1950. A love triangle. A secret attraction. A college student disappears in the woods. Ten years later, her rival lovers reunite in an attempt to solve the otherworldly mystery: what really happened to Clementine Yates?
Adam has his future planned out for him by his family, but he is struggling. Adam has never admitted to anyone what his true passion in life is. We meet Martha, who works day to day as a bank teller trying to keep a smile on her face. But she is unhappy; working for the man and feels it is too late for her to start again. Contagious is a story of unlikely mentors, dreams, and overcoming fear. Will Adam and Martha ever find their true purpose in life?
One part comedic dance, one part sketch, one part social commentary, Pineapple Club provides a joyful, yet dark take on the emotional fallout of 2016. Loosely anchored in the five stages of grief and borrowing from the catalogues of artists who passed in 2016, Robin Henderson blends the diverse talents of Paul Barnes, Jonathan Shaboo and Pascale Yensen. The Pineapple Club is a blazing mash-up of comedic dance, sketch comedy, puppetry, and music.
Welcome to the Pineapple Club. Come for the comedy. Stay for the calamity.
Recall takes us to a grim, sci-fi world in which crimes might be prevented before they occur. Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There's something about her eyes. There's something about the way her mother's boyfriends keep disappearing. And there's something about the government agents on her trail. Radically imaginative and achingly plain, this razor-sharp thriller explores our need to feel connected, understood, and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost.
Self-proclaimed Fringe expert Bad Baby wanted to become an actor so that she could sleep in and kiss boys. But lately she hasn’t gotten to do either of those things. However all of that is about to change...
Special Constables is a comedy thrill-ride that chronicles the return of Toronto's most elite police force: the TTC Transit Police. Set in the turbulent pre-apocalyptic fears of the year 2012, Jameson, a former constable, is responsible for the crumbling of the Special Constables. But when a Metropass counterfeiting ring threatens to take over the TTC, Jameson has one shot to redeem both his former unit and himself.
Operation SUNshine is a captivating dark comedy, coming-of-age story and tainted love letter to Toronto.
"From 1988-1991, 'Wild’ Bill, my dad's former boarder, covered the walls and ceiling of our two-piece, windowless basement bathroom with SUNshine Girls, models who'd posed for the tabloid newspaper the Toronto SUN. Bill moved out in 1996. The SUNshine Girls remained. After my dad died in 2014, I plunged the depths of his bungalow on a rescue mission to release the paper prisoners, dull, brown, frozen in time and weathered in a harsh and unforgiving environment."
The play centers around Bride, a young woman who returns to her childhood home of Heart’s Desire after a year of studying nursing in St. John’s to find she must stay with her Uncle, the town charmer. When he enlists her to read him the letters he receives from people all over the world, this magically real coming of age story mixes humor and heartache to make a salve for modern anxiety.
This calming and uplifting show returns to a moment in time when everything changed for Newfoundland. The present sits own for tea with the past and asks: When everything is changing so quickly and there is no going back, where do I look if I wish to find something that will never change?
In Sundry Languages weaves together a series of comical vignettes about immigration, language learning, accents, what you really mean when you ask “Where are you from?” The wildly diverse cast uses Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew amongst many other languages to play with exclusion and inclusion throughout the show. It is a perfect theatre outing for both native speakers of English and English language learners.
The government introduces a new law that limits the number of words you can say in a day to maximum 140 per person. Bernadette and Oliver meet just as the law is about to be enacted and we follow as they struggle to communicate and survive within its limits. Relevant in the current political climate, the play shines a light on how we communicate and speaks to issues of democracy, free speech and oppression in the aftermath of a huge absurdist political event.
Caroline’s boyfriend, Tyler, is back from Iraq and suffering from PTSD. She turns to her English professor, Chad, for help, but complicated personal histories thwart their efforts to aid the young veteran. Office Hours is tightly scripted character drama that explores the relationship between education and trauma and asks what people need before they can begin to heal. This site-specific production situates the audience as students in a classroom, watching the drama unfold around them.
It's the first day of the new semester, and the grade eleven Shakespeare unit! Take your seat, open your books, and if something seems a little off about Mrs. Lee-Humbert, it's not just you. This is Not She is an interactive solo show written and performed by Julia Haist that explores the relationship between teacher and student, taking dark and unexpected turns along the way. Audience members can expect to read from one of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays, Troilus and Cressida, share their own thoughts on love and war, and get to know their teacher far more intimately than anyone anticipated, including the teacher herself.
4.48 Psychosis is an explosive script from a writer struggling at the depths of depression to realize a play brimming with life.
The story of queer Jazz Age poet, Hart Crane, whirls us through a mythic landscape of New York: the docks at night, the vaudeville theatres, burlesque houses and boxing matches. A century later, three young artists chronicle Crane's final voyage across the sea while navigating their own uncharted waters. The Night Hart Crane Kissed Me combines poetry, biography, live music, magic, physical theatre and stage combat in an exploration of the Poet's role in a society that continues to undermine and undervalue its artists.
Nasty is a celebration. An incantation. A call to action. Through sinuous choreographies and lush pastiches of voice and text, thirteen performers take on some of history’s ferocious femmes, unleashing the vengeance, wrath, power, violence, and sex which have been bridled or condemned throughout the ages. All told, the fate of these whores, gods, and gorgons lies within the hands of their audience.
“Where does my food come from?” “How is it grown?” “What is the cost to the environment?” Google any of these questions and you’ll receive a string of answers from American websites. Inspired by Food Sovereignty in Canada by Annette Aurélie Desmarais, The Food Project encourages Canadians to question the cultural and economic impact of our own food system. Join us as we cook and prepare familiar dishes, such as Tim Horton’s breakfast combo, and investigate the industrial and international roads they take from field to mouth.
The Resurrectionists is an original dark comedy about Ontarian life in 1884. Before the western world began to enact versions of The Anatomy Act, the surge of people learning to practice medicine, and a lack of access to human cadavers, birthed a new class of criminal, grave robbers. Because stealing bodies out of their grave and selling them to medical schools happened. Like, a lot. And now we've made a show about it. The Resurrectionists is about two first-time grave robbers, Oliver and James, as their first attempts at being criminals’ spirals wildly out of their control. In their efforts to sell a body, they'll run afoul of a criminal, a mastermind, their own morals, and of each other. The Resurrectionists challenges ethical preconceptions of what it means to be dead or alive, and the blurry area in which people are neither the "good guy" or the "bad guy".
Death Meets Harlequin by award-winning Toronto playwright Nina Kaye is a family friendly comedy that integrates music, Commedia dell’Arte, symbolism, and archetype to explore themes of family, love, loss and transformation. Harlequin is a wide-eyed boy who loves to chase butterflies and play guitar, while his strict father the Doctor, despairs at his son’s lack of work ethic. A musical encounter with Death awakens the father and son to new perspectives.
**Production is in English with some Spanish and as part of Toronto Fringe KidsFest.
**Deflying Feets circus troupe performs a special pre-show July 11, 13, 15 and 16.
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