped by 25 per cent over the previous year’s sales. By 2001, the Fringe was primarily centralized on Granville Island. Its opening ceremony that year included a courageous parade around the Island — one that went against the flow of one way traffic!

Regardless of location, the Fringe has always embodied passion for entertainment without boundaries — one that participating artists, volunteers, and audience members hold in common. “While ‘unjuried’ is certainly our cornerstone, the word ‘unjuried’ is not exactly an every day word. I’m pretty sure Fringe festivals made it up,” current Executive Director David Jordan says, explaining what has sustained the Fringe’s energy over 25 years. “People are still flabbergasted and frankly disbelieving when I tell them that we literally pick the line up out of hat. The way I like to explain the Fringe is that we make the audience take on the role of Artistic Director simply by choosing which shows they will see.” The Vancouver International Fringe Festival now includes over 450 performances, six mainstage venues, 10 BYOVs and up to 30,000 people in attendance — with 400 volunteers helping to pull it all together. All throughout these 25 years the main aspects of the festival have remained the same. The Fringe is a place to find unjuried, uncensored theatre for everyone!

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“OvER THE yEaRs, I bEGaN TO uNdERsTaNd THaT THE FRINGE Was My CHaNCE TO TakE a RIsk, bOTH IN TERMs OF THE WORk THaT I Was MakING aNd IN TERMs OF THE WORk THaT I Was sEEING . . . yOu REaLLy COuLd GET yOuR HaNds dIRTy aNd MEss aROuNd WITH FORM aNd FINd CREaTIvE Ways OF sTaGING THINGs. IT Was LIkE HaNGING OuT ON a bIG, CREaTIvE pLayGROuNd WITH aLL THE COOL kIds . . . I dO OCCasIONaLLy daNGLE My TOEs IN THE sWEET, sWEET WaTER CaLLEd THE FRINGE aNd HELp a FRIENd WITH a sHOW FROM TIME TO TIME. aNd I dO LOOk WITH absOLuTE JOy aNd GRaTITudE TOWaRds THE LEGIONs OF “yOuNG-ENs” WHO HavE COME up THROuGH THE RaNks. TO aLL OF yOu I say — THIs Is yOuR THEaTRE vaCaTION, IN WHICH yOu GET TO FOLLOW yOuR HEaRT aNd TakE RIsks aNd MakE WORk THaT yOu WILL sTILL HOLd dEaR TO yOu FOR yEaRs TO COME . . . aNd yOu May FINd yOuRsELF sITTING THERE 25 yEaRs FROM NOW WRITING sIMILaR WORds abOuT THE 50TH aNNIvERsaRy. — TERI sNELGROvE, LONG TIME FRINGE aRTIsT

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2 Carol Nesbitt & the Invisible Man in Axis Mime Theatre’s The Invisible Man

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3 Susan Bain, Jacqueline Dandeneau & Tammy Bentz in The “f” Word

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4 Michael Kennard and John Turner as Mump & Smoot

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5 Barbara Bourget in Kokoro Dance

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6 Deb Pickman & René Iaci in Shameless Hussy’s bedtime stories for AMAZONS

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7 Dance of the Glutton in Waiting for the Fridge

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“duRING 14-HOuR days OF FEsTIvaL FRENzy, THERE WERE THOsE LITTLE EsCapEs TO sEE a LITTLE GEM OF a sHOW FROM WHICH I MIGHT EMERGE LauGHING OR CRyING OR JusT “FEELING” — TO GET baCk TO THE FRENzy OF WORk. I aM GRaTEFuL FOR THE FasCINaTING INTERaCTIONs I’vE Had WITH aRTIsTs, pROduCTION CREW, sTaFF, spONsORs, MEdIa, audIENCEs, aNd vOLuNTEERs — THaT WONdERFuL dEdICaTEd GROup THaT assEMbLEd EaCH yEaR TO MakE OuR LIvEs EasIER aNd THE FRINGE a suCCEss.” — JaNICE FONTaINE, COMMuNICaTIONs dIRECTOR 19951998, pREsIdENT OF THE FvTs bOaRd 2002-2006, aNd a MuLTITudE OF OTHER ROLEs.

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FRINGE By Jacques Lalonde

ver the years the Fringe has

so many amazing shows — The Bronte

like Rock and Roll, Nucklehead Fever,

wasn’t able to get into a show because

been like a dear old friend who

Brothers, Faith Healer, Faust — but the

and Bonnie Dangerously happened at

he was late. Only at the Fringe!

lifts me up when I really need it,

arrival of two clowns of horror, Mump

The Cultch. TJ Dawe and Roman Danylo

or like an unforgettable lover that you

and Smoot, truly showed me what the

made everyone laugh at the Legion.

can never let go of. For 23 years in a row

Fringe could be. These were world class

By now The “f” Word had launched Full

Erections, Exhibitions and Ejaculations,

I have been seduced by its promise of

performers doing shows for under $10.

Figure Theatre on international tours

The Butthole Traumedy, The Happy Cunt,

adventure, passion, and being able to do

Joanna Marratta’s dream of “Theatre For

and Micheal Schaldemose of Way Off

and Young Hitler. Only at the Fringe!

and see WHATEVER I WANT!

Everyone” had arrived!

Only at the Fringe could I feed the audience chocolate cake at the end of the show about how my mother died of cancer but still visits me after her death.

audience chocolate cake at the end of

For me it began in 1987. My first amazing Fringe

experience

was

watching

Joanna Marratta! She would move

The names of some shows that will go down in infamy: The Fuck Machine,

Only at the Fringe could I feed the

a

about the festival with an earnest

rehearsal of Danny and The Deep Blue

grace: putting out fires, making you

Sea in a room at Studio 58. I couldn’t

feel welcome, always smiling, always

believe I was watching Jay Brazeau and

making you sure it was YOUR festival,

Suzanne Ristic performing for just us.

and letting you know she deeply cared

Broadway was winning best director

shows, almost a million people, so many

When Jillian Fargey, Mike Stack, Scott

about everyone.

the show about how my mother died of cancer but still visits me after her death. Twenty-five

years

of

Fringing

has

brought us literally tens of thousands of awards at the Jessies and making one of

laughs, and loves, and tears. Joanna’s

Bellis (to name a few), and I performed

While on Main Street I performed in

the best drunken acceptance speeches

dream has become a tapestry of beauty

Cook (directed by Stephanie Kirkland)

bars, churches, and in the basement of a

of all time. (Oh yeah! And there was the

and creativity. As I write this, dozens of

for them afterwards, they laughed and

car dealership. There were lots of places

night I got arrested but still made it to

companies are rehearsing and creating

laughed. Up until that point I didn’t know

to meet people and drink and discuss

Act 2!)

what you will see this year. This Festival

what we were doing was a comedy.

and many late night parties at the Big

Granville Island brought us the 20th

has always been about each of us and

Only at the Fringe could our cast of 15

House with the gals from Sensible

Anniversary Show where I have never

what we choose to bring to it. So bring

perform it at the Grunt Gallery to a sold

Footwear and all the best performers.

seen so much talent assembled in one

an open and supportive soul. You’ll be

room. Ian McKellan (a.k.a. Gandalf)

amazed at what you get back!

out crowd of 50! The early years brought

Then we moved to the Drive and shows

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OPENING NIGHT Celebrate our 25th

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THEaTRE

WaTERFRONT

1412 Cartwrig ht stre on Granville Is et land

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Jonno Katz – Epicworlds

Nobody Sleeps Theatre Group

Melbourne, Australia Mature Content / Comedy / Dance 60 minutes www.epicworlds.com Playwright: Jonno Katz

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Family / Comedy 55 mintues Playwright: Ann Ashley

Sebastien cooks with his mind. Roy likes cheap chicken curry. The unexpected, unusual, and unintended tale of two brothers. A fusion of theatre, dance, and comedy.

Blanche has been stealing Mary’s boyfriends for years, but she’s done it once too often.

Jonno’s previous shows: Uber Alice, Cactus, Jolly Roger & The Spy.

Machinery

Building.

considered

an

arts

“The Accident is laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully well put together. Katz’s tour de force performance makes The Accident without a doubt the best thing I’ve seen at this year’s fringe so far. Stunning.” — Indyish.com

jewel”

that

Directed by Jeremy Roske and Irene Sposetti.

“urban

hosts productions year-round. Plus there’s a lovely Gallery Lounge featuring exhibitions by different artists every two months.

the Cork screw

Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-6:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 6:55-8:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:45-8:55pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:25-10:35pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 5:10-6:20pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 5-5:55pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:50-9:45pm Monday, Sept. 14, 5:15-6:10pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:25-11:20pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 1:50-2:45pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7:05-8:00pm

jem rolls’ leastest flops

nggrfg

Big Word Performance Poetry

Guy Un-Disguised & Small Brown Package Productions

Camberley, UK 14+ / Coarse Language / Mature Content / Comedy / Other 60 minutes Playwright: Jem Rolls

Edmonton, Canada 14+ / Mature Content / Comedy / Queer 60 minutes www.guysindisguise.com Playwright: Berend McKenzie

“Dynamic, hilarious, riveting” — Winnipeg Free Press, ***** 2003, ***** 2004, ***** 2005, ***** 2006, ***** 2007

A revealing and hilarious one-man tour de force about a queer black kid negotiating the bewildering minefield of straight white Canada: from the schoolyard, to the perils of dating, to the “glamour” of showbiz. From the award-winning creator of the outrageous and controversial Fringe hit Get Off The Cross, Mary.

“Jem Roles leaves audiences shaken . . . beautiful, inspiring” — Montreal Gazette,***** 2005/6. “Genius,” 2007 After six Fringe tours Jem reprises some of his most unhated material. Supposedly. Featuring WeWonWeWon, GoodSex, Spoonerisms, ClangerMan, Tourism, and many more untotalfailures. Purportedly.

Directed by Dennis Simpson.

“Absolute master . . . sharp stand-up, hilarious” — Vancouver Sun Friday, Sept. 11, 10:45-11:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 4:50-6pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 1-2:10pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:45-7:45pm Friday, Sept. 18, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30-8:40pm | 18 | Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:25-11:25pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:45-7:55pm Monday, Sept. 14, 7:40-8:50pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8:30-9:40pm Friday, Sept. 18, 10:35-11:35pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 8:45-9:55pm


grandpa sol and grandma rosie That Girl

Gemma Wilcox

Yarraville, Australia 18 + / Multi-Cultural / Other 60 Minutes www.thatgirlentertainment.com Playwright: Lana Schwarcz

Boulder, USA 14+ / Coarse Language / Comedy / Drama 70 minutes www.gemmawilcox.com Playwright: Gemma Wilcox

To confront her titanic and paralyzing fear of aging, Nurse Jackie takes a job with Jewish Aged Care. At 31, she feels she must come to terms with her own mortality lest she faint on the day she looks in the mirror to find wrinkles and gray hair. But she soon learns that age brings experience, wisdom, and humour to a life — it’s not just about bodies getting old and wearing out. The show mixes verbatim theatre with puppetry and character comedy.

Talking chickens, a timid rodent, a funky sax, and jumping flames. Gemma Wilcox, originally from London, UK, portrays 20 characters in this award-winning, humorous, and poignant tale of love and letting go. **** “Sexy, sharp, and seamless” — Now Toronto “She shows you what theater can be.” — Orlando Sentinel “Shape-shifter extraordinaire.” — Ottawa Citizen “You may not see a better performance at this year’s festival than the one Wilcox delivers.” — Winnipeg Free Press “Gemma Wilcox is both an adroit chronicler of the human condition and a wondrous chameleon of a performer.” — Pioneer Press, Minneapolis

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:45-7:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:40-9:40pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:15-6:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:45-11:45pm Friday, Sept. 18, 6:45-7:45pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:30-2:30pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 6:45-7:55pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:55-4:05pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5-6:10pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9:35-10:45pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-6:10 Friday, Sept. 18, 8:30-9:50pm

red bastard

some reckless abandon

Red Bastard

To the Moon Productions

New York, USA 14+ / Mature Content / Comedy / Clown 60 minutes www.redbastard.com Playwright: Eric Davis with Sue Morgan

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Sexual Content / Monologue 70 minutes www.carayeates.com Playwright: Leah Bailly

Red Bastard is a dangerous, seductive, comedy-monster! His mission: to charm, disarm, shock, and seduce. His target: you! Anything can happen in this interactive master class in which America’s premiere buffoon becomes an elitist movement teacher who instructs us on “the theatre of life.”

Veteran performer Cara Yeates (Bye Bye Bombay, Knee Deep in Muck) is Madeleine Cross, barely 18, full of bravado, and is so determined to ditch her hometown, she signs up for “Teenage Jesus Girls Camp” in Honduras. But there is inevitable trouble in paradise. Pining for her absentee cowboy and feeling wary of the Jesus fan club, her desire for escape smolders. A fiery getaway is unavoidable. Lori Triolo directs Leah Bailly’s play, a one-woman tour de force, recalling first departures and teen love, taking audiences deep into missionary culture.

“Very, very funny.” — NY Times “One of the premiere clowns of our time.” — Gothamist

“Cara Yeates is a revelation from the beginning to end.” — CBC Thursday Sept. 10, 8:30-9:40pm Saturday Sept. 12, 1-2:10pm Sunday Sept. 13, 10:30-11:30pm Thursday Sept. 17, 6:55-8:05pm Saturday Sept. 19, 5:35-6:45pm Sunday Sept. 20, 3:15-4:25pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 8:40-10pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:25-11:35pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 2:55-4:15pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:40-10:50pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:50-10pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 3:30-4:50pm

the Honeymoon period is officially over

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THEaTRE CENTRE

pLayWRIGHTs

1398 Cartwrig ht stre on Granville Is et land

afterlife SunsetGun Productions

Ramshackle Theatre

Brooklyn, USA

Whitehorse, Canada All Ages / Family / Other 55 minutes www.ramshackletheatre.com Playwright: Brian Fidler

18+/Coarse Lang. /Mature Content /Comedy/Drama

Often referred to as the PTC

Cam and legs

70 minutes www.sunsetgunproductions.com Playwright: Chris Van Strander & Candy Simmons

Studio, the Playwrights Theatre Centre is located on the third floor of the Festival House on Granville

What do an Appalachian midwife, a 1950’s homemaker, and a slowly unraveling film producer have in common? Nothing . . . and everything. Trace the evolution of women by following one soul’s search for happiness. Do you know where your karma’s been?

Island. It’s an intimate, inviting space.

When

Fringe

acts,

not

showcasing

Playwrights

Legs, a headless puppet, dreams of making the cover of DJ Magazine. His journey to fame takes him from his apartment, to a pawnshop, and ultimately to the turntable at The Scratch Club. Performed without words, this all ages show intertwines music and movement to create a “tiny, funny, beautiful piece of theatre” (Calgary Herald). Headless puppets, breakdancing, and betrayal.

is

dedicated to developing Canadian playwriting. More than 5,000 new Canadian plays have gone through Playwrights Theatre Centre since its inception in 1970.

Friday, Sept. 11, 6:40-8pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 3:15-4:35pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:35-5:55pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9:25-10:35pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-6:10pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8:25-9:45pm

inside i / the butterfly effect

Jason t. broadfoot ~a stand-up guy~

Brianna Stark

tReAd ThE eDgE PrOdUcTiOnS

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Dance 75 minutes www.briannastark.com Playwright: Brianna Stark & Treasure Waddell

Vancouver, Canada Mature Content / Comedy / Stand-Up 50 minutes www.astandupguy.ca Playwright: Jason T. Broadfoot

A solo dance show featuring choreography by Brianna Stark (Vancouver) and Treasure Waddell (Winnipeg). One of the pieces mentored by Life/Art Process Master teacher G. Hoffman Soto (California).

Fresh from touring the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringes with his unique and hilarious views on home repair, husbanding, TV, extreme sports, GenX, and more . . . Fringe veteran Jason T. Broadfoot returns home to Vancouver — giving you many reasons to LAUGH . . . after all he is “A Stand-Up Guy.”

The three works on the program are performed by Brianna Stark and incorporate aspects of Contemporary Dance, Life/Art Process, Set Choreography, and Structured Improvisation. Emotionally cathartic and intensely personal, Inside I / The Butterfly Effect highlights the significance of the individual in relation to specific universal human themes. Friday, Sept. 11, 8:45-10pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:30-11:45pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 2:35-3:50pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:35-10:50pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:50-10:05pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 3:50-5:05pm | 20 | Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Friday, Sept. 11, 5-5:55pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:25-9:30pm Monday, Sept. 14, 5:15-6:10pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:05-11pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-3:05pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-8:05pm

Second Place Winner in the “2008 Funniest Stand-Up Comic in Vancouver with a Day-Job” Contest. “Stand-Up Comedy is not a real job.” — Hugh & Judy Broadfoot (Parents) “For the love of God, shut your mouth.” — Maryth Gilroy (Spouse) Friday, Sept. 11, 10:45-11:35pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 5:20-6:10pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 1-1:50pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:45-7:35pm Friday, Sept. 18, 5-5:50pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:45-8:35pm


das kabarett

fish face

The Illustrious Theatre Company

The Quickening Theatre

Vancouver, Canada 18+ / Drama 65 mintues Playwright: Simon Bradbury and Heidemarie Muller

Toronto, Canada All Ages / Comedy /Drama 60 minutes www.fishface-ginette.blogspot.com Playwright: Ginette Mohr

A German woman performs before Tito’s victorious Red Army of Russians and Serbs only to find out that she has been chosen for something other than entertainment.

The Coral Palace suffers in darkness under the tyranny of an insatiable sea monster. Far above, a young woman slips beneath the waves and into her destiny.

Thursday, Sept. 10 5-6:05pm Saturday, Sept. 12 8:40-9:45pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:15-6:20pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:50-11:55pm Friday, Sept. 18, 6:35-7:40pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 5:10-6:15pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:30-11:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:55-7:55pm Monday, Sept. 14, 7:40-8:40pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8:20-9:20pm Friday, Sept. 18, 10:30-11:30pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 8:50-9:50pm

the Journey is not done quickly

murder, hope

Midnight Hotel

Infinity Live Productions

Brooklyn, USA All Ages / Drama / Performance Art 60 minutes Playwright: Kenneth Lang

Bellingham, USA All Ages / Comedy /Drama 60 minutes www.infinityliveproductions.com Playwright: Becky Poole

A physical theatre experience that explores saying goodbye to past limitations for the promise of a dream. Based on a Russian folktale, a tsar’s son sets out on a quest and is overpowered by a wolf and his own temptations. The pain and humour along the way are narrated by your guide, an itinerant purveyor of faith, remedies, and diversions.

murder, hope is a new solo show about pop-neurology, neuroplasticity, and one family’s history with the rare brain disorder called Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. A non-linear piece that incorporates Appalachian murder ballads, Batman, YouTube, and the musical saw, it is an explosive collage of compelling ideas and off-balance characters.

“Ginette Mohr’s formidable energy, imagination, and brains make her performance engrossing.” — Eye Weekly “Statuesque with a highly expressive and mobile face, Ginette Mohr has great comic timing.” — Chronicle Herald

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:50-7:50pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 6:40-7:40pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:50-8:50pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:20-10:20pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:30-2:30pm

“quietly harrowing” — The Stranger ”hilariously charming” — New York Theatre

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:35-9:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 1:30-2:30pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 10:15-11:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:55-8:05pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 5:50-7pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 3:15-4:25pm www.vancouverfringe.com | 21 |


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FRINGE

FRINGE AWARDS NIGHT In addition to announcing the Public Market Pick of the Fringe, we’ll also be presenting new awards! The Fringe and The Cultch will be unveiling the “Cultchivating the Future Award,” while Plank Magazine will offer up the “Talk of the Fringe Award.” The new “Joanna Maratta Award” honours those who best exhibit the founding spirit of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The “25th Anniversary Award” will celebrate outstanding contribution to our first quarter century. Other awards include the coveted “Most Misleading Title Award” and the “Nasty Award.” Tickets are free but must be

PUBLIC MARKET PICK OF THE FRINGE The Public Market Pick of the Fringe is picked by you! Every time you go to a performance, you’ll get a ballot to rate the show. These ballots will be collected at the venues’ exits. Winners will be announced at the Fringe Awards Night on September 20. Tickets for the Pick go on sale that night at midnight. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe will be held at the Waterfront Theatre from September 24-27.

ST. AMBROISE FRINGE BAR AT AGRO CAFÉ St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Café is a great place to meet your fellow Fringers before, after, and in between shows to gossip about what you’ve seen. You can also try something tasty from Agro’s menu. We’ll be moving the furniture to make way for DJ dance parties on Fridays and Saturdays. And who knows, you might meet someone special (like your new life partner or Ian McKellan). It’s happened at Fringe bars in the past (on both accounts)! And of course, there’ll also be fancy beer from “The Beer Professionals” at St. Ambroise! This is a must for all Fringers so be sure to come by the Agro Café at 1363 Railspur Alley (see map on page 26).

OPENING NIGHT GALA Experience the excitement of the pre-festival party, mingle with artists and other Fringe enthusiasts, and participate in supporting the Fringe Festival by bidding in our auction. And you’ll get a sneak peek at a handful of the 67 different shows in this year’s line up. Tickets are $40. Doors open at 7:00pm on September 9, at the Granville Island Stage located at 1585 Johnston Street.

HOW

TO

TICKET INFORMATION (AN ABRIDGED VERSION) Tickets go on sale online at www.vancouverfringe.com on Saturday, August 1, 2009 where 100% of tickets are available in advance. Many shows will sell out, so place your bets now. In person ticket sales are available at the Fringe Box Office (powered by Mac Station) from August 15, 2009 throughout the festival. The Box Office is open daily from noon to 8:00pm. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. For detailed ticket information, please see page 6.

SWEET ON THE FRINGE As a charity (and Vancouver’s favourite arts festival) we strive to be “fair trade theatre” by returning 100% of regular box office revenues directly to the artists. This year, your in-person donations during the Fringe will be extra tasty with a reward of something sweet from our friends at Cocoa Camino. Yep, fair trade chocolate for fair trade theatre — how Sweet is that? As if that weren’t enough, larger donations will mean more Sweetness from us: t-shirts, tickets, special event invites, and of course, tax receipts! Check out www. vancouverfringe.com for more details.

REVIEWS Plank Magazine will be dispatching a small army of reviewers to review festival shows in real time. Plank’s goal is to review all shows in the first week. And you can add your own reviews and comments too! Dialogue makes the Fringe wheels go round. Plank Magazine — your online location for lively debate about the performing arts — goes live at this year’s Fringe with the Plank Club (held at the Agro Café. Check the master schedule on pages 24-25 for dates). The rules are simple: see the shows, debate what you saw. Strong opinions are encouraged. Visit www. plankmagazine.com for details. You can also comment on the Fringe Buzz Board. Speedpro Imaging will be wrapping our office in some crazy fancy stuff that you can write on. See what others have to say about a show and add your own comment too. It’s sanctioned graffiti! Find it at 1398 Cartwright.

reserved. Visit www.vancouverfringe.com for updated details and ticket info. The Fringe Awards Night will be held at Performance Works on Sunday, September 20 at 9:30pm.

fringe HigHligHts - like a Hairdresser setting off bits of Hair WitH tHose nifty foils, We too are “HigHligHting” bits of tHe fringe to beautify your . . . uM . . . fringe.

HALF PRICE SHOWS! Selected weekday shows are only half price! Look for this symbol in the program guide indicating which shows are priced as low as the 1985 Fringe!

MEMBERSHIP FEE (ONE TIME PURCHASE) All Fringers must purchase a $5 First Vancouver Theatrespace Society membership to gain access to the festival. You will be required to present your card at each performance you attend. All completed membership cards will be entered into a draw for a 2010 Festival Pass.


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5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm Ongoing starting at 5:00pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:40pm 6:40pm 6:45pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 8:15pm 8:15pm 8:25pm

4:30pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm 6:45pm 6:50pm Ongoing starting at 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:15pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 8:30pm 8:35pm 8:45pm 8:45pm 8:45pm 8:45pm 9:00pm 9:00pm 9:00pm 10:15pm 10:20pm 10:25pm 10:30pm 10:30pm 10:40pm 11:00pm

7:00pm

TIME

SHOW TITLE

VENUE

Granville Island Stage

Carousel Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel Havana Japanese United Church Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee Carousel Theatre Havana The Waldorf Hotel Studio 16 False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Pacific Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works Carousel Theatre

The Gas Heart The Secret Love Life of Ophelia The First Time Full Blast THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES Tape The Seven Lives of Louis Riel WordWear Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Red Bastard murder, hope The Presumptuous Ducks Uncalled For Presents: Today Is All Your Birthdays The Lesson Little White Lies Drinks with Friends Biographies of the Dead and Dying Tape @Life Legion Blues nggrfg Kicked Fish Face The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story The Saddest Girl in the World

Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works False Creek Gym The Wagabondi Van

Pacific Theatre Havana Playwrights Theatre Centre False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Studio 16 Performance Works Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk Japanese United Church Havana Studio 16 False Creek Gym

Shotgun The Gas Heart The Cork Screw Cam and Legs The Importance of Being Earnest Caberlesque! Straight From That Side of Town Wagabondi Ho!

The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! Biographies of the Dead and Dying Afterlife Are You Priest Enough? The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over Saving Faith Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions I Herd a Sheep pornSTar Grade 8 Tape Jullanar of the Sea WordWear Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir Under the Mango Tree Alms

11-Sep-2009 (Friday)

Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre The Wagabondi Van

The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! The Accident Das Kabarett Virtual Solitaire The Power of Ignorance Alms Twice the Same River Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie The Journey Is Not Done Quickly Wagabondi Ho!

10-Sep-2009 (Thursday)

Opening Night Gala

9-Sep-2009 (Wednesday)

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Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Origins Organic Coffee Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Performance Works The Waldorf Hotel Havana Studio 16 False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works Carousel Theatre

Carosel Theatre Pacific Theatre False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Performance Works Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Pacific Theatre Christ Church Cathedral False Creek Gym Performance Works Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Playwrights Theatre Centre Pacific Theatre False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee The Wagabondi Van Studio 16 Performance Works Waterfront Theatre Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee Playwrights Theatre Centre Havana Studio 16 Performance Works Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella False Creek Gym The Waldorf Hotel Origins Organic Coffee Havana Studio 16 Japanese United Church Performance Works Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre False Creek Gym

Return to DragonLand Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead With Lights and Everything Red Bastard Uncalled For Presents: Today Is All Your Birthdays murder, hope The Presumptuous Ducks Shotgun Clarity: Vancouver’s Original Punk Harpist Legion Blues pornSTar The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over I Herd a Sheep Afterlife Kicked Are You Priest Enough? Grade 8 Wagabondi Ho! Matters Domestic TransCanada ‘69 jem rolls’ LEASTEST FLOPS The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! Drinks with Friends Shoe Horn Comedy Crown Hill Cemetery Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~ Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir @Life The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story nggrfg Fish Face Shotgun The Gas Heart Pirates of Penzance (abridged) Straight From That Side of Town Tape Little White Lies Biographies of the Dead and Dying Virtual Solitaire WordWear The Power of Ignorance Jullanar of the Sea The Man Who Couldn’t Deliver Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie Das Kabarett Full Blast 32 35 18 41 39 30 36 20 40 32 34 18 21 41 38 39 31 38 36 40 33 43 34 43 41 19 21 31

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The Man Who Couldn’t Deliver Some Reckless Abandon Inside I/The Butterfly Effect Crown Hill Cemetery The Saddest Girl in the World 1984 The First Time Tape The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Matters Domestic Full Blast Twice the Same River jem rolls’ LEASTEST FLOPS Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~ TransCanada ‘69 Drinks with Friends

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VENUE Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel Havana Studio 16 Performance Works Waterfront Theatre False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Carousel Theatre

Carosel Theatre False Creek Gym Arts Umbrella Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works Studio 16 Origins Organic Coffee Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk False Creek Gym The Waldorf Hotel Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works Waterfront Theatre Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Origins Organic Coffee Studio 16 False Creek Gym The Wagabondi Van The Waldorf Hotel Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Waterfront Theatre Origins Organic Coffee Studio 16 Havana False Creek Gym Studio 16 Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Performance Works Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk. Havana Origins Organic Coffee False Creek Gym Studio 16 Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Carousel Theatre Havana Origins Organic Coffee False Creek Gym

Return to DragonLand Shoe Horn Comedy Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions jem rolls’ LEASTEST FLOPS Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~ TransCanada ‘69 Matters Domestic Little White Lies Jullanar of the Sea The Gospel of John Tape Inside I/The Butterfly Effect Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show Some Reckless Abandon Drinks with Friends 1984 THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES Under the Mango Tree Are You Priest Enough? Wagabondi Ho! Tape Afterlife pornSTar The Saddest Girl in the World Pirates of Penzance (abridged) The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over Crown Hill Cemetery I Herd a Sheep The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Alms The Secret Love Life of Ophelia The Journey Is Not Done Quickly The Accident The First Time Saving Faith Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions Jullanar of the Sea Biographies of the Dead and Dying Grade 8 Legion Blues The Importance of Being Earnest Cam and Legs Caberlesque! With Lights and Everything The Cork Screw The Gas Heart Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES The Lesson

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The Saddest Girl in the World Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES Tape The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Under the Mango Tree Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show Some Reckless Abandon The Gospel of John Twice the Same River Inside I/The Butterfly Effect Saving Faith

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Studio 16 Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Performance Works

Pacific Theatre False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Havana Origins Organic Coffee False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Havana Origins Organic Coffee False Creek Gym Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Straight From That Side of Town Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie Das Kabarett Virtual Solitaire The Power of Ignorance Kicked The Saddest Girl in the World Tape Plank Club Biographies of the Dead and Dying The Lesson Crown Hill Cemetery The Accident The Journey Is Not Done Quickly The Secret Love Life of Ophelia Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! Saving Faith The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Are You Priest Enough? Grade 8 Tape Inside I/The Butterfly Effect Some Reckless Abandon Under the Mango Tree The First Time The Man Who Couldn’t Deliver Drinks with Friends

Pacific Theatre False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre The Waldorf Hotel St. Ambroise Fr. Bar Agro Café Havana False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Havana False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre

15-Sep-2009 (Tuesday)

The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! Legion Blues The Cork Screw Cam and Legs The Importance of Being Earnest Caberlesque! With Lights and Everything Twice the Same River Drinks with Friends Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES The Gospel of John nggrfg Fish Face @Life The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead The Saddest Girl in the World Biographies of the Dead and Dying Little White Lies Shoe Horn Comedy Afterlife The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over I Herd a Sheep pornSTar Kicked Saving Faith

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Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Carousel Theatre Performance Works Pacific Theatre The Waldorf Hotel Havana Origins Organic Coffee False Creek Gym Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk. Japanese United Church Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Havana Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel False Creek Gym Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Waterfront Theatre Performance Works Pacific Theatre

jem rolls’ LEASTEST FLOPS Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~ Matters Domestic Saving Faith TransCanada ‘69 The Man Who Couldn’t Deliver Tape Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES Alms Jullanar of the Sea WordWear Fish Face nggrfg @Life The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! The Gas Heart The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Little White Lies Tape Shoe Horn Comedy Cam and Legs The Importance of Being Earnest The Cork Screw Caberlesque! Shotgun

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The Presumptuous Ducks Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead With Lights and Everything Uncalled For Presents: Today Is All Your Birthdays Red Bastard murder, hope Drinks with Friends Tape Plank Club Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir Grade 8 Under the Mango Tree Alms Jullanar of the Sea HIVE - The New Bees WordWear Shotgun Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show Some Reckless Abandon Inside I/The Butterfly Effect

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Caberlesque! Kicked The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over Afterlife I Herd a Sheep The Lesson Wagabondi Ho!

17-Sep-2009 (Thursday)

Pacific Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works False Creek Gym The Wagabondi Van

Twice the Same River The Accident The Journey Is Not Done Quickly The Secret Love Life of Ophelia Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show Full Blast Wagabondi Ho!

16-Sep-2009 (Wednesday)

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False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Havana Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella The Waldorf Hotel Origins Organic Coffee False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk. The Russian Hall Japanese United Church Havana Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella False Creek Gym Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel Pacific Theatre Havana Studio 16 Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Performance Works False Creek Gym Carousel Theatre Pacific Theatre

Shoe Horn Comedy Shotgun The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Das Kabarett Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie Virtual Solitaire The Power of Ignorance The Gas Heart Pirates of Penzance (abridged) Tape Little White Lies Legion Blues Kicked Jullanar of the Sea HIVE - The New Bees WordWear Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir Afterlife The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over I Herd a Sheep pornSTar Drinks with Friends Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions Are You Priest Enough? Grade 8 Tape Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Biographies of the Dead and Dying @Life Fish Face nggrfg Caberlesque! Straight From That Side of Town Saving Faith Twice the Same River

Shotgun Are You Priest Enough? Straight From That Side of Town The Cork Screw Jullanar of the Sea Cam and Legs

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19-Sep-2009 (Saturday)

False Creek Gym Pacific Theatre Carousel Theatre Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Performance Works The Wagabondi Van

The Gospel of John The Man Who Couldn’t Deliver The Saddest Girl in the World jem rolls’ LEASTEST FLOPS Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~ Matters Domestic TransCanada ‘69 Wagabondi Ho!

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18-Sep-2009 (Friday)

Saving Faith The Seven Lives of Louis Riel Crown Hill Cemetery Tape Virtual Solitaire The Gospel of John The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie The Power of Ignorance Das Kabarett The Gas Heart

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Pacific Theatre Studio 16 False Creek Gym Carousel Theatre St. Ambroise Fr. Bar Agro Café Origins Organic Coffee Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Pacific Theatre Performance Works Studio 16 False Creek Gym Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Havana The Waldorf Hotel Waterfront Theatre Origins Organic Coffee Playwrights Theatre Centre Studio 16 Pacific Theatre Amphitheatre R.Basford Pk. The Russian Hall False Creek Gym Japanese United Church Performance Works Havana Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Origins Organic Coffee The Waldorf Hotel Playwrights Theatre Centre Waterfront Theatre Studio 16 Performance Works Pacific Theatre False Creek Gym Carousel Theatre

Kicked Under the Mango Tree Shoe Horn Comedy Saving Faith Plank Club Crown Hill Cemetery Red Bastard murder, hope Twice the Same River Uncalled For Presents: Today Is All Your Birthdays The Presumptuous Ducks The Lesson The Gas Heart Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions Biographies of the Dead and Dying Tape jem rolls’ LEASTEST FLOPS Little White Lies Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~ Matters Domestic Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Jullanar of the Sea HIVE - The New Bees The Gospel of John WordWear TransCanada ‘69 Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir Drinks with Friends 1984 THE HEFNER MONOLOGUES Tape The Journey Is Not Done Quickly The Accident The Secret Love Life of Ophelia The First Time The Man Who Couldn’t Deliver Full Blast The Gas Heart

The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions Virtual Solitaire Alms Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie The Journey Is Not Done Quickly Crown Hill Cemetery Uncalled For Presents: Today Is All Your Birthdays Tape The Gas Heart Pirates of Penzance (abridged) The Presumptuous Ducks The Lesson Red Bastard

Performance Works Arts Umbrella Studio 16 False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Playwrights Theatre Centre Origins Organic Coffee Performance Works The Waldorf Hotel Carousel Theatre Arts Umbrella Studio 16 False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre

20-Sep-2009 (Sunday)

Japanese United Church Performance Works Studio 16 Carousel Theatre False Creek Gym Waterfront Theatre Origins Organic Coffee Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works The Wagabondi Van

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WordWear pornSTar The Importance of Being Earnest The Saddest Girl in the World With Lights and Everything Some Reckless Abandon Grade 8 Inside I/The Butterfly Effect Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show Wagabondi Ho!

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Tape The Secret Love Life of Ophelia Full Blast Drinks with Friends 1984 Little White Lies The Accident Das Kabarett The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story The Importance of Being Earnest Legion Blues The Saddest Girl in the World Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions Jullanar of the Sea Cam and Legs The Cork Screw Grade 8 The Power of Ignorance Straight From That Side of Town HIVE - The New Bees @Life nggrfg Fish Face Saving Faith Crown Hill Cemetery With Lights and Everything Fringe Awards Night

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are you priest enough?

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Silent Drum Productions

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Drama / Performance Art 75 minutes www.airplank.com Playwright: Nicholas Popowich

Calgary, Canada 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Comedy / Drama 60 minutes Playwright: Bob Legare

Experience the storytelling power of pure movement with Alms, a play without words that tells the story of a coin dropped at a bus stop and the character whose life it changes. At turns both comic and tragic, this fusion of mime and physical theatre explores the dark side of charity in a story about giving, as told through the eloquent movements of a cast headed by internationally acclaimed mime and movement artist Yayoi.

Sex. Lust. Power. And a hot nun? A zany, musical romp through the magical, mystical world of the seminary and the tortured Catholic mind of our hero who is headed on a collision course with the ultimate choice. Celibacy. There’s no life like It!

sits in front of the Community

Are You Priest Enough? is brought to you by the same creative team that brought In Tow to the Calgary Fringe in 2006 and the Regina, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringes in 2007. Original music by Calgary artist Kris Benoit.

Centre, is the Centre’s newest room. The Gym’s appealing size makes it perfect for any performance and its great location allows us to keep the Fringe centred on Granville Island.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-6:15pm Friday, Sept. 11, 8:25-9:40pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5:30-6:45pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7:30-8:45pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:50-9:05pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1-2:15pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 6:40-7:40pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 3:45-4:45pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 9-10:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 12-1:00pm

the lesson

shoe Horn Comedy

Airbag Productions

Shoe Horn Comedy LLC

Vancouver, Canada Violent Content / Comedy 50 minutes www.airbagproductions.wordpress.com Playwright: Eugene Ionesco

Charleston, USA 14+ / Comedy 60 minutes www.thebananamonologues.com Playwright: John Brennan and Chris Drake

As a professor waits for his newest pupil, his maid warns him of the disastrous consequences of taking on another student. The lesson begins and the student’s deficiencies soon become apparent. Higher education takes a shocking turn in this blackly comic absurdist classic by Eugene Ionesco.

Fast paced, high energy sketch comedy!

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:45-9:35pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 10-10:50pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:25-8:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-5:50 Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:25-7:15pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 3-3:50 | 30 | Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Saturday, Sept. 12, 5:15-6:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 12:15-1:15pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9:15-10:15pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9:30-10:30pm Friday, Sept. 18, 6-7:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 4:40-5:40pm


full blast

legion blues

Classics With a Twist

Eye Flower Productions

Nevada City, USA All Ages / Comedy 60 minutes Playwright: Mila Johansen

Edmonton, Canada 14+ / Drama 30 minutes Playwright: Michael Beamish

For anyone who can laugh. All ages, all genders. Smart, touching, surprising, and bold. A desperate actress takes over a theatre after yet another failed audition! She is an unmarried, unfulfilled, pre-menopausal diva. A name change is just what the psychiatrist ordered, but how will she explain it to her sensitive mother? Her cell phone is constantly ringing! The janitor is getting upset as the comedy escalates. The costume rack is at her disposal. Pirates, anyone? She orders pizza — it’s delivered. Dysfunctional? Yes! But, there is a surprise ending!

WWII is over and the Canadian boys have come home. They’ve gotten degrees, jobs, married, and have settled down to raise their new families. On Friday nights Paul and Ray go down to the legion, drink beer, shoot pool, and talk about goods times. But in the shadows where they play a new conflict rages and the enemy is a friend.

Written by Mila Johansen, an internationally acclaimed playwright. Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 10:25-11:25pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:40-9:40pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:45-11:45pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:35-5:35pm

straight from that side of town

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:20-10:50pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:15-2:45pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 7:30-8pm Monday, Sept. 14, 5-5:30pm Friday, Sept. 18, 7:45-8:15pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 6:20-6:50pm

With lights and everything

the gospel of John

A Clayton Timko Production

Rough Magic

Toronto, Canada 14+ / Mature Content / Sexual Content / Comedy / Drama 45 minutes Playwright: Catherine Montgomery

Coquitlam, Canada All Ages / Comedy 30 minutes Playwright: Clayton Timko

London, UK All Ages / Violent Content 55 minutes Playwright: William Tyndale and King James Scribes

Trace Morgan’s mother is dead. Trace will do whatever it takes to forget. She travels through the night and ultimately finds what she’s looking for in a familiar face — the eccentric child protégé Tracey Joy. Through space exploration, Jack Daniels, and the dreaded emotional overload, together they draw a map of human experience that transcends age and circumstance.

With Lights and Everything is the story of three aspiring actors from various parts of the world who have one goal: to be the next big Hollywood superstar. But wanting something and achieving something are two completely different things, especially in such a competitive city within such a competitive line of work.

Eye witness to events that changed the course of history and the revealing of I Am.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 12:30-1pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:45-9:15pm Monday, Sept. 14, 6:15-6:45pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:35-7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 3:25-3:55pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 9:15-9:45pm

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:25-11:20pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 2-2:55pm Monday, Sept. 14, 7:30-8:25pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 9:50-10:45pm Friday, Sept. 18, 4:15-5:10pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 8-8:55pm

A Performance Tube Creation

In this “tough yet vulnerable” (Montreal Gazette) tale of the art of letting go, we meet two women on the edge of love and death who are huge in character and deep in heart. Directed by Samantha Madely. Friday, Sept. 11, 5-5:55 Saturday, Sept. 12, 7-7:55pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5-5:55pm Friday, Sept. 18, 10:45-11:40pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 1:45-2:40pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7:35-8:30pm

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✁ 1555 West 7th

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@life Studio

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No Snowcones Productions

Pylon Productions

friendly venue since 2000, when it

Edmonton, Canada

was a BYOV. In 2001, it became a

60 minutes

Burnaby, Canada 14+ / Comedy / Music 30 minutes www3.telus.net/vanhash Playwright: Robert Rhodes

mainstage venue and has been so ever since. Other than the Fringe, Studio 16 is home to various theatre and musical groups and it hosts workshops and festivals, the majority of which are focused on supporting Vancouver’s artistic

14+ / Coarse Language / Mature Content / Comedy Playwright: Michael Davidson, Brennan Campbell, and Dan Dobranski

The No Snowcones Production Company is proud to present their comedic examination of the role of technology in modern life. Through scripted vignettes, @Life explores the daily relationship between people and technology, including the pros and cons of video game culture, computer dependence, and the role of the Internet in contemporary society.

A Python-esque farce about sheep being trained for the 2010 Games. The four member cast bring the sheep to life, love, and possibly a place on the podium.

Written and performed by a team of fresh graduates from the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program.

Francophone community. Studio 16 is located in the Maison de la Francophonie de Vancouver, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Granville Island.

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Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:15-11:15pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 6-7:00pm Monday, Sept. 14, 8-9:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8:30-9:30pm Friday, Sept. 18, 10-11:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 8:15-9:15pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 7-7:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 3-3:30pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5:10-5:40pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9:45-10:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-5:30pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8:45-9:15pm

Matters domestic

the presumptuous ducks

William B. Davis Productions

Amoy Theatre Group

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Drama 60 minutes www.williambdavis.com Playwright: Barbara Ellison

Coquitlam, Canada All Ages / Multi-Cultural / Comedy 45 minutes Playwright: Maya Mohammadali

Gender and generation, those unrepentant offspring of our selfish genes, trigger most of the ancient ongoing personal conflicts of our species. No matter when or how we live — rich, poor, urban, rural — these genetic twins make mischief with human beings everywhere. Matters Domestic presents two short plays – D.N.A. and Download — to explore this legacy of strife in our time.

The book launch for an immigrant writer in Vancouver doesn’t go exactly as planned! The writer, hunted by a mysterious character from her book, has no choice but to reveal untold stories and secrets. The play features hilarious comedy situations recognizable to anyone who has gone through the quest of self-discovery while the border of reality and imagination is no longer just blurred, but completely collapsed.

Friday, Sept. 11, 10:10-11:10pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 4:15-5:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 1:30-2:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:45-7:45pm Friday, Sept. 18, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:55-8:55pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:45-9:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 1:30-2:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 10:10-10:55pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:15-7pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:25-7:10pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 3-3:45pm


the importance of being earnest

under the Mango tree

Manchester Central Theatre Company

Veenesh Dubois

Ashton-Under-Lyne, UK 14+ / Comedy 75 minutes Playwright: Oscar Wilde. Adapted by Neil Corrin

Coquitlam, Canada All Ages / Mature Content / Multi-Cultural 70 minutes Playwright: Veenesh Dubois

Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy of flawed identity. As a baby, Jack was found in a handbag at Victoria Station! He needs to find some parents and a new name to have any chance of marrying Gwendolyn. Droll humour from literature’s wittiest writer!

For most young men, going to a new country is a magical journey full of hope, promise, and opportunity. But what about the children left behind?

With an all female cast!

This semi-autobiographical tale about the young girl Timal, her village, and the messages from overseas that she receives from her distant father, is an enchanting story of love, loss, and immigration.

Friday, Sept. 11, 5-6:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:10-9:25pm Monday, Sept. 14, 5:15-6:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:15-11:30pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 2:30-3:45pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 6:15-7:30pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 8:15-9:25pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:45-10:55pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 3:15-4:25pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:45-10:55pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:45-8:55pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 4:30-5:40pm

the secret love life of ophelia

Virtual solitaire

Theatre ABC

Theatre X

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Mature Content / Sexual Content / Drama 60 mintues Playwright: Steven Berkoff

Wakaw, Canada 14+ / Mature Content / Drama 75 minutes Playwright: Dawson Nichols

Sex, lust, love, politics, scandals, murder, deceit, betrayal, and devotion are a few of the many layers depicted in Steven Berkoff’s award-winning script. The play reveals new insights into Ophelia and Hamlet’s relationship — from their courtship to their ultimate tragedy. Innovative director, Jeremy Waller, perfectly casts on- and off-stage lovers Alicia Novak and Darren Boquist in this beautifully poetic and visually spectacular piece of theatre.

Two scientists with conflicting morals struggle to pull a virtual reality junkie caught inside VR back to real life in this one man virtuosic tour de force exploring themes of technology and isolation. In 2000, Nichols, the playwright, toured Virtual Solitaire to 5-Star reviews across Canada. Now, Darren Boquist takes the reigns with his own electrifying performance of 30 distinct characters.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 6:25-7:25pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8-9:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:40-10:40pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:30-5:30pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-6:15pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:45-9pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:15-6:30pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 9:40-10:55pm Friday, Sept. 18, 6:45-8pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1-2:15pm www.vancouverfringe.com | 33 |


the Cockwhisperer: a love story

Caberlesque!

Originally a machine shop in the 1920s, Performance Works opened as a theatre in 1992 with a mandate to provide the arts community with a permanent rehearsal space and

WORks

pERFORMaNCE

1218 Cartwrig ht stre on Granville Is et land

performance venue. This dynamic,

BSide Productions

Colette Kendall

Saskatoon, Canada 14+ / Mature Content / Cabaret 75 minutes www.caberlesque.com Playwright: Jeffery Pufahl

Hamilton, Canada 18+ / Coarse Lang. / Sexual Content / Comedy / Monologue

60 minutes www.colettekendall.com Playwright: Colette Kendall

The sexiest show at the Fringe! Blending the best of edgy European Cabaret with classic American Burlesque. Join Ms. SugarPuss, Prairie Fire, Max, and Marina as they take you on a saucy romp through Berlin 1933, Amsterdam 1967, and into the smoky burlesque houses of NYC — where anything goes! Featuring the music of Kurt Weill, Henry Mancini, and Jacques Brel.

From the creator of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour and Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? comes a new solo offering. The story of one woman’s remarkable ability to “communicate” with the penis . . . and completely misunderstand every word it says! It’s a love story! “A one-woman, tour de forced-entry . . . Her tongue is sharper than a vodka high colonic.” — Xtra

airy site is managed by the Granville Island Cultural Society and is now a multifunctional, flexible theatre space that is fully booked yearround

with

Vancouver’s

most

exciting performance events and productions — including the Fringe!

Friday, Sept. 11, 5-6:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:40-10:05pm Monday, Sept. 14, 5:15-6:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:30-11:45pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 4:50-6:05pm Friday, Sept. 18, 10:45pm-midnight

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:40-11:40pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:20-7:30pm Monday, Sept. 14, 8-9:10pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8:45-9:55pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 12:15-1:15pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 5:40-6:40pm

pornstar

the power of ignorance

Fancy Molasses

Chris Gibbs

Winnipeg, Canada 14+ / Comedy / Sexual and Mature Content 65 minutes Playwright: Chris Craddock

Toronto, Canada All Ages / Comedy 75 minutes www.chrisgibbs.ca Playwright: Chris Gibbs and TJ Dawe

Esther, a small town librarian, never thought she would become a porn star. That was before she found out her ex-boyfriend secretly videotaped her having sex and sold the tape for money. Hilarious and raunchy. Don’t miss this sell out show by off-Broadway playwright Chris Craddock.

Join Vaguen, Master of Ignorance and motivational speaker ordinaire, and learn how to use your Power of Ignorance to realize dreams and achieve goals you never even knew you had.

“Wyman delivers a stunning performance.” **** — CBC, 2008 ***** — CBC, 2005 **** — Winnipeg Sun, 2008

“Howlingly funny. This show is a must see.” — CBC “One of the funniest shows I’ve seen in years. Cleverly written and beautifully performed, The Power of Ignorance is satirical comedy at its finest. (5 stars)” — Times Colonist, Victoria

Friday, Sept. 11, 7-8:15pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:45-3:50pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:55-6:10pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9:55-11pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8:55-10pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-3:05pm | 34 | Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Based on original material and characters created by Jeff Sumerel and Sam Reynolds. Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-6:15pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:15-9:35pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:15-6:30pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:45pm-midnight Friday, Sept. 18, 6:45-8:10pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7:25-8:50pm


daniel packard’s live group sex therapy show

the first time

Spontania Productions

Terminal Theatre

Vancouver, Canada Sexual Content / Comedy 75 minutes www.danielpackard.com Playwright: Daniel Packard

Vancouver, Canada Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Comedy / Drama 60 minutes Playwright: Sarah Szloboda

Laugh . . . learn . . . unleash. Sex and relationship expert from The Beat 94.5 FM, Daniel Packard, is back. Armed with new findings and deeper insights, Mr. Packard hilariously orchestrates a playful (but still fascinating and insightful) exploration into our emotional engineering. The result? Not a show, but a sexy, fun, cathartic, and epiphany-inducing comedy experience. Not an orgy, but an orgy of the mind. Intrigued? Get a sneak peek of Daniel in action at www.danielpackard.com.

It’s messy, it’s thrilling, it gets stuck in your braces. You never forget your first time (but the second time is usually better). Based on hundreds of interviews and testimonials The First Time takes us from first base all the way to home plate. This hilarious and insightful production explores some of the most universal and private moments of modern romance!

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:20-11:35pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 2:45-4:10pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8-9:25pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:35-10pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 4-5:25pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 6:55-7:55pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:10-11:10pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:50-10:50pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 3:55-4:55pm

transCanada ‘69

uncalled for presents: today is all your birthdays

Attunement Productions

Uncalled For

Victoria, Canada All Ages / Music 60 minutes www.colingodbout.com Playwright: Colin Godbout

Montreal, Canada All Ages / Comedy 60 minutes www.uncalledforimprov.com Playwright: Uncalled For

Take a musical journey to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the summer of ‘69 with the songs of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Liona Boyd, Lenny Breau, Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, and Leonard Cohen.

From Uncalled For, creators of THUNDERSPANK! and Blastback Babyzap, comes all new spicy-sweet stream of consciousness sketch comedy.

“Five stars . . . Colin Godbout is a virtuoso.” — Times Colonist “With complex fretwork and dazzling finger picking, it’s all luxuriously listenable.” — The Georgia Straight “Stunning . . . thoroughly enjoyable.” — Ottawa Citizen

“**** The time/space continuum better watch its ass.” — Hour “***** A highly-polished, side-splitting comedic gem.” — EYE Weekly “Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.” — www.indyish.com WINNERS — Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award (Montreal Fringe 2008) WINNERS — Second City Best of the Fest Award (Toronto Sketch Fest 2008)

Friday, Sept. 11, 10:45-11:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 4:35-5:35pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 1-2:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:05-9:05pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:45-9:55pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-2:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 10:50-11:50pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:50-7:50pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:10-7:20pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 2-3:10pm www.vancouverfringe.comm | 35 |


ORGaNIC COFEE

ORIGINs

1245 Cartwrig ht stre on Granville Is et land

Crown Hill Cemetery

Origins Organic Coffee Company began in 1999 with a focus on supporting organic coffee farmers. They use vintage equipment and

grade 8

Creative Evolution

Up From the Roots

Brooklyn, USA 14+ / Mature Content / Comedy / Monologue 50 minutes www.creative-evolution.org Playwright: Lisa Haas

Ajax, Canada All Ages / Drama / Performance Art 60 minutes www.upfromtheroots.ca Playwright: Dwayne Morgan

Comic monologist Lisa Haas presents her morbidly funny tale about the struggle to avoid death while growing up next to a burial ground in the suburbs of Denver. Embracing life seems impossible when it is trampled on by embarrassing coffin-side calamities and telemarketers selling cemetery plots. Read more about why critics have said “Haas delivers monologue with moxie” at www.lisa-haas.com.

Grade 8 is the story of a father’s journey through love, pain, and redemption, told through monologues and spoken word. Written and performed by multi-award winning spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan.

Friday, Sept. 11, 8:45-9:35pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 5:15-6:05pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5-5:50pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:25-8:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 9-9:50pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 5:15-6:05pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:45-2:35pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 9-9:50pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 7:15-8:15pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9-10:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:15-8:15pm Friday, Sept. 18, 9-10:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 3:30-4:30pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7:15-8:15pm

traditional roasting techniques on site, so you can expect aromas of coffee during performances at this former BYOV. Origins is a pocketsized venue that holds a small number of people and this is the first year it will be a mainstage location.

tHe Hefner Monologues

little White lies

John Hefner

Lesser Men Productions

Cabin John, USA

Ottawa, Canada 14+ / Comedy / Drama 45 minutes www.lessermen.ca Playwright: Cody Campanale

14+ /Coarse Language/ Comedy / Monologue

60 minutes www.thehefner.com Playwright: John Hefner

In this hilarious TRUE story, John Hefner — the estranged cousin of Hugh Hefner — finds himself in a series of misadventures and mortifications as he struggles to make a name for himself . . . when someone else already has!

When Gerry was 18 years old she couldn’t seem to tell the truth. She recounts how her dishonesty and attention seeking behavior destroyed her splendid home life — ultimately forcing her on a journey of self discovery and personal growth. A tragic comedy about identity.

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“Hefner is an explosive performer!” — NYTheatre.com “A modest-sized piece with a very big heart.” — BlogCritics.org

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 3:15-4:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 9-10:00pm Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15-8:15pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7:15-8:15pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:45-9:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:30-8:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 1:45-2:30pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9-9:45pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9-9:45pm Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30-8:15pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30-8:15pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 5:05-5:50pm


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Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Comedy / Other 60 minutes www.gasheart.ca Playwright: Tristan Tzara. Adapted by Quinn Harris and James Foy

Coarse Language / Mature / Sexual Content / Drama

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at

the

Fringe

hearken

back to the origins of all Fringe Festivals. Fringe performers who choose to BYOV have to find their own performance space and take care of their own technical requirements. BYOV shows will be taking place on Granville Island and around the rest of Vancouver. See the maps on page 26.

This is a special free show for kids!

return to dragonland Jacques Lalonde and Friends Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Kids Show / Music / 75 minutes

One Crazy Frenchman, Jacques Lalonde, brings his gigantic collection of Dragons, Dragon songs and stories, and talented friends to the Carousel Theatre for two FREE SHOWS! Songs and stories include: “The Icky Dirty Fartimus” “Tick Yodel Tick Tock,” “Dragons,” and “How to Find Dragons.” Parents and kids come ready to dance, sing, laugh, and be a child again.

Tickets are ONLY available at the door on a first come, first-served basis starting 50 minutes before showtime.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 11:00am-12:15pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 11:00am-12:15pm

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the gas Heart

60 minutes www.tapetheplay.ca Playwright: Stephen Belber

Directed by Amiel Gladstone and starring Daniel Arnold, Marisa Smith, and Matthew Kowalchuk, Tape is a psychological drama about three high school friends reunited in a motel room 10 years later, confronting a life-changing event from their past. An intimate and unique theatrical experience, this production of Tape is a site-specific performance where the audience is led into the actual motel room, directly into the world of the play. Secrets are revealed, relationships changed, and truth is elusive . . . even when it’s on tape.

Waldorf Hotel 1489 east Hastings st. Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8:00pm Thursday, Sept. 10, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 9-10:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 2-3:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 4-5:00pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7-8:00pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9-10:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7-8:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9-10:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 7-8:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 9-10:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 2-3:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 4-5:00pm

How does the Oxford English Dictionary define “bootylicious”? Is Helvetica really a fascist typeface? Can I get an STD from unprotected twittering? Find horribly unscientific answers to these and more imperative questions of our time in a modern adaptation of a classic from the Dada movement. Aptly described by its author as “the greatest three act hoax of the century,” The Gas Heart searches through the skivvies of our society to reveal the senselessness in our world today: politics, pop culture, and potato chips in 2009.

Carousel theatre 1411 Cartwright st. Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 7-8:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 9-10:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9-10:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 11:00pm-midnight Friday, Sept. 18, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 11:00pm-midnight Sunday, Sept. 20, 3-4:00pm


lavignia: a Modern fairy tale of gigantic proportions

pirates of penzance (abridged)

Sticky Fingers Productions

Arts Umbrella Musical Theatre Troupe

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Family / Comedy 60 minutes Playwright: Tara Travis

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Family / Comedy 60 minutes www.artsumbrella.com Playwright: Based on the original Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan

One giant girl. One huge dream. One massive adventure. From the artists who brought you last year’s Pick of the Fringe hit, The Shakespeare Show, comes this puppet-ational, inspirational, and heartwarming tale about a girl who just wants to dance. “There are few things funnier than Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone.” — Plank Magazine “Wildly funny, wonderfully crafted, and brilliantly acted. Flawless!” — CBC Starring Tara Travis with direction and dramaturgy from Fringe superstar Ryan Gladstone.

Wacky, irreverent, and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance spins a hilarious musical farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters, and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous dictates of honour and duty.

arts umbrella 1286 Cartwright st. Friday, Sept. 11, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 1-2:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 7-8:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 1-2:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 9-10:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7-8:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-8:00pm

1984

arts umbrella 1286 Cartwright st. Saturday, Sept. 12, 7-8:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5-6:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 7-8:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 3-4:00pm

the saddest girl in the World

saving faith

drinks with friends

Arts Umbrella Senior Theatre Troupe

Otherwise Productions

Dragon’s Breath Works Inc.

Whirlwind Theatre Productions

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Drama / Other 60 minutes www.artsumbrella.com Playwright: Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr., and William A. Miles Jr.

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Comedy / Drama 60 minutes www.saddestgirl.com Playwright: Tina Teeninga

Vancouver, Canada 18+ / Mature Content / Clown / Improv 60 minutes www. dragonsbreathworks.com Playwright: Reynolds/Innes

Vancouver, Canada

“Ignorance is Strength; War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; All Hail Big Brother!” A powerful depiction of a society where Big Brother is always watching — where everything that is not prohibited is compulsory.

“****” — Winnipeg Sun “**** Teeninga accomplishes an impressive feat . . . She wrings actual suspense from her humanistic story, and displays a poet’s gift . . . she holds our attention with her talent alone.” — Winnipeg Free Press

Faith: a strong or unshakable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence. Sounds like the perfect arena for these two fools. Play along with Billy and Balthar and take a hilarious journey together down the road of faith. Their journey is full of the twists, turns, fun, irreverence, and spontaneity of the clown’s universe. If you don’t have faith . . .

A darkly comic one-woman show about a betrayed friend, a conniving fern, and a 19 year old girl whose twisted journey brought them all together. Drop in on Elizabeth as she recounts her experiences with this crazy concept we call love — how it’s found, how it’s lost, and how it’s butchered.

Two stories and ten characters interweave in this critically acclaimed, audience-loved, one-woman gem about immigration, ethnic tensions, and glittering jewels!

Carousel theatre 1411 Cartwright st.

Carousel theatre 1411 Cartwright st.

Friday, Sept. 11, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 11:00pm-midnight Sunday, Sept. 13, 7-8:00pm Monday, Sept. 14, 11:00pm-midnight Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9-10:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7-8:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 11:00pm-midnight Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-6:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 9-10pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 9-9:50pm Friday, Sept. 11, 11-11:50pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 5-5:50pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 3-3:50pm Monday, Sept. 14, 7-7:50pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11-11:50pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 7-7:50pm Friday, Sept. 18, 9-9:50pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9-9:50pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 5-5:50pm

arts umbrella 1286 Cartwright st. Friday, Sept. 11, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 3-4:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 5-6:00pm

Carousel theatre 1411 Cartwright st. Thursday, Sept. 10, 11:00pm-midnight Friday, Sept. 11, 9-10:00pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7-8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 5-6:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5-6:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 3-4:00pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-8:00pm

18+ / Coarse Lang. / Mature / Sexual Content / Comedy

50 minutes www.whirlwindtheatre.com Playwright: Alison Chisholm

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biographies of the dead and dying

oh Winnipeg! a surprising Musical Memoir

the seven lives of louis riel

dog sees god: Confessions of a teenage blockhead

MachineFair and Craning Neck Theatre

Bit By Bit Productions

Monster Theatre

Fighting Chance Productions

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Mature / Sexual Content / Drama 60 minutes www.machinefair.ca Playwright: Andrew Templeton

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Coarse Language / Comedy / Music 50 minutes www.johnpippus.com Playwright: John Pippus

Vancouver, Canada 18+ / Coarse Language / Mature / Comedy 60 minutes www.monstertheatre.ca Playwright: Ryan Gladstone

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Coarse Language / Mature / Sexual Content / Comedy / Drama 75 minutes Playwright: Bert V. Royal

What happens when the kids leave home? For John Pippus, the answer was recovering his musical roots. This one-man dramatic comedy explores growing up in 1950s Winnipeg, surprising musical influences, and the craziness of life on the road and beyond. The Vancouver Province says singer/songwriter John Pippus is “a refined tunesmith with serious pop hooks.”

A Canadian cowboy comedy! The life of Louis Riel, viewed from seven different points of view in another historically hysterical comedy.

An author travels to a remote location to investigate a haunted house and write the biography of a ghost. Instead of curing her writer���s block, she finds herself in an intense relationship with the dead. A psychological ghost story featuring dark humour and twisted love, this is a exploration of the power we have for creation and destruction. Written by Andrew Templeton (Portia, My Love, This Mortal Flesh), directed by Jeremy Waller; featuring Heather Lindsay and Simon Driver.

Completely sold-out run in 2008! Held over 2008, 2006, and 2002 (The Shakespeare Show, Jesus Christ: The Lost Years, The Canada Show).

His dog just died, his best friend is a pot head, his ex-girlfriend is in juvie, and he’s questioning his sexuality — just another day on the block. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, and the rest of the gang, this is the show for you.

“Wildly funny, wonderfully crafted, and brilliantly acted! Flawless!” ***** — CBC “Nothing Short of a Comic Miracle!” ***** — FFWD

Havana 1212 Commercial drive

Havana 1212 Commercial drive

Havana 1212 Commercial drive

pacific theatre 1440 West 12th ave.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:45-8:45pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 7:15-8:15pm Monday, Sept. 14, 9-10:00pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:15-8:15pm Friday, Sept. 18, 10-11:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 7-8:00pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 8:15-9:05 Saturday, Sept. 12, 6-6:50pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 9-9:50pm Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15-8:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7:15-8:05pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:15-8:05pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8:15-9:05pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:45-9:35pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:15-8:15pm Friday, Sept. 11, 10-11:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:30-10:30pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 5:30-6:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9-10:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9-10:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 9-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:30-9:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, noon-1:15pm Monday, Sept. 14, 8:30-9:45pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5-6:15pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:30-7:45pm Friday, Sept. 18, 9:30-10:45pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 8-9:15pm

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kicked

the peter n’ Chris show! With peter n’ Chris!!

shotgun

the Man Who Couldn’t deliver

Project X Theatre

Level-Headed Friends Productions

Rush ‘in Undies

Jack in the Box Productions

Kamloops, Canada Coarse Language / Mature Content / Drama / Monologue 55 minutes www.projectxtheatre.ca Playwright: Michael Healey

Victoria, Canada 14+ / Mature Content / Comedy 60 minutes Playwright: Chris Wilson & Peter Caroline

Vancouver Canada 14+ / Coarse Language / Comedy 45 minutes Playwright: Kari Marken and Jody Paraseirs

Vancouver Canada 14+ / Comedy 60 minutes Playwright: Jeff McMahan, Chris Cook, and Liz Wilton

A cop investigates the case of a missing girl, which leads him to her bodacious bus driver desperate to protect his kids, a stuttering, childlike shoe salesman, and an egotistical ER doctor.

Two award-winning comedians. Eight and a half sketches. Are the sketches award winning? No. Because they’re new! So get ready for this hilarious adventure following two members of a spoiled generation that refuse to grow up. Peter and Chris (ITSAZOO, Atomic Vaudeville) will do good deeds to your funny bone. In 3-D!!

Spending two hours a day with work colleagues in a cramped vehicle can take its toll. Four private school teachers commute everyday to their school in the Lower Mainland. The cramped quarters of the carpool force them to unwillingly reveal deep, personal, and private information that not even their close friends or partners know about them. Is the small amount of money they save on gas worth the pain that they endure on a daily basis?

A hapless delivery driver is on a search for meaning in his job, life, and relationships. Unable to find any solace, he copes through a bizarre mix of artistic endeavors. A comedic solo show.

Adrian Mancini gives a visceral performance as all four characters in this haunting, moving play about childhood, living up to your potential, and listening to that voice in your head.

“I laughed so hard I peed out joy.” — Andrew Bailey (writer of and performer in Putz)

pacific theatre 1440 West 12th ave.

pacific theatre 1440 West 12th ave.

pacific theatre 1440 West 12th ave.

pacific theatre 1440 West 12th ave.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:30-11:25pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4:25pm Monday, Sept. 14, 10:30-11:25pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7-7:55pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-5:55pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8-8:55pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 4:30-5:25pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 4:30-5:30pm Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 5-6:00pm Monday, Sept. 14, 4:30-5:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8:30-9:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9-10:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 10-11:00pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 5-5:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-2:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 7-7:45pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11-11:45pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:30-9:15pm Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30-7:15pm Saturday, Sept. 19, noon-12:45pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 8:30-9:30pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:30-9:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:30-11:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7-8:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 4:30-5:30pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 10-11:00pm

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twice the same river

Wagabondi Ho!

Vanity Projects

Upintheair Theatre

18+ / Coarse Language / Mature Content / Comedy 75 minutes Playwright: Alex Lazaridis Ferguson

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Coarse Language / Mature Content/ Comedy / Other 15 minutes www.upintheairtheatre.com Playwright: Upintheair Ensemble Creation Project leaders: Daniel Martin and Dave Mott

Vanity Projects attempts to stage the un-stagable. Four adulterers and a coroner travel to the underworld to find the true meaning of death, community, and identity. They lose their bodies and souls, only to find each other’s.

Amazing true stories performed every 20 minutes in a green and white 1973 Dodge X-Plorer camper-ized van! Parked on Granville Island, an audience of four will be offered tea and a tailored tale performed to their particular titillation. Wagabondi Ho! is a unique experience each time you visit. Tickets are available on a first come first-served basis at the van. Shows will occur approximately every 20 minutes STARTING at the following times:

pacific theatre 1440 West 12th ave. Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30-7:45pm Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30-11:45pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:30-11:45pm Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30-7:45pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5-6:15pm Friday, Sept. 18, 11:30-12:45am Saturday, Sept. 19, 6-7:15pm

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Wagabondi Van (outside of performance Works) Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:00pm Friday, Sept. 11, 5:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 4:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:00pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 5:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 4:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:00pm


Clarity: Vancouver’s original punk Harpist

WordWear

HiVe - the new bees

Jullanar of the sea

Clare Morgan

Theatre Terrific

The New Bees

Naomi Steinberg

Vancouver, Canada 14+ / Music 50 minutes Playwright: Clare Morgan

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Comedy / Music 55 minutes www.theatreterrific.ca Playwright: Susanna Uchatius in collaboration with the cast

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Cabaret / Other 120 minutes Playwright: The New Bees

Vancouver, Canada All Ages / Multi-Media / Other 50 minutes www.naomi-eliana.ca Playwright: Traditional Fairytale

The language of clothes. Why we wear, what we wear, and when we wear it! A parade of characters stroll and strut their fashion. Mayhem and love spice the runway with all the complexity of intentions behind the clothes we wear. Dramaturgy by Joanna Garfinkel.

Get your buzz on! Mentored by some of the innovative professional companies behind the original HIVE shows, senior and graduating students from SFU, UBC, and Studio 58 create and perform six short theatre pieces for small audiences in continuous rotation. It’s a sweet and sticky collaborative honeycomb! Grab a drink from the bar and see what these new bees have in store for you.

Once, a mysterious woman became a King’s favorite. Their son desired an underwater Princess and when the land Prince and water Princess met on an island under the full moon, they immediately fell in love. But there was a terrible misunderstanding. The Princess cursed the Prince (turning him into a pretty bird) and he then had a VERY eventful journey home. In the end, the Prince and Princess lived together happily ever after. How’d it all happen, you ask? Come listen and find out!

Clare Morgan is a mild-mannered church secretary by day. Behind Niamh — a locally fashioned Celtic harp appropriately painted black — she is Clarity, an alternative singer-songwriter. Having stolen her voice back from the Wicked Witch of Mediocrity, she seeks to escape its clutches by soul-stirring (and sometimes foot-stomping) original music. Bring your tallest Mohawk and your blackest leather to this event.

“Man’s earthly interests are all hooked and buttoned together and held up by clothes.” — Thomas Carlyle

One show only!

Christ Church Catherdral 690 burrard st.

Vancouver Japanese united Church 4010 Victoria dr.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-2:50pm

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8-8:55pm Friday, Sept. 11, 8-8:55pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 8-8:55pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8-8:55pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 8-8:55pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8-8:55pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-2:55pm Saturday, Sept. 19 8-8:55pm

russian Hall 600 Campbell ave. Thursday, Sept. 17, 8-10:00pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8-10:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 8-10:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 8-10:00pm

the amphitheatre at ron basford park (the Mound) Friday, Sept. 11, 8-8:50pm Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:30-9:20pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 2-2:50pm Sunday, Sept. 13, 7-7:50pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8-8:50pm Thursday, Sept. 17, 8-8:50pm Friday, Sept. 18, 8-8:50pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-2:50pm Saturday, Sept. 19, 8-8:50pm Sunday, Sept. 20, 7-7:50pm

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THaNks TO OuR spONsORs GOvERNMENT FuNdERs

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THaNks 2008 GaLa dONORs Accent Cruises Agro Café Arcturus B&B Armando’s Finest Quality Meats Backstage Lounge Ballet B.C. Blackberry Books Bonniebrook Lodge Bridges Restaurant/Pub Broadway Brewing Bull Nose Tile & Stone Burgoo Bistro Candy Kitchen Capilano Suspension Bridge Carousel Theatre Cats Meow Chali-Rosso Art Gallery Crash Crave Dead Write Books Duso Dussa’s Ham and Cheese Ltd. Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre Edie Hats Elegance Fabrics Eliane Hair & Spa Enigma Restaurant Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Festival of Written Arts Fitness on the Go Flow Yoga

Fresh Is Best Furnitura Interiors Gallery Indigen Geist Magazine Granville Island Boat Rentals Granville Island Florist Granville Island Hotel Granville Island Organix Granville Island Psychic Studio Half Moon Yoga Harbour Air Harbour Dance Centre Hell’s Kitchen Hollyfields Home & Garden Home Depot Hotbox Accessories House and Home Magazine IMAX at Canada Place Inukshuk Gallery Jasper Raft Tours Jeremiah’s Keith Lehman Kevin Clark Headshots Kingsmill Studio Pottery Kites and Puppets Kroma Acrylics L.B. Maple Treat Lamar Laurelle’s Fine Foods Le Petit Spa Longliner Seafoods Lou Lou Magazine Marcia’s Café Mark Anthony Group Inc.

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Michael Dean Designs Molly’s Reach Museum of Anthropology Nuvo Magazine Old World Fudge O’My Open Door Yoga Organic Acres Market Organix Clothing Origins Coffee Co. Oscar’s Art Books Out on Screen Pacific Theatre Patricia Richardson Logie Playhouse Theatre Company Point Grey Reef Scuba Shop Portobello West Market Presentation House Theatre Rhinoceros Accessories Ltd Rowands Reef Scuba Shop Sammy J. Peppers Science World Sechelt Golf & Country Club Semperviva Sequel Naturals Sequoia Company Shift Performing Arts Society Smart Yoga Smitty’s Oyster House Some Kinda Pasta Spa Boutique Splash Swim & Cruise Spring Hair Design Studio 13 Fine Art

Sunshine Coast Festival of Written Arts Sunshine Kayaking Susanne Somersgill Suzie Birstein Talewind Books Terra Breads The Adventure Travel Company The Crystal Ark The Postcard Place The Salmon Shop The Umbrella Shop United Players of Vancouver Unity Yoga Urban Tails Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver Giants Vancouver International Film Festival Vancouver International Writers Festival Vancouver Review Magazine Vancouver Symphony Vandusen Botanical Gardens Via Rail Canada Wanderlust West Coast Seeds West Point Grey Physiotherapy White Water Rafting Jasper Wild Whales Vancouver Yaletown Yoga Zara’s Italian Deli


FRINGE FEsTIvaL TEaM

Photo by Dan Fairchild. Yummy cupcakes provided by Butter Baked Goods (www.butterbakedgoods.com). Clockwise, spiraling inward from top: David Jordan, Andrea Fraser-Winsby, Debby Reis, Gosia Juszkiewicz, Eduardo Ottoni, Isabella Kessel, Pamela Casserly-Reynolds, Teresa Weir, Kathy Costello, Callan Davey, and Gareth Duncan. Photoshopped in: Luc Corbeil and Victoria Haynes. board MeMbers President and Chair: Lonnie Propas Treasurer: Glenn Mori Secretary: Cynnamon Schreinert Members at Large: Dino Forlin Raymond Schachter Susan Ogul-Propas Ryan Gladstone Beverly Kort Dale North Judith Cohen John Inthavixay Special thanks to our outgoing board members Mindy Parfitt & Ricky Pang

staff Executive Director: David Jordan Festival Manager: Isabella Kessel Finance Manager: Kathy Costello

Michelle Leclair Andrea Fraser-Winsby (May-July) Events Coordinator: Pamela Casserly-Reynolds Fundraising Coordinator: Gareth Duncan Production Manager: Eduardo Ottoni Technical Director: Luc Corbeil Administration Assistant: Amir Ofek Volunteer Coordinators: Victoria Haynes & Teresa Weir Box Office Manager: Gosia Juszkiewicz Signage Coordinator: Linsy Rotar Fringe Bar Manager: Melanie Wickes Designer: Hatch Creative Group Publicist: Jennifer Nesselroad Web Developer: Encore Web studios

Database Programmer: Communications Simon Garber Coordinator: IT Consultant: Debby Reis Tracey Georgelin Nick Sartore (January-April) Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant: Callan Davey

THaNks FOR THE HELpING HaNds:

THaNk yOu TO OuR dONORs:

Al Costello Andrew Templeton Ben Keen Bethan Stewart Blake Hanacek Brent Palmer Carole Higgins Charlie Cuzzetto Chris Ashby Cindy Reid CMHC Granville Island staff Dan Fairchild Donna Wong-Juliani Doug Easterbrook Drew Johnson Ed Yee Frank Nickel Gerhard Maynard GICS staff Heather Redfern Howard Jang Ian Allen Irene Niechoda Janice Lomax Jeff Wilcox Jen McGinn Jessie van Rijn Joanna Maratta Joe Perri John Sanders Joseph Lo Julia Hewko Ken Conquer Kenneth Yang Lara Smith Liz Wilton Lois Dawson Lucille Pacey Marie Bourgeois Marko Puharich Marnie Rice Mike Hayes Mindy Parfitt Nathan Astawa Nicky Ward Patrick O’Doherty Pierre Stolte Playwright’s Theatre Centre staff Ricky Pang Sev Araujo Simon Garber The ED Club The Vancouver International Writers’ and Readers’ Festival staff Tracy Georgelin Vancouver Japanese United Church staff Volunteer Vancouver staff

Peter Austin Carol Becker Linda Belzberg Sue Bigelow Terri Bishop Sarah Brown Marla Burnham Judith Coffin Charles Cook Ian Crosby Gail Cryer Jen DeTracey Susan Freedman Simon Fulber Rj Garside Irene Griffiths Sylvia Hemmes Cheryl Hutcherson David Ingram Diane Kent Stephanie Kirkland Darren Kopetsky Charles Leduc Gurpreet Leekha Barbara Lewison Jami Lunan Judith MacPherson Joanna Maratta Dennis Marriott John Mason Terence Miller Isabella Mori Cathy Moss Mary Ann Murray Robert Newcombe Dale North Susan Ogul Babs Perowne Janice Reid Brian Rowland William Schwartz Anthony Sharman Julia Stewart Phyllis Stewart Terri-Lyn Storey Bob Symington Mikhail Tank John Taylor Julia Wallis Jane Westheuser Don Wright

BUY TICKETS online at: EARLY!! www.vancouverfringe.com

THaNk yOu TO OuR vOLuNTEERs Each year, close to 400 people from all walks of life volunteer their time to help make the Vancouver International Fringe Festival a success. These dedicated and talented individuals sweat it out selling tickets, building venues, distributing programs, hanging posters, and much, much more. Throughout the festival and throughout the year, the Fringe just couldn’t get by without the hard work and enthusiasm of our volunteers. A gigantic thank you to all of our 2009 volunteers! We couldn’t do it without you. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer@vancouverfringe.com.

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The Canadian Association of Fringe® Festivals promote the accessibility and integrity of Fringe Festivals. Canada is known world wide for the unique Fringe Festival Touring circuit that has evolved from these guiding principles.

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1. Participants will be selected on a non-juried basis, through a first come, first-served process, a lottery, or other method approved by the Association.

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Clarity: Vancouver’s Original Punk Harpist............................................................

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Daniel Packard’s Live Group Sex Therapy Show..................................................

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.........................................

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Drinks with Friends......................................................................................................

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Fish Face.........................................................................................................................

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Full Blast.........................................................................................................................

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Grade 8...........................................................................................................................

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Grandpa Sol and Grandma Rosie.............................................................................

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HEFNER MONOLOGUES, THE...................................................................................

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HIVE: The New Bees....................................................................................................

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Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over, The.............................................................

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I Herd a Sheep..............................................................................................................

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Inside I/The Butterfly Effect......................................................................................

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Jason T. Broadfoot ~A Stand-Up Guy~....................................................................

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Journey Is Not Done Quickly, The............................................................................

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Kicked.............................................................................................................................

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Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions.......................................

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Legion Blues..................................................................................................................

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Little White Lies...........................................................................................................

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Matters Domestic..........................................................................................................

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Oh Winnipeg! A Surprising Musical Memoir...........................................................

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Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!!, The......................................................

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Shoe Horn Comedy......................................................................................................

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