Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

2019 Fringe Show Listing

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“Equity Rules”

A young woman’s audition takes a dark turn, when the director demands that she strip down for the role. Exploring … Read More

Cast: Cortnee Pope, Joshua Perry Fleming
Playwright: Jason Sherman
Director: Brian Morton
Stage Manager: Larry Smith

Venue:

Tickets: $9 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

(Sex) Cult: A Musical (S)explosion

(Sex) Cult: A Musical (S)explosion is a hilarious, irreverent take on sex, friendship, religion, sex, mental health and jizz. Unhappy … Read More

Created by: Becka Jay and Leete Stetson
Directed by: Ryan F. Hughes

Venue:

$12 for Adults (Backer Button Required)

A Time of Future Tales

In the hopefully-not-so-near future, a group of apocalypse survivors gather in a junkyard for a night of festivities. They share … Read More

Cast: Noah Beemer, Meghan Caine, Liam Crober-Best, Eudes La Roche-Francoeur, Alexa Macdougall, Katie Martin, Russel Niessen, Tevra Plamondon, Braeden Soltys, and Elise Wilson
Creator: Eudes La Roche-Francoeur
Director: Macayla Paris
Musical Director: Juliette Jones

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

A Two Piece

A vacation from reality. A rush of new love that saturates your system. Is it a rediscovery of innocence or … Read More

Cast: Carleen Zouboules, Christian Lavigne, Hannah Shikatani, Jenna Schievink, Kirsten Sullivan, Krista Newey, Mikaela Orford
Choreographers: Georgi DiRocco, Jake Poloz

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required) Kids: $5

A Woman of a Certain Age (R)

A hilarious, poignant and truthful portrayal of six aging women, pushed to the edge by the demands of family and … Read More

Cast: Wendy Froberg
Written by: Wendy Froberg
Directed by: Valerie Ann Pearson

Venue:

$12 for Adults (Backer Button Required)

Animal Show

A true story about caring for unwanted animals in Animal Rescue and the responsibility/hilarity that goes with it. From rescuing … Read More

Cast: Katie Hood
Playwright: Katie Hood
Director/Dramaturge: Paul Hutcheson

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Babel-o-drome

Come take part in an immersive, multimedia and multilingual journey on the grounds of Hamilton’s beautiful historic Museum of Steam … Read More

Cast: collectifbus123 & the Element choir
Creator: Collectif BUS 1.2.3.
Collaboration with: Element choir

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required) Kids: $5

Back Home

Mr. Forbes promised to spend the last evening with his daughter Keenya before she goes to live with her mother. … Read More

PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR: Tien Providence
PRODUCER: Malinda Francis
CAST: Jennah Foster Catlack +

Venue:

Adults: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required), Kids: $5

Bad Ideas

Bad Ideas is a collection of 9 stories, told by just 4 actors, through 33 characters. Our stories explore what … Read More

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Dylan Duarte
STAGE MANAGER: David Rundle
CAST: Maddie Krusto, Mykola Paskaruk, Bil Cho, Kyle Billie

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Bedwetter

You’ve heard the jokes about bedwetters, but have you ever listened to the stories? Tamlynn Bryson recounts her sometimes heartbreaking, … Read More

Cast: Tamlynn Bryson
Playwright: Tamlynn Bryson and Kyle Kimmerly
Director: Kyle Kimmerly

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Black Wool Jacket

​Black Wool Jacket spins true tales from a wild nightclub coat check. Meet Nat, bookish PhD student in desperate need … Read More

Cast: Natalie Frijia

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Bungalow

Bungalow is a play you might find happening in your front yard. Sky Gilbert’s take on gentrification is to write … Read More

Cast: Shaun McComb, Tim Walker

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Bushtits, Shihtzus & Private Dicks: All’s Fur in Love & Noir

When Les buys the iconic fedora worn by a famed 1940’s movie detective, the lines between reality and film noir … Read More

Cast: Trevor Matheson & Melissa Dorsey

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Charly’s Piano

Charly’s Piano tells the true tale of Charly as a young hippie looking for work in Toronto in 1972. He … Read More

Cast: Charly Chiarelli
Playwright: Charly Chiarelli and Ronald Weihs
Director: Ronald Weihs
Songs: Charly Chiarelli

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Clit Wit! A Feminist Rude Awakening /Shoddy Feminist

From the 3x Canadian Comedy Award nominated creator of THE COCKWHISPERER-A Love Story. A shoddy at best feminist navigates a … Read More

Cast: Colette Kendall
Performer/Playwright: Colette Kendall

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Come to the Edge!

The Watchers of the Edge, arrived in their single blade helicopter. Enjoy our Come to the Edge Cafe, a peaceful … Read More

Ensemble: ADCID Artists, Musicians, Wheelchair Dancers, Live Scenographers

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required), Kids: $5

Confessions of an Operatic Mute

Canadian Comedy Award recipient, Briane Nasimok remounts his critically acclaimed show. CBC Writes – “One of the Top Ten Fringe … Read More

CAST: Briane Nasimok

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

David Brennan Exhumed

David Brennan (The Imponderables – Canadian Comedy Awards Winners x5, Just For Laughs Gala, CBC) presents “David Brennan Exhumed.” It’s … Read More

Director: Melissa Raftis
Art: Tony Lombardo (@lblstudio) and Peter Riddihough (hoffworks.com)

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Diamond in the Rough

A heartfelt, feel-good musical featuring 15 new, original songs. Through a twist of fate, Neil Diamond performs, unrecognized, in a … Read More

CAST: Michelle La Haise, Chris Cracknell, Leonard Cain, Will Gillespie and Susan Robinson.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Will Gillespie
PRODUCER: Susan Robinson
STAGE MANAGER: Liz Buchanan

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Diamonds on Plastic

Doris, a middle-aged suburban shopaholic housewife in an unhappy marriage, loves jewellery, shoes and clothes. A Southern belle transplanted to … Read More

Cast: Margaret Lamarre
Playwright/Director: Philip Cairns

Venue:

$9 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Dungee the Dragon & The Just-Okay Juggler

Stories by Dan takes you back to the Middle Ages where the Kingdom of Awesome is under attack by a … Read More

Cast: Dan Boyer
Playwright: Dan Boyer

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required), Kids 12 and Under: $5

Fairytale Femdom

Professional Dominatrix, Mistress Winter, has long been content to forego the husband, house, dog and white picket fence in order … Read More

PLAYWRIGHT: Caitlin Robson
CAST: Caitlin Robson

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Final Log

Stranded on an unknown island, hunted by unseen enemies drawing ever closer, Rufus Courland tells his story. A story of … Read More

DIRECTOR/SET DESIGN: Morgan Bedard
WRITER: Jim McCaskill
SOUND/POSTER DESIGN: Matt Lishman
CAST: Jim McCaskill

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Fuckboys the Musical

Karaoke night, every Wednesday, with your best friends in the world. What could possibly mess that up? You guessed it: … Read More

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Hamilton For Beginners

All kinds of people from the GTA have moved to Hamilton in recent years to escape ridiculous housing prices and … Read More

Cast: Mark McNeil

Venue:

$9 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

HCA Teen Creation Collective: Connection

An ensemble of young artists who have spent two weeks studying devised theatre have created a piece about the rich … Read More

Cast: Hamilton Youth Actors

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required) Kids: $5

How to Confront a Rhinoceros

An enormous protest erupts in the city of Freedomville when the newly elected rhinoceros mayor flies an offensive flag at … Read More

PLAYWRIGHT: Tyler Graham
DIRECTORS: Tyler Graham and Jocelyn Graham
DESIGNER: Jocelyn Graham
CAST: Tyler Graham

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Infinite Sequels

Urged on by his pal, The Violin, a rich musical soundtrack and the hypnotic amber of a fine Macallan 18, … Read More

WRITTEN/DIRECTED: David Stones
MUSIC PRODUCER: David Forrester
CAST: David Stones as The Poet; Tom Gannon Hamilton as The Violin

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Izzy and the Naz

Two storytellers, two chairs, more than two stories. Four-time CBC Literary Prize finalist, Izzy Ferguson and Canadian Comedy Award recipient … Read More

Cast: Izzy Ferguson, Briane Nasimok

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Jimmy Hogg: Like A Virgin

Multiple award-winning English comedian, and fringe favourite Jimmy Hogg arrives in Hamilton with his “piss your pants funny” (Plank Magazine) … Read More

WRITTEN BY JIMMY HOGG
Directed by: Chris Wilson
CAST: Jimmy Hogg

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)

Journey to the East

Journey to the East is a Physical Theatre piece that follows a WWI refugee. Loosely based on Hermann Hesse’s novella, … Read More

Cast: Trevor Copp, Mike Hannigan, Zach Parsons
Director: Richard Beaune

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

La Nuit du Vagabond

An oppressive force prevents a group of beings from finding their freedom. Searching for a better place, they overcome obstacles … Read More

Cast: Tanis MacArthur, Tricia Cook, Michelle Prosek, Asia Laviolette, Lisa Crapsi, Emma Smith, Tammy Penny, Grace Loney, Sarah Perkins
Director: Lori Le Mare
Costume Designer: Tanis MacArthur
Mask Maker: Melanie Skene

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Leila Live!

Leila is back in Hamilton with a brand new cabaret! This real-life Persian Princess is seeking a real guy who … Read More

Cast: Leila
Playwright: Leila
Director: Leila's Mother
Designer: Leila

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)

Lost Lake

David Auburn’s Lost Lake is a compelling drama involving an African-American single mother of two from New York City, in … Read More

Cast: Melissa Murray-Mutch & Jason Thompson.
Special thanks to Lori Lamare and the Cotton Factory

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required) Kids: $5

Me as Well as Also

Ash and Sprocket inhabit a shared apartment. Siblings, roommates or friends, the exact nature of their relationship is unclear: the … Read More

Cast: Bridget Odette and Connor Jessome
Written by: Bridget Odette
Co-Directed by: Victoria Caravaggio and Bridget Odette
Executive Produced by: Terrance and Alicia Odette

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Mercury Man : The Last Performance of Orson Welles

While recording the voice of a cartoon, robot, planet, Orson Welles meets his ‘Biggest Fan,’ reflects on his early career … Read More

Cast: Cora Matheson, Rod McTaggart, Joel Pettigrew, Adrian Gorrissen
Production Manager Christina Hoxson
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Shan Fernando

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)

Monster

A surreal film. A brutal murder. A recurring nightmare. A song by Burt Baccharach. How does it all fit together? … Read More

DIRECTOR: Sean Aileen McClelland
PLAYWRIGHT: Daniel MacIvor
GENERAL MANAGER: Chelsea Wilson
CAST: Colin Bruce Anthes

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)

My Breast Self

Breastfeeding is about more than just milk. My Breast Self depicts one woman’s struggle with breastfeeding, and every new parent’s … Read More

Cast: Emanuela Hall
Sophie: Emanuela Hall
Playwright/Director: Emanuela Hall

Venue:

$9 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

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not_ALL.? filetype: Unknown inhabits the alluring battle of gender rights, with neither side being apologetic of their weapons and marks. … Read More

DIRECTOR/DESIGNER: Shayna Robinson
PRODUCER: Jessica Bowmer
CAST: Katherine Basile - She; Daniel Sutherland - He; Jordan M. Burns - Them

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

One Last Toast to the Schafer Street Queen

Featuring live music, this mind-bending new musical follows the residents of Red Creek, Alberta, a formerly prosperous mining town. Gathering … Read More

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Bill Reill
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: David Bernacki
WRITER/COMPOSER: Jordan May
CAST: Matt Morrison, Holly Marshall, David Bernacki, Andrew Bevilacqua, Emily Zathey, Bill Reill, Jesse Manou, Jordan May

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Join Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing … Read More

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Slow Dancing With Mediocre Boys

BAD CHOICES. BAD KISSES. WORSE OUTFITS. Being a teenager in the early 2000s isn’t easy, but Grace has it covered. … Read More

WRITER: Grace Smith
DIRECTOR: Kat Letwin
CAST: Grace Smith

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Squeeze My Cans

A true story of “Surviving Scientology”. Told with masterful fluidity and hilarious jabs, this solo show takes you down the … Read More

Cast: Cathy Schenkelberg
Writer/Performer/Producer: Cathy Schenkelberg
Director: Shirley Anderson

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Swipe Right For Love: A Musical Improv Show

The Understudies are back for their fourth consecutive Hamilton Fringe with Swipe Right For Love, the musical improv show for … Read More

Cast: Adriana Alfano, Kristi Boulton, Michael Divinski, Andrew Hopps
Musician: Steve McRae
Stage Manager: Rose Usenica

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

The Bottom of the Cup

A wife with more questions than answers. A policewoman with a chip on her shoulder and something to prove. A … Read More

Cast: Janice Harvey, Catherine Meyer
Director: Mike Ranieri
Writer: Alison Minors

Venue:

Tickets: $9 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

The Butler: A Superhero Detective Story

Who cleans up the messes made by superheroes? Who takes care of the day-to-day maintenance of the superheroes’ lives? Who … Read More

CAST: Elizabeth Martin, Olivia Prunean, Ramzey Zourob, Shanice Bowrin, Karlie Starchuk and Ben Straughan.
WRITER: William P. Erskine
DIRECTOR: Adam Bryan & William P. Erskine

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required), Kids (Age 12 and Under): $5

THE EASTER BUNNY

THE EASTER BUNNY is a monologue in which audience members will have an opportunity to experience, and be a party … Read More

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

The Greatest Minds

When a team of scientists discover the ultimate weapon against the human mind, their own minds begin to twist. Secrets … Read More

Cast: Kimberly Jonasson, Sara Laux, Rebekah Pullen, Jamie Taylor
Playwright/Director: Francesca Brugnano

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

The Knitting Pilgrim

THE KNITTING PILGRIM explores Kirk Dunn’s artistic and spiritual journey knitting Stitched Glass, three large tapestries, designed in the style … Read More

Cast: Kirk Dunn
Playwrights: Kirk Dunn & Claire Dunn
Director: Jennifer Tarver
Co-Projection Designers: John Tarver & Wesley McKenzie

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

The Merry Musings of a Mediocre Madwoman

I am in love with the truth: the tantalizing, threatening, terribly, terrific, truth – mine and yours – together. The … Read More

PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR/PERFORMER: Tammy McLeod-Casey
STUNNING STAGE MANAGER: Erin Thomas
TERRIFIC TECH SUPPORT: Michael Parchimowicz
CAST: Tammy McLeod-Casey

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)

The Promised Land

The Promised Land is a comedic homage to 1940s film noir, filled with fast-talking fellas and femme fatales, an ingenue, … Read More

PLAYWRIGHT: Paul Koster
DIRECTOR: A.G. Mann
MUSICIAN/COMPOSER: Michael Spiroff
CAST: Kristina Agosti, Martina Castillo, Thomas Gough, Dave Healey, Veronika Hurnik, Laura Kyswaty, Eric Lehmann, Jsin Sasha, Michael Spiroff

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)

TiBert in Hamilton

During this high-energy, musical storytelling extravaganza, TiBert effortlessly shares the stage with as many kids as want to participate. Encouraging … Read More

CAST: Rob Malo

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required), Kids Age 12 and Under: $5

Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil

Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil uses story and song to recount the true story of meeting the devil on … Read More

Cast: Tor Lukasik-Foss

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

Under Where?

Foundations, underclothes, unmentionables, call them what you will! A glimpse underneath what we wear on the outside. Under Where? is … Read More

Cast: Annalee Flint
Created by: Annalee Flint
Directed by: Liz Buchanan

Venue:

$9 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

We All Got Lost

Five schoolgirls form a sacrilegious storyteller’s circle in the thick Northern Ontario woods. But what happens when stories go off … Read More

Cast: Jessica Pellicciotta, Kaitlin Race, Emily Meadows, Evelyn Barber, Miranda Cooper
Playwright, Director: Camille Intson

Venue:

Tickets: $12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

We’ve Come From Away (Toronto): A Sketch Comedy

Not Oasis is an award-winning sketch comedy troupe that has wowed audiences in the US and Canada. They won Patron’s … Read More

Cast: King Chiu, Katherine Fogler, Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd, Anne McMaster, Christopher O'Neill, Nico Rice, Shohana Sharmin
Director: Jan Caruana
Stage Manager: Chris Middleton

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button Required)

You Want It What Way? A Boy Band Tale

“You Want It What Way? A Boy Band Tale” is a sketch comedy dance show all about boy bands. We … Read More

Cast: Adam Ashby, James Lintag, Brian Jansen, James Martin
Director: Brian Jansen
Playwright: Leonard Chan
Choreographer: Adam Martino

Venue:

$12 (Fringe Backer Button required)