Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe ticket giveaways for shows playing on Friday, July 12th

Now, me? Me, personally? I don’t really like closing weekend. The NNNNN shows will be packed to the rafters, while the other companies are often struggling just to pull an audience! But you know what makes everything better? Free tickets–and this Friday, we’ve got some great shows up for grabs. So enter a contest and Fringe for Free! Here are the SIX (!!!) shows that are we are giving away tickets for on Friday June 12th, 2013.

Today’s shows are:

God is a Scottish Drag Queen To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 4:00 PM show at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St.), please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Scottish Drag Queen contest” by 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2013.

Honest Aesop’s Fables To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 1:00 PM show at the Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston Ave.), please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Aesop contest” by 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2013.

Saint Francis Talks to the Birds – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 3:30 PM show at the Helen Gardner Phelan Playhouse (79 St. George St.), please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Saint Francis contest” by 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2013.

2 for Tea – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the noon show at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.), please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “2 for Tea contest” by 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2013.

One Side of an Ampersand To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 7:30 PM show at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.), please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “Ampersand contest” by 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2013.

The Late Night Tonight Show LIVE in the Morning with CHICKA BOOM! – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 10:30 PM show at the Free Times Café (320 College St.), please send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line “CHICKA BOOM contest” by 7pm on Thursday, July 9th, 2013.

Below the jump: more more information on all of these shows, and our full contest rules.

God is a Scottish Drag Queen

From press release:

From critically acclaimed comedian Mike Delamont comes the hit one man show GOD IS A SCOTTISH DRAG QUEEN. A 2012 Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award Nominee, this show has sold out Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, and Orlando and will finally make it’s Toronto debut as part of the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Based on a character created by comedian Mike Delamont and Ride The Cyclone crator Jacob Richmond, God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to skewer everything from Justin Bieber and the Mayans to Monkeys and the Pope in an unforgettable hour of hilarity.

God is a Scottish Drag Queen plays the following dates at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St.)

  • July 11, 5:45 PM
  • July 12, 4:00 PM (Contest tickets are for this performance.)
  • July 13, 11:30 PM

Honest Aesop’s Fables

From press release:

Stories like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Honest Woodsman” find new life in this engaging performance told with a hint of commedia dellʼarte for good measure. The show is infused with music that joins the stories in a seamless manner.

Featuring a cast of talented creators and performers and directed by Harold Award-winning director Teodoro Dragonieri, Honest Aesopʼs Fables is a fast-paced, hilarious look at the modern fable for children ages 4 to 104.

Honest Aesop’s Fables plays the following dates at the Palmerston Library Theatre (650 Palmerston Ave.)

  • Thursday, July 11 5:15pm
  • Friday, July 12 1:00pm (Contest tickets are for this performance.)
  • Saturday, July 13 4:15pm

Saint Francis Talks to the Birds

From press release:

Artistic Director Adam Bailey directed last year’s Fringe hit The Enchanted Crackhouse (deemed one of the 25 shows most worth seeing in the 2012 Fringe by Mooney on Theatre) and has been a part of several avant-garde performance groups over the years. The company itself has given several international plays their Canadian premiers including Terrorism, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco and The Shadow of a Boy and has done some very fringy productions such as a run of No Exit at the Big Bop’s Holy Joe (Now a CB2). Core artistic members Annemieke Wade, Cameron Johnston and Tanya Rigely(formerly Tanya Lynne), each of whom have given notable performances in the past, form the back-bone of the production as St. Francis and a pair of birds with marital issues. The last time Cameron Johnston and Tanya Rigley performed with each other, it was buck naked in a dramatically charged scene of sexual dominance; Christopher Hoile noted for Eye Weekly that, “The subtlety of their…acting almost makes one forget they are both completely nude”. Now they will appear fully clothed thanks to costumes by Ima Barbosa (The F Word).

Saint Francis Talks to the Birds plays the following dates at the Helen Gardner Phelan Playhouse (79 St. George St.)

  • Wednesday July 10th at 7:30pm
  • Friday July 12th at 3:30pm (Contest tickets are for this performance.)
  • Sunday July 14th at 7:30pm

2 for Tea

From press release:

“I actually peed myself!”

England’s critically acclaimed surreal physical comedy duo lures you into their “delightfully bizarre” world with their innocence and “endearing chemistry.” Their respective idiosyncrasies and the peculiar formalities of their tea rituals bring vitality to the mundane, turning an ordinary tea party into a fantastic wonderland of stimulation and play. Since their 2009 performance in Jessie Award nominated Hard Times Hit Parade, James and Jamesy have toured internationally, inspiring awe and laughter with their “casual virtuosity” and trademark approach to physical comedy.

2 for Tea plays the following dates at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.)

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – 7:30pm
  • Friday, July 12, 2013 – 12-noon (Contest tickets are for this performance.)
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 4:00pm

One Side of an Ampersand

From press release:

With the international focus on achieving marriage rights for people lesbians and gays, it’s easy to forget that not every relationship is as easy as “meet, fall in love, get married.” Alice (Hilary McCormack) and Helen (Zoe Brownstone) are quite happy with their no-strings-attached, casual, whatever-this-is-who-needs-labels relationship, thank you very much. But when Helen offers Alice a key to her apartment, Alice revolts, and the two of them battle over whether this new stage in the relationship will keep things as they are, or make them Helen & Alice, each trapped on One Side of an Ampersand. A visit from recently engaged Daisy (Rebecca Perry) sparks a heated debate over marriage. The situation grows more complex when Helen’s former lover from university (Chris Whidden), freshly departed from his wife, comes back into the scene to try to re-kindle long lost love. Julie McCann’s new play questions the normative, hetero-approved model of happiness, and offers a fresh, funny, and warm look at a loving, non-traditional relationship.

One Side of an Ampersand plays the following dates at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.)

  • July 10 09:15 PM
  • July 11 01:45 PM
  • July 12 07:30 PM (Contest tickets are for this performance.)
  • July 14 03:30 PM

The Late Night Tonight Show LIVE in the Morning with CHICKA BOOM!

From press release:

Comedians Laura Bailey and Jess Beaulieu, hosts of the wildly popular monthly show CHICKA BOOM, bring you a hilarious all-female comedy night in the form of a late night talk show, with Toronto’s funniest female comics as guests. The night will also feature d-list celebs, joke-news, inappropriate bits, decent impersonations, lonely animal experts, failed athletes, and high-accuracy weather reports!

The Late Night Tonight Show LIVE in the Morning with CHICKA BOOM! plays the following dates at the Free Times Café (320 College St.)

  • July 10 07:00 PM
  • July 12 10:30 PM (Contest tickets are for this performance.)
  • July 13 07:00 PM

Contest rules:

(these will remain the same for each Fringe contest, so take the time to read the list once and you’ll be set)

  • The only acceptable form of entry for the contest is by email, sent to contests@mooneyontheatre.com (Mooney on Theatre will never use your email address for anything other than to reply to the specific contest you entered, and we certainly would never sell it or anything like that)
  • Each show counts as its own contest, and each entry must be in a separate email. So, if 5 shows are giving tickets away on a given day, and you want to try for each of them, then you need to send 5 emails.
  • Entrants must be available on the day and time listed in the contest. The tickets are available for that showing only, and cannot be transferred to another date.
  • The winning entrants will be chosen by a random drawing.
  • Winners will be notified by email by 9pm on the day of contest closing and need to confirm their attendance 10am AT THE LATEST the following morning so that their names can be given to the theatre company for tickets to be set aside.
  • Photo I.D. may be required to claim the winning tickets.
  • Tickets must be picked up 60 to 30 minutes before show time at the venue box office. The box office reserves the right to release any tickets not picked up 15 minutes before show time.
  • We ask that all winners provide us with a quick blurb on what they thought of the show, either in the comments section of the press release on Mooney on Theatre, or if it has already been reviewed by Mooney on Theatre in the comments section of that.

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