Our (gay) guide to the Fringe

With over 600 performances from 83 shows, the 2010 Vancouver International Fringe Festival is bound to have something for everyone, including Vancouver’s LGBTQ community.  Here is our (gay) guide to what’s happening at this year’s Fringe.

Vancouver Fringe FestWhile the LGBTQ content might not quite represent 10% of the shows at this year’s festival, we did manage to find a few that not only have LGBTQ content, but also a couple with members of the GLBTQ community on stage or in the director’s chair.

As the Festival draws closer we will have a more indepth look at each of these shows with interviews with the performers, writers and directors involved.

Show dates and times were accurate to date of publication.  Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for complete listings and ticket information.

Racoonery!

Racoonery!Following its premiere at the Queer Arts Festival, award-winning queer comedian and gay icon Morgan Brayton brings Racoonery! and its collection of new and favourite characters to the Fringe: an aging vaudevillian with a scandalous secret, a moth in love, and a hard-partying high school valedictorian. Combined with hilarious, original songs by Brayton and Laura Lee Schultz (drummer for the queer punk band, The Skinjobs), Racconery! is Morgan at her finest.

Review Read our Raccoonery! review here.

More! Read our Raccoonery! preview here.

Performance Works, 1218 Cartright Street, Granville Island

Thursday, Sept 9, 6:45pm
Saturday, Sept 11, 8:35pm
Tuesday, Sept 14, 5:25pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 10:25pm
Friday, Sept 17, 7:00pm
Sunday, Sept 19, 12:25pm

a cynic tells love stories

A Cynic Tells Love Stories

In A Cynic Tells Love Stories Minneapolis writer, comedian, and spoken word performer Katherine Glover looks at love through four different lenses: the hopeless romantic, the cynic, the slut, and the wife. The stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking as Glover fumbles along seducing porn stars, falling for straight girls, and trying to force her emotions to be logical. Along the way she explores the ironies of the word “slut” and gives a primer on what it means—and doesn’t mean—to be bisexual.

Review Read our A Cynic Tells Love Stories review here.

More! Read our q&a with Katherine Glover.

Origins Coffee, 1245 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Thursday, Sept 9, 8:45pm
Saturday, Sept 11, 9:10pm
Sunday, Sept 12, 3:20pm
Sunday, Sept 12, 9:15pm
Monday, Sept 13, 7:15pm
Wednesday, Sept 15, 7:15pm
Saturday, Sept 18, 9:15pm
Sunday, Sept 19, 3:05pm

Fucking stephen harper

Fucking Stephen HarperRob Salerno, a regular contributor to Xtra and Xtra West, was assigned to interview the leaders of the federal political parties in advance of the 2008 election. But in the course of securing an interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Salerno was arrested for sexually assaulting the PM. Now on tour promoting his best selling memoir of the incident – Fucking Stephen Harper: How I Sexually Assaulted the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and Saved Democracy – you can finally come hear his side of the story.

Review Read our Fucking Stephen Harper review here.

More! Read our Fucking Stephen Harper preview here.

More! Spend 69 seconds with Rob Salerno.

Performance Works, 1218 Cartright Street, Granville Island

Friday, Sept 10, 11:00pm
Saturday, Sept 11, 4:55pm
Sunday, Sept 12, 12:00 Noon
Monday, Sept 13, 6:45pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 8:30pm
Saturday, Sept 18, 7:35pm

brown girl in the ring

Brown Girl in the Ring

Queer artist Valerie Mason-John brings her one-woman show, Brown Girl in the Ring, to the Havana as part of the Festival’s BYOV series. Editor of Talking Black: Lesbians of African and Asian Descent Speak Out, Mason-John wrote and stars in this show that asks the question, “What if black people are biologically connected to the European royals?” Queenie claims to be the Queen of England and reveals what the royal family has kept secret: African blood ties and homosexuality.

Review Read our Brown Girl in the Ring review here.

More! Read our  Brown Girl in the Ring preview here

More! Spend 69 seconds with Valerie Mason-John.

Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Friday, Sept 10, 6:30pm
Saturday, Sept 11, 7:45pm
Sunday, Sept 12, 5:45pm
Monday, Sept 13, 9:00pm
Tuesday, Sept 14, 7:15pm
Friday, Sept 17, 6:30pm
Saturday, Sept 18, 4:00pm

HEPTADEMIC REDUX

Heptademic Redux!Gay Vancouver actor and Studio 58 grad Gui Fontanezzi reprises his role in this Hardline Productions presentation as fantasy and reality colide as seven strangers are quarantined during an epidemic (or should we say Heptademic).

Review Read our Heptademic Redux review here.

More! Read our interview with Heptademic Redux‘s Gui Fontanezzi.

Little Mountain Studios, 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver

Friday, Sept 10, 8:00pm
Saturday, Sept 11, 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, Sept 12, 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Monday, Sept 13, 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Wednesday, Sept 15, 8:00pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 8:00pm
Friday, Sept 17, 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Saturday, Sept 18, 6:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, Sept 19, 6:00pm & 8:00pm

The Dali Hours

The Dali HoursGay writer and director Javier Vilalta presents The Dali Hours from Calgary’s Maple Salsa.  In a quest for eternal youth, a little man embarks on a journey giving him the opportunity to be part of several recreations of Dali’s famous paintings and learn more about his abstract artistry, his anxiety for the scientific, and above all, his eternal quest to conquer time.

More! Read our q&a with Javier Vilalta.

Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston Street, Granville Island

Friday, Sept 10, 11:00pm
Saturday, Sept 11, 4:55pm
Sunday, Sept 12, 12:00 Noon
Monday, Sept 13, 6:45pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 8:30pm
Saturday, Sept 18, 7:35pm

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