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Our gay guide to the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival

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Inspired by a real-life New Brunswick murder, Model Wanted is a fierce examination of poverty, substance abuse, and sexuality.

While perhaps not quite the jackpot we saw last year, there are still plenty of LGBTQ stories to be found at the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival.   Here is our guide to the show’s you don’t want to miss this year.

Model Wanted

A bright kid on the verge of high school graduation, Ross finds himself on the killing end of a bloodied pair of scissors.  Inspired by a real-life New Brunswick murder, Model Wanted is a fierce examination of poverty, substance abuse, and sexuality that forces us to ask what role society norms plays in shaping its so-called monsters.

Tickets and show times: http://www.vancouverfringe.com

Members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein enjoy some quiche. Photo by M. Zambert.

Members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein enjoy some quiche. Photo by M. Zambert.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

It’s 1956 and somewhere in Middle America the “widows” of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are honouring the egg which they declare to be “as close to the Lord Jesus as a piece of food can get.”  And you’re invited!  But when the threat of a nuclear attack seals everyone inside the meeting room, things take a darkly comic turn as the women finally admit who they really are.

Tickets and show times:  http://www.vancouverfringe.com

The Troll and the Three Lesbians Gruff

Vancouver’s lesbian theatre company goes outside with this site-specific theatre experience inspired by a traditional Norwegian folk tale.  Taking place under the footbridge of the False Creek Community Centre on Granville Island, the story follows a troll who feeds off the negative energy of a community of lesbians.  Throw in a boat, a campfire and some live music and you have the makings of a uniquely Fringe event.

Tickets and info: http://www.vancouverfringe.com

Alison Wearing in her one-woman show Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter.  Photo by Mindy Gough Photography.

Alison Wearing in her one-woman show Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter. Photo by Mindy Gough Photography.

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter

Based on her new book, Alison Wearing’s one-woman show tells the true story of growing up with a gay father.  Leading a double-life as a gay man on the weekend and a father and husband during the week, Wearing explores both her father’s coming out and her own process of dealing with being a gay dad.

Tickets and info: http://www.vancouverfringe.com

The Last Piece

Who said print was dead?  This lesbian romantic comedy makes a return engagement, to once again tell its story of two women who meet in a bookstore and suddenly find themselves on a date.

Tickets and info: http://www.vancouverfringe.com

Mac Attack

Don’t let the website description confuse you; playwright Michael Beamish has re-written his play three times since submitting a description to the Fringe Festival.  From a political satire to a forbidden gay romance, the play gets our stamp of approval based solely on its deliriously odd press release (although to be fair Beamish did win an award for a previous version of his play, not the one you’re going to see mind you).

Tickets and info: http://www.vancouverfringe.com

The 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 5 – 15, 2013.  Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.

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