Drama

Re:Construct

Even Gilchrist

Struggling to craft his magnum opus, an artist pieces together fragments of his past. He debates with another side of himself about which parts of his life should be used as inspiration and which should be hidden from the rest of the world.

Which aspects of ourselves do we put on display for people to understand who we truly are? How do we craft the image of ourselves to be its most beautiful?

An exploration of a transgender experience, Re:Construct confronts the process of creating an image unique to the self only to satisfy the expectations of others.

The Biscuiteater

Jim Loucks

**THE FINAL TWO PERFORMANCES OF THIS SHOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED**

 

Jim Loucks’ rollicking solo performance, based loosely on his childhood, told in his Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by his days as Chief of Police. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Winner- “Best Solo Performance”- Tucson Fringe 2017.

“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat

“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre

“A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity.” Arts in LA

Written & Performed by Jim Loucks
Directed & Developed by Lisa Chess
Produced by Deb Loucks

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On Twitter at @_Biscuiteater
Website: jimloucks.com

Anjou

The Lady Chamberlain

Stuck in the villain Richard’s winter of discontent, Margaret is lost. A former Queen, mother, and warrior, Margaret is alone and haunted by the ghosts of her past. She knows she has one role: to stop Richard. But how? And at what cost?

Running parallel to Shakespeare’s Richard III, Anjou is the story of the deposed Queen Margaret, and her fight to be heard.

A Brief History of Petty Crime

Jimmy Hogg

The British comedian, storyteller and Fringe favourite returns with tales of juvenile delinquency; physical, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling with a car crash and plenty of tangents.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY: 2009, 2011

“Part Rik Mayall, Eric Idle and Eddie Izzard, bellowing British comedy-actor Jimmy Hogg whips around the stage like an excitable Labrador puppy. Hysterically tangential.” – Now Toronto

Becoming

Erum Khan

A woman confined in purgatory grapples with fractured memories of her life. Inspired by the work of avant-garde filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Maya Deren, Becoming delves into a stream of consciousness exploration of our identities and their ongoing metamorphosis of continued motion through discontinued space. Developed at the Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies. Directed by Liz Peterson.

Photo credit: Dahlia Katz

Rachel and Zoe: Uncorked and Uncensored

Hannah GIbson-Fraser and Jodi Morden

Rachel and Zoe, sit down with a bottle of wine to face the reality of Rachel’s pending nuptials.  Reflecting on awkward sexual encounters, failed relationships, painful mistakes, and the “occasional” drunken night in search for a “soul mate”.  Is it really the American dream Rachel is looking for? Or the continued support of Zoe, while she makes the biggest decision of her life.

25

Elliot Delage

2 actors. 12 characters. 45 minutes.

Two actors bring to life twelve characters in their mid twenties, already parents or still kids themselves, longing for the past or projecting into the future. As they slalom through life, they attempt to find “purpose” through work, dance, murder and procreation.

Costume changes and sound cues happen on stage in this original drama, giving the audience an intimate glimpse into the characters’ lives.

Start Swimming

James Fritz

“What you doing?…Standing on the grass…What does the sign say?…Keep off the grass…” and so START SWIMMING begins. In a room: 11 people with nothing to go on other than the urges they feel and the need to fight to move ahead, to survive. Is it worth taking risks when a misstep can destroy all they’ve worked for? How do they fight unseen powers attempting to control…and when the rules keep changing? With Pavlovian consequences and Orwellian overtones, this play continues TWA’s tradition of presenting hard-hitting contemporary theatre by young artists. From the makers of FUGEE. WARNING: mature language.

Agent Madeleine

Chlesea MacKay

1944. War. In London, a secret government organization is given one command: “Set Europe ablaze”. Captive in a Nazi prison, Agent Madeleine fights to keep hope alive. To not reveal anything, even her remarkable story, even her name. This is the story of the most unlikely of heroines, a woman who shattered stereotypes and sacrificed everything to be named Britain’s first Muslim war heroine.

NEW WORK

 

 

 

INTERSTELLAR ELDER: Badass Grandma in Space

Ingrid Hansen, Kathleen Greenfield, Britt Small, & Emma Zabloski

A fierce lone geriatric astronaut is adrift in a spaceship protecting the last of humankind: cryogenically frozen Human Cargo.

“HILARIOUS. Her physicality is impeccable. Absurd & profoundly human. ★★★★★”-Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

“Immense heart & powerful imagery. This play WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THEATRE.”-Theatre Hub.

From Co-Creator of:
LITTLE ORANGE MAN (★★★★★ – Vue Weekly)
KITT & JANE (★★★★★ – Onstage Ottawa)
& SNACK MUSIC (★★★★★ – CBC)

In this show’s futuristic scenario, North American Prime Minister Justin Bieber attempts to end world hunger by deforesting the continent to plant thousands of acres of genetically-modified swiss chard. This Superfood grows awry, taking over the entire planet and choking out all other forms of life. The last surviving humans are cryogenically frozen and shot into earth orbit, waiting for Earth to heal so that they may return home and begin a new civilization. On board the spaceship there is only one person left awake: the geriatric custodian and sole caretaker of the ship’s frozen ‘human cargo.’

REVIEWS

“The MOST SATISFYING, CREATIVE, UPROARIOUS AND SURPRISING experience.
Her physicality is impeccable. From its hilarious opening scene, to its triumphant and
totally one-of-a-kind conclusion, Hansen offers a fully realized vision that is
equal parts absurd and profoundly human. ★★★★★”
– StarPhoenix Saskatoon

“Literally just 75 minutes of her being a GENIUS OF PHYSICAL COMEDY (with some poignant moments of vulnerability and heartbreak thrown in because that’s how geniuses roll).”
– My Entertainment World

“You will inevitably ROAR WITH LAUGHTER, but what you might not see coming is the IMMENSE HEART AND POWERFUL IMAGERY behind the performance. Ingrid hits another home run with this brilliant piece of physical theatre. The use of the audience and the way this play is set WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THEATRE and its possibilities…as each audience member truly feels like an important part of the narrative.”
– Montreal Theatre Hub

“An amazingly versatile physical comedian with a knack for bringing inanimate objects to life. The BEST ENDING IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRINGE.” – Montreal Gazette

“This intergalactic space adventure was perfect in it’s conception and delivery.
Thoughtful, hilarious and technically-dazzling.”
– Penny Warwick, Two Cents & Two Pence

“A deeply funny script, Hansen makes you believe with masterful puppetry and the clever use of blast from the past upcycled stage props. An exceptional piece that encapsulates human loneliness and thrusts bravery in the face of life’s unexpected asks with intrepid hilarity.”
– Juljka Nadir, The Vancouver Arts Review

“In this brilliant piece, Kitt is aboard a spaceship containing cryogenically frozen humans. The earth has been rendered uninhabitable by Swiss chard (yes, the plant), and the frozen humans await in deep freeze for the planet to become a viable place to live again. 27-year-old Kitt is unfrozen to serve as a sleep custodian, a job that requires her to care for the other humans and collect space garbage to use for fuel. Although lonely, craving affection and anything related to humanity, she performs her tasks dutifully for 60 years, but the earth seems no closer to becoming a viable human home again. On her birthday, Kitt learns the ugly truth about the future that awaits her and perhaps all those aboard the ship. Like ‘Little Orange Man,’ the show makes the audience an integral part of the show; we are the cryogenically cargo that Kitt protects. As the show twists and turns in unexpected ways, Hansen manages to employ our participation right up until the end of the show and it takes us to a place never imagined. Trust me on this. Hansen not only succeeds into giving life to oddball Kitt, a lovable weirdo, but also has a way of using just a few props, often made from identifiable items, to construct an entire environment. Best show of the Festival? Perhaps mine. I still have a few days. It is certainly the most epic and one of the most humane.”
– Montreal Rampage

“Remarkable feats of puppetry.” – CBC

“Tremendous demonstration of creative genius…
Very funny, never dumb, with considerable pathos.”
– Montreal Rampage

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