Bygone Theatre’s Top 10 2019 Fringe Picks!

Well here we are again, Fringe time! With over 150 shows in less than 2 weeks it can be hard to narrow down what you want to see, so we’ve put together a list for all you Bygone lovers – shows featuring artists we’ve worked with or those we hope to. Enjoy!

1. Friend of Bygone Jada Rifkin

Jada has performed as Bob Burnhart’s lovely assistant in The Couples’ Game, as well as a fabulous version of the Grinch in our co-pro with Thomas Finn, The Cab(aret) Before Christmas. This Fringe, see her in two shows; Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero! and Every Silver Lining.

CLITORIA: A SEX-POSITIVE SUPERHERO!

A sexually repressed high school science teacher accidentally turns herself into a sex-positive Vixen of Kink through a science experiment gone wrong. As the sex ed curriculum is scrapped in Ontario, Clitoria’s transformation wreaks havoc on her square life and her square fiancé. Musical comedy unfolds in hot, steamy, and unexpected ways!

EVERY SILVER LINING

Every Silver Lining is an original, dramedic, coming-of-age musical about illness and the perseverance of life; juxtaposing the joyful naiveté of youth, and the crushing discovery of mortality.

2. Friends of Bygone Sean Jacklin and Kevin Forster

Fringe’s Cyrano de Bergerac features 2 Bygone buddies; Sean Jacklin who played Walter Burns in His Girl Friday and Kevin Forster who played Hal in Loot.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Cyrano, Christina, and the Comte de Guiche vie for the affection of Roxanne, one using their wit, another their beauty, and the third . . . well any trick in the book. In the tradition of street theatre of the past, The Leslieville Players invite you to lay back on a patch of grass and watch us barrel through this new family friendly adaptation of a beloved classic. Sure Shaw and St. Lawrence are doing the show too, but we’re more fun! (and cheaper.)

3. Friends of Bygone Wesley Babcock & Whitney Hewitt

Wes Babcock was our fabulous lighting designer for our most recent production, The Rear Window. It’s hard to find a photo that does his work justice, but he managed to create chilling, dynamic lighting for a series of apartments in this thrilling suspense. Whitney Hewitt also worked on our show as our invincible stage manager! She is getting in the SM booth again for Deep End.

DEEP END

Carina’s turning 18 and is hosting the Birthday POOL Party of the year! Everyone’s invited, even Lilly. When do adults intervene in harmless harassment? What happens when life throws you into the deep end? This site specific show that happens in and around a Swimming Pool asks when does “kids will be kids,” go to far?

Please note that as this is a site specific Production the Audience will be required to remove their shoes and enter the pool deck where they will be seated on benches for the duration of the production!

4. Friend of Bygone Sarah Marchand

Sarah played The Dancing Girl in The Rear Window, but this Fringe she is working behind-the-scenes as the producer of Drink of Choice.

DRINK OF CHOICE

You walk into a bar, someone comes to take your order, and what happens next is your choice. Join us at the bar for a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling experience where the drink you order leads to personal tales about sexuality, romance, and total loss of reality. A hilarious solo show about what it means to be asexual as you navigate dating and seeking connection.

5. Friend of Bygone Nicole Byblow

Nicole was a regular staple of our Retro Radio Hour series and also performed in our Vaudeville Revue. She is doing music direction for Friendly Fire at this year’s Fringe.

FRIENDLY FIRE: THE ART AND EXECUTION OF FRIENDSHIP

Friends are great, aren’t they? Wait, are they? They must be. Otherwise we wouldn’t try so hard to make them. Or keep them. Or avoid them. Until we can cut them out… hmm. Sketch revues are great, aren’t they? This one is! Grab some pals and join us for a romp amongst the minefields of friendship. Or, come alone. We’re easy.

6. Friend of Bygone Cass Van Wyck

Cass played Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday and this summer is in another show by popular playwright Michael Ross Albert (so buy in advance!).

THE HUNS

The morning after a break-in at a tech company, three co-workers assemble for a conference call to discuss the burglary. What starts as a civilized, professional meeting swiftly devolves into a brutal showdown that puts everyone’s careers– and their hopes for future happiness– in jeopardy.

Written by Dora-nominated playwright Michael Ross Albert (“Anywhere,” Best of Fringe 2018/Patron’s Pick) and directed by Marie Farsi (associate artistic director, Crow’s Theatre), “The Huns” is a new, menacing workplace comedy about millennial anxieties, minor revolutions, and modern-day barbarians.

7. Friend of Bygone The Vintage Taps

Tapping trip The Vintage Taps performed in our Vaudeville Revue, see them in an extended show with a bigger cast in The Laundry List at this year’s Fringe.

THE LAUNDRY LIST

It’s 1919, and Frankie’s Laundry is gunning to be the number one bootlegger in Toronto. His competition thinks otherwise, and a group of chorus girls find themselves in a showdown of guns…..and tap shoes. The Laundry List will whisk you back to the golden age of jazz, flappers and gangsters. With live music, singing, and tap dancing, this cast of 12 will leave you with a song in your heart and a skip in your step.

8. Friend of Bygone Rob Sapienza

We’ve just started working with Rob Sapienza as he is one half of Sapling theatre, the company we have teamed up with (along with Larry Silverberg) to produce Something For The Buoys this October. He is directing Tales of a Cocktail at the Fringe.

TALES OF A COCKTAIL

The classic story of an innocent man wrongly, but deliberately sent to his demise and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young mobster Edward is a guileless and honest young man whose plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes and live a better life are abruptly shattered when his best friend who wants Mercedes for himself, deceives him. Told through a Chicago 1920s lens this dance adaptation brings to life the tale of The Count Of Monte Cristo.

9. A Quirky Victorian Comedy

This one caught our eye, and although Bygone hasn’t worked with David DiFrancesco before, our AD Emily Dix has, and is sure this will be hilarious.

THREE MEN ON A BIKE

From the company that brought you the award-winning Toronto Fringe smash hit Three Men in a Boat. Based upon the further writings of Victorian author Jerome K. Jerome. Pea Green Theatre Group proudly presents Three Men on a Bike! (Being the further adventures of three Victorian gentlemen as they embark upon a disastrous bicycling trip to the continent.) Not to be missed!

10. A New Look at Reefer Madness

Being a company that produces 20th century shows that are often closely linked to cinema, Reefer Madness the musical is of course on our to-do list. We’re intrigued by this new look at a story many of us know from the stage and screen.

REEFER MADNESS: ORIGINS

During the Depression, a time when hope and prosperity is far from the American mind, a common enemy is created: the Mexican weed with roots in hell, marijuana. Known as hemp and cannabis and used industrially and medically across the globe, “marijuana” is promoted as the cause of moral depravity among young people and societal decay. With the support of powerful allies with various interests, economic or otherwise, the Federal Commissioner of Narcotics Harry Anslinger will stop at nothing to warp the image of cannabis into what will shape international drug scheduling for generations to come.

Click on any of the show titles in this list for more info like show dates & times. Be sure to check out the Fringe website for a complete list of this season’s shows.

 

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Bygone Theatre’s 2018 Toronto Fringe Picks

Bygone Theatre | 2018 Toronto Fringe

It’s almost that time again! The Toronto Fringe is running this summer from July 4-15th and we can’t wait to see some of our favourite actors up onstage. Here’s our must-see list (in no particular order) for the 2018 Toronto Fringe. Note: blurbs come from the productions themselves.

Final Exam.

 

Written by Eric Petersen, directed by Gillian Armstrong
The students of Mr. Miller’s class are troubled by the thought of their upcoming exams … while others are more worried their minds will soon be hooked up into a new group-mind by aliens.

The students debate the pros and cons of gaining instantaneous knowledge by suddenly having the ability to access anyone’s mind. Does privacy really matter? How do we maintain our identity? Will we still have to take exams?

See friend of Bygone Elizabeth Rose Morriss (Rope, His Girl Friday, Vaudeville Revue and many Retro Radio Hours) in this quirky site-specific play the Matty Eckler Recreation Centre. Get your tickets here.

Anywhere

 

Written by Michael Ross Albert
directed by David Lafontaine

A young businesswoman returns to her AirBnB to find that her host has been waiting up for her. What started as a cordial relationship between strangers begins to steadily escalate into a tense and unnerving battle for control.

In this new thriller by Dora-nominated playwright Michael Ross Albert, two women face off against each other in a struggle for meaning, connection, and power.

See friend of Bygone Cass Van Wyck (Hildy in His Girl Friday) in this startling new thriller at the Factory Theatre. Tickets available here.

 2018: A Sex Odyssey

 

Written & directed by Theresa Ramirez

2018: A Sex Odyssey re-imagines life in space, Big Brother style, as we careen towards a post-climate change future – focussing on sex, relationships and the interpersonal dramas of six twenty-somethings living together on a spaceship. It begins three months into a two year journey to populate the planet Mars, due to the near total destruction of planet Earth as a direct result of human caused climate change and the wars that ensued. Still, no one really cares about climate change.

Check out friend of Bygone Alex Clay (McCue in His Girl Friday) in this re-imagined comedy/sci-fi playing at St.Vladimir’s Institute – tickets available here.

A Kev ‘n Cal Mystery

 

Written by Allan Turner and Christopher L. Hedrick
Directed by Nigel Downer

Kev ‘n Cal are two mystery solving brothers, boy adventurers on the trail of trouble across dimensions ending up on the wrong side of reality. Danger! Foul play! Puberty! Whatever the risks, Kev ‘n Cal can always count on each other. Or can they?

See friend of Bygone Allan Turner (who performed as his alter-ego, Mullet in our Vaudeville Revue) in what’s sure to be a comedy riot. Tickets available here.

The Queen’s Eulogy

 

Written by Rachel Ganz
Directed by Tanua Rintoul 

Set in a garbage world. Performed in a garbage dump. A play about women who refuse to be trash. We are literally building a theatre in a garbage dump. You gotta check it out! Book. your ticket, share this event. Come get TRASHY.

Written by friend of Bygone Rachel Ganz (the brilliant playwright behind Joe, a play that has been being workshopped this season) this production is sure to be brilliant and outrageous. Get your tickets here.

The Girl in the Photograph

 

Written by Joel Pettigrew
Directed by Victoria Urquhart

“The Girl in the Photograph” is a play based on a true story set in Mexico, telling the story of Paula, who gets caught up in a forbidden first love amidst a whirlwind of emotion and drama. The play leads us by the hand as we witness the development of a teen relationship with intricate consequences that have on everyone it touches. More than the sum of its parts as a drama, there are also several themes and thought-provoking subjects being explored: how can love develop even when circumstances would forbid it? What is that strength that carries us through moments of manipulation, how does it activate, and how did it come to be in us? In addition to the story being set in Mexico, this show is a proudly latino production with a Hispanic cast, boasting the well-established actors and artists of Toronto and Canada.

Friend of Bygone David Chinchilla (who performed in our first ever Retro Radio Hour) is performing in this new drama. Get your tickets here.

Want to see what else is on at this year’s Fringe?
Check out the program guide on their website.

Cast Spotlight: Cass Van Wyck

cass-van-wyck-heashotCass Van Wyck plays “newspaper man” Hildy Johnson in our upcoming production of His Girl Friday; this is Cass’ first show with Bygone.

Bio: Cass Van Wyck is a Toronto based actress who splits her time between her online sketch comedy group ‘Cookie Biscuits’ and her role as volunteer coordinator at The Storefront Theatre. In addition to her BA in performance from Brock University, Cass has worked with many notable directors including Soheil Parsa, Sonia Norris & Daniel MacIvor. Her latest credits include Mercy Lewis in ‘The Crucible’ (The Kindling Collective) and Bridget in Broken Soil Theatre’s ‘#dirtygirl’ (Audience Choice Award winner at the Hamilton Fringe Festival). Originally from the small town of Fenwick, Ontario, Cass currently lives in Toronto and can normally be found baking chocolate chip cookies and cheering on the jays. She is so excited to be working with the Bygone Theatre team can’t wait to share the work with everyone!

How did you hear about Bygone Theatre and this production of His Girl Friday?

I had worked with the fabulous Sean Jacklin previously and he reached out and mentioned that Bygone Theatre was looking to cast the iconic role of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday. 

What made you want to be involved?/ what do you love about the story?

Bygone Theatre has a reputation for producing amazing work and when I heard there was an opportunity to audition for them, it was a no-brainer. Hildy Johnson is such an amazing character who’s gusto and wit tops most of the male characters which is incredibly refreshing, especially for the 1940s. She is unapologetically vibrant and such a treat to play. 

What’s your favourite old movie?

Wizard of Oz.

Have you been in a show like this before? What else might people have seen you in recently?

I’ve never done a show like this before. Recently I’ve been doing a lot more contemporary theatre including Hamilton Fringe Festival 2016 Audience Choice Award winning production of “#dirtygirl” director by Michael Kras. 

Why should people come and see the show?

As fast paced screwball comedy, His Girl Friday is an absolutely hoot with crazy characters who find them selves in crazier situations – just good ol fashion fun! 

Anything else you want us to know?

I’m so excited for people to see the amazing work this group of talented artists are doing! Going to be a good time!

See Cass live onstage March 2-5, 2017 at the Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum.
Buy your tickets today.