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Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

Melanie Gall

Judy is an icon, loved as Dorothy in Oz. But in the 1930s, Deanna was a much bigger star. A favorite of Roosevelt, Churchill and even Mussolini, at 27 she left the screen for a life of obscurity in France. Ingenue tells the true tale of the lifelong friendship – and rivalry – of these two idols of Old Hollywood. Starring Melanie Gall, from Fringe hit Piaf and Brel. “An unforgettable delight,” CBC


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Not: A Bev Oda Memoir

Clara Madrenas

In 2012, Member of Parliament Bev Oda billed taxpayers $16 for orange juice at a poverty summit. In the dystopian future, teenager Bev Oda was arrested for civil disobedience and launched backwards through time, hell-bent on sabotage. Blending folk music, Canadiana, visual art and impossibly true stories, this sci-fi satirical-political love story is the Heritage Minute you never knew you wanted.


 

 

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A Modest Attempt

Darcy Smith

The Internet is vast and full of talent. Have you ever tried something? Did you succeed? Did you fail? How were you affected? Watch as Darcy gives his all to take on the Internet in a competition for your attention! Will he succeed? Will he fail? Will his modest attempt affect you…


 

 

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ARNOTT: a Masterclass in Good Theatring

Nicholas Aymott

6 days. 6 lessons. Award-swinging actor Niklaus Arnott arrives in Ottawa to deliver his infamous masterclass in performance, and pass on a “timeless” life of knowledge and experience to the younger (at heart) generations.

“Herr Arnott took our breath away, then gave it back to us, which was very polite.” — a Hyper-Ventilated Student

“★★★★★. I left after the first 50 minutes.” — Jimmi Mortpan


 

 

Toward the end of the play this show deals with the subject of sexual assault.
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I AM THE MOST UNFEELING DOCTOR IN THE WORLD (AND OTHER TRUE TALES FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOM)

Melissa Yuan-Innes

Birth, blood & bodies

Have you ever shoved a breathing tube down a man’s throat?
Helped deliver a stranger’s baby?
Hit the OR because someone jumped off a bridge?
If so, awesome. If not—or if you want to compare notes—join Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes, MD, master of disaster and mistress of distress, for hilarious and heartbreaking true tales of control vs. chaos, based on her popular book of essays, The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World.
More at www.myi.ninja, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MelissaYiYuanInnes/), and Twitter (@dr_sassy).

Created with support from Ottawa’s Emerging Creators Unit and the Open Doors Mentorship Program.

“A hilariously honest look at life in the emergency room. It’s everything you wanted to ask your doctors, but never had the courage to ask. Melissa finds humour in some of life’s darkest moments and examines how a life in medicine can shape your perspective. It’ll make you want to hug you doctor the next time you see them, but don’t forget to sterilize!” Catherine Ballachey, GCTC Front of House and Education Services Manager/Artist Liaison

“Very refreshing, fun, and playful. Some doctor interactions are strictly clinical, almost like math, in and out. Seeing Melissa joke around makes it not so scary when I go for a Pap.” Amanda Logan, Co-founder, Toasted Theatre Company



This show is Relentlessly honest and therefore not for the faint of heart or stomach. Minimal & strictly voluntary audience participation.
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Stick or Wizard?

Oli Weatherly

“A hilarious waste of time!”

Gaulier-trained clown and ramblin’ rebel, Oli Weatherly, invites you to take a trip with him into the unknown. To meet two unusual guys; one, a man who dreams of the ultimate freedom – to be a Stick; the other, a Wizard.

On the surface, Stick or Wizard? is a surreal comedy; underneath the story of a man finding magic in every moment.

Part autobiography. Part story telling. All pure idiocy.

WINNER StageDoor Audience Choice Award London ’18.
LONDON SELL OUT SHOW, Wandsworth Fringe 2018
★★★★ LondonBoxOffice



 

 

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Perfect Date

Sam Pomerant

What is a Perfect Date? Is it a movie and dinner? Is it a night at the Met Gala? Is it March 14th? In a world where he is getting increasingly desperate for love, watch Sam Pomerant unwrap his dating past to hopefully find a love-filled present. Who knows, maybe this will all lead to a life filled with love or at the very least one Perfect Date.


This show contains Some innuendo sexual allusions as well as occasional swear words
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Bat Brains or (let’s explore mental illness with vampires)

Sam Kruger

Deep inside central Minnesota’s sole decrepit Victorian manor, there lives a vampire named Scud. Scud loves toilets. Scud loves humpback whales. Scud loves Quincy Jones’ Big Band Bossa Nova, especially when paired with certain…bodily fluids.

Except, Scud is terribly, horribly afraid of you…the living.

But when a surprise visitor appears at Scud’s door, he is launched off on a madcap journey into the darkest depths of his home, his mind, and beyond.

Think Mr. Bean meets Dracula, crossed with a feral mongoose.

A new solo play from Sam Kruger, creator of Fool Muun Komming! <BeBgWunderful/YEsyes/4sure.Hi5.TruLuv; Spank Spank: SOfun_Grate_Times> 

Winner:
Pick of the Fringe – Edmonton Fringe, 2018
Outstanding Solo Performance – Ottawa Fringe, 2018
Outstanding Solo Performance – London Fringe, 2017

“Like a coked-up Robin Williams at his most agile and frenetic, Sam Kruger is a special and weird Fringe jewel” – CBC



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Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor!

Polly Esther

An innocent suggestion of watching Star Trek: The Next Generation for the first time quickly turned into obsessively delving into the entire Star Trek universe.

Every series. Every season. Every film.
Then came the Las Vegas convention.

These are the voyages of Polly Esther, her ongoing mission to explore this strange new world and how this universe has helped her boldly go forward in her journey as a recovering alcoholic.

2018 Orlando Fringe Award Winner!

“Polly Esther is immensely likeable.” – Orlando Sentinel
“Dammit, Jim! is admirably open and honest.” – Orlando Weekly
“A testament to the power of storytelling, beating the odds, acceptance, and an obsession with Tribbles.” – Peter Michael Marino, SOLOCOM NYC


 

 

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Beyond The Pale

Sherri Rose

Meet the Evil Eye, a centuries old tormentor come to life! Follow her tug of war with one immigrant family as they transplant, assimilate, and seek salvation in Silicon Valley.

Told in 3 heartfelt, funny fables, BEYOND THE PALE is for anyone who has struggled to fit in and break the bonds of superstition. Weaving past and present together, Sherri also gives us a glimpse into an everything-internet future.

Praise for Sherri’s work:
“With a vivacious personality, good humor and enthusiasm, Sherri takes you along on her journey.” – iNDYFringe Talk.
“Sherri is deeply funny, profound, and has a magnificent stage presence.” – Ann Randolph, Award-Winning Actor.
“Turns fear into both entertainment and hope. Big success!” – a.Muse.


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