“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,” Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society Executive Director Laura Efron says. “If you love to immerse yourself in the world of independent theatre during the 11-day Fringe in September, I encourage you to make time during the year to have those same amazing experiences.”
Theatre Wire is a project from the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival), who are working towards “creating an open and vibrant independent theatre community.” By promoting the work of independent theatre makers—many of whom got their start at the Fringe—Theatre Wire encourages audiences to engage with up-and-coming artists all year long.
Filled with local favourites including Zee Zee Theatre, Aenigma Theatre, as well as Fringe hit makers, Mike Delamont and Kahlil Ashanti, Theatre Wire is partnering with Monster Theatre to present Theatre Under the Gun, the 48-hour play creation competition, for the first time since 2011!
Tickets start at $25. See three or more shows and get 30% off tickets before the Early Bird Offer expires on August 8, 2018—after that, save 20% when you buy tickets to three or more shows. Add tickets to three or more Theatre Wire Package shows to your cart and discounts will apply automatically. PLUS! Theatre Wire Package holders receive perks.
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
November 14-18, 2018 at Studio 1398
From Sarah Treem (House of Cards) comes a thought-provoking 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.
Affair of Honor
November 27 – December 2, 2018 at Studio 1398
One part samurai revenge epic. Two parts hip-hop combat extravaganza. One part queer vampire love story. All parts badass, pulpy fun. Welcome to Soul Samurai. 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 wise-ass b-boy sidekick.
God is a Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas Special
December 5-7, 2018 at Studio 1398
From 20-time Best of the Fest winner Mike Delamont comes an all new, hilarious, and intimate chapter of the most popular Fringe franchise 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 hilarity celebrating the birth of Jesus! Plus during the December 7 performance, we’re celebrating Fringemas! Join us for extra merriment before the performance on December 7.
Theatre Under the Gun
February 13, 2019 at Performance Works
It’s deadline driven, insomnia fueled creation at its best. Six Vancouver theatre companies receive an inspiration package and have just 48 hours to race against the clock and create an original piece of theatre! See the six short plays created during this 48-hour play creation competition in one night! Hosted by Monster Theatre and co-presented by the Fringe, Theatre Under the Gun is one of the most epic, exciting, surprising, and electric theatre events of the season.
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.
Theatre Wire is also introducing the SeeMore Theatre Package in partnership with independent theatre companies currently in the residency program at the ANNEX – 823 Seymour Street
See all five shows for just $99—that’s less that $20 per show! But there are only 100 SeeMore Theatre Packages available. Purchase your SeeMore Package Voucher and secure your Package price. You will be able to select your preferred performances on July 20 and individual tickets for SeeMore Theatre shows will be also be available for sale on July 20.
Tom at the Farm
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 son—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.
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
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 10 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 10 violin compositions.
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.
July 18 – 27, 2019
A verbatim theatre/dance creation about sex and hashtags. #realstories #experimental #youhavetoseeittoknowmore #whatthe%@!*isahashtaganyway #nastywoman #naughtygirl #feminist #thisshitisgoingtogetreal #etceteraetcetera