Is­land Fringe Fes­ti­val starts Aug. 2

Fes­ti­val this week will have eight pro­duc­tions to choose from

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Is­land Fringe Fes­ti­val runs Aug. 3-6 with eight pro­duc­tions in to­tal to choose from.

P.E.I.’s Justin Shaw will be per­form­ing in his pre­mier pro­duc­tion “The Wrestling Play”. It’s about some­one fol­low­ing their dreams and tak­ing com­mand of their own life.

His stage fea­tures a wrestling ring set up in Rochford Square.

At the Start-Up Zone, cor­ner of Queen and Wa­ter Street, there’s a pro­duc­tion ti­tled, “What’s So Funny About?” It’s a talk-show­style per­for­mance by Char­lot­te­town Sam MacDon­alds that ex­plores the hu­mour within dif­fer­ent oc­cu­pa­tions.

Also in­cluded in this year’s pro­gram is “The Run­away Game”, from Mon­treal, which ex­plores how peo­ple deal with trauma.

Trav­el­ling in from Toronto is a per­for­mance of “Perk up, pi­anist!” It is Sarah Hagen’s true story of life as a con­cert pi­anist, pair­ing mu­sic and sto­ry­telling with her own brand of com­edy.

Two shows from the United States will be on stage for the Is­land fes­ti­val. “If I Were Me… I’d Know What I Want” bills is a “funny and poignant tale of one woman’s 50 year jour­ney to come back to her true na­ture.

Also on stage from the U.S. will be “Ship of Dreams”, a dance the­atre piece with P.E.I. roots.

Two more lo­cal pro­duc­tions round out the line-up. They in­clude Rory Stark­man’s “Just the Way It Is” ex­plores one per­son’s jour­ney to dis­cover their iden­tity be­yond the gen­der bi­nary and Dana Doucette’s “Per­sonal Phi­los­o­phy”, a stand-up com­edy show fea­tur­ing Doucette and co­me­dian, au­thor, and re­tired coun­try mu­sic DJ Mark McCue.

In ad­di­tion to th­ese main shows, the Is­land Fringe will host the Kids’ Fringe Gar­den Party on Au­gust 4 from 2-4 p.m. in Rochford Square, fea­tur­ing cro­quet, cos­tumes, and tea.

For night owls there is a Fringe Af­ter Dark event from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. each day.

Nerdy and Nice on Aug. 3 will fea­ture board-game play at Small Print Board Game Café. Broad­way Karaoke is on Aug. 4 at Marc’s Lounge, where par­tic­i­pants can sing their favourite mu­si­cal num­ber along­side a live piano player.

Also at Marc’s Lounge the next day, Aug. 5, is an in­vi­ta­tion for the pub­lic to try stand-up per­for­mance dur­ing Com­edy Cen­tral, an open-mic show.

The clos­ing party will be hold Aug. 6 at the Hav­i­land Club.

To be­gin, how­ever, there is the an­nual Poetry in the Wild launch party on Wed­nesdy, Aug. 2 at Marc’s Lounge.

The 2017 Is­land Fringe Fes­ti­val is spon­sored in part by the City of Char­lot­te­town and the Prov­ince of Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

For a de­tailed sched­ule of per­for­mances, visit www. is­land­, or look on Twit­ter at @is­land­fringe, or pick up a Fringe pro­gram dis­trib­uted at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Char­lot­te­town.

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