Venue 3 – Academic Hall

BEST OF FEST – Academic Hall

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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.

God of Carnage

Yasmina Reza

Two couples get together to discuss an altercation their children had on the playground the day before. What starts out as a civilized conversation, soon escalates into a world-win of savagery and chaos. Lines are crossed, phone calls are made, hamsters are murdered, vomit is induced, and rum is drank. Join Stendhal X on this shamelessly immersive journey.

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.

Faris Who Talks To Rats

Allan Mackey

A little bit Disney, a little bit Harry Potter, a little bit Shakespeare: Faris Who Talks To Rats is the story of a young woman who lands herself in a secret realm of magic as the only hope to stop a Dark Fairy from stealing the spark of imagination from humankind. A fairy-tale for grown-ups, complete with magic and mischief and puppets.

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE BUREAU OF BAT SHIT CRAZY.

Featuring: Charlotte van Walraven, Hayley Berketa, Vanessa Pauzé, Sophie McIntosh, and Douglas Connors, with Jessica Sloan and Mike Kosowan as Sprocket and Faucet.

Right Now Tonight – CANCELLED

Chloe Barker, Nader Kaddour and Theo Clement

ALL PERFORMANCES OF THIS SHOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

 

Brash, campy, crass and scrappy. Right Now Tonight is Ottawa’s own and only late night talk show featuring the best and weirdest Canada’s capital has to offer. Hosts Chloe Barker and Nader Kaddour dazzle with their slapstick shenanigans while a cast of scoundrel puppets rounds out this rag-tag ensemble. Right Now Tonight: help make our moms proud. Featuring new guests and performances each night.

CANADA 151

Not Oasis

The party is not over until they say it is!

After a Sold-out run at Toronto Fringe, Not Oasis takes their sharp wit and snappy punch lines to the nation’s capital. They’re fashionably late but ready to celebrate!

Patron’s Pick Winner – 2017 Toronto Fringe

Critics’ Pick – 2017 NOW Magazine

“genius…”
– Mooney on Theatre

“like a Second City mainstage revue…laugh-out-loud funny.”
– NOW Magazine

C A M P

Troy Arsenian, Georgia Gibbons, Bennett Langdon, Lauren Rae, Taylor Stewart, Brooke Trealout and Ben Van Dine

Four teenagers are given their first taste of freedom and authority as they are signing up to be counselors at Camp Nooke. Things go horribly awry when they are not able to handle their newfound autonomy, and struggle to find their place in the world.

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.

Ultraviolet Life

Production Mirage

A medical setting, a flirtation with death, an encounter with an oracle, a mysterious mirror and elusive three-way love affair. In a liminal space, Ultraviolet Life explores illness and resilience using gesture and burlesque.

 

“I was scared to show you. But I had to tell you, otherwise you’ll never know who I really am.”

 

This production thanks Emerging Creators’ Unit and Theatre 4.669.

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.