Vancouver Fringe Festival 2020

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Event Category: BC’s Best Festivals & Events

  • The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society is joining many of other Vancouver Arts organizations introducing reimagined Fall seasons. The Society recently announced it is moving forward with staggered dates for the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

    Limited live performances and events will take place from September 10 to 20 and extend to select dates in the subsequent months:

    October 1-10, October 29-November 8, and November 26-December 6.

    Vancouver, B.C.) – The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society announced today the programming for the Fringe Festival’s September dates, which are September 10-20 and take place on Granville Island at Performance Works, Picnic Pavilion, and Yellow Crane Pad. Tickets are $15 and available online at The Fringe membership fee, which is required to purchase Festival tickets, starts at $7.
    Media can view and download publicity images as well as Festival creative at
    The 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival kicks off on September 10 at 6:00pm with its Opening Night Free-For-All, which will take place virtually. Patrons are invited to join this online gathering for inside scoop on the highly anticipated 2020 Digital Program Guide, info regarding September programming, and plans for the events taking place from October to December. Be prepared to have fun and be entertained by Fringe staff, artists, and special guests while you customize your 2020 Fringe experience from the comfort of your own home.
    In partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Playwrights Guild of Canada and Savage Society, The Vancouver Fringe Festival is thrilled to present Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, 2020. Curated by Tai Amy Grauman (Métis, Cree, and Haudenosaunee), these works showcase dramatic readings of plays written by Indigenous women. These works include:

    Ūtszan | Performance Works | September 14 at 1:30pm

    Written by Yvonne Wallace; Directed by Marisa Smith
    A one-woman show about first language reconnection. Aunt Celia, in her final days, refuses to speak English, challenging her niece Margaret to become a fluent speaker of Ucwalmicwts. The Residential School system forcibly took Aunt Celia’s language from her; now, she courageously reintroduces it into her family fabric.

    The In-Between Place | Performance Works | September 15 at 1:30pm

    Written and directed by Nyla Carpentier
    There has been an accident. Amanda, a mixed Indigenous woman, wakes up in The In-Between Place – a place between the living and the dead. In this strange world, her Ancestors come to her though they are not as she expected. The In-Between Place examines how our own memories and regrets hold us back in life – and how until we face them, we can’t heal or move forward.

    Women of Papiyek | Performance Works | September 16 at 1:30pm

    Written and directed by Quelemia Sparrow
    At Vancouver’s inception in 1886 came the desire to create a park at Xʷay’ Xʷəy’, now known as Stanley Park. The battle to remove the mixed race, Indigenous/Settler families from Papiyek, now known as Brockton Point, ensued. It lasted until the 1930’s when the families were evicted, forcibly removed, their homes were burnt to the ground. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek.

    Turtle’s Island | Performance Works | September 17 at 1:30pm

    Written by Brenda Prince; Directed by Renae Morriseau
    Turtle’s Island is a one-act comedy telling the Anishinabe Creation Story of North America, AKA Turtle Island.

    The Seventh Fire | Performance Works | September 18 at 1:30pm

    Written by Lisa C. Ravensbergen; Directed by Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Christine Quintana, and Laura McLean
    Set in the present, past and future, The Seventh Fire tells the story of a woman’s return to the Ojibwe community she believes has rejected her. She discovers her destiny is tied to prophesy when she becomes pivotal to the community’s survival. The Seventh Fire takes place in four time signatures, and above and below the earth, as sisters Daanis and Nimise and grandmother Nokomis reach through time and space to be together where the horizon and land meet.
    In addition to the aforementioned dramatic readings of new works, the Vancouver Fringe Festival has also announced the following performances for September:

    Art Heist | Yellow Crane Pad on Granville Island | September 11, 12, & 18 at 7pm, 7:20pm, & 7:40pm; September 13 & 20 at 3pm, 3:20pm, & 3:40pm; September 19 at 6pm, 6:20pm, & 6:40pm

    Co-created by TJ Dawe and Ming Hudson; Directed by TJ Dawe
    Art Heist is based on the true story of the world’s biggest caper. A group of ten or less will meet the main suspects and investigators in the theft of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Audience members gather clues and figure out what really happened. Set your personal BS detector to high and help solve this mystery.

    Judith Fair: an outdoor variety night | Picnic Pavilion on Granville Island | September 12 & 13 at 7:00pm

    Performed by Raven John, Lili Robinson, Siobhan Barker, Cherine Amr, Caroline Hébert, Jackie T Hanlin & Nathania Bernabe, Bella Dé Colletage & Isla Lesbos, Ragini Kapil, Liesl Lafferty, and Alex Masse
    Take a socially distanced seat and treat yourself to some electric live performance! Alley Theatre presents this live variety night featuring hyper-present spoken word, stand-up comedy, Egyptian folk music, queer burlesque, live-combat, Sign Language history, femme lesbian musical poetry, African-diaspora storytelling, and more. Hosted by Raven John, Judith Fair: an outdoor variety night features some of Vancouver’s top womxn and non-binary performing artists.

    Hard 2 Kill | Performance Works | September 15-18 at 7:30pm; September 19 at 8pm; September 20 at 5pm
    Written and directed by Richard Lett
    Some people dodge bullets, but Vancouver’s Richard Lett takes ’em right in the gut – then does a hit show about it. He survived alcohol addiction (Sober But Never Clean) testicular cancer (One Nut Only), and now COVID-19. This legendary comedian, slam poet, musician and mall Santa tells all. You will feel much better, just like him.
    2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival gatherings and workshops for the month of September include the following:

    BIPOC Fringe Gathering | September 17 | 12pm-2pm via Zoom
    Join us for an online meet-up with past, present, and future BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) Fringe Artists and community members! Get comfy in front of your computer as you engage in themed questions on how artists have pivoted during COVID-19. This event is exclusive for BIPOC participation.

    The Hills Have Pens: A Generative Hillside Writing Workshop for Equity-Seeking Artists | September 20 | 1pm-3pm at Picnic Pavilion
    Flex your writing muscles by joining Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Director Siobhan Barker and Communications & Outreach Coordinator Karla Comanda for an afternoon of writing by the hillside (or close to it anyway)! Using prompts, Siobhan and Karla will lead participants into exploring themes of isolation, longing, joy, nature, and privilege. Bring your pen and paper, your laptop, or whatever you need to get writing! Bring your own picnic lunch and experience an inspiring writing journey while taking in a little slice of fresh air. This event is exclusive for Equity-Seeking community participation (includes BIPOC, living with disability, neurodiverse, LGBT2Q+, low vision, d/Deaf). The workshop will be limited to 15 participants and safe-distancing practices will be observed. 
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