TO Live has announced the Best of Fringe line-up for 2019.
The Best of Fringe is an uptown showcase where “the Best” shows from the recent 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival are highlighted and celebrated. The Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts (soon to be named the Meridian Arts Centre) provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their work again to patrons who might have missed it during the initial Fringe run downtown.
The Best of Fringe 2019 takes place July 19-21 and July 26-28 at the Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Best of Fringe 2019 Line-Up Details
After the Beep
Written and Performed by Pamela Bethel. Directed by Geoffrey Ewert.
Pamela takes a big risk by pressing play on recordings from an answering machine she has had since the 1990s. The recordings document her life from grades 9 to 12 and tell the story of an under-supervised over-achiever. A priceless and timeless time capsule for those of us who were teenagers or answering machine owners.
July 20 at 12 p.m. & July 21 at 2 p.m.
Boy Falls from the Sky: Jake Epstein Live
Company: Past Future Productions. Starring Jake Epstein. Musical Direction by Daniel Abrahamson. Co-created and directed by Robert McQueen.
Jake Epstein has been on Degrassi, Broadway and he’s also been Spider-Man. He’s living the dream! But he also shares the harsh reality of dreams: they don’t always go as planned. Epstein shares the rejection, stage fright, and heartbreak through a series of funny and revealing stories and songs in this showbiz tell-all. For those who have ever tried to go after their dreams.
July 19 at 8:30 p.m. & July 20 & July 28 at 7 p.m.
Carpe into My DMs
Company: We Are Sports!. Directed by Second City Alumnus Alastair Forbes.
Brought to you by the sketch comedy troupe, We Are Sports! Carpe into My DMs is about a post-apocalyptic world where only a few millennials- and their smartphones- have survived. Will they find the answers they’re looking for, or will they be too caught up with how many followers they’ve lost? This time around #thoughtsandprayers won’t be enough.
July 26 at 8:30 p.m. & July 28 at 5 p.m.
Written and performed by Courtney Gilmour. Directed by Phil Luzi.
Comedian and multiple-limb amputee Courtney Gilmour explores her journey towards self-love reveals the lows of insecurity and depression even while at the peak of success, and what the common thread is between her wins and losses. Congratulations! is a story of embarrassment, self-worth, and achievement told through her milestones and she shares her heartfelt experiences about what “congratulations!” badges really mean to her.
July 20 & 21 at 5 p.m.
Death Ray Cabaret
By Jordan Armstrong and Kevin Matviw. Directed by Shari Hollett
Jordan Armstrong and Kevin Matiw present a quick-witted musical comedy show that explores everything from a graveyard bash to libraries.
July 27 at 2 p.m. & July 28 at 12 p.m.
In Waking Life
Company: Spicy Day. Created and performed by Lauren Welchner and Monica Bradford-Lea.
The Synsk Sisters are here to help with you with all of your problems, the meaning of your dreams and can help you seek the answers to your future. (*NOT A SCAM).
July 26 at 6:30p.m. & July 27 at 5 p.m.
Company: One Four One Collective. Written by Michael Ross Albert. Directed by Marie Farsi.
You’d think a professional, civilized meeting would stay professional and civilized in a professional company. Well, y0u’d be wrong. What starts off as a conference the morning after a break-in at a tech company between three co-workers, soon escalates into a brutal showdown that puts everyone’s careers, and their hopes for future happiness, in jeopardy.
July 19 at 6:30 p.m. & July 20 at 2 p.m.
Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Company: Monster Theatre. Starring Tara Travis. Directed by Ryan Gladstone
The Betrayed Wife. The Scheming Wife. The Peacemaker. The Ugly German. The Tarty One. The One in Love with Someone Else. Six Queens. Six Love stories. Six Deaths. One Actor!
July 21 at 7 p.m.
Company: Canvas Sky Theatre. Written and directed by Sarah Joy Bennett.
An exhausted new mother nurses her baby. It’s a regular night for her. Until her apartment comes to live with demons of fear, self-doubt and anxiety. You know, standard parenting stuff.
July 21 & July 27 at 12 p.m.
Three Men on a Bike
Company: Pea Green Theatre Group. By Jerome K. Jerome, adapted by Mark Brownell. Directed by Sue Miner.
Based on the writings of Victorian author Jerome K. Jerome, Pea Green Theatre Group brings you Three Men on a Bike. Three Victorian gentlemen embark on a calamitous bicycling trip to the continent.
July 27 at 7 p.m. & July 28 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale and all tickets are $20 (plus applicable service charges). Individual tickets purchased in-person at a TO Live box office are not subject to service charges.
Visit TO Live’s website to purchase your tickets, call the Box Office at 1-855-985-2787 for more details. Ticketmaster phone lines operate 9:30am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 8pm Sundays and holidays. On-line sales operate 24 hours per day.
About the Toronto Fringe Festival: One of Ontario’s largest theatre festivals with over 150 shows at 37 venues in Toronto’s west end. Shows were also featured in Toronto’s east end, which is something new for the festival this year! Since 1989, the festival has been a space where artists have been able to express themselves through their craft and it is a launching pad that now power Canada’s arts and media landscape. Theatre productions like Kim’s Convenience (now a hit TV CBC show), My Mother’s Lesvian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, ‘Da Kink in My Hair and more all premiered at the Toronto Fringe. The festival runs for twelve days every July and is a space where audiences can discover, access, and experiment with the arts.
About TO Live: TO Live is Canada’s largest multi-arts organizations. It operates three venues that present a full range of performing arts, theatrical, and concerts in downtown and uptown Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (soon to be named Meridian Hall), St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts (soon to be named Meridian Arts Centre). TO Live’s mission is to create spaces for local and international artists, to connect audiences and be the c0re for new ideas, to elevate new artists and cultivate artist’s potential and talent, to be the motivation for creative expression that also reflects the diversity present in Toronto today.