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      eNews: Annual Phoenix Fringe round up!

It's time once again for the Victoria's Fringe Festival! 
<http://intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/fringe-festival/>Not only does the 
this fantastic event bring our community some of the most 
thought-provoking, inspiring — and sometimes downright crazy — theatre, 
it also serves an important testing ground for new works. Many of our 
students keep working together before and after gradutation to create 
new plays and develop their skills. This year is no different: out of a 
total of 47 shows, over 45 students and alumni are participating in 15 
Fringe shows. Enjoy and happy Fringing everyone!

      Behind the Scenes: *Phoenix's new season covers
      all the theatre bases *

With September just a week or so away, the Department of Theatre is 
gearing up for he return of their students and a season of diverse plays 
on their stages.

The 2018-19 season covers a lot bases, from a solo show about the 
hilarious (and not-so-fun struggles) of becoming a mom at 40 to a 
full-blown musical with a stage crowded with singing and dancing 
colourful characters (and maybe an airplane!). Our spring plays take us 
back in time to Euripides' enduringly powerful classic about the 
aftermath of war and then forward to one of Canada's top playwrights, 
the whimsically award-winning Morris Panych.

Our anual Spotlight on Alumni presentation features the work of 
Jessie-nominated playwright and actress, *Nicolle Nattrass (BFA '91)*. 
Her one-woman play, /*Mamahood: Bursting into Light 
explores her own experiences in becoming a new mother at the age of 40, 
one she likens to a journey another world! Along this hilarious and 
sometimes heart-breaking journey /–/ complete with '80s musical 
interludes, she courageously shares moments, from her initial idyllic 
dreams to her detrimental struggle to become the "perfect mom".

In November we welcome one of Canada's most distinguished directors and 
choreographers,*Jacques Lemay*, to direct one of Canada's most-loved 
musicals /*The Drowsy Chaperone 
Before it was an award-winning Broadway musical, /The Drowsy Chaperone 
/was first performed at a stag party in 1998 by Toronto theatre 
mainstays Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison as a wedding gift 
for their friends Janet Van De Graff and Bob Martin. Martin enjoyed the 
performance so much, he joined the trio as a writer for a run at the 
Toronto Fringe, where it won rave reviews. Toronto über-producer, David 
Mirvish, then booked it for a run at the Theatre Passe Muraille, where 
it garnered further acclaim and was remounted in 1999 at Toronto’s 
Winter Garden Theatre, a fitting theatre given its history of 1920s 
vaudeville productions not terribly unlike the musical.

The show moved to Broadway in 2006 with Bob Martin himself in the role 
of the Man in the Chair (see photo on left) and it was was nominated for 
14 New York Drama Desk Awards /–/ four days before it even opened. It 
ran for 674 performances, earning five Tonys and four Drama Desk Awards, 
including outstanding musical, score, book and music.

Our February production of */Trojan Women/ 
marks the Phoenix directing debut of *Professor* *Jan Wood. *Jan has 
over 35 years experience in professional theatre as an actor, director, 
movement coach, voice coach, and teacher. She will be directing a Greek 
classic, first written in 415 BCE, but still one of the most powerful 
and timesless plays about the casualties of war. Set against the 
background of the epic tale of the Trojan War, the playwright Euripides 
shifts our focus away from the conquering heroes; instead, he tells the 
story from the perspective of the wives, mothers and daughters of the 
defeated Trojan warriors. These vanquished women have lost their 
families, their dignity and their sense of place in the world. They are 
still struggling with their grief as the victors decide their fate.

 From classic Greek plays to contemporary Canadian comedies, our final 
play of the season takes us to the precarious ledge of a seven-storey 
building. The Jessie Award-winning play /*7 Stories* 
by*Canadian playwright Morris Panych *(see photo on left) is a 
fast-paced and sophisticated satire that is full of eccentric 
characters, including a man contemplating suicide. Instead, he is 
endlessly interrupted by a variety of quirky building residents and 
becomes drawn into the absurdity of their daily lives. So self-absorbed 
are his neighbours, that no one even bothers to ask why he’s out there! 
This quick-witted, dark comedy is in good hands with director *Professor 
Fran Gebhard*, who has directed many comedies for the Phoenix including 
/Midsummer Night's Dream/,/You're a Good Man Charlie Brown /and/The 
School for Scandal.///


      Phoenix Phacts: Your guide to Phoenix Fringers!

Whether acting, writing, directing, designing or managing backstage, our 
alumni and students are always an integral part of the Victoria Fringe 
Fest <http://intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/fringe-festival/>! Check out 
the list of this year's Fringe shows involving Phoenixers.

A special shout out to those alum and students working with Intrepid 
Theatre to get this event up, including Jaxun Maron, Sienna Shepard, 
Emma Leck, Melissa Taylor, and Carolyn Moon with Ticket Rocket box 
office support by Kate Loomer.


<http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/angels-aliens/>*ACTIVE SALAD/PEACHY 

Co-created and featuring Jeff Leard

/Are we alone in the universe? Are we living in a computer simulation? 
What do two irresponsible roommates eat for breakfast the morning after 
awkward sex? In short. No. Yes. And eggs./*

<http://pamelabethel.ca/beep/>RECUED PRODUCTIONS • VICTORIA

Featuring Douglas Peerless

/Three short plays that are broken into a Beginning, a Middle and an 
End. We will take those 9 parts and mix them around allowing chance and 
audience participation to decide their order of appearance - no 
performance should be the same!/

** <http://www.victoriafringe.com/shows/v3/>**

CHIP POP PRODUCTIONS <https://www.facebook.com/4smallactors/>
• Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / Canada

Featuring Carey Wass

/A mash-up of monologues and music, that mixes beatboxing, rap-singing, 
and Ian McKellen. A must-see musical experience! /


Playwright/Director: Pamela Bethel Featuring: Tallas Munro

/Meet Cornelius. Having barely one line in Hamlet, he usually gets cut 
and ends up here – with all the other inconsequential characters. Today 
Titania shows up. According to this fax that just came through, she’s 
been replaced by a hologram. A comedy about power, privilege and the age 
old question – who’s responsible for the dirty dishes in the shared 
kitchen? /

*DISASTER! <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/disaster/>*
St. Michaels University Music Theatre Intensive
<http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/band-geeks/>performed at St. Michaels 
University School <https://www.smus.ca>

Directed by Cam Culham

/This recent Broadway hit musical lovingly parodies the 1970's 
disaster-film genre. Join a colourful group of New Yorkers at the grand 
opening of a floating casino and disco as they fall prey to all sorts of 
tragic disasters. This hilarious “jukebox musical” revives popular '70s 
songs performed by local teens. They'll have you grooving and in 
emergency preparation mode all at the same time!/


*ERNIE AND BETHY* <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/ernie-and-bethy/>**

Written/Created by Sophie Underwood
Director: Molly McDowell Powlowski
Assistant Director: Sophie Underwood
Set Designer: Conor Farrell; Costume Designer: Hailee Jake; Costume 
Assistant: Mackenzie Monroe; Lighting Designer: Tori Isaak; Sound 
Designer: Aaron Smail; Stage Manager: Siena Shepard; Assistant Stage 
Manager: Danny Handford; Production Manager: Logan Swain; Puppet 
Engineers: Sasha Lazin and Christian Tervo. Featuring: Sheldon Graham, 
Emma Grabinsky with Pupeteers: Rachel Myers

/What happens when puppets grow tired of being controlled and decide to 
overthrow the Human Regime? Puppet revolution, a struggle to create 
“real art,” and a healthy dose of existentialism. Come see down-and-out 
Ernie and overachieving Bethy try to create a children’s show while the 
foul-mouthed puppets attempt to take over./


*FADO* <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/fado/>

Featuring Cyllene Richmond
Designs by Patricia Reilly

/A tale of love and ghosts told through the saddest music in the world, 
Portuguese Fado. By the creators of the 2015 Fringe Favourite 
“Lieutenant Nun” – featuring live music by Fado singer Sara Marreiros./


*FOOL’S PARADISE <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/fools-paradise/>*

Featuring: Julie McGuire, Sophie Chappell
Designs by Annie Konstantinova

/France, 1686. Mathilde is a young nun whose life radically changes when 
she meets Julie d’Aubigny, a notorious Parisian opera singer and 
swordsmaster. Together they plan a daring escape from the convent and 
elope across France, but it isn’t long before Julie’s colourful past 
catches up with them./



Co-creators by Kathleen Greenfield and Ingrid Hansen; Featuring Ingrid 
LX Design by Michael Franzmann

/Two fourteen-year-olds hijack their school assembly and train their 
classmates to survive the coming apocalypse. A poignant exploration of 
the world today’s youth are inheriting, and how they’re willing to fight 
for it. /



Directed by: Wendy Merk

/Love – Betrayal – Redemption: The Measure of Love is a dramatic 
exploration of the friendship between two women. /“This story of 
Catholic obsession with guilt and sin is a charmer and devilish fun and 
in the hands of these veteran performers it’s sensational. Powerful, 
moody and rewarding. Who said there are no good roles for women 
anymore?”/ – Times Colonist./



Featuring Trevor Hinton, Ian Simms, Ellen Law, Connie McConnell

/Sherlock Holmes is back in his deadliesst adventure yet. Victoria’s 
Triple Fringe Award Winners: Outpost 31, present David Elendune’s (Leer, 
Winnie The Pooh, Casino Royale) brand new reimagining of Sir Arthur 
Conan Doyle’s timeless classic/.


*THE FITTING ROOM* <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/the-fitting-room/>*

Directed by Anna Marie Anderson – Director; Stage Manager/Sound 
Designer: Aaron Smail; Set/Costume Designer: Delaney Tesch; Lighting 
Designer: Elizabeth Martin. Featuring Ciaran Volke, Emma Newton, Emma 
Grabinsky, Eva Hocking

/Four teens. A Mom. A rabbi. One fitting room. Six people all linked to 
the sudden death of thirteen-year-old Noah. A play about growing up, 
coming out, facing loss and finding faith. /


*THE WILDS* <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/the-wilds/>

Co-created and featuring Kate Braidwood

/12-time Best of Fest winners are back with their larger than life 
masks! Wendell’s wife and their beloved tree have vanished, so he must 
venture into the Wilds to bring them home. Pixar meets Miyazaki in this 
extraordinary adventure./


*WAR OF 1812* <http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/war-of-1812/>*

Directed by Ian Case

/Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, Rod Peter Jr and Mike Delamont bring you the 
funniest history lesson of a lifetime! A young boy hates Canada until 
the ghost of Pierre Burton  takes him on a tour of Canadian History, 
from the tennis ball battle fields of York to a Laura Secord mega 
musical, all in a Birchbark Time Canoe!/


Ellen Arrand • VICTORIA

Directed by Clayton Jevne

/When the system fails, Beth – a middle-aged novelist – begins caring 
for her disabled mother. It seemed the right thing to do at the time. 
But a sociopathic social worker, a diabolical sibling, a high 
maintenance cat, and the woman in the mirror confirming time is not 
standing still, are now “writing” the story that is defining Beth’s life./

*Note: As usual, only Phoenix students and alumni, and other UVic grads, 
are listed. Kudos to the MANY MANY other artists involved!*

      *Other Phoenix-related & Alumni Events:*


*Lysistrata <https://bardonthebeach.org/2018/lysistrata/> and Timon of 
Athens <https://bardonthebeach.org/2018/timon-of-athens/>
<https://bardonthebeach.org/2017/shylock/#%21/view/overview>*Bard on the 
Beach in Vancouver
until September 13 and 28, 2018

Theatre *Professor Emeritus Jennifer Wise* (shown left) collaborated 
with Lois Anderson on a playful and contemporary adaptation of the Greek 
classic /Lysistrata/ for the Bard on the Beach 
<https://www.facebook.com/bardonthebeach/?fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCX2PaoPoJysGzF4IDsnARAj18t9vsZud3ALrKEHvg-0r1B7m_v59EabgoJSxwv7NB4FC2bweMGkYN7OebM3wklapSBce-zNh4A1lZx_sXzfO9qQT7xbWtgkwhPyfVvNoTjL5o&__tn__=K-R> this 
summer. Set amongst the world of non-stop development in today's 
Vancouver, this original protest play results in a "glorious, bawdy romp 
that investigates how humour and art can take their place in the 
political arena." The play features alumni *Sebastien Archibald, 
Jennifer Lines, and Ming Hudson* with Bard Voice and Text coach, alumna 
*Alison Matthews*. You can also catch all of the above in the Bard 
production of /Timon of Athens/, directed by alumna *Meg Roe*.

*Concord Floral
<https://www.skam.ca/concord-floral/>*Theatre SKAM in VICTORIA
at 747 Fort Street
until August 26, 2018

Catch the last few days of Theatre SKAM’s production of /*Concord 
Floral*/, performed in an unused retail space in downtown Victoria. 
Produced by alumnus *Matthew Payne* and directed by alumna *Kathleen 
Greenfield*, this site-specific production features designs by alum 
*Patricia Reilly, Pauline Stynes, Carolyn Moon, and Tori Isaak* with 
stage management by alum *Leah Hiscock*, current student *Mikaela 
Haeusser*, production management by alum *Brendan Agnew*, costume 
assistance by student *Emily Friesen*, and front of house management by 
alumna*Laura Jane Wallace*. /Concord Floral /runs with an alternating 
cast of ten local Greater Victoria young actors — including Phoenix 
student *Justin F. Lee*. UVic Writing grad *Kai Taddei* is the assistant 
director. The /Globe and Mail /calls Jordan Tannahill’s play “Artfully 
structured, yet full of suspense… it’s got style and substance—and is 
scary as all get out.”

*Want more alumni stories?* Check out our Alumni Profiles 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/alumni/> area of our website. Recognize 
anyone? If you're alumni, please tell us what you've been up to. Submit 
<https://finearts.uvic.ca/forms/phoenixalumnisurvey/biography//> your 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/alumni/> bio online 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/alumni/> and yours could be the next 
alumni profile on our website!


      Upcoming Phoenix Events:

*September 5 – 7, 2018*

September 4
& *UVSS CAMPUS KICK OFF* <https://uvss.ca/cko/>**
September 5-7

Soon, our students will return and our new students will arrive to 
discover UVic for the first time. If you're a new student, attend the 
New Student Orientation day 
on September 8. Check out the great line up of fun campus events and 
concerts the UVSS presents during the first weeks of school, including 
aPancake breakfast, Bands on the Roof, Movie in the Park, a Farmers' 
Market, Clubs & Course Union <https://uvss.ca/campuskickoff/>days.

*Wednesday, September 19
at 12:45pm
Indigenous Performance, Environmental Justice and Climate Change*/
*with Dr. Helen Gilbert 
Free public lecture presented by the
Orion Series in Fine Arts

Dr. Helen Gilbert is a Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway 
(University of London) and the author of several influential books in 
theatre studies. From 2009–14, she led */Indigeneity in the Contemporary 
World <http://www.indigeneity.net>,/* a large transnational and 
interdisciplinary project funded by European Research Council to focus 
on indigenous performance across the Americas, the Pacific, Australia 
and South Africa. This project culminated in */EcoCentrix: Indigenous 
Arts, Sustainable Acts <http://www.indigeneity.net/ecocentrix/>/*which 
brought images, objects, sounds, performances and live art installations 
by over 40 international artists to London in 2013. Dr. Gilbert will 
speak about the recent surge in indigenous performing arts calling for 
collective action on environmental issues, notably climate change. 
Examples drawn from Australia, the Pacific Islands, and Canada will show 
how creative accounts of global warming pose urgent questions about 
justice, resilience and the role of traditional ecological knowledge in 
understanding the earth’s ecosystems.

*Monday, September 24
**at 12:45pm
LECTURE: /Staging Equality: Parody and Satire in Kyogen/*/**/
*with Dr. Laurence Kominz 
Free public lecture presented by the Orion Series in Fine Arts

Laurence Kominz is Professor of Japanese at Portland State University 
teaching Japanese drama and pre-modern literature and publishing on the 
literature, history, and performance of kabuki, kyôgen, bunraku, and noh.
Kominz teaches and directs student performances of kyôgen (traditional 
and original plays) and kabuki. In every conflict situation the 
character of lower status prevails, creating an unrealistic egalitarian 
world on stage in which wives defeat abusive husbands, servants outwit 
overbearing masters, and commoners outsmart and get payback from samurai 
overlords. Dr. Kominz is also participtaing in events and performances 
as part of UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacifc Initiatives' conference "The 
Nonhuman in Japanese Culture and Society: Spirits, Animals and 
running from September 18-24.


*October 10 – 20, 2018
**Mamahood: Bursting into Light
Nicolle Nattrass (BFA91) | Directed by TJ Dawe (BFA'97)
<https://histrionicstheatre.co>/A Spotlight on Alumni presentation./

/Presented by:/
Jessie Award-nominated playwright and actress – and mother – Nicolle 
Nattrass, courageously shares her ode to motherhood in this witty and 
profoundly moving one-woman play. In turns both hilarious and 
heart-breaking, she chronicles her journey of becoming a new mother at 
the age of 40. From initial idyllic dreams of motherhood and the 
pressure to choose a stylish diaper bag, to her real struggle to become 
the “perfect mom,” her years of sleep deprivation, and her own 
postpartum experience, Nicolle uses humour (and ’80s music) to present 
important realities that are rarely discussed. /“Nattrass is a 
big-hearted and fearlessly vulnerable performer” //
(Georgia Straight)/

*BOX OFFICE* opens on October 2. Subscription packages 
<https://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/mainstage/tickets/subscriptions/> for 
3 or 4 shows are available now and start at $40.50.

*//November 8 – 24, 2018*
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert
& Greg Morrison
Guest Director Jacques Lema

Winner of five Tony Awards, this original Canadian play is a fun-loving 
send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping 
song-and-dance number after another! The play gently pokes fun at a 
myriad of musical theatre tropes, brought to us through the droll 
narration of a theatre fan who spends the evening alone, curled up in a 
chair in a one-bedroom apartment, playing the original cast recording of 
the 1928 musical, /The Drowsy Chaperone./ As the vinyl spins, colourful 
and chaotic characters spring to life, filling the living room with 
everyone from pastry chef gangsters to glamorous movie starlets. A 
parody wrapped in a love letter, this is a must-see for all musical fans.

*BOX OFFICE* opens for this show opens on October 30. Subscription 
<https://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/mainstage/tickets/subscriptions/> for 
3 or 4 shows are available now and start at $40.50.


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updates to us to be posted here in future eNews.

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      Sponsor Kudos:

Thank you to the Phoenix Theatre's many individual donors 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/donations/> and corporate sponsors for 
their support of our programs and talented students!

Thanks also to our supporters over the past year from the *Cadboro Bay 
Village* <http://www.cadborobayvillage.com> including: *For Good Measure 
<http://www.forgoodmeasure.ca/>, Pepper's Foods 
<http://peppers-foods.com/>, Smugglers' Cove Pub, 
<http://www.smugglerscovepub.com/> Caddy Bay Liquor Store 
<http://www.caddybayliquor.com>, and* *Heart Pharmacy 

Find out how your company can reach our 10,000 audience members and UVic 
community of over 25,000.Contact us <mailto:aholierh at uvic.ca> to discuss 
a customized sponsorship package to meet your goals.


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