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‘Twas The Night Before Fringe


This is my favorite time of year: it’s hot & sunny and Fringe is about to begin!

The Toronto Fringe Festival promises theatre enthusiasm unlike any other time of year – the Annex bustles with all sorts of interesting characters with whom to chat about which shows they’ve seen / which shows are buzzing and we all culminate in a tent that serves beer.

My first Fringe was in 2005 working on The Fall of Team Justice with Luis Fernandes. It was based on a 15 minute short we created when we were at York for Creative Ensemble. Luis is Fringing again this year with his P-Dale at Theatre Passe Muraille – also featuring our very own Gene Abella! Gene was hoping to hang some Asiansploitation All Grown Up posters at Theatre Passe Muraille today and was disappointed to find that they don’t have space allotted for postering, so Luis offered to hang them on the P-Dale set – because that’s how awesomeness rolls!

Speaking of awesome – Gene has also hooked up Asiansploitation with support from A Depper Kind Of Love at Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse and Brian Froud’s One Man Celebrity Disaster Relief Charity Benefit Awareness Telethon… Show at St. Vladimir’s Theatre. So many shows to see!

Not only is Gene performing in a Fringe show, so are Jeff B Santos and Darrel Gamotin. Darrel can be seen in Swoon! at Factory Theatre while Jeff can be heard in Gravestone Posse at CUIT Radio Station at Hart House. These boys are busy!

And if that’s not enough Asian representage in the Fringe for you, then you must see Kim’s Convenience. This play was born in a fu-GEN Potluck Festival and is ram-packed with amazing Asians. fu-GEN produced Byron‘s Brown Balls. We love fu-GEN and can’t wait to see Kim’s Convenience!

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