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!

Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special – Performer Spotlight – Geoff Kolomayz

Artistic Director Emily Dix first met Geoff when working as the costume designer for Two Wolves Theatre’s production of “Sundance” for the 2012 Toronto Fringe. Impressed by his acting, she invited him to be a part of the first “Retro Radio Hour” and is thrilled to have him back for the Holiday Special. Be sure to check out his blog and his website for updates on all his projects.

Geoff Kolomayz

Geoff Kolomayz

What made you want to be a part of Bygone Theatre’s “Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special”?
Well I don’t remember how I heard about the first Retro Radio Hour reading series, but I had such fun last time I was climbing over people to come out and do it again.

What is your favourite  holiday tv special?
Every year I diligently, because I love them, watch the stop motion animated classics Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.  These hold some of my earliest memories of what Christmas is.  Sitting down with hot chocolate and family to watch the TV special and ramp up my imagination of everything Christmas.  It still hits me.  Of course I now include A Christmas Story in that annual watching.

What is your fondest holiday memory?
I could never sleep on Christmas Eve. Really, I was up to 6am.  So sitting at the top of stairs waiting for Santa to arrive.

What is your most embarrassing holiday memory?
Ever try on boxer shorts for family to make sure the gift from England fits? Don’t try it.

Why should everyone come to see “Retro Radio Hour”?
What more could you ask for, a night of old school radio plays to set the mood and bring back the nostalgia of Christmas’ past.  Come out for the fun, the drink, the nostalgia and friends.

Be sure to check out Geoff and all our other talented performers on Saturday November 30th, 8pm at the Winchester Kitchen. Tickets are only $5! Check out our event page for details.