Island Fringe Festival starts Aug. 2
Festival this week will have eight productions to choose from
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. islandfringe.com, or look on Twitter at @islandfringe, or pick up a Fringe program distributed at various locations in Charlottetown.