Staying Alive

Janice Israeloff & Michael Smith

Comedian and Recreation Therapist Janice Israeloff shares stories of the horror and joy of aging: a geriatric survivor’s guide drawn from personal experiences of growing old while providing therapy for very old people with Alzheimer’s. Be prepared to laugh and cry. BYOAD (Bring Your Own Adult Diapers).

“…a stand-and-deliver approach…moving, funny and uplifting…” – Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator.

NEW WORK

The Beast’s Library

Ryan Borochovitz, Caitlin Hart and Letycia Henriques

Like a tale as old as time only more woke. The Beast shows Belle his huge library in the hopes that she falls madly in love with him, except it doesn’t work out like that. Instead she ends up reading philosophy, and educates his servants on how they are actually his slaves, starting an uprising. Will the servants be human again? Will Belle marry the Beast? Will the Beast and Gaston become bros?

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

Follow Jim on Facebook at facebook.com/cemeterygolfjimloucks
On Twitter at @_Biscuiteater
Website: jimloucks.com

The Brotherhood

Monica Bradford-Lea and Lauren Welchner

The time has come. The Double Aces have been waiting years for their chance to be seen by the Worldwide Brotherhood of Wizardry. Finally, a Brotherhood rep is here to see their show. Will they be good enough to make it in? What does it take to become a brother?

From creators of House Show, In Waking Life, and winners of the 2017 Kingston Fringe ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ award.

The Date

Phoebe Webber

Dating isn’t easy. Phoebe has a blind date. As a woman of a certain age, she knows what to expect. Join her as she waits for his arrival with a calm maturity that is in no way influenced by her fear of the unknown. Plus various opera arias.

The Drunk Text

Mathieu Charlebois, Nichole Perera, and Samantha Clarke

Tired of living the path set before him, Dylan leaves his family, life, and job in Ottawa and moves to New York to pursue his artistic ambitions. However, Dylan’s newfound freedom is soon derailed as one drunk text brings his past back to him.

The Geography Teacher’s Orders

Marta Singh

A TWO WOMEN PRODUCTION
Created and performed by Marta Singh

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1983. The military dictatorship has fallen. Headlines herald “The End of Fear.” Meanwhile, the geography teacher at a private English-speaking school is not replaced with the advent of democracy. Her reign of terror is legendary. Under her rule students turn against themselves and against each other, but two kids shunned for their otherness are about to earn the power to bring on the unthinkable.

From the creator and producer of Landscapes of Silence and A Dubious Blessing, comes the true-to-life story of a grade 10 classroom at an incredible time of change. It is the tale of a nation’s dream, of two unlikely heroes – and of a storyteller who, once upon a time, did not know how to think.

Praise for LANDSCAPES OF SILENCE and A DUBIOUS BLESSING:
“It’s theatre in its most essential form. It upholds the oral tradition of telling our history. It’s drama, it’s excitement. It’s a one-woman show of performance art filled with enchantment, beauty, humour and tragedy. It’s movement, gesture and the persuasive power of the human voice.”

“Words dropped in beauty. Here expressiveness is unique. Marta’s voice is her and hers only.”

“It was as if the audience was collectively holding its breath.”

“Marta Singh! So beyond entertainment!”

“More real than the chair I was sitting on!”

“Absolutely mesmerizing! Marta draws one in to her stories like thirst draws one to drink.”

NEW WORK

The Last Spartan

Pierre Brault

How important is Art to a society? How will a culture be remembered if it has created no art? Multi award winning actor and playwright Pierre Brault, portrays multiple characters in this homage to his two greatest loves; history and the theatre.

“Brault is pure actor, a pleasure to watch.” – The Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“Pierre Brault is a national capital treasure” – CBC Radio

NEW WORK

The Music Buffet with Rory Gardiner

Rory Gardiner

You’ve heard his music on TV with Actors like Kevin Nealon, or athletes like Chris Bosch & Arnold Palmer. Award winning songwriter has opened for acts like Keith Urban, toured 3 continents, and now turns his experiences into a one hour show. We’ll take a comedic look behind the music, sharing stories, original songs & taking audience requests (Top 40, Country, Classic rock).

FREE CD with entry.

NEW WORK

The Shit Hot Shit Show

Deborah Ring

The Shit Hot Shit Show is thrilled to showcase at Ottawa Fringe our best material along with some new sketches too. Laugh along with our gang of misfits including outdated phone sex operators, feral hipsters, disgruntled Oompa-Loompas and politician-lusting inanimate objects (based on a true story, probably). In fact we have so many sketches, we don’t have room for other acts this time around – just shit hot skits. So get your tickets and join us, have a drink and laugh at LIVE on Elgin!