Drama

Don’t Go Down to the River: A Cautionary Tale

Jessica Gardiner

River Reach, the Shaw family home stands isolated and lonely on the banks of the Ottawa River, its scandals long forgotten. Its sole occupant, the oldest Shaw daughter, guides a group of prospective buyers through its rooms as she reveals her family’s disturbing past. JIG theatre company presents a fictional mystery drama of an early Ottawa family that combines verbatim and found historical texts, storytelling and original dialogue.

www.jigtheatrecompany.yolasite.com

 

METRO BEST OF FEST – The Inventor of All Things

jem rolls

The Inventor of All Things (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

So Leo Szilard is a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.
When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.
The Atomic Bomb.
Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.
Which has just become Nazi Berlin.
It is what happens next.
It is a true story.
He was very funny.
And prize-winningly eccentric.
And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.
Smash hit FringeTour 2015.
“Terrific ” ★★★★★ – StarPhoenix
“Superb” ★★★★ 1/2 stars – Edmonton Sun.
“Magnetic, mesmerising” – CBC
“The unbelievable true story of Hungarian-American physicist and inventor Leo Szilard… Jem Rolls is dynamic, funny, and passionate …proves that truth is stranger than fiction in this incredibly entertaining and engaging story … reminiscent of a party guest telling a story over dinner… It is my belief that his story has enriched my life.“ – Apartment 613, June 2015
“A Gem of a performance!… Rolls turns the life story of this incredible human being, who escaped the Nazis, into the masterful adventure of a superhero. The range of his delivery is enormous and it is this playful delivery that stimulates our attention and keeps us glued for a whole hour.” -Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle, June 2015.
“Beloved performer” – Montreal Gazette, June 2015
A big story of a little man in big times.

METRO BEST OF FEST – BLIND TO HAPPINESS

Tim C. Murphy

BLIND TO HAPPINESS (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

A socially awkward dishwasher, his cat, positive psychology, some beer, and perhaps life’s most important question – is happiness a choice?

Best of Fest –  2016 Toronto Fringe

“One of the best the Fringe has to offer. ” -Montreal Gazette
“Engaging and inspiring.” -NYTheatre
★★★★★ “Beautiful. A must see!” -Ignite FM Winnipeg
★★★★ “Thought-provoking.” -Eye Weekly
★★★★ -Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★ -Torontoist

Fish Saw

Sachie Mikawa & George Lewis

Through the eyes of a giant talking Fish, a magical encounter of two girls across time and oceans tells a story of an eccentric family and incredible natural disaster in Japan. A multimedia one-woman theatrical show deeply inspired by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.

“IDIOSYNCRATIC GENIUS” -The Scotsman

NEW WORK

The Home Show

Evolution Theatre

In my beginning is my end. (T.S. Eliot). Does the place you live define you as a person? Is our idea of home being transformed by forces beyond our control? From treasured spaces of the past, to harsh streets, to catastrophe, to shelter and sanctuary, Evolution Theatre’s exploration of where we live is a theatrical open house on the subject of home.
Director/Dramaturge: Laurie Fyffe
Cast: William Beddoe, Jacqui Du Toit and Norah Paton
Musician/Sound: Jack Pyl
NEW WORK

 

Executing Justice

Bill Pats

A 2013 Angus Reid Poll revealed that 66% of Canadians support the return of capital punishment.  

April 7, 2030, 11 pm: Daryl Kane is one hour away from being the first person executed in Canada since 1962. This is his story.

2014 Rintoul Award Winner -Winnipeg Fringe

“Pats exhibits raw emotion on stage.” -Saskatoon Star Phoenix  

BLIND TO HAPPINESS

Tim C. Murphy

A socially awkward dishwasher, his cat, positive psychology, some beer, and perhaps life’s most important question – is happiness a choice?

Best of Fest –  2016 Toronto Fringe

“One of the best the Fringe has to offer. ” -Montreal Gazette
“Engaging and inspiring.” -NYTheatre
✭✭✭✭✭ “Beautiful. A must see!” -Ignite FM Winnipeg
✭✭✭✭ “Thought-provoking.” -Eye Weekly
✭✭✭✭ -Winnipeg Free Press
✭✭✭✭ -Torontoist

Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story

The Grand Salto Theatre

Based on a true story. Romance blossoms in post WW2 Hungary when a school teacher from the city meets the village intellectual. An impractical hat. A knife fight. A missing bird. The Grand Salto Theatre brings to life this unique courtship with mask, movement and song.

Praise for The Grand Salto Theatre:

4 stars / Critics pick -Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“Stroke of genius, Spur of the moment glee.” -Hoopla

NEW WORK

The Chronic Single’s Handbook

Randy Ross

A chronically-single guy takes a trip around the world hoping to change his luck with love. An unflinching look at how men feel about sex, love, marriage, and massage parlors. Adult language and adult situations, including a visit to The Curious Finger Body Spa.
“Fun to watch. Four stars.” -Winnipeg FreePress
“Literary” “Raw” -DCMetroTheaterArts
“Sharply funny…a quality solo show.” -FringeReview
Writer-performer Randy Ross is the author of the comedy novel, “God Bless Cambodia.” In 2007, Ross took a trip around the world and learned to say in three languages: “Speak English?” “Got Pepto-Bismol?” and “Where is evacuation helicopter?” The trip inspired his novel and one-man show, which has been featured at fringe festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland.