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Always a theatre lover Sam realized in middle age that there's more to Toronto theatre than just mainstream and is now in love with one person shows, adores festivals, and quirky venues make her day.

Scotch Tape – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

RISE OF THE INFLUENCER:

SCOTCH TAPE AT THE 2019 TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL

For the Biscuit Theatre, in association with the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival, presents “Scotch Tape“, running from July 4-14th at the brand new Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre in Leslieville. Scotch Tape follows the story of Maggie, a famous vlogger and social media influencer who has made a career out of sharing her life on the internet. And it all looks perfect: the dream job, newly engaged, millions of subscribers. Her life is absolutely perfect — or so we are led to believe. Through editing her own content and videos, Maggie can cut-and-paste what she chooses to put on the internet. But in the form of a theatrical play, with a live audience instead of viewers hidden behind a computer screen, there is no option for editing. The audience sees it all: Maggie’s word flubs, mistakes, off-colour commentary. Watch as Maggie films her videos from start to finish, while slowly coming to terms with the dangerous truth of her relationship — uncut, unedited, and revealing much more than she would ever actually put online.
Scotch Tape speaks to a generation of millennials who were raised by the internet, are guilty of falling down the YouTube rabbit hole, and who constantly compare themselves to who they see on social media. But equating likes to self-worth comes at what cost?

Scotch Tape is Marryl Smith’s debut as a solo performer and playwright. After facing a lot of unexpected changes in her life this past year—quitting acting, running away to the South of France, falling in love, falling out of love (thank God), learning French but forgetting who she was—Marryl has found herself again, and her love of theatre. Life handed her lemons, and her lemonade is this one woman show. “I wrote this play for me, but I am performing it for every woman who has felt like her story was being told by someone else.” Together with director Clarice Goetz, this dream team of feisty ladies are here to take back the narrative.

Official Scotch Tape Trailer: https://vimeo.com/338762587
Press Release Photos: https://bit.ly/2ZGGdZy

TICKETS
Purchase tickets online: https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/show/scotch-tape
By Phone: 416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Bathurst Street (Dundas + Bathurst)
PERFORMANCES
July 4 – 10:15pm
July 5 – 7:45pm
July 6 – 1:30pm
July 9 – 8:00pm
July 11 – 9:30pm
July 13 – 6:45pm
July 14 – 4:15pm

Ether – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

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Stranded in the unknown space between life and death, a shocking secret has come to light. Join the cast of Ether on an unsettling journey from this realm into the beyond, where past regrets come back to haunt us. In a room with no entrances or exits, the characters must navigate the defining moments of their lives, but can they outrun their shame forever? Exploring the relationship between morality and the afterlife, Ether unites an unlikely group of women to confront the betrayal and inaction that may have cost them their lives. Perhaps they can brave this limbo together.

Loosely based on the life and observations of playwright and actor, Brendee Green (best known for her recurring role on Global TV’s Rookie Blue), the characters of Ether are firmly rooted in her experience as a queer woman in 2019. Though the events of the play have taken on their own narrative, Ms. Green voices her unique perspective as a caretaker, minority, and domestic partner through her characters’ unusual journeys. A vehicle to examine questions of identity and self-acceptance in an uncertain moral environment, the production demonstrates the challenges and social expectations of womanhood from the 1950s to present day.

From the creative minds behind Spadina Museum’s 2018 immersive horror-opera, The Medium, comes a highly anticipated collaboration between directors Brandon White and Shannon Mills of White Mills Theatre Co. Ether marks the company’s first departure from opera since its inception, as well as their Fringe Festival debut. A shocking journey into the unknown, Ether is certain to transport audiences beyond the limits of life and death.

Who You Callin Black Eh? – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Wherever Our Heroine goes, she is not Black Enough nor White Enough to find her people. In Who you Callin Black Eh? Our Heroine does not live in the utopian world that is non-racist, non-sexist, multi-racial, and colour-blind that many twenty-somethings claim is their world.

Who You Callin Black Eh?, world premiere at the Toronto Fringe 2019, is a coming of age/identity play set in Canada’s largest, most multicultural, multilingual city, that is not about sexuality, but about colour. Our Heroine is slowly pushed to the unstable brink of personality disorder, colour disorder.

Playwright/Producer Rita Shelton Deverell, broadcaster, theatre artist, and Member of the Order of Canada, says: “I grew up in the US South pre-civil rights legislation. I’m black and that’s that. But I’ve discovered that for many young people, biracial young people especially, black or white is not the end of their story. Shadism is their reality.” The play is written for 5 actors, 21 scenes, and many masks in colours and shades.

Who you Callin Black Eh? boasts an award-winning Ensemble: Director Clara McBride, lecturer at Ryerson School of Performance, teacher in the MA program at RADA, Director “How to Beat Up Any Man” by Carol Zoccoli at the Second City; Designer Jim Plaxton, 8 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Design, Associate Artistic Director for Theatre Passe Muraille in the mid 1980’s; Actor/stage manager Clayton Batson, two episodes of “Paranormal 911”, Gallery 44 and Artscape Youngespace, Featured artist at 2018 exhibit “Exposing Liminalities”. Actors: Jessica Bowmer, “F*cking Perfect”, Best of Fringe 2018, Theatre Performance Scholarship and Academic Excellence in all studio classes award, Humber College; Brendan Chandler, “Spirit Horse” Pa/Grandfather, Roseneath Theatre, “Almighty Voice & His Wife” Voice/Ghost, Theatre Kingston; Chattrisse Dolabaille, High Society Cabaret’s “The Silent Goodbye”, Mysterious Entity Theatre’s “The Blind Eye”; Jason Pilgrim, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Stage Centre Productions, “Ghostbusters: The Movie Experience”; and Iliana Spirakis, one of the creators and performers of the devised Fringe Festival show “F*cking Perfect”, Best of Fringe 2018; Musician: Osaze Dolabaille who has been performing and teaching African percussion for 18 years.

Toronto Fringe 2019 Performance Times – Factory Theatre Studio Thu 4th Jul, 10:15 pm; Sat 6th Jul, 6:45 pm; Sun 7th Jul, 1:00 pm; Tue 9th Jul, 8:00 pm; Thu 11th Jul, 5:45 pm; Fri 12th Jul, 4:15 pm; Sun 14th Jul, 12:15 pm

Elbow Room – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Elbow Room, a debut theatrical production from playwright Lana Lovell, of Gloria Grethel Productions, opens at the Toronto Fringe Festival on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 8:15pm in the Annex Theatre

The one act play is directed by veteran actor Conrad Coates (Star Trek: Discovery, Degrassi: The Next Generation), and features performances from a cast of burgeoning multi-racial Toronto actors.

Elbow Room unites a group of actors at an audition for the lead role in a remake of the iconic “Cleopatra Jones,” Black exploitation film. The women of Elbow Room are ensnared in the competitive nature of the scenario, and find themselves trading barbs, information and insights as they jostle for psychic position.

“I’ve elbowed my way into this audition because I’m the person to play Cleopatra Jones”, says Nancy, the play’s antagonist. Together with her frenemy, acting rival Saada and newcomer Kia, tension boils hot as they revisit past differences, all the while giving the casting assistant, Hanna a bird’s eye view.

“This is a story rooted in women’s pursuit of excellence. The rivalries, victories, injuries and absurdities in Elbow Room provide a glimpse into that space where women experience growth as they become their better selves.” Lana Lovell, playwright.

During the past 20 years, Lana Lovell has written, directed and produced documentaries and factual based pro-grams for CBC, Bravo television, and Omni Television. Since 1985, Conrad Coates has acted in theatre, film, television and radio and performed in over 60 stage productions across the continent. Elbow Room is his third directorial opportunity.

Gloria Grethel Productions
Elbow Room
Producer/Writer Lana Lovell
Director Conrad Coates

Elbow Room runs from Thursday, July 4 to Sunday July 14, 2019
Performances:
July 4, 8:15pm
July 6, 1:15pm
July 8, 3:45pm, R
July 9, 9:15pm, R
July 12, 6:30pm
July 13, 2:30pm
July 14, 6:00pm
Please note that latecomers will not be accommodated, except at relaxed performances (R).
Annex Theatre
736 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1Z5
Tickets are available for purchase at: https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/show/elbow-room