This Year’s Line-up
The Island Fringe may be turning four years old, but it’s very mature for its age. This year, Festival shows take a step towards heavier themes like sex, existentialism and, darkest of all, romantic films. That’s just a taste from the 4th annual Island Fringe Festival, running August 6-9, 2015.
The Festival kicks off with the triumphant return of Scribbler Skeletons: Shameless Readings of Childhood Writings, an addicting foray into the embarrassing and endearing childhood diaries, blogs, and letters of our younger selves. Come laugh and cringe with the Fringe at Marc’s Lounge on August 5 at 8pm.
The shows begin on August 6 and continue through August 9, with eight performances daily at various venues across the city. The Island Fringe is thrilled to welcome performers from New York City, Washington DC, Toronto & PEI.
An Island Affair from Charlottetown features a cast of twelve (the largest of the Festival) in a world-premiere burlesque-style variety show with a contemporary twist, featuring a live jazz band.
Returning to PEI after last year’s sold-out Fringe hit Happy, Nicholas Browne brings his cast of seven from NYC with Because You’re Not, a dramedy that follows its protagonist through love, loss, and his painful yet hilariously tenuous grip on reality.
Four solo performances will grace this year’s Festival. An Incomplete (Sex) Education from Washington DC takes a unique look at the American public school approach to this tricky subject.
Toronto’s Jessica Fitzpatrick tugs at our heartstrings in Cupidity, an endearing comedy about one woman’s obsession with romantic films.
Also hailing from Toronto, Reverie Theatre’s Once You’ve Found It tells the story of a man’s desire to do one last thing for his grandmother: live a happy life. Through alternate worlds created by the playwright, the audience is taken on a journey through reality and make-believe.
Last year, local Laura K. Bird looked back on how her front shaped her life. In Busted 2: The Sagging Continues, the sequel to the 2014 Fringe hit Busted: A Mammoir, she looks down the road to the future & still can’t see her toes.
Two more Charlottetown productions fill this year’s Island Fringe lineup. Small Talk follows the story of two women named Jane. Set in a morgue, this dark comedy explores the relationship between Jane and Jane as they discover that they may have more in common than a mutual dislike for Coronation Street.
Another local dark comedy, Blindness, A Dark Comedy is an existential dance comedy that looks into what it is to go blind. Through interpretive dance and the occasional jazzhands, the show’s heroine shows that going blind doesn’t have to leave you in a dark place.
All Island Fringe shows are admission by donation, with donations going directly to the participating artists. Have no fear! The Fringe still features fun for the whole family! As part of the expanded 2015 edition of the Festival, the Fringe will be hosting “Fringe in the Park”: free, family-friendly events in Rochford Square from 2-4pm, each day of the festival.
On Thursday, August 6 the Fringe will host an eco-friendly celebration complete with free yoga classes, a clothing swap and healthy treats.
On Friday, August 7 “Comic Sans” comes to life: a superhero-inspired event where folks can dress up as their favourite comic book heroes, draw their own comics, and even take part in a superhero obstacle course.
On Saturday, August 8 the Fringe will host a garden party, so be sure to wear your best sunhat and gloves!
Sunday, August 9 features a Country Jamboree, complete with a free country dance class and live music.
For those who are night owls, the Fringe will be hosting “Fringe After Dark” events at Merchantman’s Next Door Lounge from 11pm-1am, August 6-8. The Fringe wraps up with our annual closing party and Fringe awards at the Haviland Club on Sunday, August 9.
The 2015 Island Fringe Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Charlottetown and the Charlottetown Tourism Accommodation levy.
For a detailed schedule of performances visit http://www.islandfringe.com or pick up a Fringe program, distributed at various locations in Charlottetown.
For more information contact:
Josh Coles – Communications Coordinator (902) 316-3030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Segal-Lazar – Festival Director (514) 266-1931 email@example.com
2015 Island Fringe Festival May Contain Adult Themes: Viewer Discretion is Advised
The 2015 Island FRINGE Festival may be two weeks away, but the party’s already started!
Before the shows get under way, we’re hosting fantastic events leading up to August 6!
Fringe CRAWL! (An Island Fringe FUNdraiser) Saturday, July 25th / 7:30pm
The Island Fringe Festival is all grown up and is heading off to college! Join us on July 25th for Fringe Frosh, the sequel to Fringe Prom. The night begins at 7:30pm with a Fringe CRAWL (and free ice cream!) Participants make their way around the city, stopping at Friends-of-the-Fringe establishments along the way, with drink specials and pop-up Fringe events at every venue. The night culminates at The Haviland Club at 10pm with a dance party like only the Fringe can do.
$10 admission (and a free t-shirt!) To sign up for the Crawl, go to http://bit.ly/1O4Iim5
Not the crawling type? Just head to the Haviland for 10pm and party like you’re a Freshman!
SCRIBBLER SKELETONS: Shameless Readings of Childhood Writing
Wednesday, August 5th / 8pm/ Marc’s Lounge
Come laugh (and cringe) with the FRINGE, featuring some well-known Islanders reading the hilarious, ridiculous, and angst-ridden writing from their childhood years. Expect everything from love notes to bad poetry, silly stories to diary entries… and a whole lot more!
Once You’ve Found It – Overcoming the darkness within ourselves.
Once You’ve Found It is an original exploration of the self. Bruce, our hero, has been thrown into the darkest parts of himself and must find a way to happiness. With the help of the memory of his grandmother, Bruce traverses through different realities to overcome his strongest adversary, himself.
Through the use of mask, puppetry, and media we are brought into the inner reality of the hero giving greater insight as to why he cannot be open with his new found love. Though he endeavours to find the courage to admit his emotions, his rival relishes his struggle and works to keep him in the dark.
This is Reverie Theatre’s debut feature production. Founder, Donovan Jackson, started the company out of the need to create works that reflected his own nature in daydreaming and being in multiple realities. Kevin Kashani, director, is debuting his skills in direction and adding his outside eye to establishing the different worlds.
The Kirk of St. James (35 Fitzroy St.) August 6 – 8:00pm, 7 – 7:00pm, 8 – 5:00pm, & 9 – 7:00pm Tickets: $10
Ch’An Press Presents AN INCOMPLETE (SEX) EDUCATION
The Culinary Institute, 4 Sydney Street on August 6th @ 8pm, 7th @ 5pm, 8th @ 8pm,& 9th @ 4pm Tickets: by donation
Info: http://www.islandfringe.com/ & http://ch-anpress.com
UNIQUE STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE WITH ART OBJECTS & EROTIC DESSERT
Ch’An Press presents An Incomplete (Sex) Education, running at The Culinary Institute in the 2015 Island Fringe Festival. This show, written and performed by Irene Chan is a unique storytelling experience of five short humorous stories of her early experience of sex education. These stories are accompanied with striking visual handmade sculptural objects: a knitted garden; a flat leaf that becomes a flower, that is worn as a skirt and is a form of book arts; and erotic dessert that is served to the audience. Ms. Chan is a first generation Chinese American and these stories tell of her attempting to learn about American culture all while having first “lessons” of sexual politics when she was six to twelve in the 1970s San Francisco Public School system.
Irene Chan, Ch’an Press is a multidisciplinary artist who makes and integrates her own objects and book arts into her performances. She creates work that is process, experience, and identity in print media and works with printmaking, papermaking, photography, book arts, installation art with performance. Her artist books and works on paper have been exhibited internationally and held in 70 public collections. Ms. Chan, through Ch’An (ch’ ahn) Press has self-published prints and 30 limited-edition artist books to date. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Washington D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, fellowships to 13 artist residencies, and has exhibited and performed in 76 venues in the last ten years. Irene Chan is an Associate Professor in the departments of Visual Arts and Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.
An Incomplete (Sex) Education is a unique storytelling experience. Short humorous stories are told about one woman’s early experience of sex education. Come travel back in time with her and hear personal first lessons of sexual politics when she was six to twelve. Along the way, feast your eyes on a garden of delights pollinating as a leaf grows into a flower, a skirt, and a book all while nibbling on erotic dessert. “Visually striking, performative, funny, and well crafted…Irene Chan brings her skills as a multimodal conceptual artist to bear in this multi-sensory experience…” EdgeMediaNetwork, Atlanta. For adult audiences. Ticket price: donation. More information at http://www.islandfringe.com.