Eight productions in downtown Charlottetown
Picture this: you’re taking a romantic stroll through Rochford Square after supper. The sunlight is hitting the trees perfectly and you think “Nothing could make this evening better.”
Suddenly, you hear a roar and notice a wrestling ring at the other end of the park. You approach with curiosity and discover PEI’s own Justin Shaw performing in his premier production of The Wrestling Play, a piece about following your dreams and taking command of your own life. Do you take the opportunity to be entertained and, perhaps even, changed forever?
Or this: You’re walking down Queen Street and as you pass the expansive windows of The Start-Up Zone, you notice mirth and laughter inside. Do you join in the hilarity? Do you take the plunge and see What’s So Funny About…?, Sam MacDonald’s talk-show style production that explores the humour within different occupations.
There are eight productions in total to choose from at The Island Fringe Festival. Shows this year also include The Runaway Game, from Montreal, which explores how one deals with trauma, and from Toronto, Perk up, pianist!, Sarah Hagen’s true story of life as a concert pianist, pairing music and storytelling for her own brand of stand-up, or rather, sit-down comedy.
Two shows from the United States will grace this summer’s Fringe: If I Were Me… I’d Know What I Want, the funny and poignant tale of one woman’s fifty-year journey to come back to her true nature, and Ship of Dreams, a dance-theatre piece with PEI roots.
Two more local productions round out the lineup: Rory Starkman’s Just the Way It Is, which explores one person’s journey to discover their identity beyond the gender binary, and Dana Doucette’s Personal Philosophy, a stand-up comedy show featuring Doucette and comedian/author/retired country music DJ Mark McCue.
In addition to the shows, The Island Fringe will host the fabulous Kids’ Fringe Garden Party on August 4 from 2 to 4 pm in Rochford Square, featuring croquet, costumes, and of course, tea.
If you’re a night owl, check out the Fringe After Dark events from 11 pm to 1 am nightly during the Festival. Bring your best board game skills to Nerdy and Nice on August 3 at Small Print Board Game Café. Get your fifteen minutes of fame at Broadway Karaoke on August 4 at Marc’s Lounge, where you can sing your favourite musical number alongside a live piano player. Try your hand at Stand-Up during Comedy Central, a stand-up open mic on August 5 at Marc’s Lounge. And, of course, don’t miss our legendary Closing Party on August 6 at the Haviland Club.
It all starts with the- Poetry in the Wild launch party on August 2 at Marc’s Lounge. So take the plunge this August and get out and Fringe!
The 2017 Island Fringe Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Charlottetown and the Province of PEI.
For a detailed schedule of performances visit www.islandfringe.com, or find them on social media @islandfringe, or pick up a Fringe program, distributed at various locations in Charlottetown.