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Lin Young is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University by day, an insatiable theatre-goer by night. She truly loves seeing innovative indie theatre, the strange sort of hole-in-the-wall shows that big companies would never take a risk on. She’s seen plays in basements, gardens, bars, and in old dilapidated houses, to name a few. She’s always on the lookout for the next theatrical experiment in the city, and loves seeing shows that have some quality of fantasy, historicity, or strangeness to them – especially if they involve puppets! She tweets about theatre, comics and the 19th century at @linkeepsitreal.

Pirate Queen of the Stars – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“[T]the love child Star Wars and Dr. Horrible should’ve had.”tpqots_-_sarah_strange

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ATTN: Whedonites, Whovians, Trekkies, Rebel Fighters, & Everyone in Between!!! What do epic battles, a robot with a secret crush, and an ass-kicking space-pirate add up to? Hint: it’s the love child Star Wars and Dr. Horrible should’ve had.

In THE PIRATE QUEEN OF THE STARS, YOU WILL…

  • See a live-action space battle between a real Pirate Queen, a space dictator wannabe… and a philandering starship captain!
  • Be serenaded by a robot as it discovers human love!
  • Celebrate geek culture! Curse the patriarchy! Come explore outer space with us!

The Pirate Queen of the Stars is the next Megan Phillips & Peter Cavell collaboration. After the
breakthrough success of PEOPLE SUCK (Ed Mirvish Entepreneurial Award, Patron’s Pick, Best of
Fringe), Meg ‘n’ Pete return with their next hit: a high-concept sci-fi musical comedy!

Showtimes:

Fri, July 17:00pm
Sat, July 211:00pm
Mon, July 43:15pm
Tues, July 58:15pm
Wed, July 65:15pm
Fri, July 81:45pm
Sat, July 95:45pm

Venue: Factory Theatre Mainspace

  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photos by Paul Aihoshi, Design by Jon Blair.

Persephone – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“[T]he Greek myth of a young girl’s abduction to the underworld is told from a feminist perspective.”Print

Excerpt from press release:
Pencil Kit Productions is premiering brand new play Persephone as part of the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. Collectively created by thirteen interdisciplinary artists, the Greek myth of a young girl’s abduction to the underworld is told from a feminist perspective. A story of resilience, sexual awakening and coming of age, Persephone deals with issues that are (in light of recent events) especially relevant to Toronto today: the nature of consent and the confusing road to recovery.

“My body belongs to the world and not myself alone,” Persephone reflects when her fate is determined by outside forces and her personal experience becomes everybody’s business. How does a girl become a woman and find her empowerment in the face of a mother and a husband who both seek possession of her? Persephone mixes witty repartee with heightened poetic text to explore all the nuances of these questions. It balances the fantastic and mythological with the more brutal truths of a female experience.
Persephone is bold, physical and visually striking, signature to the work of 22-year-old Director Claren Grosz (winner of My Entertainment World’s Outstanding Direction in Small Theatre 2015). It features an ensemble of nine and stars award winning international performer Christopher Sawchyn as Hades, four-season Stratford actress Jacklyn Francis as Demeter, and emerging actress Sydney Herauf as Persephone. It is produced by Pencil Kit Productions, an emerging theatre collective dedicated to generating brave, evocative new works that both challenge and delight.

 

Showtimes:

July 1st at 4:45 PM
July 2nd at 11:00 PM
July 4th at 6:15 PM
July 5th at 7:45 PM
July 7th at 12:15 PM
July 8th at 11:00 PM
July 9th at 12:00 PM

Venue: Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse

  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo by : Jeff Parazo. Graphic Design: Rachel Bielak. Photo Features: Christopher Sawchyn, Keshia Palm.

Life List – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

Life List is a unique site-specific show that uses the quirks of a historic Toronto neighbourhood as its backdrop.”life-list-press-photo-1-credit-andrew-gaboury-med

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From June 30 to July 10, Acky-Made Productions will bring Life List – a site-specific walking tour combining true stories, live music and actual birdwatching – to the Toronto Fringe Festival. Writer and performer Alex Eddington is a Canadian Fringe veteran who has toured his work to 25 festivals in 11 cities, since 2005. Toronto Fringe audiences may have seen him perform his own shows The Fugue Code, Old Growth and Yarn (which was also part of the 2014 SummerWorks Festival), as well as Tired Clichés by Fringe legend TJ Dawe. Continue reading Life List – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

Promise & Promiscuity – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“Charmingly accomplished Kiwi Penny Ashton mashes up Beethoven, bonnets and big balls…with alacrity!”770f4c45-4313-49c3-aa9b-20efa3480711

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a theatre script…must be in want of an audience. Charmingly accomplished Kiwi Penny Ashton mashes up Beethoven, bonnets and big balls…with alacrity! Fresh from three years of huge global success where it has garnered numerous awards, sold-out houses and standing ovations from Edinburgh to Edmonton to Auckland, comes Miss Ashton’s theatrical triumph for its Toronto debut. Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves, armed with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills and being quite bright – you know… for a girl. One Kiwi tackles all of Austen’s characters with song, dance and appalling cross-stitching.

Showtimes:

July 1st at 7:00 PM
July 2nd at 1:45 PM
July 3rd at 3:00 PM
July 4th at 9:30 PM
July 6th at 3:30 PM
July 7th at 11:00 PM
July 9th at 1:45 PM

Venue: Randolph Theatre

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo provided by the company.

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Shakespeare Crackpot – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“Keir takes a comic look back at his fifteen years of being a Shakespeare doubter.

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Excerpt from press release:

Shakespeare Crackpot debuted at 2014 Montreal Fringe Festival to multiple rave reviews. Keir Cutler’s (Teaching Shakespeare, Teaching Hamlet) ninth theatrical monologue and his fourth consecutive directed by “Fringe God” TJ Dawe. This is Keir’s tenth appearance at the Toronto Fringe Festival. He has appeared at more than 70 fringe festivals since 1999.

Keir takes a comic look back at his fifteen years of being a Shakespeare doubter. Ranting on Shakespeare, crackpot conspiracy theories, and miseducation, Shakespeare Crackpot is part lecture, part autobiographical monologue that “delightfully mocks all those professors who stank up our academic lives.” The Rover, (Montreal)

More from the critics at the Montreal Fringe in 2014 on Shakespeare Crackpot,

“Cutler’s biting criticism of the world of academia is insightfully hilarious.” onstageottawa.com

“Cutler delivers an eye-opening, passionate performance in this self-confessional, documentary-style show. Literary conspiracy has never been so entertaining as what’s offered in “Shakespeare Crackpot.” The Montreal Times

“ . . . an amazing lesson: shouldn’t we all think for ourselves?” Charlebois Post.

“Highly recommended!” bloodyunderated.com

 

Showtimes: 

Friday, July 1, 3:30pm
Sunday, July 3, 7PM
Monday, July 4, 10:30pm
Tuesday, July 5, 6:15pm
Thursday, July 7, 12:00pm
Friday, July 8, 4:00pm
Saturday, July 9, 1:45pm

Venue: Robert Gill Theatre

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo provided by the company.

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