A project from the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, producers of the annual Vancouver Fringe Festival, the Theatre Wire 2018-2019 season is a mix of Fringe Festival favourites and other independent theatre offerings.
“With Theatre Wire, we are proud to play a role in providing audiences with even more opportunities to spend time with and hear incredible stories from talented artists,” says Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society executive director Laura Efron. “If you love to immerse yourself in the world of independent theatre during the eleven-day Fringe in September, I encourage you to make time during the year to have those same amazing experiences.”
Split into two “packages”, the Theatre Wire Package includes local independent theatre companies Zee Zee Theatre and Aenigma Theatre, along with Vancouver Fringe Festival favourites, Mike Delamont and Kahlil Ashanti. In addition, this year sees the return of the 48-hour play creation competition, Theatre Under the Gun.
With its SeeMore Theatre Package, Ticket Wire is partnering with independent theatre companies currently in the residency program at the Orpheum Annex. Collectively known as SeeMore Theatre, Hardline Productions, Pi Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, rice & beans theatre, and Alley Theatre have partnered to provide a five show package for $99.
A complete list of shows in the 2018-2019 Ticket Wire season follows. You can get tickets and more information online at theatrewire.com.
Theatre Wire Package
Razor (Kahlil Ashanti)
November 7-9, 2018 at Studio 1398
In 2003 the largest supermarket strike in history locked out over 70,000 workers. Broke, discouraged, and unable to find acting work, Kahlil finds himself crossing picket lines during the strike to stock shelves for less than minimum wage. His coworkers, hardened criminals and ex-cons from a local halfway house, expose Kahlil to transformative but hard truths about incarceration, poverty, and social change.
The How and the Why (Aenigma Theatre)
November 14-18, 2018 at Studio 1398
From Sarah Treem (House of Cards) comes a play about science, family, and the difficult choices women face. Rachel, a promising evolutionary biologist, visits Zelda, a world-renowned scientist and pioneer. When Rachel posits a radical hypothesis to explain why women menstruate, Zelda’s ground-breaking work, the “Grandmother Hypothesis,” is challenged.
Soul Samurai (Affair of Honor)
November 27 – December 2, 2018 at Studio 1398
In a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, young samurai Dewdrop is on a mission to avenge the death of her lover at the hands of the Long Tooth Gang. But she’ll have to battle burnouts, shoguns, flashbacks, and her wiseass b-boy sidekick.
God is a Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas Special (Mike Delamont)
December 5-7, 2018 at Studio 1398
Mike Delamont returns with an all new chapter of one of the most popular Fringe franchises in history. God, dressed in that familiar power suit, comes down to skewer everything from fruit cake to Santa Claus in an all new evening of celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Theatre Under the Gun (Monster Theatre)
February 13, 2019 at Performance Works
Six Vancouver theatre companies receive an inspiration package and have just 48 hours to create an original piece of theatre. Audiences will have an opportunity to see the six short plays in a single night.
Dead People’s Things (Zee Zee Theatre)
April 17-May 5, 2019 at Studio 16
Phyllis, a millennial, inherits a house and all its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She must work with neighbour Beatrice, a baby boomer who has been named executrix, to try and make sense of the life and death of a woman she barely knew through the things she left behind.
SeeMore Theatre Package
Tom at the Farm (Hardline Productions)
September 11 – 22, 2018
Following the accidental death of his lover, urban ad executive Tom travels to attend the funeral and meet his mother-in-law and her so, neither of whom know Tom even exists. Arriving at the remote farm, and immediately drawn into the dysfunction of the family’s relationships, Tom is blindsided by his lost partner’s legacy of deceit.
Hir (Pi Theatre)
November 22 – December 8, 2018
Taylor Mac’s timely and darkly comedic interpretation of the classic dysfunctional family. Isaac has returned from the wars only to discover a household in revolt. Arnold, the patriarch, has become disabled, leaving Paige liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage. Isaac’s sibling Max, is a newly out transgender teen with a thing or two to teach the world. And Isaac? He has to come to terms with where his loyalties really live.
Never the Last (Delinquent Theatre)
April 9 – 20, 2019
Berlin 1919: a violin prodigy and composer meets an expressionist painter and war veteran. She is passionate, rude, and gifted; he is witty, emotional, and compassionate. Their love affair spans ten years, four cities, artistic successes and failures, and tragedy. Nearly 100 years later, the most essential record of their time together lives in Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté’s ten violin compositions.
Chicken Girl (rice & beans theatre)
May 28 – June 7, 2019
Following the surreal adventures of a 24-hour Chinese fried chicken restaurant worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of her boss, Uncle Chan; a homesick intergalactic rock star drifting through space looking for his home planet; and a submariner embarking on a one-way pilgrimage to a legendary forest at the bottom of the sea with the help of a human-sized cat.
#whatnow (Alley Theatre)
July 18 – 27, 2019
A verbatim theatre/dance creation about sex and hashtags.