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A Fringe-y Theatre Wire Season

By admin | September 8, 2016

Fringe alumni have joined Theatre Wire! (Top, left to right) Baba Brinkman, Alley Theatre, Peter n’ Chris, Butt Kapinski. (Bottom, left to right) Pajama Men, Chase Padgett, and Monster Theatre.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival is on now! We know Fringe fans have a tendency to be rabid, consuming as many Fringe shows as they can during the 11-day span of the Festival—hey, there’s a reason Frequent Fringer Cards always sell out. With Theatre Wire, Fringe fans can nibble on Fringe-y treats all year long! And when you purchase a three or six show subscription package, tickets are just a few bucks more than Festival shows.

There are seven shows in the 2016/2017 Theatre Wire season from Fringe alumni… perfect for a 6+ show subscription!

Originally from New Westminster, Baba Brinkman first made a splash at the Vancouver Fringe in 2003 when he performed The Rap Canterbury Tales. He took that show to the Edinburgh Fringe a year later and was soon well known for his Rap Guides to… just about everything. He loves knowledge and has his work peer reviewed by scientists—so you know his facts are legit. Baba brings the Rap Guide to Climate Chaos to Vancouver in October as part of the Theatre Wire season.

Alley Theatre has been a regular part of the Vancouver Fringe for a decade. With a penchant for exploring the dark side of human nature (Little One, Tape) and for site-specific theatre (Tape, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Space) Alley Theatre’s October offering meets both criteria. Set in the dark, Three Stories Up follows a cop trying to solve her husband’s murder in Vancouver’s seedy underbelly. (And it was written by Mack Gordon, another Fringe alum!)

Butt Kapinski wowed Fringe audiences in 2013 with audience participation like we’d never seen before and it won the Cultchivating the Fringe Award and the Volunteer Choice Award that year. We can’t wait for the new show to be part of the Theatre Wire season in November.

Often called Fringe heartthrobs, Peter n’ Chris have joked their way into Fringe fans’ hearts by inviting them to tag along on their adventures to murderous hotels, inside their own bodies, and to the Kinda OK Corral while sharing their friendship along the way. Now the duo takes on Charles Dickens in A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol, an exclusive holiday romp this December.

In 2005, Pajama Men made their way to the Vancouver Fringe where they won the Pick of the Fringe. Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critics said, “These guys rock. Their previous shows have all been surreal and hilarious. Don’t miss ‘em.” Good advice. Since their success in 2005, the Men have toured internationally, winning awards and earning rave reviews. They’re back with Pterodactyl Nights as part of the Winterruption Festival in February.

Vancouver audiences were introduced to Chase Padgett’s musical range in 2013 when he performed 6 Guitars, which won the Public Market Pick of the Fringe, the BC Touring Council Award, and the Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award. In addition to the triumphant 6 Guitars, Chase often performs improv at Portland’s Curious Comedy Theater. He’ll be bringing his improv skills, along with his love of all musical genres, to Theatre Wire in April 2017 with a brand new show, Funny Music Weirdo.

Way back in 2002, Monster Theatre debuted their first ever Vancouver Fringe show, The Canada Show. Since then, Monster has become a staple of the Fringe Circuit, producing hits year after year, with a commitment “to presenting history and myths in an exciting new package for today’s audiences.” Just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary, The Canada Show is back in Vancouver in May 2017!

Check out all the shows on offer as part of the 2016/2017 Theatre Wire season here.

To purchase your Fringe themed Theatre Wire subscription, head over to and select your shows and preferred dates! Once you choose three or more shows, subscription pricing will automatically come into effect. Click here for more info on how subscriptions work and to see what perks are available to Theatre Wire subscribers.

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