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Friday, August 08, 2014

Sharing the Space! This is Who is in Walterdale with Us this Fringe!

I couldn't wait to get my artist's package so I went and spent the $10 for the Fringe Program.  It's beautiful this year!  A real souvenir of the festival and very pretty!  What I flipped to first, of course, were the pages for our venue, Walterdale Playhouse. I wanted to see if I knew any of the companies that we were sharing the space with.  Having 2 shows we are going to be in the building every day of the festival and sometimes we have two shows in one day.  I was excited to see some familiar faces from the local arts scene and am looking forward to meeting those out-of-town performers!

Here's who's in the neighborhood:

From Near:

One sick puppy theatricals presents Scrap Paper written and directed by Gerald Osborn. The ultimate stage mother, her reluctant playwright son, sparkling repartee, head-cracking slapstick, and a finale of EXPLOSIVE proportions! Fringe favourite Ruby Swekla reprises the role she created 25 years ago. I'm looking forward to seeing Ruby in and around the building.  She was in the original production of my play Pieces in 2007 at Walterdale and she always entertains when she's onstage! What It is Productions presents Ligature Marks by Mac Rogers, directed by Taylor Chadwick. Terry is an ex-con. Jill is his ex-girlfriend. To get through this level in their lives they are going to need each other. A twisted romance about love, video games and getting away with murder. I'm really looking forward to seeing Morgan Smith onstage in this.  She always has an incredible intensity onstage that brings the humour to a sharp and gritty edge! DuckRabbit Theatre presents Beware Beware by David Walker, directed by Joe Perry.  A makeshift confessional. A bottle of rum. Sam just wants to feel better. Lauren just wants to help. Set in the Edmonton river valley, Beware Beware is a play about the anxieties of youth, the limits of friendship, and what we talk about when we talk about God. The wonderful Erin Valentine is stage managing this piece that is chock full of young talent.

And Far:

From Vancouver we will be joined by Ryan Gladstone Productions with No Tweed too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery.  The name Ryan Gladstone should be very familiar to Fringe audiences as his 2012 run was sold out. From Toronto, Operation Snatch presents Neon Nightz. From it's description it looks like it will appeal to those who like shows that cross the line - an edgier choice. From Brooklyn, NY, Pair of Animals... wants to marry YOU! Every night a new couple from the audience will meet, fall in love and marry! From Chicago, Smoke and Ask Theatre presents Hospital - which is all about travelling through that part of the healthcare system. And finally From Sunnyside, NY, Peter Aguero presents Daddy Issues, a storytelling show tackling the hardships of not being able to choose your own family.

And of course, FinallySauces is presenting Little Monsters and Crack.  It looks like there is a real variety in Walterdale this year.  It's my favorite venue and I am so glad we are there and I'm excited to meet all these other artists!

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