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Cinderlad

by Nicole McQueen

(www.freewebs.com/upsidedownfrownproductions)

presented by Upside Down Frown Productions

from Toronto

 

Princess Gaia must find a husband before her birthday or she will lose her kingdom to Prince Mizram.  Anyone who wants to marry her has to pass 3 tests.  So far no one has succeeded and time is running out!  Will she find a husband and save her kingdom?  And who is Cinderlad?

Director: Nicole McQueen

Cast: Vivian Cheung, Sandra DaCosta, Tara Howe, Dmitry Kazak, Fields McQueen, Richard Oh

 

Audience: All Ages

 

Fart Factory:  The Musical!

by Kristen McGregor / Taylor Wilson

presented by Taylor Made The Story So Far Productions!

from Toronto

 

“Uranus has erupted! A little girl named Jordana Freshadent must save Canada from a nasty stink bomb by rallying the entire country to fart, despite her mother’s opinion about girls farting in public. Fun for the whole family!

Director: Taylor Dean Wilson

Cast: Nate Callens, Precious Chong, Renee Goulet, Kalla Mair, Kristen McGregor, Lisa Metzger, Jackie Pijper, Jim Taylor, David Van Poppel and Taylor Dean Wilson

 

Audience:  Ages 5+

Warning: fog machine, family fun!

 

Kalvin the Great!!!

by Michael Wacholtz

presented by Imagination Enterprises

from Toronto

 

Kalvin’s in trouble!!! Kalvin arrives at the theatre to do a magic show for the audience, but the Genie-in-the-Bottle wrecks all of his magic tricks. Not knowing what to do, Kalvin gets the children in the audience to help him to answer the Genie’s riddles and save the show. A mix of fun, safety issues and lots of magic.

Director: Michael Wacholtz

 

Audience: Ages 5 to 8

 

 

 

The Little Park

by Allen Hughes

presented by Land Of The Young

from Toronto

 

The Little Park: an adventure to discover the golden rule to people and the environment.  Some already know and some will have to learn it!  Old Gillanders and his pixie friend Zenda need the audiences help to protect the little park as they stand up against the mischievous Mayor Twinkle and the ogre PussyWillow.  A show filled with participation!

Director: Deirdre Kirby

Cast: Jamie Lee Symister, Allen Hughes, Shelagh Hughes

 

Audience: All Ages

 

Morro and Jasp GO GREEN

by Byron Laviolette, Heather Annis and Amy Lee

(morroandjasp.com)

presented by Up Your Nose (and in your toes) Productions

from Toronto

 

The clown sisters Morro and Jasp are back, and this time they’re trying to solve the biggest problem around: How to GO GREEN!  This show offers a fun and fascinating look at what it takes to change our habits and become more environmentally friendly. Perfect for family members and friends of the Earth!

Director: Byron Laviolette

Cast: Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee

 

Audience: Ages  6 to 14

 

Nephetiti &  Sweetie Go To The Zoo

by J. Nichole Noel

(www.jnicholenoel.com or www.nephetitiandsweetie.com)

presented by The Write Words

from Mississauga

 

This is an exciting story about best friends, a trip to the zoo, a humongous banana hat and monkeys that chit-chat. It addresses the underlying issue of self-image and being “different” as a proud Nephetiti in her humongous banana hat is met with adverse reactions at the zoo, until, the magic and authenticity of the hat is shockingly revealed!

 

Audience:  Ages 5 to 8

 

 

The Pied Piper

by William Martyn & Zenon Skrzypczyk

(www.solarstage.on.ca)

presented by Solar Stage Children’s Theatre

from Toronto

 

This updated musical version of the traditional story takes you to Sad Village where people aren’t allowed to enjoy music and laughter, and where people can’t seem to make positive and happy decisions.  Can the Piper, who rid the town of rats, make the village Happy and not Sad?  Join us, interact and sing with us, and find out!

Director: Zenon Skrzypczyk

Cast: Daniel Birnbaum, Lauren Maykut, Heather Smith, Esther Vallins

 

Audience:  Ages 3 to 10

 

The  Three Magic Wishes

by Kathleen Phillips and the Company

(www.cowovermoon.ca)

presented by Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre

from Mississauga

 

A couple of woodcutters are given three wishes by a magical wood nymph.  But when two thieving brothers are added to the mix – disaster and hilarity follow. Created through improv, this show is full of participation, imagination and laughs for kids both tall and small. See why so many families have enjoyed this company’s work for the past 12 years.

Director: Kathleen Phillips

Music by: Michael Balazo & Kathleen Phillips

Designed by:  Kristan Klimczak

Cast: Terrance Balazo, Katie Crown, Aaron Knight, Maggie Maloney

 

Audience:  Ages 4 to 104

 

‘Beth

by Andrea Rosenfield

presented by Zero-Sum Games

 

Shakespeare’s Macbeth as you have never seen it.  Desire and deception rule when Elizabeth discovers that the man she loved led a double life.  Spurred on by her son, she plots revenge and seeks out the truth.  But as desperation mounts, her fragile world falls apart.

Director: Vladimir Cara

Cast: Angela Potvin, Vladimir Cara

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: content

 

 

Between Commutes

by David Raitt

(www.davidraitt.com)

presented by David Raitt

from Oakville

 

David Raitt (The Second City, “All the Rage”, “Workaholics”) premieres at the Fringe with this sketch comedy show, about how we battle across the urban landscape.  Popcorn-free offices.  School exams.  Sorting junk mail. Wrangling kids.  The Afterlife (currently on strike). And everywhere, traffic, traffic, traffic.

“Raitt is… energetic and accomplished, driving sketches forward.” – EYE

Cast: Carly Jones, David Raitt

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Big Shot

by Jon Lachlan Stewart

presented by SurrealSoReal Theatre

from Edmonton AB

 

A twelve-year-old boy riding the train just saw the most fantastic tragedy ever. And he’s ready to pitch it to you, the audience. Witness the lives of those involved, from a seventy-year-old pickpocket named Odosung, to a not-so-recovered addict, Killiger. Selfishness, speed and wrath drive the inhabitants of this story, and inspire a flushed out filmmaker to birth a masterpiece

Director: Georgina Beaty

Cast: Jon Lachlan Stewart

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, strobe lighting

 

 

 

Cage Without a Key

by Jean Hodgkinson

(hodgepodgeproductions.bravehost.com)

presented by hodgepodge productions

from Toronto

 

Cage Without a Key is the story of a housewife who has chosen the street life to save her family and now she wants out. But in a twist of fate she must confront the one obstacle preventing her departure: the husband who unwittingly drove her to it in the first place.

Director: Tien Providence

Cast: Michael Irving, Alison Goodwin, Mark Ramalho, Craig Scott, Julia Viscomi, Nicole Wilson

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

David

by Bryn Symonds and Joseph Bembridge

(www.stewart-productions.com)

presented by Stewart Productions

from Montreal, QC

 

A one man show about sex. What does sex mean? Why do we have sex? Sex as lust, as love, as power. Self-worth. Self-destruction. Sex as status. Sex as failure. Nick doesn’t know it, but on this Friday night he’s working his way through all these positions. His past and future are coming together in the present: David.

Director: Bryn Symonds

Cast: Joseph Bembridge

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: content, language

 

Inferno Sonata

by Scott Sharplin

presented by The August Assembly

from Edmonton AB

 

Swedish playwright August Strindberg has uncovered the ancient alchemical secret of creating gold.  Join him as he risks everything—his career, his marriage, his sanity, and his soul—to unveil the secrets of the cosmos.  A feverish, poetic whirlwind trip to hell and back, complete with smoke and mirrors.  Based on a true delirium.

Director: Ryan Hughes

Cast: Scott Sharplin

 

Audience: Mature Audience

 

Perfect Ending

by Peter McLaren

presented by Attention!  Theatre

from Toronto

 

Global Warming!  International Terrorism!  That’s right, we’re living in perilous times.  Really, the world could end at any moment.  Floods, genocide, the impending collapse of the world economy: are these signs of the coming apocalypse? …Why not!  Perfect Ending is a lighthearted look at one of humanity’s favorite subjects: why the end of the world is right around the corner.

 

Audience: General Audience

 

The Son Of The Man

by Omar Hady with Michael Orlando

(solsonaproductions.com)

presented by SolSona Productions

 

A desperate grifter is accepted as the son of a tycoon, disrupting the harmony of his life.  A new Canadian work.

Director: Michael Orlando & Omar Hady

Cast: Danya Buonastella, Emmanuelle Catanyag, Tyler Davy, Thiago Farias, Robert Feetham, Omar Hady, Michael Luckett, David-William Martel, Lea Russell, Roselie Williamson

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Thick-Skinned

by Laura Ross

(www.riskinginsanitytheatre.com)

presented by Risking Insanity Theatre

from Toronto

 

Love takes work.  Life takes work.  What happens when they’re both harder work than you thought?

Susie’s a gifted artist in her twenties.  After countless doctors’ appointments, she’s diagnosed with Scleroderma, a chronic disease that can affect the skin, joints and internal organs.  Through unexpected circumstances, Suzie meets Blake.  Their love intensifies and as they  face the hardships of Scleroderma.

Director: Jay Whitehead

Cast:  Ayrin Mackie, Patrick Brown, James Quigley, Laura Ross and Kaarina Rennie

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

Without Whom

by R.J. Downes

(www.rjdownes.com)

presented by Beautiful Lie Productions

from Toronto

 

What happens when we leave this life? Does the world really go on without us? What if we could make death wait…even if only for a little while? What would you say to that one important person in your life – given the chance?

Director: Pat  McCarthy

Cast: Anne Harper, John Illingworth, Irene Carl and R.J. Downes

 

Audience: General Audience

 

A Girl named Ralph

by Raffaella Diana

(www.agirlnamedralph.com)

presented by Walking Zelda Productions
from Toronto

 

A comedy about a first generation Italian Canadian family living in an all-Italian community. It’s about passion, love, hate, food, and most of all it’s about growing up as an Italian girl in a family run bakery where child labour is a good idea! It’s as Italian as basil in you tomato sauce, and table wine at 11:00am.

Director: Tanisha Taitt

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

Johnny  Jackson and His Heavenly
Passion

written and performed by Robert Gontier

(www.johnnyjackson.ca)

presented by Studio 905

from Newmarket, ON

 

Johnny Jackson is an eleven-year-old boy asking many of life’s most important questions about puberty, death and butterflies.  He is on a mission to find his sister who he loves and misses dearly.

This is a one-man show about hope through the eyes of a child.  A breath taking story that truly delves deep into the world of loss and perseverance.

Cast: Robert Gontier

 

Audience: General Audience

 

One-Woman Show

by Daniel Shehori, Steven Shehori & Marco Timpano

(www.OneWomanShow.net)

presented by Pine Grove Productions

from Toronto

 

World premiere! Finally, a one-woman show created by people who truly understand the genre: three dudes. Canadian Comedy Award winners The Shehori Brothers (‘Swiss Family Guy Robinson’) present Marco Timpano as Eileen, a woman riddled with delicious clichés and overwrought stereotypes. There are many great and, uh, not-so-great one-woman shows in this world. It’s time to lampoon the latter, gang!

Director: The Shehori Brothers

Cast: Marco Timpano

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Sherlock  Holmes & the First English Gentleman

by Doug Warwick

(www.seventeensteps.com)

presented by Seventeen Steps

from Toronto

 

There is a death. The question is not which hour, but which millennium. “…the play has tremendous potential….his characterizations, from the detective and Dr. Watson down to the smaller roles, do ring with truth.” – The Globe And Mail. First produced in 2000 in Toronto, the play was revived in 2002 in the USA.

A traditional Sherlock Holmes adventure!

Director: Doug Warwick

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: Sherlock Holmes’ addiction to cocaine is portrayed. No injections are shown

 

 

 

The  Pharmaceutical Affair

by Hugo Kitching, Terry Myers & Alex Derry

presented by Thin Edge of the Wedge

from Toronto

 

Thrilling tag lines like “A Tale Of Intrigue”, “Mind-Bending Plot Twists” and other eye-catching whoppers and descriptive promotional lines. You’ll discover answers to the world’s most perplexing questions: “is neutering your pet as harmless as advertised?”; “is an unbuttered scone a thing with which to trifle?”; “is the moon, in fact, made of cheese?”, and so on…

Director: Jessie Fraser

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: content, some suggestive language

 

Sitting in a Tree

by Ronit Rubinstein

(www.myspace.com/sittinginatreeplay)

presented by Mom & Pop Productions

from Toronto

 

In a sunny playground, Steve and Cindy sit in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.  First comes love, next comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage… only not quite the way either of them had imagined, as the various characters who inhabit the playground—some real, some surreal—interact, collide, and fall in and out of love with each other.

Director: Mindy Eklove

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Trust

by Elyne Quan

(www.emptysetproductions.com)

presented by Empty Set Productions

from Toronto

 

A rain-soaked woman is huddled on the floor of a one-room shack. A man stands looking out a single window for anyone who might have seen her come in. A wild storm rages outside. Is the danger on the inside or out?

“Trust” is a tightly wound play about the faith we have in ourselves and others. Can anyone be trusted?

Director: Michael Wacholtz

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Walking the
Labyrinth

by Peter Cavell

(www.petercavell.com)

presented by Electric Lethe Productions

from London, ON

 

Awakening in an unfamiliar place, the wanderer must find his way through the twisting Labyrinth and face the beast that waits at the centre.  A dark, psychological re-imagining of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, combining live and recorded speech, electronic vocal distortion, original music, and 2000-year old poetry.

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Wonderbar!

by Celeste Sansregret

(www.wonderbar!theplay.ca)

presented by Sansregret Productions

from Winnipeg, M.B

 

“You make your bed – you get to lie in it.”  Fringe veterans Moore (bittergirl) Dallas (Goddess, Sensible Footwear) and Sansregret (Underneath the Lintel) bring you a droll, dark tale of love and larceny.  Katrina, divorced and down on her luck is drawn into a world of wealth, glamour and intrigue when she falls for an international fraud artist.

Director: Mary Francis Moore

Cast: Alex Dallas

 

Audience: Mature

Warning: mature content

 

 

 

You Mean Now?

by The Ensemble

(www.thequestioncompany.ca)

presented by The Question Company from Toronto

 

What happens when disaster strikes and time stands still? When time flies when you wish you could hold onto it forever? Using dynamic physical theatre drawn from the work of LeCoq, Viewpoints and collective creation, The Question Company examines our current obsession with Time where ‘slow’ is a four-letter word.

‘Impressive…A standout!” –NOW Magazine

Dramaturg: Julia Gray

lLghting Designer: Trevor Schwellnus

Sound Designer: Stephen Price

Stage Manager: Emily Mewett

Cast: Lori Nancy Kalamanski, Tim Machin, Liz Pounsett and Jillian Rees-Brown

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: mature language, flashing lights

72  Hour Survival Guide

by John Bryans, Sarah Sherman, Lara Neumann

(www.myspace.com/threesheets_productions)

presented by Three Sheets

from Toronto

 

Are you prepared?

A citywide quarantine is about to begin.

Please ensure you have supplies to last approximately 72 hours.

During this period of isolation remain calm and be cautious of any signs of infection, including: scratching, pecking, flapping of arms, cooing, clucking, cawing, or trails of loose feathers.

Vital information will be provided for your safety. Attendance advised. It may save your life.

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: content, language

 

 

 

Adam  Growe’s The Mom and Pop Shop

by Adam Growe

(www.momandpopshop.ca)

presented by Adam Growe Ent.

from Toronto

 

Adam (Comedy Now!, Just For Laughs) plays a guy who unexpectedly has to teach a prenatal class at one of those places where people pretend it’s possible to prepare for parenthood.  The actual teacher, his wife, is running late and when Adam steps in, he is surprised by what he delivers.

Director: Marjorie Malpass

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

At  The End: A Good Book Musical

by Marsha Mason

Music and Lyrics by Kevin Nelson

(www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11166313074)

presented by KevMo Productions

from Toronto

 

It’s the end of the world as we know it!  But does any apocalypse ever go as planned?  The Horsemen are out and the Devil heads to earth to inform the Pope of mankind’s imminent demise.  But when complications arise, will it be possible to stop the other worldly ball from rolling?

Director: Larry Westlake

Music Direction: Kevin Nelson

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: content, fog machine

 

How  I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Abortion

by Erin Fleck

(www.caterwaul-theatre.com)

presented by Caterwaul Theatre

from Toronto

 

Meet Esther:  Devout Christian, loving wife, successful podiatrist and black market abortionist.

Everything threatens to come crashing down when Esther’s beloved bible group unknowingly takes out a hit on the elusive “baby killer” in town.  Can Esther preserve her double identity (and her life) while orchestrating her own assassination?

A dark comedy about religion, feminism and abortion…with puppets!

Director: Maya Rabinovitch

 

Audience: General Audience

 

It’s just a phase

by Marissa Gregoris

(www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26835721984)

presented by Gregarious Productions

from Toronto

 

Are you still a lesbian if you’ve just been dumped by your first girlfriend?  Not according to Alexis’s mother.  ‘It’s just a phase’ is a musical romp that follows one mother’s quest to straighten out her queer little girl.   With the help of Motown, dancing cowboys & sweet Mary Jane we’ll find out just how hetero-flexible Alexis really is.

Cast: Marissa Gregoris, Rory O’Neill, Lauren Ash

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: content, language

 

Moments on a Wrist

by Collective HEAT

(www.collectiveheat.ca)

presented by Collective Heat

from Toronto

 

Collective HEAT presents “Junction 28”, “Still Plow”, “Perfumed Paper”, “Slip”, and “Moments on a Wrist”- movement stories that pay homage to the wrist. Moments past–a loved one’s scent, a handwritten letter, a poignant gesture–all stem from the wrist. Both delicate and enduring, the wrist supports us, interweaving our imaginative gestures and lack-luster mechanics of the daily grind.

Director: Heather Marian Saum

Cast: Krista Aggerholm, Andreah Barker, Jennifer Cole, Meaghan Giusti, Sarah Lochhead, Heather Marian Saum

Composer: Robert Kingsbury, Costume Designer: Lorraine Hewitt

 

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Mortem Capiendum

by Jason Ballweber, Brant Miller, Nick Ryan and Matt Spring

(www.fourfumorstheater.com)

presented by Four Humors Theater

from Minneapolis, MN

 

A tonic with seemingly miraculous properties; three con-men beginning to believe their own pitch; and a perfectly ordinary trunk containing…? A new traveling medicine show from Four Humors Theater.

Four Humors Theater has been producing theater with an emphasis on creating new works in Minneapolis for three years now.

Four Humors strives to make the beautiful foolish and the foolish beautiful.

Cast: Jason Ballweber, Brant Miller, and Matt Spring

 

Audience: General Audience

 

My Autopsy

by Hamish Boyd

(www.laughingpeace.com)

presented by Curried Haggis Productions

from Canada-India-Scotland

 

Autobiographical dark comedy spanning 50 years, covering the globe.  Both Jesus and Dracula immortal?  LSD electrified sea serpent, Merry Pranksters, living ghost with Jimi Hendrix,  beefy ex-con, his vicious dog, old man breathing his last, coroner cutting cadavers, body burning at the Ganges River, Rinpoche – a meditation master.  “A rich tapestry of experience delivered with wry wit.”  Sharon Pollock  CBC

Director: Fif Fernandes

Cast: Hamish Boyd

 

Audience: Mature Audience

 

 

 

 

he  Movies (abridged)

by Elan Wolf Farbiarz

(www.blockbustershows.com)

presented by Wolf Productions

from Toronto / New York / Liverpool

 

The brilliant minds that brought acclaimed fringe hits, “The Bible (abridged)” and “Ghengis Khan Guide..” have joined forces to create the Ben Hur of Comedies!

****½ EYE Weekly

****½ Winnipeg Free Press

***** “Most hilarious hour of the fringe!” CBC

****½ “I was bowled over!” Edmonton Journal  “Top of the Fringe!” Toronto Star

***** VUE   (based on previous shows)

Cast: Elan Wolf Farbiarz, Joshua Levine and Rob Gee

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

 

The Reservation

by Elizabeth Dawn Snell

(www.artistsplay.com)

presented by Artists’ Play Collective

from Toronto

 

Going out for dinner will never be the same again! A world of dancing waiters, travelling coat racks and chairs which have no seats, propels six diners into play and wonderment. Slipping from fantasy to reality they take a journey with everything they ever wanted to do in a restaurant, waiters and diners alike!

Collaborators: Analuisa Almada, Jamie Milroy, Andrea Nunn, Elizabeth Dawn Snell, Jason Vanstone and Tyler Webb

 

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

 

(416) 476-7263

by Adam Crisman

(www.phonenumberplay.com)

presented by Lime Juice Productions

from Toronto

 

“I was wearing a sweater vest and ordered a medium latte.  You made it with love.  I felt the electricity when you handed me that drink.  Did you?  We’re meant to be together.  Don’t ignore it!  Why wont you answer my calls?  Don’t blame it on the insomnia.  It’s not a problem.  I can quit whenever I want!  REALLY! Call me.”

Director: Victoria Kucher

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Domestic

by Joel Babcock

(www.puginatux.blogspot.com)

presented by Pug In A Tux Productions

from Toronto

 

Jim loves Betty! Betty loves Jim! The Smith household should be perfect except… why does God keep calling with talk about Hell? Why is there a pool of blood forming under Jim’s body? Whoops! Looks like Betty has to go shopping again!

Winner of the Saxton Playwriting Prize, “Domestic” is “a cogent, utterly unique piece of dark comedy” – The Journal

Director: Michael Murphy

Cast: Carly Heffernan, Luke Marty, Danny Pagett, Evan Smith and Joel Babcock

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: mature language, gunshots, blasphemy

 

 

 

 

Even Burning

by Melissa Major

(www.cheshireunicorn.com)

presented by Razz Interactions

from Toronto

 

Nina, now in her thirties is haunted by the memory of her childhood friend, Remmie- a strange young creature who held a mysterious power over young Nina. Years later, somehow that power still prevails.

Physical theatre brings Major’s poetic text alive, exploring the haunting connection between a woman and a memory ghost through movement and the power of words.

Director: Yevgeniya Falkovich

Cast: Renee Hackett and Miranda Calderon

 

Audience: General Audience

 

free range

by Emily Pearlman

(www.criticaldistanceproductions.com)

presented by critical distance

from Vancouver, BC

 

“I worry I’m falling in love with him. With Warren. My tapeworm Warren.” A whimsical tale about parasites and promises, infused with live mandolin and rusty magic. Winner – Outstanding Concept (Ottawa Fringe). “Top 5 Not to Miss: Not only endearingly eccentric, but a repository for our common dreams and anxieties… rings with conviction, lyricism and quirky humour.” – Ottawa Citizen

Director: Lisa Oppenheim

Cast: Emily Pearlman, Eric Powell

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: mature content

 

How to Build An
Empire:  A Boy Scout’s Guide

by Stacy Douglas

(notimeformetaphors.blogspot.com)

presented by No More Time For Metaphors

from Toronto

 

Exploring nationalist narratives to a live musical score. Join a boy scout, a drama teacher and some haunting shadows, as this one woman show provides a how-to-guide to historical and contemporary forms of imperialism, colonialism and what it means to be Canadian.

Director: James Burrows

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Hung to Dry

by Peggy Harowitz, Donna Maloney, Carly Spencer

(www.facebook.com/event.hp?eid=18288922517&ref=mf)

presented by RumRaisin Productions

from Toronto

 

Three talented character performers take you for a wild spin cycle into the intriguing lives of others during this 60 minute sketch show of twisted, silly, high energy fun.  From French Class to Apartheid, Suicide to Rice Bowls, come watch and laugh while peoples’ quirks are aired out and put on the line as this wrinkle free sketch fiasco neatly (un)folds.  It’s smart, it’s fresh and it’s not to be missed!!!

 

Audience: mature

Warning: mature content

 

Offensive To Some

by Berni Stapleton

(www.newfoundlandartistx.com)

presented by Newfoundlandartistx

from St. John’s, NFLD

 

Newfoundlandartistx’s production of Stapleton’s “Offensive to Some,” tackles the topic of domestic violence. An unflinchingly honest, darkly comic portrayal of an abused woman who takes matters into her own hands. Directed by award-wining director Lois Brown, designed by Shannon Hawes; the staging and set place actress Bridget Wareham’s compelling performance front and centre.

Director: Director: Lois Brown, Shannon Hawes: Designer/Production Manager

Cast: Bridget Wareham

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

 

 

Phat  Love & the Thin Girl

by Tara Duffy

(www.cruellycomedic.blogspot.com)

presented by Cruelly Comedic Productions

from Toronto

 

“Deep down inside of me is a thin girl screaming to get out.  But I can usually shut her up with a bag of chips!” ‘

Phat love & the thin girl’ is a hilarious rollercoaster confessional of a single “voluptuous” woman falling heart first into self-acceptance, or maybe just one more late night foodie-call!

Director: Cynthia Rose

Cast: Tara Duffy

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Acis and Galatea

by George Frederic Handel (Libretto by John Gay, Alexander Pope)

(www.classicalmusicconsort.org)

presented by Classical Music Consort

from Toronto/New York/London

 

Baroque opera meets avant-garde video art in a festival first. This erotic pastoral tells the tragic tale of two lovers brutally torn apart by violent rage. Ashiq Aziz conducts a cast of seven singers and an eleven-piece orchestra performing on period instruments. With staging that interprets the 1718 score using video projections exploring longing, desire, landscape and the body.

Director: Patrick Young

 

Audience: General Audience

 

American Squatter

by Barry Smith

(www.barrysmith.com)

presented by Aspen Comedy Works

from Aspen, CO

 

Winner, Critic’s Choice, Vancouver Fringe ’07! Barry Smith (“Jesus in Montana” – “*****” Now, “*****” EYE ) recounts his journey from American suburbanite to filthy squatter in late-1980s London, with stop offs at punk, a clean-freak father and a community college ceramics course. “What sets this production apart is Smith’s ability to channel laughter’s deeper cathartic powers.” – Montreal Hour

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, drug references

 

Balls!

by Rob Salerno

(www.tenfootpole.ca)

presented by Ten Foot Pole Productions

from Toronto

 

Balls – n. 1. Vulgar slang, testicles. 2. Courage, masculinity. When Bastian’s best friend gets testicular cancer, he finds out that sometimes being a man feels a lot like getting kicked in the balls. Winner: Hamilton Fringe New Play Award, London Fringe Best Original Production; “****” – Ottawa Sun; “The Full Package” – Hamilton View; “Must See” – Ottawa Citizen

Director: Rob Salerno with Laurel Green

Cast: Rob Salerno, Adam Goldhamer

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Death To Dating

by R.J. Downes and Kathryn Malek

(rjdownes.com)

presented by Blue Fire Productions

from Toronto

 

How do you find your soul mate? Just where do you meet that special someone?

A) Speed Dating?

B)  Lava Life?

C) Or just at a funeral?

Death to Dating:  a dark comedy about how far  one woman will go to find true love – Or if nothing else at least a date or two.

Director: Victor Correia

Cast: Noella Choi, Jamieson Eakin, Julia De Sotto, Kesta Graham, Brad Hampton, Kathryn Malek, Kevin Morris, Deeva Neely, Adrian Proszowski.

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: content

 

 

 

Desiraeda

by Choreographers: Niki Wozniak, Jeremy Nasmith, Kate Hilliard, Laura Bolton

(www.desiraeda.com)

presented by Desiraeda Dance Theatre from Toronto

 

Featuring “The Tower” (Choreography by: Niki Wozniak), the untold story of Rapunzel. This exploration of the fairytale integrates ballet, jazz and contemporary dance to uncover the psychology and relationships of Rapunzel, the Prince, and the enchantress Dame Gothel. Also featuring works by Jeremy Nasmith (The National Ballet of Canada), Laura Bolton (Independent), and Kate Hilliard (Dancemakers).

Founding Director: Laura Lawson;
Artistic Director: Niki Wozniak

Cast: Laura Lawson, Niki Wozniak, Heather Leslie, Skye Nicolson, Marvin Vergara, Sean Dubs, Zihao (Michael) Li

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: strobe

 

Four Ways ‘Til Rain

by T. Berto

presented by Pencil-Neck Theatre

from Guelph

 

It’s about love and hope and sex and dreams. Four Ways ‘Til Rain explores the lives of six men as they glance off or entangle with  each other across a sometimes hostile, sometimes accepting world. They meet passionately, violently: in humility, in love, in family, in service, in command and ultimately… in redemption. All queer content all the time.

Director: Andrea Wasserman

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: queer language sexuality

 

 

 

 

Love, So Says…

by Choreographers: Michael Caldwell & Keiko Ninomiya

(www.myspace.com/caldwellfringeshow)

presented by Michael Caldwell

from Toronto

 

Two new dance explorations from two contemporary choreographers.

Love, So Says…: You tell me you love me, even though I do not believe in it…if love is not love, then what is it?

Faint Light: When you reach the depth of anger, only tenderness remains.

Dancers: Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Nursery School
Musical

by McCaig & McCaig

presented by Maple Raised Inc

from Toronto

 

Get ready for your first day of school!  From the gang who brought you “Waiting For Trudeau” and the producers of “Top Gun! The Musical” comes an irreverent new show.

Director: Paul Constable

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Rule of Thumb

by Dave Deveau, Sarah Dineen, Maya Rabinovitch, Shannon Roszell and Jason Sharman

(www.ruleofthumb.t35.com)

presented by Theatre in Limbo

from Toronto

 

When the world is plagued with a radiation-ridden, cell-killing, limb-deteriorating disease, five individuals come together to stand up against the looming threat.  Join us on this action-packed, limb-saving adventure and see what happens when these five take fear into their own (soon to be rotted-away) hands.

It’s time to put your foot down… if you’ve still got one…

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: content, language, strobe, fog, blood, dismemberment

 

 

Unbearable prospect

by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Coto Portillo

(www.gadfly2.com)

presented by Gadfly

from Toronto

 

Dance embodies a language with differences in vocabulary and pronunciation. Gadfly instigates a discussion about perspectives through dialects such as: Contemporary, Jazz, Hip hop, Lyrical, Bboying, and House. Choreographer Apolonia Velasquez, along with accomplished performers, underlines how individuals face challenges everyday. How we perceive and respond to situations will shape the journey to one universal common “Unbearable Prospect”.

Director: Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Coto Portillo

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Every  Girl Wants A Skirt Like Frida’s

by Paula Rivera

(www.fridasskirt.com)

presented by Arriba Las MaNos

from Toronto

 

What does a Mexican woman wear to a Halloween costume party in Vancouver? Well, Canadians seem to love Frida Kahlo, right? Throughout this joyful comedy, Honoria shoots tequila, dances, sings, reveals secrets about her family, her marriage to a guy from Kamloops, and mostly celebrates her proud past in Mexico and her joyous life in Canada.

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti

Cast: Paula Rivera

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

The  Exploding Breakfast

by Ingle Knight

(ingle.net.au)

presented by Perth Theatre Co.

from Perth, Australia

 

When multi-award-winning (but humble and unassuming) writer and actor Ingle Knight agreed to go to Johannesburg to write his next play… he hadn’t a clue what he was in for. But what a tale he survived to tell! Take a journey without maps through Africa’s Big Apple. “…a kaleidoscope of disturbing and fascinating characters. …very funny…” – The West Australian.

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, drug references

 

The Faith Show!

by Madeleine Donohue /
Ben Clost

presented by Down n’ Out Productions

from Toronto

 

Faith is defined as “believing without knowing”, but these days, who truly believes in anything anymore? Using a variety of storytelling techniques, two of Toronto’s most flame-retardant comedic performers examine the role of faith in modern society. Hilarious! Irreverent! Inadequately-researched! This is not a show about finding God. It’s a show about finding God funny.

Cast: Madeleine Donohue/Ben Clost

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: content, language

 

Lovegirl 2:
ReAnimated

by Robin Bublick & Candice Gregoris

(www.myspace.com/robinbublick)

presented by Little Gem Productions

from Toronto

 

Lovegirl 2: ReAnimated – Love! Heroes! Anxiety! Mom Jeans! Multiple Canadian Comedy Award Nominee Robin Bublick is back with the superhero that stole audiences’ hearts back in 2003. How will a pregnant Lovegirl / Robin tackle morning sickness, motherhood and nemesis Count Fear? Lovegirl’s back with more laughs, more adventures and to answer the question, “How did we get here?”

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

 

 

Middle of the End

by Danielle I.
Szlawieniec-Haw

(sighingangelproductions.blogspot.com/)

presented by Sighing Angel Productions

from Toronto

 

In this disturbing examination of humanity, love, family ties, and violence, three people face their desire for and fear of one another. Lufa tries to understand his sister Bryn, as she is trying to balance wanting to protect him with her wish to confront him for killing her fiancé Gabe. All while Bryn and Gabe explain their lives as serial killers.

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: mature content, violent and sexual themes

 

Mr. Fox

by Greg Landucci

(www.greglanducci.com)

presented by Chipped Paint Productions

from Vancouver, BC

 

Fringe legend TJ Dawe and Greg Landucci have teamed up again!  Following the sold-out success of the 2006/07 Fringe hit Dishpig, (5 stars- EYE WEEKLY, Best of Fest -Winnipeg, Patron’s Pick – Orlando, Pick of the Fringe – Vancouver) they bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the twisted world of a rock radio station mascot

Director: TJ Dawe

Cast: Greg Landucci

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: content

 

 

 

 

Selling Love

by Sharilynn Lava

(www.sellinglove.ca)

presented by LavaWalker Theatre

from Toronto

 

After meeting Larry while pawning her first wedding ring, Larry somehow persuades Elle to help him open a jewelry store and they soon become a couple. Taylor has a thing for Danny, her tutor.  Danny loves Taylor and gets a job at Larry’s store for the employee discount.  Was either couple ever in love or was it all about convenience?

Director: Taylor Graham

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Transcendental
Masturbation

by Glen Callender UFA

(www.TranMast.com)

presented by Glen Callender UFA

from Vancouver, BC

 

Enter a pulsating vortex of amusement! Armed with a vintage keyboard, a $15 garage-sale accordion and other dubious implements, award-winning laugh-meister Glen Callender UFA purveys an unpredictable mélange of music and mayhem. Don’t miss the unique comedy experience The Province declared a “Pick of the Fringe” and The Georgia Straight called “A very funny show!”

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, content

 

 

 

 

The Tricky Part

by Martin Moran

(www.heartsandeyes.co.za  www.thetrickypartbook.com)

presented by Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective

from Capetown, South Africa

 

An award-winning performance and play, THE TRICKY PART is a true story of trespass, forgiveness and redemption, asking, “Is it possible that what harms us, might restore us?” “A detailed, superbly acted memoir…distinct in its humanity, shattering in its honesty and quite simply one of the best shows on the Fringe. Hayes is nothing short of amazing” -The Herald

Director: Jaqueline Dommisse

Cast: Peter Hayes

 

Audience: Mature Audience

 

Tyrolia

by Hope Thompson

(www.highballtheatre.com)

presented by Highball Theatre Co.

from Toronto

 

Sex, cross-country skiing and art history turn a romantic ski holiday into a snowbound nightmare.

Director: Sky Gilbert

Cast: Moynan King, Mark Koelsch, David Roche, David Tomlinson, Brittany Wright

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: mature content

 

1 Third

by W. M. Kennedy

(www.1third.ca)

presented by conTent Production

from Toronto

 

Hi,

How’s it going? Looking for stuff, huh? That’s cool. Did you guys hear the one about the guy who’s life was a seeping balance between a profound sense of disorientation contrasted with layers of seething melancholy?

Oh man, it’s a real knee-slapper.

“Has it’s moments, but Mediocre at best” – God

Unavailable in high definition; such is life.

 

Audience: Mature

Warning: moderate potential of displeasure

 

Bluebeard

by Pericles Snowdon

(www.myspace.com/bluebeardtoronto)

presented by GromKat Productions

from Toronto

 

Savage. Exhilarating. Haunting.

Raised inside an abandoned church since they were babies, four women have been taught to fear the outside. Locked in, they exist in a makeshift society controlled by their tortured matriarch, Blue. Dissension erupts when a stranger bursts through the church doors, revealing the evocative truth behind the locks and keys. But can the stranger be trusted?

Director: David Matheson

Cast: Christine Horne, Kat Lanteigne, Catherine McGregor, Andrea Runge, Rae Ellen Bodie, Melee Hutton

 

Audience: General Audience

 

The  Diaries of Adam and Eve

by Puzzle Theatre

(www.puzzletheatre.com)

presented by Puzzle Theatre

from Montreal, QC

 

A stupendous puzzle of more then 30 different characters, performed by only two actors! A world which is at the same time absurd and real, known and unknown, bizarre and ordinary! The coloured ensemble of actors, puppets, objects and masks offers you a remarkable and unforgettable adventure – an unusual exploration of the man and the woman-kind!

Cast: Csaba Raduly, Pavla Mano

 

Audience: Mature Audience

 

 

 

Die  Roten Punkte – SUPER MUSIKANT (SUPER MUSICIAN)

by Otto & Astrid Rot

(www.myspace.com/dierotenpunkte)

presented by Tobias & Bartholomew

from Berlin, Germany

 

“Don’t miss this hilarious parody, a send up of punk rock and Eurotrash” Vancouver Sun

“inspired, brilliantly executed lunacy” The Gazette, Montreal

“The performances are exuberant and flawless…fist pumping fun of the highest order.”EYE WEEKLY, Toronto

“narcissism, sibling rivalry…The Rot’s Rule!” Toronto Star

*****  Vue Weekly, Edmonton

*****  Planet S Magazine

*****  Star Phoenix, Saskatoon

*****  Monday Magazine, Victoria

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

Epic

by MaryAnneCampbell

presented by MACdance initiative

from Toronto

 

Cast: Mary Anne Campbell, Erin McCurdy, Samantha Hargrove, Kristina Obelienius

 

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Guests Who
Harangue:   Two Plays by Durang

by Christopher Durang

presented by Svengali Productions

from Toronto

 

“Unbidden guests are often welcomest when they are gone.”

So spake Shakespeare and so speaketh Durang in two plays, where visits from comically oblivious, socially backward and fashionably senseless guests end up inadvertently rocking the worlds of their unsuspecting hosts.  Warning: Some scenes may contain pretzels, coffins and Hawaiian shirts. Viewer indiscretion is strongly ill-advised.

Director:  Barbara Larose

Assistant Director:  Ellen Green

Cast: John Healy, Tricia Brioux, Andy Fraser, James Doria, Tina McCulloch and Paul Hardy.

Stage Management:  Margot Devlin

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Hole

by b.s. & collaborators

(www.myspace.com/treedance)

presented by Brian Solomon

from Toronto

 

A divine Physicist (Composer Chris Willes) assembles a cast of stellar Dancers and Musicians, guiding one woman through quantum possibilities in her soul’s multi-media trek.  Veteran storyteller; Documentary-Maker/Director/Poet, Cindy Bisaillon, speaks words revealing an interior world of the erotic. Paralleling the woman’s journey into uncharted realms of Beauty, Pain and Funk.  Becoming the Quasar before the Hole.

 

Audience: Mature Audience

 

 

 

 

Ike and Pearl: A New Canadian Musical

by Rob Kempson and Vikki VanSickle

(www.ikeandpearl.ca)

presented by Palais Productions

from Toronto

 

Brockville, 1908. Isaac Ferguson, poised to inherit the family farm, falls in love with the vivacious Pearl Gray. But when family obligations and personal longing collide, Ike and Pearl must make a difficult decision that will affect their lives forever. Set to a contemporary score with folk, Celtic and hymnal influences, this musical is about love, loss, and family.

Director: Rachel Slaven

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Silver and Stinky

by Greg Dunham

(www.gregdunham.com)

presented by Over-The-Edge

from Toronto

 

The few, the proud, the otherwise unemployable.  Welcome to the chaotic world of bike couriers on the rugged streets of Toronto.  See the cumulative effects upon this invisible minority after years of working too hard for so little.  Experience the desperation, the humanity, the fear and the dreams of veteran couriers Silver and Stinky.

Director:  Alan Powell

Cast: Carly Chamberlain and Greg Dunham

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, content, herbal cigarettes

 

 

 

The Swearing Jar

by Kate Hewlett

(www.6amtango.com)

presented by 6AM Tango Productions

from Toronto

 

“You are the love of my life, you asshole.”  When Carey performs at Simon’s fortieth birthday celebration, she is forced to come to terms with the greatest lie her husband ever told.  From the writer of Humans Anonymous and the director of A Quiet Place comes a smart new comedy about marriage, music, migraines…and swearing.

Director: Geoffrey Pounsett

Cast: Kyra Harperr, Andrew Pifko, Janet Porter and Christopher Stanton

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

A Mirror up to
Nature

by Rodger Barton

(shakespeareoutloud.ca/mirror.html)

presented by Shakespeare Out Loud INC.

from Toronto

 

2006 Toronto Fringe: CBC Radio – Five stars; Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star – Highly recommended. Experience the London Shakespeare held a mirror up to. Join this Stratford veteran as he portrays courtiers, actors, thieves, executioners, Shakespearean characters and many more, in this high octane ride through the streets, execution grounds, bear-baiting pits, homes, taverns, courts and stages of Shakespeare’s world.

Cast: Rodger Barton

 

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Binary

by Gillian Street

(www.whiteravenproductions.ca)

presented by White Raven Productions

from Toronto

 

Welcome to the world of the future: the environment is unlivable, babies are made in tubes, and gender has become obsolete. Jesse is growing up in this world and struggling to define herself, when she discovers an underground pro gender organization. Together they fight to change the system, despite the dire consequences

Director: Gillian Street

Cast:  Lorna Wright, Freya Ravensbergen, Cory Bertrand, Ben Noble, Amy Connolly, Farah Merani

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Dogs Barking

by Richard Zajdlic

(www.easytigerproductions.com)

presented by Easy Tiger Productions

from London, England

 

Neil is laying claim to the home he abandoned. Alex is determined to stop him. Together they scratch away the remains of their relationship, exhuming stale rows and fresh resentments. A study of jealousy, passion and emotional violence from acclaimed writer of  BBC’s This Life. The play stars Fanos Xenofos fresh from London West End’s Swimming with Sharks.

Director: Michael Moxham

Cast: Fanos Xenofos, Lisa Sheerin, Mark Philip Compton, Maddy Lewis

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language, some nudity

 

 

 

Putz

by Andrew Bailey

(www.myspace.com/thisisnotbailey)

presented by Andrew Bailey

from Victoria BC

 

Hartman Nominee Andrew Bailey’s best friend comes out to him as a lesbian. Then a psychiatrist orders him to start dating. Then things get sorta weird. “One of the best shows at the fringe…. It’s impossible not to be swept up by Bailey’s humour, compassion, and honesty.” – See Magazine, Edmonton. Directed by Jacob Richmond, Writer/Co-Director of last year’s hit “Legoland”.

Director: Jacob Richmond

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

Radioplay

by Megan Liley

(www.kickylittlething.com)

presented by Kicky Little Thing Productions

from Toronto

 

Perspective, structure and truth in relationships and atonal music are examined by four characters in this odd comedy. Cross-dimensional experiences at a recording session for a Radio drama in 1946, an alternate future puppet universe and a present day basement Podcast provide the platform for two couples to re-examine all they once assumed was real about love and lolcats.

Director: Durango Miller

Cast: Dave McKay, Veronika Swartz, Adam Bailey and Tony Culverwell

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language, gunshots

 

 

 

Rum and Vodka

by Conor McPherson

(www.carthorsetheatre.com)

presented by Cart/Horse Theatre

from Toronto

 

Rum and Vodka packs a punch it won’t let you forget.

Spend a sex and alcohol-fuelled weekend in the company of a young everyman facing a swift and significant fall from grace.  Comedy and sadness intersect in this captivating tale of an anti-hero’s loss of control when the ties of his responsibility to work, family, and himself, come undone.

Director: Shaun McComb

Cast: Matthew Gorman

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

Telegrams  From The New Canadian Cinema

(www.telegramscinema.ca)

presented by North Country Cinema

from Toronto

 

TELEGRAMS from the New Canadian Cinema presents a rotating program of short and medium-length films with thematically inspired theatrical introductions and transitions performed by the filmmakers. This unique showcase of new cinema by award-winning directors from across Canada includes films by Adam Beck, Alexander Carson, Nicholas Martin, Eduardo Menz, Dan Popa, Kyle Thomas, and more.

Cast: Alexander Carson, Adam Beck, Nicholas Martin, Kyle Thomas

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

The Lesson

by Eugene Ionesco

presented by hole in your face

from Toronto

 

A dim-witted, bright-eyed pupil arrives to meet her mild-mannered, scatterbrained professor.  Their lesson begins with great promise, but as the pupil’s performance deteriorates and the professor’s frustration grows, the lesson quickly devolves – with dire consequences for both. Both comic and violent, Ionesco’s absurdist classic challenges our conventional assumptions about education, communication and, ultimately, knowledge itself.

Director: Tracy Bradley

Cast: Alex Fallis, Leah Black, Julia Nish-Lapidus

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Time  To Put My Socks On

by Alan Shain, Michele Decottignies, and Nicole Dunbar

(www.alanshain.com)

presented by Smashing Stereotypes Productions

from Ottawa

 

A year ago Marc impressed Linda, dragging his walker and himself up two flights of stairs to dance with her. Now, on their first anniversary, Linda wants to talk about love, sex, passion and where to put the couch! But, is Marc willing to drag himself up stairs forever – even for the woman he loves?

Director: Michele Decottignies and Nicole Dunbar; Choreographer:  Rachel Gorman

Cast: Alan Shain

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

 

Wake

by Rachel Blair

(www.waketheplay.com)

presented by RB Productions

from Toronto

 

Winner of the 2008 Fringe New Play Contest, Wake delves into the lives of three brothers who reunite for their father’s funeral after a terrible crime tore them apart. What happened in the past to set these brothers against each other? This beautifully written new play is a moving journey which explores the interminable bond of family.

Director: Kelly Straughan

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Community Centre

by Renna Reddie

(www.atlastage.com)

presented by The 11 North Company

 

Atlas Stage Productions Canada teams up with The 11 North Company to present Community Centre. Up and coming playwright Renna Reddie and emerging director Taylor Graham and an all female cast combine their efforts to give you an inside look at all those ladies we know and love waiting in lines everywhere.

Director: Taylor Graham

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, content, nudity

 

 

Gameshow:
The Musical

by Kathy Anderson

(www.theatreengine.com)

presented by J. Biel Productions

from Toronto

 

Place: Glenbrookeridge. Time: Of the essence.

When a big deal game show hits a small town, best friends Bobby and Ray take on their nemeses the Spikers in a battle to escape the lamest municipality in Northern Ontario. Much scheming ensues- complete with tap dancing nerds, a detail-oriented janitor, and a skip-it connoisseur.

Director: Kevin Shea

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: content, language

 

Inspiration Stump

by Janet Banks

(www.inspirationstump.com)

presented by Gilmore Theatre Company

from Toronto

 

Being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life’s hard for Ralph as his gluttony for all things human places him at odds with God and the Fates. He’s Kate’s destiny, she’s killed her brother and he’s okay with that. She’s appalled, he’s irritated, and Lily Munster mediates as these two find their way back to each other

Director: Janet Banks

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language, fog machine

 

 

 

Jew for a Day

by Mark Farmer

(www.jewforaday.com)

presented by Bird of Mouth Productions

from Toronto

 

Fred is a boy with a problem: he wants to be Jewish. At least he thinks he does — Rabbi Jacobs thinks he’s going through “The King Kong of all identity crises,” but Fred just wants to belong, so he sets out to be a Jew – at least for a day. Haven’t you ever wanted to belong?

Director: Mark Farmer

 

Audience: General Audience

 

Just Another School Shooting

by Art Moore

(anothershooting.blogspot.com)

presented by Moncton, NB Theatre Group

from Moncton, NB

 

Survivors of a high school shooting come together to discuss their collective tragedy.  They examine the media’s interest as they sift through the horror of the shooting, the guilt of survival, and finally come to grips with their role in the battle between good and evil, chance, the arbitrary trajectory of bullets, and the murderous rage of a gunman.

Director: Bill MacGillivray

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language, gunshots

 

Kaliban

by Andrew Hamilton

presented by Reliquarium Productions

from Wells, BC

 

So what happened to Prospero’s creature after The Tempest ended?  Might he become a soldier, a great lover, a Brutal Dictator?  A Seller of dirty books?  In this solo show one of Shakespeare‘s abandoned characters explores his options.  “Gifted writer-actor Andrew Hamilton offers a fascinating deconstruction  of the Caliban mystique”- Monday Magazine-Victoria, BC

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

 

The King The

Musical

by Michael Pollard

music by Gerard Chrysostum- Louis & Michael Pollard

(thekingthemusical.com)

presented by MW Productions

from Toronto

 

It’s June 1977.  A young couple in love, a chance meeting with the King of Rock and Roll and a bizarre night backstage that would change their lives forever.  At once an hilarious and yet touching tribute to the music of an era, but also a biting commentary on the nature of celebrity.

 

Director: Howard Hortop

Cast: Emily Boutet, Timm Hughes, Shayne Ireland, Tyrone Savage, Ivan Sherry, Nathan Younger

Audience: General Audience

Warning: language

 

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

(www.stephenmassicotte.com)

presented by The Absolute Truth

from Toronto

 

An adaptation of the classic Oscar Wilde novel. It’s the story of a young society gentleman who wishes for beauty and youth. What follows is a horrifying and surprisingly witty descent into debauchery. “There’s only one way to get rid of temptation, and that’s to yield to it.”

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: some suggestive themes, mature content

 

 

 

 

The Shift

by Tee Schneider

(www.wefew.ca)

presented by We Few

from Toronto

 

A brawling new Canadian hockey drama by Tee Schneider.

Murder, arson, Kandahar, Calgary, bombing, hijacking, playoff hockey and the racial divide;  from war in Afghanistan to the battles within ourselves, The Shift takes a jarring look at the fights we fight and what it takes to keep on keepin’ on, even when all’s lost.

Will you go the full sixty?

 

Director: Greg Schneider

Cast: Greg Ellwand, Kyle Mac, Saad Siddiqui, Ryanne Chisholm, Jennifer Simic, Adam White, Tee Schneider

Audience: Mature Audience

Warnings: language, hazer, hockey, hope

 

 

We is Blunderstruck!

by Press Play Players

(ca.myspace.com/blunderstruck)

presented by Press Play Players

from Saskatoon, SASK

 

We is Blunderstruck (Best of Fest, Saskatoon 2006) is a kick butt rock band playing a kick butt funeral show!  “Dark humour and genuine surprises punctuate this inspired piece of tomfoolerly.” – Cam Fuller, Saskatoon StarPhoenix.  Come join the grieving masses and help Blunderstuck crank Mel’s farewell to heaven to ELEVEN!

 

Cast: Alan Long, Garett Watson and Jules Mercier

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Bondage

by Patricia Rockman and Elaine Smookler

(Lumino.ca)

presented by Lumino

from Toronto

 

Vendetta thinks she can escape life’s difficulties. Pox has other plans for her.  Don’t miss POX and VENDETTA as they face vanity, murderousness, strangulating obligation and death – a twisted journey from cradle to grave.  Humour and horror are delightful bedfellows in this deliciously disturbing take on the ties that bind.  BONDAGE is bound to leave a mark.

 

Director: Scott Norman

Cast: Patricia Rockman and Elaine Smookler

Audience: Mature Audience

 

Damages

by Michael Posner

presented by aperian stage co.

from Toronto

 

 

Jacob and Ezra managed to survive the Holocaust together, but they haven’t spoken for 30 years, estranged by the most personal of reasons. Now, one cold autumn afternoon, Ezra comes to pay a visit, determined to collect what Jewish law says is justifiably his—damages for wrongs committed. A searing drama that will keep you guessing.

 

Director: Kayla Gordon

Cast: Harvey Atkin, Howard Jerome, Menachem Sifen

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: language

 

Giants Without Footprints

by Stephen Kunc

(www.infinitefurnace.com)

presented by Infinite Furnace Productions from Toronto

 

 

Insane Uncle Leroy, Notorious Sister Sophie, Wicked Cousin Eustace. Pull up a chair, sit by the fire, resist temptation and defy evil. Join us and find out how just a few of these members of this eccentric family can be a little crazy, a little infamous, a little sinful, yet still… Giants Without Footprints.

 

Director: Stephen Kunc

Audience: General Audience

 

The Maddest Kind of Love

by Natasha Boomer

presented by Take Your Mark Productions

from Toronto

 

 

Love writes a check its ass can’t cash!  But then Kassandra’s love life is a recipe for disaster.  Throw in a vegan best friend with super hero tendencies, a broken back door and some light cool whip masquerading as ice cream and you have a formula for some hilarious heartache.  Love is a battlefield and there won’t be enough bazookas.

Director: Bruce Hunter

Cast: Natasha Boomer, Lisa Brooke, Mark McIntyre

Audience: General Audience

Warning: herbal smoking

 

Modern Medieval

by David Tyson

(www.davidtysontheatre.com)

presented by David Tyson’s:  Weaver of Tales Theatre

from NJ, USA

 

 

“… really very talented.” Mike Tschappat- Daily Record A contemporary jester takes us back to the past to learn about the present.  Social & political satire abound as we see that the world still needs its fools to stand up to the kings, giants and demons that surround us.  These Dark Ages never had so much light!

 

Cast: David Tyson

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Sara Hennessey Time

by Sara Hennessey

(www.sarahennessey.com)

presented by Sara Hennessey

from Toronto

 

 

Conquistador of laughter, Sara Hennessey unleashes her rambunctious joie de vivre on the big city, overcoming heartbreak and suburban angst. A hyperkinetic storyteller, this renowned comedienne tackles the shackles of bitter mid-twenties dismay, offering hilarious insight into her restless brain. Sara Hennessey Time is time well spent. You are welcome in advance.

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: some swearing

 

Singing At The Edge Of The World

by Randy Rutherford

(www.pkfproductions.com)

presented by Chanting Raven Productions

from San Francisco, CA

 

21 times “BEST OF FRINGE” A folksinger in 70s Alaska, Randy had it all, an adoring girlfriend and a great gig at the Fancy Moose Saloon, then congenital hearing loss sucked the sound from his world forever…

“A gorgeous musical memoir…”  ***** Winnipeg Free Press “Emotionally honest, surprisingly funny.”  ***** Monday Magazine “A powerhouse, a triumph.” ***** Edmonton Journal

 

Audience: General Audience

Warning: mild language

 

 

 

 

Stand Up Monkey Poet!

by Matt Panesh

(www.monkeypoet.com  www.myspace.com/mattpaneshpoetry)

presented by Matt Panesh

from Manchester, UK

 

A darkly comic tour of the world we live in and the things that matter most: sex, relationships, debt, death, beauty, ugliness, politics and religion. No stone left unturned. No punches pulled.  Winner 5 times in 07 – Best Poet, Technician’s Choice – San Francisco Fringe, Best In Venue – Indianapolis, Producer’s Pick of the Fringe, Best in Venue – London, ON

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: adult content, language

 

Take It Back

by Jodee Allen and Helen Simard

(www.solidstatebreakdance.com)

presented by Solid State Breakdance

from Montreal, QC

 

Take it Back’ is a dance show that crosses boundaries, re-sourcing the language of Hip Hop and Lindy Hop to present elements of breakdance and swing in a theatrical setting.  In this high energy, fun show, Solid State aims to entertain audiences by taking a humorous yet profound look at our societal issues with trust, and perception of gender roles.

 

Cast: JoDee Allen, Joe Danny Aurelien, Guy-Robert Jean, Helen Simard (understudy: Milan Panet-Gigon

Audience: None listed

 

 

 

Tape

by Stephen Belber

presented by Auto Reverse Theatre Co.

from Toronto

 

 

Something’s happening in Room 32 of the Motel 6 in Lansing, Michigan.

After 10 years apart, three people come together to play out the unresolved drama of their final days in high school. As layers of denial are slowly peeled away, they rediscover feelings of jealousy, heartbreak, and innocence in this character-driven dramatic comedy.

 

 

Director: Dan Bell

Cast: Craig Dean, Mary Krohnert, Julian Osen

Audience: General Audience

Warning: drug use, language

 

Affidavit

by David Rubinoff

presented by Playing For Keeps

from Toronto

 

Three years after leaping to her death, a woman’s  spirit summons her eldest son hoping to have an honest discussion about their enmeshed past, and  to ensure that he is presently properly nourished.  A play in progress, Affidavit is inspired by, and dedicated to, the memory of Alina Chiro, a long term psychiatric consumer/ survivor driven by love, courage, and compassion.

 

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: content, language

 

 

 

After Hours

by Variety of Choreographers

(www.pushpulldance.com)

presented by PushPull Dance

from Toronto

 

Do the confines of your cubicle inspire you to break out into disco?  When you’re mind starts to drift at your weekly team meeting are you imagining yourself on broadway?  Is your solution to office tension “jazz hands”? It’s 5pm and the day is done….or so you thought!  Find out what happens when working professionals go off the clock…

 

Director: Kelly Slate

Audience: General Audience

 

DAM Madness

by Darby Gibbs/Amelia Josephson-Laidlaw/Ming Hon

(www.geocities.com/madamdanceproductions)

presented by .maDAM.

from Toronto

 

mad.ness n.

1. the quality or condition of being insane; “she felt herself slipping into madness.”

2. obsolete terms for legal insanity

3. a feeling of intense anger; “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”

4. the quality of being rash and foolish; “adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness”

5. unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm

 

 

Cast: Darby Gibbs, Amelia Laidlaw, Ming Hon

Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Floozy: The Musical

by Melissa Major & Reza Jacobs

(www.cheshireunicorn.com/Floozy)

presented by Mellow Brown

from Toronto

 

 

In this comedic sexual odyssey, two storytellers sing, dance and argue their way through the unruly adventures of Floozy, a woman who sleeps her way across the globe.

Propelled by a hefty sexual appetite and the ability to tap dance from country to country, Floozy encounters many unusual characters, from her dead husband’s singing ghost to a misunderstood gay pirate.

 

Cast: Reza Jacobs, Melissa Major and percussion by Jamie Drake

Audience: Mature Audience

Warning: handle with caution

 

Follow Your Bliss

by Sophia Le Fevre

presented by The Queen Of Hearts

from Toronto

 

When their best friend gets engaged, three bridesmaids are given the sensational new self-help book, “Follow Your Bliss” by Toronto sage, Guru Hector.  But can they actually achieve self-actualization?  Will planning her dream wedding fit into their ultimate vision?   In this cheeky comedy, the bridesmaids learn that it’s a bumpy road to spiritual enlightenment.

Cast: Sophia Le Fevre, Alison Westlake, Meredith Cheesbrough
Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

 

Hockey: The Musical!

Book by Rick Wilson and Justin DeMarco

Music and lyrics by Rick Wilson

(www.hockeythemusical.com)

presented by Off Sides Entertainment from Baldwin, Ny

On the heels of Pavel Riccardino’s celebratory scoring of his first career hat trick, scandal hits him. Relationships with his teammates become strained, testing the team’s loyalty to him, to one another, and to the game they all love.  How can athletes maintain their lives, relationships, and dignity when the media spins “truths” which shape and alter their very identity?
Director: Rick Wilson
Cast: Mike Bean, Stephen Flett, Alexandria Galante, Zahir Gilani, Michael Gill, Jen Hope, Michael Johnson, Jeremy Lapalme, Christopher Leidenfrost, Kyle Mac, Arnon Melo, Ted Neal, Adam Pellerine, David Straus and Kenn Taylor
Audience: General Audience
Warning: language, strobe lighting, fog machine

 

Pokeroot and Mistletoe

by Anna Standish

(www.myspace.com/pokerootandmistletoe)

presented by Blood Orange Theatre

from Toronto

 

Runner up in the 2007 Fringe 24-hour playwriting competition. It’s the night before christmas and an angsty teenage boy does spells in his room, trying to solve his problems.  But he gets more than he bargained for when Pokeroot, a demon, appears and takes him on as her pet project.  A dark TragiComedy about desperation and doing something about it.

Director: Sarah Miller-Garvin
Audience: General Audience

 

Travel or Entertain?

by Tom Corless

(www.broadviewlights.blogspot.com)

presented by Cute Guy Productions

from Toronto

 

“Discreet. VGL. Straight-acting. No strings. Looking.”  The gay online world is a series of headless torsos, hot, anonymous encounters, rejected come-ons, and unfulfilled hook-ups.  In this provocative collage of chats, monologues and stand-up, writer/performer Thomas Corless brings online characters vividly to life onstage, as they search for that elusive Mr. Right… or Mr. Right-Now. This show is not PNP-friendly.

Cast: Thomas Corless
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: content, language

 

Viva Vivi!

by Diana Galligan

(www.dianagalligan.com)

presented by Peppermill

from Toronto

 

“Hilarious.”

-SF Weekly

“Poignant, comic and engaging.”

-San Francisco Chronicle

The 1920s. Talking pictures are all the rage. Silent film star Vivi Vitaly has big problems… a runaway husband, a mountain of debt and a preposterous agent who can’t find her any work.

A silent comedy with something to say.

Director: Victoria Goring
Cast: Diana Galligan and Sam Ruano
Audience: General Audience

Wild About Harry

by Gerald Isaac

(www.thestorefrontstudio.com)

presented by The Storefront Studio

 

Wild About Harry is a jazzy musical romp that pays tribute to Harry Warren (1893-1981), one of the most prolific contemporary composers who ever lived. Our cast of six – the dashing matinee idol and his sweet ingénue, the comic sidekick and his wisecracking girlfriend, the society dame and her wealthy amour take us on a heart-warming musical journey through time.

Director: Directed and Staged by: Gerald Isaac / Musical Arrangements: Peter Mann
Cast: Luke Anderson, Jacob Bourque, Kristin Elsley, Banner Isaac, Chance Kellner, Maradyn Wood. Special appearance by Gerald Isaac.
Audience: General Audience

 

 

 

Crude Love

by Gillian Bennett and Russell Bennett

(www.bigsmokeproductions.com)

presented by Big Smoke Productions from Vancouver, BC

 

A woman dump truck driver from Newfoundland falls in love with a cynical eco-warrior in the harsh Alberta oil sands in the near future. From the creators of the award-winning “Reefer Man”, “Self-Storage” and “Rocket Man” – Pick of the Fringe: Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver.  “Hilarious, Romantic”-Edmonton Sun  “Simply outstanding”-Westender Magazine  “Raw, Passionate, Irresistible”-Times Colonist   “Intelligent Comedy”-CBC Winnipeg
Director: Emelia Symington Fedy
Cast: Gillian Bennett and Russell Bennett
Audience: General Audience
Warning: language

 

Greed

by Weeping Spoon Productions

((www.weepingspoon.com)

presented by Weeping Spoon

from Perth, Australia

 

1987. Love Ballads. Big Shoes. Bad Morals. Dirty Business. Four lives influenced by GREED, and it’s about to come crashing down…”Weeping Spoon is one of the most dynamic and innovative groups currently producing theatre from Perth (Australia).” Luke Milton – ARTRAGE. Greed is good. Greed is Right. It’s a tragic-comedy so consuming that you’ll want it all for yourself.

Audience: General Audience

 

The Honeymoon Period Is Offically Over

by Gemma Wilcox

(www.gemmawilcox.com)

presented by Gemma Wilcox

from London, UK

 

Award-winning Gemma Wilcox shapeshifts from male to female, rodent to feline in this humorous, poignant, multi-character comedy-drama about love and letting go.

“This woman shows you what theater can be.” -The Orlando Sentinel

“A remarkable display of both writing and performance” -Denver Post.

“Superb…moving…a gem!” -Austin American-Statesman.

BEST-OF-FEST, Winnipeg 2007

MOST-OUTSTANDING-SOLO-PERFORMACE, Ottawa 2007

PICK-OF-THE-FRINGE, Boulder 2007
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

JEM ROLLS: how i stopped worrying and learnt to love the mall

by jem rolls

presented by big word performance poetry

from Edinburgh, Scotland

 

“Dynamic, hilarious, riveting… A high performance master”, Winnipeg Free Press, ***** 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 “JEM ROLLS LEAVES AUDIENCE SHAKEN… highest calibre…beautiful, inspiring”, Montreal Gazette,*****, 2005, 2006, “Genius” 2007. “Charismatic wordsmith & rhymester” Scotsman 2008 “An out and out charmer” Toronto Star “Absolute master … sharp, hilarious”, Vancouver Sun 2007 “10,000 words about shopping”, Jem Rolls. Bless the mall.
Audience: General Audience

 

Mating Rituals of the Urban Cougar

by Andrea Thompson

(www.andreathompson.ca)

presented by Firebelly Performance Poetry

from Toronto

 

Performance poet Andrea Thompson makes her Fringe debut with a one-woman spoken word/play that brews up a potent mix of poetry, storytelling, humor and myth as it digs into the dirt of love in the urban jungle.

Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: content, language

 

Old Growth

by Alex Eddington

(www.AlexEddington.com)

presented by Acky-Made

from Toronto\

 

See the Forest! Two troubled young musicians travel to the Queen Charlotte Islands to perform for a murdered spruce tree. Award-winning playwright/composer Alex Eddington (The Fugue Code) and acclaimed Ottawa flutist Aura Giles weave together fact, fiction, magic and music into a unique story about an eco-prophet for our time. “Brilliantly theatrical…****”  (EYE WEEKLY) “A must-see…superb…****”  (Edmonton Journal)

Director: Alison Williams
Cast: Alex Eddington, Aura Giles
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language, nudity (non-sexual), violence

 

The Spy

by Jonno Katz

(www.epicworlds.com)

presented by Epicworlds

from Melbourne, Australia

 

Get entangled in a web of espionage and comedy. London 1975. Seymour Foggs is undercover in an avante-guarde paratheatrical group. A perilous tale of intrigue, subterfuge and double agents. Who is the mole? Can he trust the Silver Fox? And would the real Yevgeny Aleksandrovich please stand up?

From the makers of CACTUS – the seduction… Multiple award-winning company.

Director: Mark Chavez
Audience: General Audience
Warning: language

Totem Figures

by TJ Dawe

(www.tjdawe.com)

presented by Big Sandwich

from Vancouver, BC

 

TJ Dawe (The Slipknot, Labrador, Dishpig, Maxim & Cosmo)(9 Toronto Fringes, 77 Fringes worldwide) returns with a show about the faces on his Mt. Rushmore. “Dawe has a quicksilver mind and an Uzi-burst style of delivery that will make you find it hard to enjoy more conventional one-man shows. ” – Toronto Star   “TJ Dawe is a phenomenon” – Globe & Mail

Cast: TJ Dawe
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

 

 

Teaching the Fringe

by Keir Cutler

(www.keircutler.com)

presented by Doctor Keir

from Westmount, QC

 

In his first autobiographical monologue, Keir Cutler takes a comic look at the menace of rogue audience members. Wacky, hilarious encounters on the Fringe with the “fringe” element, including being reported to the authorities for one of his plays. “A marvel to watch!”  Toronto Sun. “Utterly superb!”  Ottawa Citizen. Keir’s seventh Toronto Fringe. Directed by fringe god, TJ Dawe.

Director: TJ Dawe
Cast: Keir Cutler
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

Wooster Sauce

by Inspired by Edward Duke and P.G. Wodehouse

(www.johnhuston.ca)

presented by By the Book

from Winnipeg, MB

 

Bertie’s new valet seems to be perfection in a morning suit but what has happened to Uncle Willoughby’s scandalous memoirs? What will happen when Bertie suddenly wants to marry? Only the inimitable Jeeves can extract his master from the soup. Ripping entertainment from 5 star Fringe veterans John D. Huston (“UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL”) and director Ken Brown (“BOY GROOVE”).
Cast: John D. Huston
Audience: General Audience

 

About An Hour

(www.aboutanhour.ca)

presented by Hatzenbaker

from Toronto

 

For most actors the idea of taking a single audience suggestion and improvising a one act comedy in 60 minutes is a frightening proposition. But for these “fearless performers” (Toronto Star) it’s the perfect recipe for creating the critically-acclaimed and sell-out improvised comedy “About an Hour”. “NNNN. Four of the best comic minds in the city.” –  Glenn Sumi, NOW

Director: Lisa Merchant
Cast: Jim Annan, Rob Baker, Jan Caruana, Alex Hatz
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: comedy

 

Ladylike

by Sky Gilbert

presented by Femme Productions

from Hamilton

 

Ladylike (written and directed by Sky Gilbert is a new one act play starring Nina Arsenault, Canada’s most famous transsexual. What does it mean to be feminine?  A beautiful, smart, and very sexy chick-with-a-dick chats about her life with you, her boyfriend, and anyone else who is willing to listen.

Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: content, language

 

 

Lupe: Undone

by Melissa D’Agostino

(www.lupeundone.weebly.com)

presented by Fault Line Theatre

from Toronto

 

From my husband Emilio I have fled.
He wanted someone to join us in bed.
Now Santa Josefina has granted my wish,
And sent me a lover named David Mirvish.
Tonight! Tonight! It has begun.
I show for you, Lupe: Undone!

“An outrageously funny Spanish Spitfire.” Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“Hilarious interactive comedy.” James Simons, EYE Magazine
Director: Adam Lazarus
Cast: Melissa D’Agostino
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: mature content, language and extreme latin heat

 

 

 

Opera On The Rocks

by Leanna Brodie, Dave Carley, Lisa Codrington, Krista Dalby, David Ogborn

(www.operaontherocks.ca)

presented by The Ambient Opera Society from Toronto

Witness guerilla opera while enjoying pints and pub grub! Characters sit amongst bar patrons, singing passionately of love, loss, hockey, and karaoke. (Bar open one hour before show.)

“If you always wanted to go to the opera, but were scared stiff of the august environments, this hip, new opera show is for you.” – Aparita Bhandari, CBC Metro Morning
Director: Liza Balkan
Cast: Neema Bickersteth,  Alexander Dobson, Carla Huhtanen, Keith Klassen, Jessica Lloyd
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: some coarse language; alcohol will be served before and during the performance.

 

 

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer

by Various Authors

(www.vdaytoronto.overhear.com)

presented by Burning Bush Productions

from Toronto

 

MMRP is a collection of groundbreaking monologues by renowned figures, commissioned and edited by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues).  Searing, funny, hauntingly beautiful… MMRP is Edward Albee on S&M, Maya Angelou on women’s work, and more.  It is an unabashed look at violence against women and a shout-out to end it. And this time, some of those shouting are men.

Director: Tanisha Taitt
Audience: General Audience
Warning: content

 

 

Lost Daughter

by Tara Goldstein

presented by Gailey Road Productions

from Toronto

 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, this historical drama unfolds in the summer of 1933, a summer of intense heat, wide spread unemployment, swastika badges in Toronto’s parks and beaches, and the Christie Pits riot. Join us as we dramatize the era on the 75th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot.
Director: Jocelyn Wickett
Audience: General Audience

 

Taking Liberties

by Dave Carley

presented by Uncivil Theatre

from Toronto

 

Our civil liberties are under threat. In Taking Liberties, five ordinary citizens collide with extraordinary issues, and they must choose between silence – or the anger of their city. These are stories of courage and conviction, with an acclaimed cast and directed by the playwright, author of last year’s hit Conservatives in Love.

Cast: David Fox, Karen Knox, Richard Lee, Michael Rubenfeld, Dixie Seatle
Audience: General Audience

 

 

The Barbecue King

by Mark Brownell and Steve Thomas

(www.peagreentheatre.com)

presented by Pea Green Theatre

from Toronto

 

Pea Green returns to the Fringe after last year’s smash hit “Conservatives In Love”. Please join us on the lanai deck for “The Barbecue King”. In this musical thrilla-by-the-grilla a stressed-out cottager battles his nemesis in a winner-take-all cooking competition. The victor will be crowned. The loser will fry up a bitter harvest of despair!

Director: Sue Miner
Cast: Erica Peck, Dave Fraser, Stephen Reich, Mark Brownell, and Deann DeGruijter
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

 

 

 

Freedom 85!

by Debra Hale

(hi-dtheatre.blogspot.com)

presented by Hi-D Theatre

from Toronto

 

When a clumsy waitress breaks a feisty 85 year old out of her retirement home, past and present collide.  This two-woman multi-character comedy has it all: colourful townies, euchre, war stories, a Jamaican diner and loves lost and found.

Come 15 minutes early and enjoy Happy P’s Diner.

Cool off with a refreshing drink and snack.

Director: Kim Blackwell
Cast: Andrea Risk, Debra Hale
Audience: General Audience

 

Another Problem with H-Theorem

by Cam Cobb

presented by Molecular Chaos Productions

from Toronto

 

Time is a funny thing.  Some people think it’s linear.  Others know it isn’t.  Mackenzie’s had a lot of time to think about time.  Being trapped in his house for 147 years hasn’t been easy.  But now he has a visitor.  It’s his old friend/enemy Rolph.  And it seems Rolph was sent to Mackenzie.  But he can’t say why.

Director: Cam Cobb, Rupauk Sircar
Cast: Cam Cobb, Rupauk, Sircar
Audience: General Audience

 

Casa De Los Fantasmas

by The Canadian Space Opera Company

(www.cspoc.ca)

presented by Canadian Space Opera Company

from Toronto

 

The year is 1926. Newlyweds Duke and Emily Dane are enjoying their honeymoon at the luxurious Hacienda de la Hoya in Argentina. But their wedded bliss is rudely interrupted when the hotel guests start mysteriously dying off one by one… Join us for a comedic homage to the great lost radio serial dramas of the 1920s.

Cast: Nike Abbott, Sam Agro, Paul Koster, Jorge Moreira, Rhonda Riche, Tracy Shea-Porter, Dave Till, Scott Watkins, Cary West and music by Jeff B. Santos.
Audience: General Audience

 

What the Hell Am I Doing?!

by Yasmin Siddiqui and Cast

(www.myspace.com/softrevolutionproductions)

presented by Soft Revolution Productions

from Toronto

 

When life is full of questions, where do we go to find answers? From two indie musicians on the verge of success to an overachieving student who might not be as assured as she seems, a group of young people explore the twisted paths on which life can lead us.

From a company EYE WEEKLY calls “clever and impressively professional”!

Director: Yasmin Siddiqui
Cast: Katie Dorian, James Graham and Chloe Sullivan
Audience: General Audience
Warning: mild language

 

A Brief History of Petty Crime

by Jimmy Hogg

presented by The Roodie Pancake Experiment

from Toronto

 

After the sell-out success of 2007’s Curriculum Vitae, Brit Jimmy Hogg returns to Toronto to discuss his life of petty crime. Physical, fast-paced hilarious storytelling with a car crash and plenty of tangents. “Dickens would love this guy.” -Orlando Sentinel. ***** (5 out of 5) EYE WEEKLY. Best of Fringe- Toronto Fringe Festival 2007, Minnesota Fringe 2007, San Francisco 2006.

Director: Peter J. Morey
Cast: Jimmy Hogg
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

 

 

 

Blastback Babyzap

by Uncalled For

(www.uncalledforimprov.com)

presented by Uncalled For

from Montreal, QC

 

From the minds behind Uncalled For Improv (“****… These rascals are tight.” – EYE WEEKLY), performers of Real Time (“NNNN” – Now) comes an all-new, scripted, tonguetwisting, brainbending ultracomedy creation.

Praise for Uncalled For’s sketch comedy masterpiece, THUNDERSPANK!:

WINNER, Best Text, 2007 Montreal Fringe

“****… delightful… a wacky, inspired celebration of off-kilter comic wit. The time/space continuum better watch its ass.” (Hour)

Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: strobe lighting, minors not admitted

 

Scratch

by Arlen Konopaki and Kevin Gillese

(www.scratchimprov.com)

presented by Rapid Fire Theatre

from Edmonton, AB

 

After a world tour spanning five European countries and several months across Australia and New Zealand, Scratch is back to teach Toronto the true meaning of the word funtastic.  Improvised theatre like you’ve never seen before.  Dizzying.  Explosive.  Poignant.  Raw.  Physical.  Polished.  Decadent.   Absurd.  If you haven’t seen Scratch yet, you should, because people are starting to talk.

Cast: Arlen Konopaki and Kevin Gillese
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

 

 

Babies In Danger!

by Players Players

(www.playersplayers.com)

presented by Players Players

from Toronto

 

From the creators of Science Fair!  (***** – Eye; NNNN – Now) and DOGS! The Musical!! (“The best dog-gone musical at the fringe!” – Toronto Star) comes a comedy spectacular with live music, video and babies: BABIES IN DANGER! Come to the Supermarket to see the funniest show ever created about infants in mortal peril.

Cast: Darren Barlow, Dave Barclay, Paul Frank, Krista MacIsaac, Melissa Paraboo
Audience: General Audience
Warning: language, ideas

 

 

Baggage

by Reese Baguio, Aura Carcueva, Vincent Galvez, Darrel Gamotin and Christine Mangosing

(www.baggagetheplay.com)

presented by Pulang Maleta Collective

from Toronto

In the beginning there was shame. Now there is baggage. Weigh it. Tag it. Lose it. Claim it. Five short plays converge on a journey to find what’s inside each of their characters’ baggage and if they’re lucky…what’s behind it.
Director: Karen Ancheta & Marie Beath Badian
Cast: Leon Aureus, Reese Baguio, Aura Carcueva, Rose Cortez, Alex Felipe, Vincent Galvez, Darrel Gamotin, Jessica Leibgott, Elizabeth Lofranco, Christine Mangosing, Andrea Mapili, Regina Simon, Michelle Turingan
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: mature language, mature content, food may fall on you

 

 

 

Swiss Family Guy Robinson 2: Fox vs. Froud

by Brian Froud

(www.bustedcompassproductions.ca)

presented by Busted Compass Productions

from Toronto

 

In 2007, Fox issued a cease and desist order to Brian Froud’s Fringe Show “Swiss Family Guy Robinson”.

Tired of being relegated to dish-washing at Bread & Circus, Froud takes Fox to court – on stage – as the very characters Fox ordered him not to do.

Froud is back with a vengeance in “Swiss Family Guy Robinson 2: Fox vs. Froud”.

Cast: Brian Froud
Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: mature language and content

 

The Christian

Republican

Fundraiser in

Dayton Tennessee

by Grant Tilly

(christianrepublicanfundraiser.com,

myspace.com/godscountrymusic)

presented by Bloomfield Productions

from Toronto

 

In this country/rock musical, Liberal protesters crash the Republican fundraiser in Dayton Tennessee as the band “God’s Country” and all hell breaks loose!  Armed only with “three chords and the truth” can they change the course of the 2008 presidential elections through the power of song?

Cold Beer!  Live Band!  Performed at one of Toronto’s premiere music venues..
Cast: Jason Chesworth, Jackie English, Jason O’Brien, Kate Unrau, Scott Maudsley
Audience: General Audience
Warning: content

 

 

 

 

The Fever

by Wallace Shawn

presented by Entertainment By Demand

from Toronto

 

Directed by EBD’s own Katherine Bethell and performed by newcomer Thom Chapman at the intimate space of the Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) this monumental production will force you to drop your venti latte and confront the question; what, if anything, is a morally consistent way to live in the world as it is?

Audience: General Audience

 

 

Notes From The Pit: A Monologue with Music

Written and performed by Helen Kopec

by no strings productions

from Toronto

Humiliated! Horrified! Perplexed! And you thought musicians had it easy? The truth is finally revealed in this satirical romp through the perilous world of classical music in the Deep South. Skewered along the way: clueless brides, pompous ministers, pretentious conductors and more!

Audience: Mature Audience
Warning: language

 

 

Einstein’s Wife

by Julia Course & Nicolina Lanni

(www.einsteinswife.com)

presented by Einstein’s Wife Productions

from Toronto

 

Einstein’s Wife: a very funny tragedy in one act.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s famous question, “What would have happened had Shakespeare had a wonderfully gifted sister?”

It’s the remarkable, hilarious and tragic tale of three rebellious women.

Historically accurate or hysterically absurd?

Director: Julia Course & Nicolina Lanni
Cast: Nicolina Lanni, Julia Course & Brooke Erica Isaacs
Audience: General Audience