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Friday, October 2, 2015

Q & A: Jeremy Banks, the new director of Bus Stop Theatre

Halifax's independent theatre co-op hired a new executive director last month

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 3:32 PM

New executive director Jeremy Banks & outgoing director Clare Waque - THE BUS STOP THEATRE
  • New executive director Jeremy Banks & outgoing director Clare Waque
  • The Bus Stop Theatre

Last month, The Bus Stop Theatre announced the hiring of its new executive director, Jeremy Banks. After incorporating as a non-profit co-operative in 2013 and establishing a Board of Directors, Waque's vision to transfer leadership was accomplished with Banks, a west-coast arts and culture administrator who moved to Halifax two years ago. We caught up with Banks for a Q & A about his new position, the value of the theatre, and what the future holds. 

Can you tell me a bit about your background? You're new to Halifax?

New to Halifax? Suppose so. This is year two in Halifax, but I've been here long enough to attend Dalhousie, join Deepwater Church, volunteer on the board of Eastern Front Theatre, work to make democracy better with Springtide Collective, put pianos in public with #PlayMeHfx and join ArtsHalifax, HRM's arts advisory committee. I'm also working with artist Eryn Foster on a project with the Dalhousie Art Gallery and Dalhousie Urban Garden Society - so there's that too. My background is in arts on the west coast, where I founded a festival, managed small theatre and ran marketing for big theatre. From there I found a passion for places where arts and culture meet Urban Design. You quickly discover arts and culture create economic growth - it's one of the ways Ontario created jobs and supported growth during the '08 recession, and it still works to create growth today in the communities that invest in it.

How did you hear about the Bus Stop and when did you get involved?

How can you not hear about the Bus Stop? It's the place for independent, innovative and alternative live events: theatre, festivals, music, performance art, art shows, and I'm totally into that! I attended the Bus Stop first as an audience member, then later started making plans with friends to host shows. Now I'm an Executive Director. Who knew?

Why was this position appealing to you? Why did you take it on?

I took on this role with the Bus Stop because it's a place where urban change meets arts and culture - it's a community hub, a platform for sharing your message and a place that locals have come to know and love - situated in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Halifax. With that in mind, it's a role doing exactly what I love - bringing together communities, supporting economic growth, and doing it in a way that supports as many people, organizations and performers as possible. In fact, it's the only place of it's kind in the Atlantic Region's largest metropolitan area - a gem found nowhere else in the maritimes than on Gottingen Street.

What do you hope to develop in your time as Executive Director?

I hope to support the legacy and community that Clare has fostered over the years - there's a great community of people who love and support the Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative through their membership and contributions on our board - especially Colleen MacIsaac, our Board Chair, who has worked with Clare since the first murmurs of creating a cooperative. So really - I hope to keep doing what Clare and the Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative have been doing: giving artists, community members and locals a place to perform, incubate and create in Halifax.

CHRISTIAN AIRES
  • Christian Aires

What do you think is special about the Bus Stop as a venue and a space?

Clare asked this at a meeting the other day - I think she was fishing for a compliment because ever since coming to Halifax, I've known that the Bus Stop is the place to see unique, sometimes odd, and often groundbreaking performances - its the only place of it's kind in Halifax and Atlantic Canada, and because of that it's often a place where professional artists present new works before taking them nationally and internationally. It showcases not just regional artists, but international ones - a platform to present, connect and grow in a way that just can't be done elsewhere.

What are your favourite kinds of events? Theatre? Music? Etc?

That's a hard question. The best of anything is always a favourite. But THE favourite kind of event for me? The ones that brings everything together. A theatre show that involves a live band and incredible visual art, or an art show that has a great live performance and music, or a concert that's really well-directed - and the best part is when it's not from a professional - like when your friend does a great mixed-media performance over a well-designed mixtape style-musical score that involves eye-dropping visuals and it sells out. That's the type of show you just won't see anywhere else. It's why I love the Bus Stop!

Click here to become a member of the Co-op or for more info on programs and events. 


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mark Little's Good Dad Tonight Returns Tomorrow

Catch the variety/sketch talk show at the Bus Stop Theatre on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Good Dad Tonight: Tomorrow!
  • Good Dad Tonight: Tomorrow!

For the last few summers, while filming CBC series Mr. DToronto-based/former-Picnicface comedian Mark Little has hosted a whacky talk show called Good Morning Tonight.

What started in 2012 as a sketch show in the sweltering Khyber attic — with Andy Bush, Cheryl Hann, Brian MacQuarrie and more — Good Morning Tonight became such an annual hit that the ensemble cast staged a sold-out special for the Halifax Pop Explosion last fall. 

Tomorrow, Good Dad Tonight returns for two back-to-back shows at The Bus Stop Theatre, a comedy grab-bag with Little and Hann, Geordie Miller, Everardo Ramirez, Struan Sutherland, Paul Doucette and musical guests Rich Aucoin and Windom Earle.

The show usually centres around Andy Bush, now a hot-shot L.A. director who comes home for summer vacation. Little soon appears as Bush’s father, “Rollie,” who routinely interrupts and humiliates Bush's attempts to host his own talk show. This year, with Bush still in L.A., Rollie is left to his own devices as the host of Good Dad Tonight. Rollie never holds back. That’s his thing.

“My son Andy isn't here yet so there’s more time for me, Dad, to bring you the freshest takes on the latest political snafus and some classic bits,” says Rollie, “When it comes to good old-fashioned fun, Good Dad Tonight is like a comedy version of Kelsey’s: family-friendly and full of love."

"We’ve switched things up to bring you more music and even more laughter. Rich Aucoin will be on hand to perform one of his ‘youth anthems’ or whatever he calls them. I told him no parachutes and he threw a fit so we’ll see what happens. Windom Earle will also play some songs. This might be their last show so it could be an emotional night for their many fan. That’s not a typo.”

Miller and Rollie on the Comedy Couch
  • Miller and Rollie on the Comedy Couch

Rollie says he’ll perform some skits with “skit vets from the horribly named Picnicface” as Miller and Doucette “reprise their roles as non-contributors.” Along with Good Dad Tonight, Rollie reveals his other highlight of the summer: “Two words: Jazz. Fest.” He says it'll be fun, as always. 

Tickets for both shows are sold out, but a few are available at the door ($10, 8pm/10pm). 


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Rosencrantz (Ira Henderson) and Guildenstern (Katie Dorian) are dead funny
  • Rosencrantz (Ira Henderson) and Guildenstern (Katie Dorian) are dead funny

Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is a brilliantly-structured comic re-imagining of Hamlet from the point of view of the two doomed minor characters. The brainy Guildenstern (Katie Dorian) and the simple Rosencrantz (Ira Henderson) exist in a kind of surreal, dreamlike state as Hamlet unfolds around them. The world makes little sense to them, and they struggle to find purpose and identity within the framework they are given. Dorian and Henderson have a wonderful chemistry and deliver Stoppard’s complex wordplay with perfect timing. Karen Lizotte is a standout as The Player, the tart-tongued pimp and leader of the traveling band of actors. The characters in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern may walk, talk and think in circles, but that doesn’t stop this play—and this Lions Den Theatre production—from hitting its emotional mark. For aren’t we all struggling to find meaning in this tragicomedy called life?

Tickets $20 General / $15 Students/Seniors/Artists/Military

Email lionsdentheatre@gmail.com for reservations.

The Bus Stop Theatre
October 1st - October 4th (8PM)
October 4th Matinee (2PM)
October 5th (4PM)
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tasty theatre morsels from Ibsen Bites

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

WHY IS JEFF SCHWAGER IN A BATH TUB AND  WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH "THE FATHER OF REALISM"? SEE IBSEN BITES AND FIND OUT.
  • Why is Jeff Schwager in a bath tub and what does that have to do with "the father of realism"? See Ibsen Bites and find out.



Hot ticket alert!

With "Ibsen Bites",  LunaSea Theatre is revisiting the eclectic, immersive theatre experience template that they used in 2012's fabulous "Chekhov at Home". The evening includes six 15-minute theatre pieces that are built around the theme of exploring the life and work of 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen.

The evening is held in a gorgeous old Halifax home whose location is revealed upon ticket purchase. There are challenges to the space. Patrons are led in groups from room to room by "wood spirits" (members of the Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble who make beautiful music as they guide people) and it's a complicated dance, up stairs and down, weaving together as paths are crossed. Some of the rooms are small, but there's something very lovely about sharing theatre with friends and strangers in intimate spaces.

The six pieces, produced by a variety of local theatre companies, are very different. Some incorporate dance, movement and music. Knowledge of Ibsen is not required, but it's important to go knowing that you are not necessarily seeing pieces of Ibsen's work, but pieces that riff on his plays and their themes.

There is a pay bar, and a complimentary feast (truly a glorious spread) at intermission.

A delicious evening in so many ways.

LunaSea presents:

Sept 26th-28th
Short Theatre selections in an eccentric Halifax mansion, Please note, it is a private, heritage house and is not accessible, there are long staircases....

Venue: downtown Halifax, book tickets to find out address!!

Dates: Friday Sept 26 7pm
Saturday Sept 27 4pm AND 9pm
Closing: Sunday Sept 28 7pm

TICKETS: $30 regular, $20 students/seniors/artists

Tickets Available through EVENTBRITE:

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ibsen-bites-tickets-13139690167

INFO: 902-222-2404 or lunaseatheatrecompany@gmail.com

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Settling Africville: Powerful poetry brings history to light

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The cast and director of Settling Africville on the present-day site.
  • The cast and director of Settling Africville on the present-day site.



George Elliott Clarke
is a conductor of words. He commands, cajoles and coaxes them to make beautiful music.

In his new play, Settling Africville, Clarke brings history to life and light with his trade-mark poetic, heightened language and witty word play. Settling Africville is not a verbatim history of the founding of the black community on the shores of the Bedford Basin, but rather a testament to the strength and tenacity of the African American Refugees of the War of 1812. They braved the inhospitality of Nova Scotia (and Nova Scotians) to settle here.

The production makes beautiful use of projections to set scenes, and the four actors (Naomi-Joy Blackhall, Jacob Sampson, Drew O’Hara and John O’Keefe) speak Clarke’s poetry as if it were their native tongue.

The hero of the play is billed as the famous abolitionist and clergyman Richard Preston, but I would argue that it is the lesser-known Louisa Bailey who is the true hero of this story. She is a formidable character who stands strong against oppression in all its forms.

The play, which was commissioned by the Africville Heritage Trust and capably directed by Juanita Peters, had a very short run at Alderney Landing. However, there are plans to restage it in the future.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Behold! Atlantic Fringe Festival's 2014 program

350 performances, 60 shows, totally uncurated beauty

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Get your scrolling finger ready, the list is a doozy! Advance tickets are now available online at atlanticfringe.ca. All tickets are $10 or less. Catch a sampler show on August 28 at Neptune Studio Theatre, one minute from about every show. Whirlwind!

The 24th Atlantic Fringe program is:

Adversary - BRITT SMALL
  • Adversary
  • Britt Small

The Adversary by Andrew Bailey. Drama • Parental Guidance. 55 min • $10

Award-winning comedian Andrew Bailey draws on a decade’sexperience as an inner city church caretaker to explore how justice is brought to those who don’t call the police. “Finally, a storyteller with something to say.” –Edmonton Journal. “Outstanding Production” and “Outstanding Performance” -2013 Toronto Fringe. “Best Fringe Production” –Victoria Critics Choice Spotlight Awards 2013.

The Bus Stop Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 6pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 3:30pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 9:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 2:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 7:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 10:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 3:00pm

Aesop in Action By Kevin Gerald Connors. Comedy • All Ages. 55 min • $8

Have you ever asked yourself: Could a tortoise really beat a hare? What do lions and mice have in common? And what’s the harm in nursing a snake? Well, Aesop has the answers for you... and more! That wacky ancient Grecian is up to it again. Now, writing for his more contemporary fan. His fables are now on-stage in-action and packed full of morals for you to take home.

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:15pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 2:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:25pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 6:15pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 5:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 3:15pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 3:30pm

Androidgynous by Ian Mullan. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $5

Riley loves robots. Gears, wires, and cold metal turn his crank. Mechanics press his buttons. But when Riley’s home made robot becomes self-aware, will it love him back?

Plan B
Friday Aug. 29 - 6:45pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 4:45pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 9:40pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 10:40pm

Broadway the 13th By Tricia Black. Comedy • All Ages. 55 min • $8

A group of college friends get together on Friday the 13th in a remote cabin to write a Broadway review. Their peaceful weekend takes a turn for the worse as they are haunted by ghosts of Broadway past.

Neptune Studio Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 4:15pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 4:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 4:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:00pm
Wednesday Sep 3 - 7:15pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 6:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 4:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 2:00pm

“Bud Hunter says comma quote If I was king of theworld dot dot dot end quote” by Bud Hunter. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $4

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare wrote. But, the guy was clearly a hack. Myself, I’d love a shot at wearing one for a while. I’m even sitting on 10 top-down, reform measures that I’d turn into royal edicts, before the ink on my coronation certificate had a chance to dry. I call these measures my Ten Demandments, and, I’ll explain them in my show.

The Living Room
Friday Aug. 29 - 10:40pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 10:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 9:30pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 7:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 6:45pm

Choca (Cry Baby) by Kayla Subica. Drama • Parental Guidance. 60 min • $10

One girl’s hilarious adventure to reunite with her estranged Portuguese grandma. Relatable, heartwarming and very tell it like it is, you’ll fall in love with these characters. Capeesh?

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:15pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:20pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 6:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 9:45pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 6:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 5:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:15pm
Sunday Sep. 7 -2:00pm

Country Song by Lee-Anne Poole. 55 min • $Pay What You Want

A love letter to country music and the good ol’ boys that come with it. Sharing some of Lee-Anne’s own stabs at the genre and stories of family, Poole conquers some fears and re-imagines who you can be. “Poole had the audience eating from her hands from the first strum of her guitar and held them there with her humour and grace.” -The Coast. “spellbinds audiences -Chronicle Herald

The Company House
Friday Aug. 29 - 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 7:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 7:00pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 7:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 7:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 7:00pm

The Curator by Make ‘em Ups Improv Co. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $6

What goes into the creation of a show? A team of improvisers will expand upon a theme to create a one act play live from the musings of The CURATOR, a mysterious and ever-changing figure that brings new delights, themes and subject matter to each performance.

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Saturday Aug. 30 - 10:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 4:45pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 10:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 10:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 8:00pm

Daydreams of Kaleidoscopes by Kenzie Delo. Drama • Parental Guidance. 60 min • $7

In a quiet hospital room, a doctor checks on a 19 year old boy who is dying from a chronic illness in addition to suffering from vivid, realistic hallucinations. The doctor finds himself swept up in the boy’s world, and neither of them will be able to walk away the same person as when they met.

Bus Stop Theatre
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 1:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 1:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 6:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 2:30pm

The Dead Sheep Scrolls Get Sketchy by Ross Chapman, Jamie Loughead, Alan Slipp. Comedy • For All Ages. 55 min • $8

100% original sketch comedy in various forms. Audience Chosen Random Sketches, all new from last year.

Museum of Natural History
Saturday Aug. 30 - 3:20pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 9:05pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:15pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 6:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 10:35pm

‘Dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang. Drama • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $10

I ‘dentity! You ‘dentity ! He, she, or it ‘dentities ! Join Jane and the rest of Bald monkey theatre as they navigate their way through Christopher Durang’s Dark comedy ‘dentity Crisis

The Living Room
Friday Aug. 29 - 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 9:10pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 6:45pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 9:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 7:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 9:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:40pm

A Distant Cousin of TEDTalks: Clowns Demystified
  • A Distant Cousin of TEDTalks: Clowns Demystified

A Distant Cousin of TEDTalks: Clowns Demystified by Rosemary Curry and Noella Murphy. Comedy • All Ages. 20min• $4

Stereotypes, negative media attention, and misunderstanding plague a quiet(sort of), unnoticed (kind of), respectable (not really) member of our society. In this TEDish presentation Rosemary Curry and Noella Murphy challenge our perceptions of the clown.

The Living Room
Saturday Aug. 30 - 3:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:40pm

Dr. Svengali’s Shock Cinema - It Came From The Public Domain by Ned Petrie. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 90 Min • $10

DR. SVENGALI’S SHOCK CINEMA: IT CAME FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAINis a screening of a CLASSIC B-MOVIE accompanied by LIVE JOKING from some of Canada’s funniest people. DR. SVENGALI’S SHOCK CINEMA will feature classic films so great THEIR COPYRIGHTS WERE NEVER RENEWED. ‘Night Of The Living Dead’, ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’, ‘Reefer Madness’, and MORE

The Bus Stop Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 9:15pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 3:15pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 9:15pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 11:55pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 1:00pm

Faerie Tale Swap: Three Twisted Tales by Jennifer Elizabeth Fleming. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 60 min • $5

Once upon a time, three men become damsels in distress in their own faerietales. Prince Scottie has to wait for true love’s kiss to wake him from his eternal slumber. Clarence makes a deal with a strange woman to spin straw into gold. Prince Wynne hides with seven female miners because his stepfather is having him hunted. Vanity, jealousy, and true love take hold in this gender swapped tale.

Museum of Natural History
Saturday Aug. 30 - 12:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 9:45pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 7:35pm

The Failure Show by Marnie Woodrow, Jake Vanderham, Emma K.Smit, Drew O’Hara, Jade Douris, Scott Kuipers, Hugh Ritchie, Jeremy Hutton, Rochelle Douris. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 80 min • $10

Five actors, 18 theatre pieces that vary in length from 10 minutes to 10 seconds. What do you get? A hilarious, heart-wrenching, fast-paced, occasionally musical, exciting night at the theatre. Following a successful run in Toronto, The Failure Show comes to Halifax

Museum of Natural History
Friday Aug. 29 - 6:45pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 1:30pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 7:15pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 2:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 7:20pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:50pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 5:40pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:20pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 2:15pm

Fault Lines by Andrea Dymond. Drama • Parental Guidance. 90 min • $9

How do you deal with being left behind? Raven and her best friend Anna have always been inseparable... until something threatens their friendship. Anna’s mother Glenda thinks she knows what’s best for her daughter. The only problem is... Anna doesn’t agree. The journey of two women whose lives intersect as each learns how to cope with the sudden death of a loved one. Starring Jessica Barry, Rena May Kossatz and Paige Smith.

Bus Stop Theatre
Sunday Aug. 31 - 6:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 6:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 10:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 12:30pm

Fringe Comedy Night. $6

Fringe Comedy is back, and it’s better then ever. Bill Wood hosts the best ofthe city and the best of the fest in a one night only comedy extravaganza. This show mixes engaging interviews, thought provoking observations on life and just enough jokes about genitalia to remind you you’re at a comedy show.

The Company House
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:00pm

Gerry Farr: God forgot to Flush by Gerry Farr. Comedy • Mature Audiences. 20 min • $3

Quirky, clever, cheeky comedy from Halifax's own comedian Gerry Farr. He’sback for a 2nd run at the Fringe Fest & has some stories to share.

The Living Room
Saturday Aug. 30 - 10:20pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 10:15pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 10:00pm

Greatest Pretend Ancestry Misery Loves Theatre Company. Drama • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $8

A new collective creation from Misery Loves Theatre Company. Funny, witty and poignant, join these performers down the rabbit hole and back as they search for meaning in their pasts.

DANSPACE
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:15pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 6:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 10:45pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 2:45pm

How I Lost My Virginity at 29 & Other Embarrassing Tales By Brian Schiller. Comedy • Mature Audiences only. 60 min • $10

Brian Schiller’s blisteringly funny and poignant coming of age story about his social and sexual development. Leading his audience to uncharted territory, Schiller presents a stunning portrait layered with humor, depth, and surprise. “There’s something unique about the voice, something beyond words like smart, funny, honest.”

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:35pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 9:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:45pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 9:35pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:30pm

How Often Do I Dream by Katie Dorian. Drama • For All Ages. 60 min • $8

An adventure into memory and the story of William Dorian, my Opi. How does our memory define us? What happens when that memory fails us as we fall into Dementia? Featuring: old family photos, songs, post-it notes, philosophy, snacks and birthday candles

Plan B
Saturday Aug. 30 - 6:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:00pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 7:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:10pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 7:00pm

How To Win A Guy by Johnelle Sciocchetti. Comedy * Parental Guidance. 40 min • $6

Inspired by the comedic genius of Lotus Weinstock, How To Win A Guy combines ridiculous flirting, desperation, and a healthy dose of romantic insanity. Produced by Wildfire Theatre Society.

The Living Room
Friday Aug. 29 - 9:30pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 9:15pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 4:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 7:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 4:00pm

Ida and Daisy by Lita Llewellyn. Drama • Parental Guidance. 50 min • $6

Ida has put her life on hold for for sister Daisy who suffers from undiagnosed schizophrenia. Facing post-war struggles in rural Nova Scotia, Ida and Daisy try to live in their childhood farmhouse day to day with the stigma and difficulty that Daisy’s illness brings. Touched by humour, love, kindness and finally an outreach from the community, Ida is faced with a decision only she can make.

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Sunday Aug. 31 - 7:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 3:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 7:00pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:05pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 12:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 2:00pm

In The Telling by Vile Passéist Theatre. Comedy • For All Ages. 45 min • $7

Sorcerery, spirits, and song collide in this fantastic tangle of a tale. When three young adventurers lose their way in the forest, they become part of a much larger story that may finally lead them to their quarry: the White Bear of the Woods. Halifax’s Vile Passéist Theatre, devoted to staging the works of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, brings you this playful adaptation of a comedy over 400 years old. A story about family, transformation, and magic, this unique fairy tale is not to be missed

Museum of Natural History
Saturday Aug. 30 - 9:45pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 6:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 10:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 9:10pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 1:00pm

Jess Kidding by Jessica Fitzpatrick. Comedy • Mature Audiences. 45 min • $10

From the creator who brought you the hit solo-show Cupidity comes a brand new one woman comedy show A mix of physical comedy, side-splitting characters, sketches and storytelling, Jess Kidding will leave you with one heck of a comedy hangover “Jessica Fitzpatrick is a baffling talented actor and physical comedian....a fringe force” -Visitorium Ottawa

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Friday Aug. 29 - 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 9:50pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 7:45pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 9:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 7:00pm

The Jezebels adapted by Sam Horak from the screenplay, “Switchblade Sisters” by Jack Hill. Drama • Parental Guidance. 60 min • $8

A stage adaptation of Jack Hill’s 1975 cult classic film, “Switchblade Sisters”. This female empowering story is loosely based on Othello. Lace and her high school gang of Dagger-Debs find liberation from their male oppressors while defending their territory from an opposing drug gang. Fun, wild, fierce and backed with live musical narration from the Peacock twins, this show is one hell of a ride.

The Bus Stop Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 11:45pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 11:59pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 9:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 4:25pm

Kavalier’s Kuriosities by Aaron Lajeunesse, Jeremy PiamonteDrama • Mature Audiences60 min • $10

Ottawa Fringe veterans Dead Unicorn Ink are pleased to present a dark newtwisted tale. In a time where religion rules society and deformities are hidden from public view, Freak Shows thrived. Complete with sword-swallowers, fire- eaters, song, and of course...puppets, we follow a group of oddities as they struggle with acceptance, illness and the age old battle of good vs evil.

The Bus Stop Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 9:30pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 2:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 4:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 10:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 6:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 10:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 5:45pm

Fringe Talk Show by Kevin Kindred. Talk • General. 60 min • $Free

Kevin Kindred talks to Fringe artists about their shows, their weird quirks, and the craft of Fringe. A fun way to round out your Atlantic Fringe Festival experience

Bus Stop Theatre
Saturday Aug. 30 - 11:15pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 11:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 11:15pm

Legoland by Jacob Richmond. 60 min • $7

Penny and Ezra Lamb are home-schooled on a hippie colony which also happens to be the largest marijuana grow-op in Saskatchewan. “Legoland” is how their pot-smoking elders always describe the outside world, and the Lamb siblings are dying to get there. Once their parents are sent to prison, the Lambs run away on a bus tour of the Wal-Marts of the continent, financing their trip by selling the Paxil and Ritalin they’ve been prescribed. But now they’ve been caught and have opted to do this presentation instead of community service.

Plan B
Friday Aug. 29 - 9:10pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 4:30pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 7:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 9:10pm

Les and Dawn by Jake Willett. Drama • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $10

Meet Les, a failed business man on the worst day of his career. Meet Dawn, a precocious but traumatized little girl. Les, meet Dawn.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Monday Sep. 1 - 3:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 7:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 7:15pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 9:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 3:45pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 5:30pm

Loki’s Big Dream by Jim Dalling. Comedy • For All Ages. 50 min • $10

A simple story about a boy and his grandpa. In it, Jim weaves clowning, masks and puppetry together with a timeless tale of how love and loss connect us all. You will delight in watching Loki’s Big Dream come true before your eyes. Pure theatre magic.

Museum of Natural History
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:45pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 5:15pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 4:05pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 4:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 6:00pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:10pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 2:35pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 4:05pm

Lumber Jack & Jill’s Double Date By Make ‘em Ups Improv Co. Comedy • Parental Guidance. 45 min • $6

The real life couple and adorable improv duo, Lumber Jack & Jill, are adventuring into the world of double dating, Right in front of your eyes! Inviting a different duo to join us for every show, who knows, some dates gonna be good, and others... Well, “we’ll call you.”

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Sunday Aug. 31 - 3:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 11:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 9:50pm

Mabel’s Last Performance by Megan Piercey Monafu. Drama • Parental Guidance. 60 min • $10

For Mabel, feisty ex-actress and free spirit, every day is like an audition. She wakes up, puts on her disguise, and plans her escape... if she remembers how. Her greatest enemy isn’t ultimately the nursing home from which she is trying to escape, but the memory loss that landed her there in the first place. It’s a race against time, but Mabel isn’t about to miss her last performance.

Neptune Studio Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:45pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 7:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:45pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 6:45pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 3:45pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 7:30pm

The Magic of Michael James
  • The Magic of Michael James

The Magic of Michael James by Michael James. Magic • Parental Guidance. 50 min • $10

Since the age of 7, Michael’s journey through magic has taken him fromSouthern California where he studied under Dale Salwak at the world famousChavez Studio of Magic (the alma mater of Doug Henning and David Copper-field) through Hollywood, Las Vegas and across North America where he has performed often in the company of some of the world’s greatest magicians.

DANSPACE
Saturday Aug. 30 - 2:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 3:45pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 9:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 3:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 6:00pm

Mirrorballby Beth Amiro30 min • $5Drama • Mature Audiences only

A one-woman show meandering through the journey of a woman’s life from oneturning point to the next. Hopefully it will inspire you to hug tighter, dance more,and love harder.

The Living Room
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:10pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 9:55pm

My Funeral: the dry runBy Jane KansasHalifax, NSComedy • Parental Guidance50 minutes • $5

Why leave the final curtain call in the hands of others? Kansas thinks it’s best todo it herself. If you’re coming to the real deal when Kansas croaks, you’ll have aleg up. You’ll know what poem is going to be read, and what dying characterin a famous film will have his last words recited. Or you don’t think you’ll come to the final finale? Then get the goods at the dry run so you can bow out gracefully later —been there, done that. Funeral attire optional. Foul language. Reception replete with church lady sandwiches follows.

(((Parentheses))) Gallery
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:00pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:00pm

The No Bull$#!% History of Canadaby Kyle AllattComedy • Parental Guidance55 min • $10

You may think you know your Canadian History, well that’s Bull$#!%. War, prostitutes, taxidermy, riots and Alan Thicke. We got it all. This is Canadian History with its BALLS back.

DANSPACE
Friday Aug. 29 - 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 9:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 6:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 10:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:15pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 4:00pm

No String Attachedby Amy HurleyComedy • Mature Audiences17 min • $5

Two women discuss life and lady bits while one tries to grasp somethingimportant, with no string attached.

Plan B
Sunday Aug. 31 - 9:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 2:15pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:00pm

Nostos Collectiveby Jessica Lowe & Olivia AubrechtDance • All Ages60 min • $10

Nostos Collective brings together a group of artists who have all fled and re-turned home. Together, they share their individual journey before and after theirarrival. In an environment of familiarity and comfort, the collective will expresstheir progresses, hardships, individuality and relationships, self reflecting on where they have been.

DANSPACE
Thursday Sep. 4 - 10:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 7:45pm

Obscurus Occursusby Steve StockwellComedy • Mature Audiences45 min • $10

Kitten pieces, adulterous spoons, crack rocks and penguins. Step into the lives of Tom and David, two ordinary men who meet for one very unordinary encounter. Each wants something from the other but he’ll have to work to get it. A hilarious, provocative and eerie tale that will leave you guessing until the end. A dark comedy not for the easily offended.

DANSPACE
Saturday Aug. 30 - 7:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 7:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 6:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 6:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:40pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 4:50pm

The Panel Show - The 3rd with Ned Petrie
  • The Panel Show - The 3rd with Ned Petrie

The Panel Show - The 3rdby Ned PetrieComedy • Parental Guidance60 Min • $10

One of the hits of the 2012 and 2013 Atlantic Fringe Festivals returns for anotheryear! The Panel Show is back with The Panel Show - The 3rd! The Panel Show is the Award-winning comedy quiz where the questions are dumb, the contestants are funny, and the winner gets ONE MILLION DOLLARS (or at least a novelty-sized cheque with ONE MILLION DOLLARS written on it).

Bus Stop Theatre
Saturday Aug. 30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 11:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 10:30pm

Pointersby Tom LuteComedy • Mature Audiences50 min • $5Three friends must choose a course of action when their average Saturday nightis interrupted by a seemingly tragic turn of events.

Bus Stop Theatre
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 7:45pm

Rewriting Distance
  • Rewriting Distance

Rewriting DistanceBy Lin Snelling, Guy Cools.60 min • $10 • DanceSaturday August 30th 1:00pm & 7:00pm

Dance, music and the written and spoken word intersect in Rewriting Distance.A mobile performance practice that has toured to Ireland, Berlin, Vienna andacross Canada, this show is transformed by each new place and improvisationalartist. Featuring Lin Snelling, Guy Cools, Susanne Chui, Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Sara Coffin, Doug Cameron, Geordie Haley, Tim Crofts.

1313 Hollis Street
Saturday Aug. 30 - 1:00pm & 7:00pm

Risky BusinessBy Lauren De KlerkDrama • Parental Guidance45 min • $5Agents assigned to case in order to save their job find it hard to contend withtheir clients behaviour and their bosses ignorance.

Plan B
Friday Aug. 29 - 10:40pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:30pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:45pm

The Serpentine Sideshowby Laura Selenzi and Monique RyanDance • For All Ages60 Min • $10

Cabaret Serpentine presents a carnival of delights! Bellydance, Tribal Fusion,Hula Hoop, Circus arts and more!

Neptune Studio Theatre
Thursday Sep. 4 - 9:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:30pm

So ho, by soby Sarah HigginsDrama • Mature Audiences15 min • $5

Gripping and exhilarating, this snapshot of one woman’s plight hits hard andfast. Bound in the expectations of those around her, Joan, a lover, mother andsex worker, is hounded while seeking her own happiness. “So ho, by so” goes the hunting cry, and we are thrown into the chase. This new play responds to thedismissive portrayal of women in William Rowley’s The Birth of Merlin.

The Bus Stop Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 11:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:30pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 2:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 6:30pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 5:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 12:15pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 7:15pm

Suddenly, ThereBy Michael LakeDrama • Parental Guidance40 min • $5

A tape recorder and a mysterious voice set the stage for this one-person showabout memory, family, and storytelling. Suddenly, there is a whole world of characters brought together by a woman who wants to share some secrets.

Plan B
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 9:15pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 6:50pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 9:45pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 9:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:00pm

Thought, Word, and Deedby Joshua LawDrama • Parental Guidance65 min • $5

What if what you knew was not seen as true? Set in small-town Canada, Chrismust face the rumors and accusations, and reconcile fact from fiction regardingone wonderful, fate-filled, night.

Bus Stop Theatre
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 6:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 9:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 11:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 4:00pm

Three Drops of Bloodby Jennifer GiesbrechtDrama • Mature Audiences45 • $5

Down-and-out BFFs/roommates Gin, Mal and Lucy were barely getting along asit was. Then Gin discovers she’s contracted PSS. Most common symptom?Cannibalistic cravings. Ultimate prognosis? Zombie. Gin’s solution? Infect herco- tenants, too. Jennifer Giesbrecht’s drama — drenched with black humour —maps the fate of our (anti-)heroines’ friendship as they navigate a pandemic.

The Living Room
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:15pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 2:15pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:15pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:05pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:10pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 6:30pm

Tribe of OneBy The Doppler EffectDrama • Parental Guidance80 min • $10

In the Utopia of our future, humanity idealizes service to the Greater Good. Andwho can determine what that is? Del Zwicker can. Their job is to make harddecisions without the burden of empathy. Because Del is a psychopath, amonster designed to eat your sins so that you may sleep at night. But not even amonster wants to live as a tribe of one.

Museum of Natural History, Science on a Sphere room
Thursday Aug. 28 - 8:00pm
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 8:00pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 8:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 8:00pm

Trippin’By Mary-Colin Chisholm, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jackie TorrensComedy • Parental Guidance60 min • $10

Three vignettes on the theme of tripping: road trips, head trips, drug trips. Realism trips into magic in these three possibly true stories.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:15pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 1:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 8:00pm

Two!by Bill Wood and Rhys Bevan-JohnComedy • Parental Guidance45 min • $10

Two spirits of vaudeville wander the aether in search of themselves and a fewgood laughs. Their show must go on, even as their lives fall apart. Starring ac-claimed actors Bill Wood and Rhys Bevan-John of Misery Loves Theatre Company (winner of the Atlantic Fringe Festival’s “Best Comedy” awards in 2012 and 2013). Directed by Matthew Lumley.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 2:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 6:45pm

Variablesby Josh TibbettsDrama • Parental Guidance90 min • $5

A man and a woman meet—cute. From there, it’s hard to say what happensnext. Will they do the happily ever after thing? Will everything end in a puff ofsmoke? With every scene having two different possible outcomes, you will neversee the same play twice. this play picks destiny out of a hat and the forces ofrandom chance take hold. It’s fourteen plays in one

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Saturday Aug. 30 - 4:45pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 6:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 6:45pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:30pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 6:00pm

Vasectomy Baby/Just ADD...what?by Matt Wright, Luke LawrenceComedy • Mature Audiences only60 min • $10

Vasectomy Baby/Just ADD...what? Two upcoming Newfoundland comediansserve up their personal stories with a generous heap of laughs. The title says it all, really.

Plan B
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 3:15pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 9:45pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 9:45pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 10:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 5:15pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 8:30pm

Votive DanceDance • For All Ages40 min • $8

Votive Dance presents “Short Stories”, a show of mixed repertoire with choreography by Rhonda Baker, Kara Friesen, Catherine Hayward, Michele Slattery & Amanda Stafford. Baker, Friesen, and Slattery are each performing self choreographed solo pieces, while Stafford has created a soft and flowing quartet featuring Kathleen Doherty, Kara Friesen, Stephanie Mitro & Cassidy Tully. Catherine Hayward of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary) has created a strong and intricate duet for company co-founders, Doherty & Mitro, which pushes both dancers to their limits in this exciting new work.

DANSPACE
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 2:20pm

Wake Up, Rosieby Dan BrayComedy • For Younger Audiences30 min • $5

This witty and playful retelling of Red Riding Hood follows a sleepy young girl who must make her way through the forest to find her granny. On the way, she meets a luckless fox who mistakes her for his supper and gets more than he bargained for This cheeky and clever comedy will delight the whole family. Join Rosie on her journey through the woods.

Fort Massey United Church Gym
Monday Sep. 1 - 2:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 5:30pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 7:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 2:00pm
Sunday Sep 7 - 12:45pm

Waking Up Aloneby Samantha CadeDrama • Parental Guidance50 min • $8

“Waking Up Alone”, is about a young woman, fearing, exploring and eventuallyfinding her own way to be alone. Through her struggle to believe she is strongenough to be home alone, we see the ability of the human soul to overcomefear, strengthen and find humor in the loneliest of times.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:30pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 7:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 4:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 9:45pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 3:30pm

Waiting for Batteries by Steve DayComedy • Parental Guidance60 min • $8

Shortwave devotee and pop-culture maven Silvio Plachowski and his idealisticcaregiver have a great relationship— as long as Silvio gets to bed on time andhas a fresh set of batteries. A debut performance created through collaborationsat École Philippe Gaulier in Paris France.

DANSPACE
Friday Aug. 29 - 8:30pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 1:00pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:30pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 9:30pm
Wednesday Sep. 3 - 8:00pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 6:00pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 9:15pm

Watch Out WildKat! (Yer Dealin’ with the Devil)By Sex T-Rex CollectiveComedy • Parental Guidance60 min • $10

A high-action, quick-drawin’, whiskey-drenched comedy from genre-bendersSex T-Rex. Ridin’ the ranges, searchin’ for the man who killed her Pa, dime-novel legend WildKat MacReady learns that the Devil and a pistol may just be the only friends she’ll ever have. ”a fast-moving, high-energy, side-splitting romp that takes you on a galloping ride through the Wild West” - CBC

Museum of Natural History
Friday Aug. 29 - 5:15pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 6:40pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 1:00pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 8:45pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 10:15pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 10:30pm

We Wrote Thisby Mani Eustis and Molly ReismanMusical • Mature Audiences65 min • $7

A new Canadian musical that tells the story of two friends, Mani and Molly, with24 hours to write a play and win the title of “The Voice of Canada.” All thatstands in their way is their overactive imaginations, self-doubt, and the fact thatone of them is actually from America.

Museum of Natural History
Friday Aug. 29th - 10:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:10pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 2:30pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 5:40pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 5:55pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:55pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 1:00pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 6:00pm

Whale Riding Weather
  • Whale Riding Weather

Whale Riding WeatherBy Bryden MacDonaldDrama • Parental Guidance80 min • $10

A fading old queen finds his life ebbing away from him, as his younger lover alsoslips away with a new, even younger man. Actors Hugo Dann and RyanDoucette were nominated for, and Hugh Thompson won, Robert Merritt Awardsfor their stellar work in this hit Sex Festival production of Bryden MacDonald’spoetic and raw intergenerational love story.

Neptune Studio Theatre
Friday Aug. 29 - 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 30 - 8:45pm
Sunday Aug. 31 - 8:45pm
Monday Sep. 1 - 4:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 2 - 8:30pm
Thursday Sep. 4 - 7:45pm
Friday Sep. 5 - 8:30pm
Saturday Sep. 6 - 6:45pm
Sunday Sep. 7 - 5:30pm

Whale Riding Weather
  • Whale Riding Weather

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Celebrating 10 years with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival

Up with affordable, accessible opera for all

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Dvořák's Rusalka plays from August 8 to the 16 at the Dunn. - ALL PHOTOS: MJ PHOTOGRAPHICS
  • Dvořák's Rusalka plays from August 8 to the 16 at the Dunn.
  • All photos: MJ Photographics


It's been a decade since Nina Scott-Stoddart and Tara Scott first came up with the idea to create an annual workshop for aspiring young opera singers. Since then, Halifax audiences have been entertained by 17 fully-staged operas.

This year, more than 80 performers from Canada and the U.S. are taking part in three main stage shows and five special concerts.

Opera lovers were thrilled to have the rare opportunity to hear Ermanno Mauro sing at the Italian Canadian Cultural Association on August 7th. The world-renowned tenor gave a masterclass to the opera workshop students during the week. Several of the students then showcased their talents at the Opera Gala, performing solo arias and excerpts from Puccini's La bohème with the legendary singer. Soprano Beth Hagerman soared in the role of the consumptive Mimi, holding her own with Mauro's dashing Rodolfo. 

The main stage operas will be running at various times and venues from now until August 17th.
 
Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld
Handel's Giulio Cesare
  • Handel's Giulio Cesare















Ticket information is available at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival website

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Queer Acts Theatre Festival

All things queer and beautiful

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Johnnie Walker will make you want to hug a Redheaded Stepchild
  • Johnnie Walker will make you want to hug a Redheaded Stepchild



I felt both weighted down and buoyed up as I left the Bus Stop Theatre late last night

I'd seen five very different plays that are part of the sixth Queer Acts Theatre Festival. The plays are in various stages of development, from newly-hatched to fully-feathered. They all made me laugh a little. They all made me think a lot.

But my heart is heavy. Several of the plays dealt with the senseless violence perpetrated against members of the queer community. I am sad that we live in a world where people are made to feel afraid to be who they are. I'm sad that there are people who think "different" equals "wrong".  

Still, I smile when I think about the sense of community that I felt last night (a sense of community that is extended even to a middle-aged, cisgender, white woman). I smile when I think about the power of theatre to inform and transform.

The first two shows, Chimera  by Rory Jade Grey and Tender Beast by Mary Fay Coady, are presented back-to-back as part of the Emerging Queer Artists Program. Grey's piece is unlike any I've seen before. Set in the womb, it raises interesting questions about the boarder's identity. Grey gives an amazing performance, creating two characters who start out fully-delineated by voice and mannerism but who eventually merge into one. Coady's piece is riveting. She is the type of actor who invites the audience in and holds them in the palm of her hand through the warmth of her smile and the depth of her gaze. Her story will strike a chord with anyone who has ever been in love. 

It's difficult for a show like Waawaate Fobister's Agokwe, which has been lauded and applauded from coast to coast, to live up to its advance-press. And to be honest, it took me a while to fall under its spell. But in the end, I was moved and enlightened by the play.  Fobister plays all the roles, including Jake, a young aboriginal boy struggling to embrace is sexual identity. Mike his hockey-star love interest, Goose, the self-absorbed party girl, and Mike's loving, recovering-alcoholic mother. But it's as Nanabush, the Trickster, that Fobister shines the brightest. Nanabush is larger than life, and give's us a bird's-eye-view so that a specific story encompasses a much wider landscape. 

It's easy to forget how difficult it is to be young, but actor/playwright Johnnie Walker beautifully captures the confusion and angst of adolescence in Redheaded Stepchild. Nicholas, the titular character, who is geeky, gay, redheaded and the child of divorced parents, admittedly faces more strikes against him on the playground then most. But Walker makes this one-of-a-kind character totally lovable and relatable. Nicholas's alter-ego, Rufus Vermillion, offers an interesting window into the boy's busy mind. And his reluctant step-mom, who at first appears to be a cardboard character, becomes beautifully realized both in the script and the acting. Highly recommended.

The last show of the night was Stewart Legere's work-in-progress Let's not Beat Each Other To DeathIt's a mix of poetic storytelling, techno music, projections and dance that provides the audience a kind of catharsis that comes through the rhythmic movement of sweaty bodies on the dance floor. 

Queer Acts runs until July 20th. he complete schedule is available here: http://halifaxpride.com/event/queeracts/


 



 


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Queer Acts, now

An extravaganza of performance, July 17-20

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Agokwe - MARC CHALIFOUX
  • Agokwe
  • Marc Chalifoux

Agokwe has been on Queer Acts Festival director Adam Reid’s radar since 2009. That’s the year that the Ojibwa playwright and performer Waawaate Fobister’s solo show took the Toronto theatre scene by storm, racking up six Dora awards.

“I knew right away that Agokwe would be a great fit for Queer Acts,” recalls Reid. “It’s a beautiful show that I think will resonate with the queer community as well as with our local Aboriginal community.”

In fact, Halifax’s Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre has bought a block of tickets for the show. A post-show group discussion at the Centre has also been scheduled; a move that Reid says is important with a work like this that covers a lot of heavy issues that may be a trigger for some.

Fobister based the play on events from his own life growing up on a reserve in northwestern Ontario. It tells the story of two young men from neighbouring reserves, one a dancer, the other a hockey player, who struggle to express their attraction to each other. It’s a story about homophobia, but also a story with a hopeful message.

“The aboriginal culture expresses queer identity in a unique and interesting way,” says Reid. “Agokwe is the Ojibwa word for two-spirited—someone who possesses both male and female characteristics. It’s been lauded as a thing of beauty for a person to carry male and female within themselves.”

This year’s Queer Acts line-up includes five other shows from both emerging and established artists. 

The Emerging Queer Artist Program has funded works by Toronto’s Rory Jade Grey and Halifax’s Mary Fay Coady. Reid says Grey’s work Chimera marks the first Queer Acts show to explore transgender identity. It’s about two fetuses having a conversation in the womb. One begins to take on the traits of the other, who then begins to disappear. Reid describes Coady’s piece, Tender Beast, as “a remarkable, poetic work” about heartbreak and heart-healing.

Stewart Legere has drawn on the death of gay activist Raymond Taavel to create an unusual techno-dance party called Let’s Not Beat Each Other to Death. “It’s a real celebration of queer identity,” says Reid. “I’d call it a not-to-be-missed event.”

Reid describes Redheaded Stepchild, written and performed by Johnnie Walker, as a “real crowd-pleaser”. The play, which has been a fringe-hit at numerous festivals, deals with bullying in a tender, funny and accessible way.

While many of this year’s plays give voice to young queer artists, the festival is also offering a different perspective. Chris Aucoin is doing a workshop performance of A Boy and his Dog, a series of connected stories about love and loss from his perspective of a gay man in his 40s.

“Sometimes it seems like the queer community has been robbed of a generation of elders.” Reid says. “We’re lucky to have opportunities like this to have elders talking to our youth.”

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Friday, June 6, 2014

No Animal and The Prince of Pig Alley

Exploring the criminal psyche

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Rena Kossatz, Jeffrey OHara and Maggie Hammel take a walk on the wild side
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  • Rena Kossatz, Jeffrey O'Hara and Maggie Hammel take a walk on the wild side

Playwright Bethany Lake’s entertaining double bill delves into the dark corners of the criminal mind.

No Animal is a short play that has a killer and a criminal psychologist squaring off across a table. The writing is taut, layering some interesting twists over the familiar “manipulative murderer spars with uptight shrink” scenario. Andrew Guthro is masterfully creepy as the killer who causes the doctor (Ira Henderson) to unravel before our eyes.

The Prince of Pig Alley is a fictional back-story to the 1938 stabbing of Samuel Beckett by a pimp named Prudent. It follows the story of an upright young man (Jeffrey Reid O’Hara) whose search for meaning after the death of his fiance leads him into a dangerous relationship with a debutante-turned-prostitute (Maggie Hammel). There are some implausibilities in the story and some scenes that drag, but these problems are balanced by a strong cast and a truly gorgeous (yet simple) set. The story is cleverly book-ended by a scene that tips its hat to Beckett himself.


Playing at The Bus Stop Theatre , June 4 - 8
- 8pm nightly, with a special 2pm matinee on June 7th

Tickets: $20 Regular; $15 Student/Senior/Artist

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Awakening

Nothing old fashion about teen passion

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

A passionate performance by Neptune Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Training Program cast
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  • A passionate performance by Neptune Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Training Program cast


Spring Awakening is an old play (written in 1891) given a new twist by a pop rock score that allows the troubled teen characters to unleash their tortured inner monologues. It’s a work that’s both provocative and disturbing, not because of its graphic sexual content but because it explores truly troubling issues like suicide, sexual violence and child abuse. The play showcases the large cast of Neptune Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Training Program but focuses on a trio of teens. Julia Topple is a talented actor with a pure voice. She is outstanding as the curious ingénue Wendla. James MacLean shines as the brilliant and free-thinking Melchior and Adam Smith gives a poignant performance as the sensitive Moritz. There are lots of cleverly choreographed song and dance numbers (“Totally Fucked” was an audience favourite) and beautifully creative staging (I particularly loved the lovers intertwined to represent trees.) Spring Awakening won’t make you want to go back to those fevered teenage years, but it will make you appreciate the talent and energy of these 17 young performers.

Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre.
Tickets, starting at $15, plus HST and service charges, are available at the box office, by phone at 429-7070, toll free 1-800-565-7345, or online at www.neptunetheatre.com.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tiny Vaudevilles

A show that tickles on lots of levels

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Ben Stone tickles the ivories
  • Ben Stone tickles the ivories

Zuppa Theatre’s Tiny Vaudevilles is deceptively simple and definitely delightful. It plays on the idea of “vaudeville” by incorporating two of Chekhov’s funny and astute one-act farces (called vaudevilles) into the vaudeville variety-show format . This gives the talented trio of Stewart Legere, Susan Leblanc-Crawford and Ben Stone ample opportunity to show off their musical and comedy chops. As an extra layer of delight, the audience is invited to tip a glass (pre-purchased vodka or Baltic Porter) at several points during the show. The production makes brilliant use of the Music Room’s unique stage set-up, with characters exiting and entering from both the foyer and the outdoors. The “deceptively simple” comment in this review comes from the fact that the many elements of the show are held together with such easy charm that you probably won’t realize what a tour de force you’ve seen until the laughter dies down and the alcohol buzz fades away.

May 7 — 11, 2014
The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd., Halifax

8 PM Wednesday to Saturday
2 PM Sunday

TICKETS
http://tinyvaudevilles.eventbrite.ca/
(902) 489-9872

$20 general admission

DRINK-A-LONG
Add a “drink-a-long” ticket to your purchase and drink-a-long with the characters as you watch Tiny Vaudevilles. Each $5 drink-a-long ticket will get you 2 oz of Iceberg Vodka or a snifter of Garrison Brewing Co.’s Grand Baltic Porter. There will be six opportunities to raise your glass—three times in each act.

Drink-a-long tickets can be purchased with show tickets at http://tinyvaudevilles.eventbrite.ca/ They will also be available at the door.

You must be 19+ to drink-a-long. Photo ID required.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crazy Sexxxy Cool

Lee-Anne Poole's Talk Sexxxy picks up the phone

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Stephanie MacDonald has the gift of gab
  • Stephanie MacDonald has the gift of gab

It'd be easy to think phone sex, like encyclopedias and proper spelling, faded rapidly from existence with the advent of the internet. After all, why pay for something you can easily get for free? "I thought the same thing," says Halifax playwright Lee-Anne Poole, "but it's surprisingly popular." 

Poole would know. Her play Talk Sexxxy: the not so sexy journal of a phone sex operator (April 30-May 2, 8pm The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen, $10)—is based on her own experiences in the industry.

Battling a personal and professional funk, Poole spent a considerable portion of 2010 venturing outside her home only for midnight grocery runs or to buy cigarettes. The economic possibilities for a shut-in quickly became a concern. "I was like, 'How can I still pay my bills and never leave the house?'"  Her solution: an unorthodox work-from-home opportunity that lasted "about six months." During that time, Poole interacted with a clientele she describes as "either so lonely or socially inept that they can't leave their home to pay for a live human, or whatever it is they need to talk about is so shameful or impossible-to-realize that they need the anonymity." 

And while Poole's "whatever" covers a variety of topics that would be difficult to print without attracting the attention of the RCMP, she's careful to point out that callers' slightly more depraved predilections don't weigh too heavily on Talk Sexxxy

The calls recounted by Talk Sexxxy's protagonist, played by actor Stephanie MacDonald, "are all across the board," Poole says. "There's a lot of humour in them and there's a lot of fun in them" and "you really only see the greys" of the darker subjects. 

"I don't want to sell it too much like it's a fun light-hearted comedy and have people see it and end up being horribly distraught. But I also don't want to sell it as this bang-you-over-the-head absolute-worst of human sexuality. It's all the bits (you discover) once you give someone the privilege of absolute anonymity."

Talk Sexxxy began life as an anonymous blog Poole published during her six months as a phone-sex operator, then served as the basis for Poole's The Kinky Kitten Club, a workshop production featuring MacDonald at the 2012 Plutonium Playhouse Sex Festival. It is now in a more "finalized" form at the Bus Stop Theatre as part of the 2014 Mayworks Festival

Poole would eventually like to take Talk Sexxxy on the road, along with her other monologue pieces Country Song and Short Skirt Butch: "I'd like to buy some sort of vehicle that I could live in and tour in and I'm trying to convince Stephanie to live in it with me for a short period."  MacDonald, who also starred in Short Skirt Butch, is dubious: "You said six months." 

"In the grand scheme of our lives, that's a blip," Poole responds.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Gender Failure

A call to think outside the box

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The dynamic duo of Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote
  • The dynamic duo of Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote

There’s something powerful and seductive about being told a story, especially if the storytellers are as generous, personable and talented as Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote. The dynamic duo wowed a packed-to-the-rafters crowd at the Bus Stop Theatre with their multi-media live show Gender Failure. Spoon and Coyote shared the spotlight, bantering back and forth, trading and layering tales about navigating through a world hell-bent on forcing people into gender boxes, and harmonizing on Spoon’s haunting electropop tunes. Both Spoon and Coyote are not afraid to dig deep and lay bare wounds that people have inflicted with cruel and careless words and deeds. But the message of the show, or at least the one I took away, is hopeful and uplifting. We are all on a journey to finding our place in the world, and Spoon and Coyote are blazing the path for others by opening hearts and minds along the way.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

An Evening of Ives

Short, sweet and side-splittingly funny

Posted By on Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Talent on parade in An Evening of Ives
  • Talent on parade in "An Evening of Ives"

Review eight plays in 150 words? Impossible! Briefly review one fabulous evening of theatre which just happened to be made up of eight plays? No problem! For the second year, Lions Den Theatre has produced a directors’ showcase comprised of short plays by wordsmith extraordinaire David Ives. Ives’ plays require quick transitions and impeccable comic timing, and this production nails both requirements. (Mike Chandler aids the transitions with his clever ditties and bonhomie.)The most miraculous thing about this show is that it involves eight directors and more than 20 actors, and there is literally not a weak link in the lot. If you find it hard to believe that one show can be intelligent, charming, thought-provoking, side-splittingly funny, moving (Yes, I was genuinely moved by Variations on the Death of Trotsky) and above all, totally entertaining, An Evening of Ives will prove you wrong.


Playing at The Bus Stop Theatre

Saturday, April 12 @ 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, April 13 @ 8pm

Tickets: $15 General, $12 Student/Senior /Artist
Contact lionsdentheatre@gmail.com for tickets and information

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