Each year hundreds of shows vie for a spot at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, randomly drawn from a hat as part of its non-juried lottery. And even while the number of queer offerings in 2015 doesn’t come close to recent years, there are still a number of shows that will be of interest to the LGBTQ+ community.
Here is our guide to the queer shows (and more) at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Be sure to visit Vancouver Presents for full coverage of this year’s festival.
A Weekend Near Madison – Vanessa arrives with her lesbian lover Sammy for a weekend visit with her college friends David, his wife Doe, and his younger brother Jim—her ex-lover. As Vanessa asks Jim to father her child, the play charts the funny journey of the four friends’ political alliances, especially the chasm that has opened up between men and political women.
Do I Have To Do Everything My Fucking Self? – the one-woman cabaret by Regina a.k.a. the alter ego of Toronto indie musician Gentleman Reg. The show features comedy based storytelling, interspersed with songs by Light Fires, the electronic dance act Regina created with James Bunton (Ohbijou). Set within a “night with Regina”’ framework, a la Sandra Bernhard, you get laughs, songs and high kicks!
Saturn Returns – every 29 years, Saturn orbits the sun and lands in the exact position at the time of our birth, marking significant life stages: adulthood, mid-life crisis, and “golden years” of wisdom. It’s a tremendous time of change and reflection. Saturn Returns is an entertaining and moving collection of women’s personal stories. Come along for the ride!
Baker’s Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets – rub-a-dub-dub, the Baker was found dead in the tub! Now his husband the Butcher is on trial. And what ever happened to this mysterious Candlestick Maker? A single puppeteer, Adam Francis Proulx, transforms one puppet into the 12 members of the jury in this courtroom puppet dramedy!
Plus a few others we think you should not miss:
The O.C.: The Musical – creators of the 2012 Pick of the Fringe, Riverview High, return with an unauthorized musical parody of the prime time television teen drama. Teen love and teen angst merge with original music, and even a drag queen.
Mercutio & Tybalt – forget the star-crossed lovers, what if Juliet’s bloodthirsty cousin and Romeo’s impish pal had been friends? A bromance for the ages, the re-imagined take on the Shakespeare classic, written in iambic pentameter, features a gender-bend cast.
Lust & Marriage – gay sex columnist Dan Savage features in this intimate comedy that explores monogamy, polyamory, and what happens when two become three.