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.



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.

A Summer of Fringe – More Festival Picks

While we are based in Toronto, our talented friends go all over to perform. You recently saw our Top 5 Toronto Fringe Festival list, now it’s time for our Top Fringe Picks that are outside of Toronto, again, all feature a “Friend of Bygone”. Why not take a mini road-trip and check these out? We plan to!

Turtleneck – Storefront Fringe Festival, Kingston, ON (Sean Jacklin)

Turtleneck - 2017 Storefront Fringe Festival, Kingson

Synopsis: Vick is a recovering sex addict on a road to recovery. Along the way she befriends Darcy, a rehabilitation worker. Things seem to be going well for her until she accidentally meets Darcy’s volatile sex-obsessed older brother. What follows is a spiralling chain of events that threatens her new life and the lives of everyone around her. Turtleneck is a dark comedy about sex addiction, pornography, gender roles and the exploration of human limitations.

Featuring: Sean Jacklin, Annie Tuma, Karen Scobie, Bryce Fletch, Steven Vlahos

Sean Jacklin: Recently played hard-boiled newspaper editor Walter Burns in our production of His Girl Friday. Sean is a natural onstage, easily switching between comedy and drama, he can steal the show in any scene he’s in. Definitely worth the drive to Kingston.

Venue:  177 Princess St (formerly XO Lounge), Kingston, ON K7L 1A9

Showtimes: Time is running out on this one! All that remains are;
Friday June 30, 10:30pm
Saturday July 1, 2:00pm

Some Of Us Pretend – Hamilton Fringe Festival (Alex Clay)

Some Of Us Pretend - 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival

Synopsis: A chance encounter between a painter and a writer plants a seed that promises to blossom, that is, until the death of a stranger. What can one do when all they feel is blame? Is it selfish to use art to help heal that pain? Some of us Pretend is a new play by Bricks n’Sticks Productions, the company that brought you Scribe! at the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Featuring: Alex Clay, Brittany Cope and Melinda Jordan

Alex Clay: Alex recently performed as McCue in His Girl Friday, and has also been involved in our Retro Radio Hour performances. He’s a talented and versatile performer, and a super great guy – go see his show. You’ll be glad you did.

Venue: The Player’s Guild of Hamilton, 80 Queen Street South
Hamilton, Ontario, ON L8P3R8. 

July 21 @ 6:00pm
July 22 @ 9:30pm
July 23 @ 8:00pm
July 25 @ 7:30pm
July 27 @ 9:30pm
July 28 @ 5:00pm
July 29 @ 4:00pm

The Blue Bird – Hamilton Fringe Festival (Eric Lehmann)

The Blue Bird - 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Synopsis: Human beings are very odd! Since the death of the Fairies, they see nothing at all and they never suspect it! With the help of a magical diamond, Mytyl is able to finally see the souls of all the things around her. As she embarks on a perilous and exciting journey in search for the mysterious Blue Bird of Happiness, she discovers exactly how much she has been missing. But does she find the Blue Bird?

Featuring: Monique Stinchcombe, Constantine Karzis, Kelly McAllister, Kasha Pinel, Tanisha Sinclair, Marisa McDonald, Eric Lehmann, Jared Doke, Anjali Rai, Holly Pace and Alyssa Blasak.

Eric Lehmann:  You may remember Eric from one of our Retro Radio Hour shows, or from his performances at our Vaudeville Revue. Don’t believe there’s any singing in this one, but we’re excited to see what he’s up to!


Elizabeth Rose Morriss and Eric Lehmann in Bygone Theatre’s Vaudeville Revue

Venue: Aquarius Studio, 190 King William St., Hamilton, ON.

Fri July 21: 8:30pm
Sun July 23: 3:00pm
Mon July 24: 6:00pm
Wed July 26: 8:00pm
Fri July 28: 6:00pm
Sat July 29: 9:00pm
Sun July 30: 3:30pm


Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical – Cast Spotlight – Heather Motut

Heather plays tough-as-nails bartender Teresa in the upcoming Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Heather Motut and I am an actor/singer.  I do both of those things, sometimes at the same time!  I’ve done a little bit of everything: plays, musicals, film, television, improv, and sketch comedy. I love any kind of collaborative project that allows me to work with fellow creative types in the community.  In Kill Sister, Kill!, I  play Teresa, the brassy, trashy, punk bartender who works by choice at “The Butt-hole,”  the most garbage establishment in New York City.
How did you first hear about the production?
I heard about this production through Jamieson.  We were on set for another project and he told me about the auditions.

What has been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process so far?
My favourite moment of the rehearsal process was the call back.  It was the first time I got to work with the material and I had an absolute blast.  It was also the first time I saw Astrid and Samantha work together, and I thought they were the bees knees.  Seeing these ladies, and hearing Drac and Jamieson’s hilarious script, and Mike’s gorgeous music, made me really want to be a part of this show.

Tell us about your character – what do you like best about her? What do you find challenging?
Teresa is an absolute treat to play.  She’s Queen of the Dregs for sure, but she’s got a good heart and is a smart judge of character. She stands up for people being abused or taken advantage of.  She sees Ronnie for the good egg he is and takes an interest in his making something of himself, something better than just his brother’s lackey. I love how honest and irreverent she can be.  Teresa is a true punk who celebrates complete freedom of action and attitude. It’s such a joy to play a character that is so  uninhibited, and I get to indulge so many delicious parts of my personality. The New York dialect definitely presents a challenge, but I’m finding so much of it comes from an attitude more than anything.  Watching a lot of George Carlin’s stuff has really helped me find that “Balls to the Wall” attitude this character needs.

Why should people come see the show?
I think people should come see this show because its going to be a lot of fun. Where else are you gonna see ”Kill Bill meets Sister Act” !?!!!??!?!?  It’s one of the most electric, bold, and joyous productions I’ve ever been involved in.  I’m a fan of anyone who takes risks in what they create, and the people involved in this production should get a friggen medal for that.
Have any funny rehearsal stories to share?
I have absolutely no funny or embarrassing rehearsal anecdotes to share. Rehearsals have all been very run of the mill, restrained, and all business all the time.  Very little fun has been had by anyone, and we’ve really kept a lid on silliness and mischief of any kind. Very serious bunch.
Check out Heather on the off-Broadway stage at Theatre 80, August 26-30, 2015. Tickets available now online.

AUDITIONS – Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical

Bygone Theatre is currently accepting audition submissions for our upcoming production of Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical, set to premiere at the New York City International Fringe Festival August 2015.


Directed by Jamieson Child
Written by Drac Dillinger & Jamieson Child
Music by Mikey Zahorak
Produced by Emily Dix

A Psychotronic Hell-trip of Song, Sleaze and Revenge! A nun, doing God’s work on the filthy streets of 70s New York, reunites with her beloved sister to celebrate her wedding. Their night of revelry is despoiled by two vulgar, depraved sickos. Left for dead and robbed of her sister and her voice, the Woman of God rebuilds herself as a Weapon of Hellbent Vengeance!

Ronnie: A young punk, eager to impress his big brother, Ronnie isn’t the brightest, the baddest, or the best with the ladies, but he has a good heart.

Dagger: Ronnie’s older brother, Dag is a violent, drug-fueled psycho who uses & abuses everyone he’s with, including his little brother.

Lily: A god-fearing nun doing her best to clean up the streets of NYC. Sheltered & a little naive, the only family she has is her sister, Kitty.

Kitty: A born wild-child, Kitty has worked in Vegas as a “dancer”. While she loves her older sister, she is the complete opposite of Lily and spends her time drinking, dancing & screwing.

NOTE: As the show is still being completed, vocal ranges can vary. We are looking for performers with great character and a strong voice who are willing to workshop the show for a couple months and develop songs that will suit their voices.

To request an audition, please send your headshot & resume to Producer Emily Dix at, no later than Wednesday July 3, 2015. Those selected for an audition will be contacted to schedule a date and time in early June.

Bygone Theatre’s Toronto 2014 Fringe Picks

Every year the Toronto Fringe Festival puts on over a hundred plays; varying genres, every topic you can imagine in theatres and found spaces across downtown Toronto. While we always want to get out and see them all, with over 150 plays in just over a week, sadly, that can not be done. So, we’re doing what we suspect most local artists do, and focusing first on the plays that have some of our talented friends in them. So here’s our top 2 fringe picks with actors who’ve worked with Bygone in the past:

  The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward
Friend of Bygone: Geoff Kolomayz, actor in “Retro Radio Hour” and “Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special”.
Synopsis: Learn the shocking true story of The Assassination of Robert Ford! You will be amazed that this tall tale is factual, actual and tragically true.
Come see Tyler Séguin and Joel Lightman host an evening with Geoff Mays as the man who shot Robert Ford! This new script was penned by directed by Adam Bailey, directer of previous Fringe hit: The Enchanted Crackhouse.

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3
Show Dates and Times:
July 02 at 08:45 PM
July 05 at 09:45 PM
July 06 at 12:00 PM
July 08 at 06:15 PM
July 09 at 12:15 PM
July 10 at 05:45 PM
July 12 at 11:00 PM

Play: Group Therapy
Friend of Bygone: Elizabeth Rose Morris, performer in “Retro Radio Hour”
Synopsis: Group Therapy is an original musical comedy that follows six strangers struggling with 21st century afflictions and other minor disorders, who are having problems with the process of therapy. Deciding to take matters into their own hands, they band together and create a support group of their own, in the hopes that it will benefit them more. The show is punctuated with appearances by the characters’ therapist, as she expresses concern for the outcome of their experiment. Through the exploration of each individual, the show challenges the audience to weigh the importance of institutional therapy versus social support. This musical seeks to de-stigmatize the subjects of therapy and mental disorder, by speaking openly about the issues involved and showcasing characters that, while afflicted, are still extremely relatable to audience members. While in no way minimizing the importance of their afflictions, the show highlights the fact that just because the characters suffer from these issues, does not mean that their every action is guided by them. The show also accurately portrays and embraces it’s time, and seeks to invite a discussion about how the era that the characters live in affects their view of themselves and of what is expected of them. Ultimately, this is a story of growth, friendship, and self-acceptance.
Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3
Show Dates & Times:
Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm
Friday, July 4, 2014 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Monday, July 7, 2014 – 10:30pm – 12:00am
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 9:45pm – 11:15pm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

UPDATE: The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward won Best of the Fringe! Congrats guys!

Dial M For Murder – Crew Spotlight – Alexis Budd

Alexis is the fight director for “Dial M For Murder”. He has worked previously with director Emily Dix, but this is his first show with Bygone Theatre.

Fight Director Alexis Budd

Fight Director Alexis Budd

Bio: Alexis Budd is a Toronto based theatre artist. He has done fight direction on shows such as “We Are The Bomb” and “The Unseen Hand” (Theatre Brouhaha), and “Romeo & Juliet” (Hart House Theatre). He has also performed as a musician/foley artist in such shows as “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and “The Unseen Hand” (Brouhaha) and “We Walk Among You” (Artichoke Heart Collective) which recently returned from the Montreal Fringe Festival. He is pleased to be working with the wonderful and talented people at Bygone Theatre.

Friends of Bygone – Orphaned Egret Productions

Brandon Wicke is a long time friend of Bygone’s former producer, Tom Beattie. This summer, Brandon took his play “Third Person” across Canada, and as he is soon mounting the show here in Toronto, we took a few minutes to learn a bit more about Orphaned Egret Productions and the show.

Brandon Wicke's "Third Person"

Brandon Wicke’s “Third Person”

1. What is your role with Orphaned Egret Productions and “Third Person”?

I suppose I’m a co-founder of Orphaned Egret, as well as something like an “Artistic Director”, though we haven’t really donned such titles so-to-speak. For the company, I handle things like promotions and correspondence with festivals on behalf of the company. As far as Third Person is concerned, I’m the playwright and director.

2. Give us Orphaned Egret’s history – how and why did it get started?

Orphaned Egret really came into being when we decided to bring Third Person to the Montreal Fringe this past June. While the five members of OE had all worked together in various capacities during our time at Concordia University here in Montreal, Fringe marked our first collaboration as professional theatre artists. Our plans eventually grew to include a summer-long cross-Canada tour of the play, with stops in Montreal, Stratford, Hamilton, Toronto, and Vancouver.

3. Give us a quick run-down of “Third Person”

Third Person is half music-hall slapstick antics and half soul-searching philosophical exploration, the marriage of which makes the show a very unique and exciting theatrical experience. Above all, it’s an absurdist comedy, but one which will leave you thinking differently about our place in the universe. The most memorable aspect of our production is the beautifully designed stop-motion text, which scrolls in live conversation with our actors throughout the play, challenging characters and audiences with snappy retorts and malicious tricks. I guarantee you’ve never seen text used so engagingly.

4. What has been your favourite part of working on “Third Person”?

The whole process has been a sheer delight, and of course it’s difficult to pick a favourite element. I would say one of the most exciting things for me personally has been speaking with audience members after shows and hearing their own interpretations of the work. I’ve been told comparisons to Plato’s allegory of the cave, Descartes’ arguments on determinism, Calvinist religious theory, and eastern theology, as well as others I can’t recall. It’s so humbling to hear that the script has provoked such thoughtful insights in our audience members, and I count myself very lucky that they’ve been excited enough to share them with me.

5. Any fun rehearsal/performance stories or anecdotes you’d like to share? 1079727_10153076668560594_436094160_n

At the Fringe-for-All promo event just before our run at the Montreal Fringe Festival, we prepared to take the stage for our two-minute slapstick routine. The act immediately before us was a dance troupe whose promo starred a trio of attractive, partially nude women. Tough act to follow. We carried on regardless and got plenty of big laughs from the loosened up crowd, going on to have a great run at the Fringe.

6. Where and when can everyone see the show?

We’ll be at the Imperial Pub on 54 Dundas Street East, August 15th (8pm), 16th (8 & 10), and 17th (8pm) which is a Thursday through Saturday stretch. This is the same stretch that Bygone is presenting their wonderful DIAL M FOR MURDER, which you should make sure to see first. I hope it whets your whistle for theatre enough to share another evening of your weekend with us. The show’s 50 minutes long, and tickets will be pay-what-you-can at the door.

7. Anything else we should know?

Follow our twitter @OrphanedEgret for updates throughout our summer tour, and come enjoy a great weekend of theatre with us in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much to Emily and the folks at Bygone, and I can’t wait to see Dial M!