Venue 1 – Arts Court Theatre

BEST OF FEST – Arts Court Theatre

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24

On closing night, the Festival’s best selling shows – one from each of the Fringe’s six lottery venues – will stage a round of encore performances.

Best of Fest winners will be announced online on Friday, June 22, with the performances serving as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe. Ticket revenue from these performances are split 50/50 between the artist and the Festival.

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.

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

Daters Gonna Date

Brendan Main & Colleen Waltenbury

Good Morning Apocalypse presents an all new sketch revue, and this time they’re looking for love in all the wrong places. Follow poor Deb as she struggles to break up with a mime. Thrill at a cavity-inducing visit to Count Chocula’s castle. Shudder at the spirits that haunt a Sexy Swayze Night. Staged by a team that was Patron’s Pick at TOFringe, this is one show worth swiping right for.

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

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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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)

 

#Faustus

Kit Marlowe

A quest for ultimate power leads to an infamous deal with the devil. Faustus summons a 21st century Mephistopheles and sells his soul for twenty-four hours of power, knowledge and indulging in the seven deadly sins. Who needs a dusty ancient text when you have the power of the internet at your fingertips? #Faustus is the ultimate hack. The dark web awaits.