jem rolls: I, IDIOT

jem rolls

You know they say everyone has got a novel in them?
Well, you know what it’s called, that novel we’ve all got in us?
It’s called I, IDIOT.
With verbal and physical buffoonery, Jem Rolls cartoons the personal and the universal in his own intercontinental epic of blundering idiocy.
33,333 muckups. And counting.

Jem has received 40+ ***** reviews and 200+ ****.
Jem’s last show: The Inventor Of All Things: ***** CBC, ***** Winnipeg Free Press, ***** Edmonton Journal.
Best of Fest, Ottawa Fringe 2017.
More Fringe festivals than anyone on earth.

“Hold still Jem, I’m going in.”

NEW WORK

Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play

Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro

“Tymisha Harris’ performance is a tour de force.”
★★★★★, Staff Pick –CBC

“It’s a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in”
★★★★★ -Plays To See NYC

”If there’s a truly must-see show…it’s Josephine
★★★★★ – Winnipeg Free Press

“Probably the closest to an evening with Josephine Baker as one will ever experience.” -Stagebiz NYC

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.

Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.

Dynamite Lunchbox Productions of Orlando presents JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play for the first time in Ottawa, Ontario.
After debuting at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and winning the distinctions of “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Best Show”, Josephine played three sold out runs to rave reviews in hometown Orlando Florida before starting a 2017 North American tour. The first stop was the second largest Fringe Festival in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was touted as the “breakout hit” of the Festival, selling out the entire run and receiving 5-star reviews from both major publications. The show then went to Indianapolis Fringe where it won “Best National Production”, “Outstanding Female Performance”, “Audience Choice” and “Festival Top Seller”. From there, the show was selected by The Soho Playhouse in New York City to be part of the 2017 Fringe Encore series in October, 2017. Josephine was then awarded the honor of the encore series “Outstanding Production” award, and in early 2018 was offered a one-month off-Broadway run Soho Playhouse, where it sold out shows and received high critical acclaim.

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

Josh Glanc

WINNER BEST COMEDY ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD 2018
WINNER BEST COMEDY PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2017
WINNER BEST COMEDY ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD 2017

Josh Glanc completely sold out his 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival season. He won the Perth Fringe Comedy Award, the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Comedy Award, and sold out shows in Australia, Europe and Edinburgh, earning brilliant reviews.

He just finished smash hit seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide where Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian was nominated for the WA Arts Editor Award (the only comedy show to be nominated) and also won the 2018 Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award.

Glanc’s unique brand of surreal, character sketch comedy is not to be missed. Named by major Australian Broadsheet paper The Age as one of the country’s ‘most exciting emerging talents’. He is strange, surreal, sweet and side-splitting hilarious.

‘Glanc is spectacular. ★★★★½’ The Music

‘Ever stepped inside a tornado? Or climbed into Joshua Glanc’s head? Chances are it’s a no but my guess is they’d be one and the same. Surreal, frenetic, peculiar… indisputably energising. ★★★★’ – Herald Sun

‘Bizarre, provocative, random, clever … go see him ★★★★½’ – The Advertiser

‘brilliant beyond belief… brings comedy to a whole new level ★★★★★’ – The Fourth Wall (18 Feb 2018)

“Speechless. Every time I have been privileged to see Josh Glanc in action I leave beaten up by originality, bravery and unadulterated wit. There is a reason he has been nominated and won multiple awards from a range of festivals… I think this type of comedy would be called Comedy Design. Everything is thought through, whether planned or in the moment, it’s all crazily cohesive. Keeping up with Josh isn’t an option. You have to surrender yourself to the ride.” – IN REVIEW (26 October 2017)

Lip Service

Ashley Whitehead & Natalie Tin Yin Gan

They’re pink! They’re passionate! They’re practically perfect in every play. Through saucy song and aggressive choreography, this hilarious duo dives into cheeky vulva personas in search of acceptance of themselves and of each other.

“Clever, fascinating, and absorbing” – Plank Magazine

“Humorously subverts societal expectations in unexpected ways” – Vandocument

NEW WORK

Lungs

Duncan Macmillan

In today’s climate, is having a child a right or a privilege? An intimate and searing glimpse into how quickly life can happen. From the producers that brought you Perfect Pie, Rideshares and Rope Swings and The Shape of a Girl we present the Ottawa premiere of Lungs, written by multi award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan.

MAL

Rachelle Elie

There is a lot of MAL in the world right now but Susan is here to save the day! She will cleanse your soul, give you a spiritual enema, and teach you the secret to LOVE. Her lover “Toothless JOE” is scheduled to make an appearance. She was hoping he would have a job by now but it looks like the magic man only has tricks for you Ottawa! The creator of S#!t I’m In Love With You Again & JOE: The Perfect Man brings you a brand new comedy about the good the bad and the ugly .

“Elie is a charming performer, with a veteran’s stage presence.” – Broadway Baby

“the love child of Carol Burnett and Lenny Bruce.” – Show Score

“…Brilliant performer full of character and charm..” – Three Weeks

“Elie is especially skilled at setting you up with a warm smile and an “awwww”-inducing story only to yank the carpet from under you.” – The Ottawa Citizen

“Rachelle Elie is the consummate performer.” – Capital Critics Circle

“Rachelle Elie has incredible energy..” – On Stage,Ottawa

“…Elie brings buckets of cheeky playfulness and a mischievous twinkle in her eye.” – Three Weeks

Ottawa Stand-Up Comedy Showcase

Various Artists

A selection of the finest local comedians will have you grinning, giggling, and crying with laughter. These charismatic comics will destroy the capital city’s stuffy reputation with their witty repartee. You won’t want to miss these kings and queens of comedy, this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival stand-up stand out!

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Melanie Gall

Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: Two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance and heartbreak, and lived lives of drama and passion. This ‘impossible’ concert, featuring internationally-acclaimed singer Melanie Gall, relives their legendary lives and music. 2016, 2017 sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe!

“A beautifully rendered and loving homage, ****” – CBC, ***** – Winnipeg Free Press.

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.

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.