SCA at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival

There's excellent SCA representation at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. With help from SCA theatre alumni Jessica Del Fierro, who is part of the Ruckus Theatre Collective's staging of 4.48 Psychosis, we've collected a useful "SCA at the Fringe" guide. Read on...

4.48 Psychosis was the last play by English playwright Sarah Kane, who committed suicide in 1999. The play presents an intensely subjective experience of clinical depression, which Kane herself had, but also offers no explicit characters or stage directions for its twenty-four sections. This lack of instruction offers both a challenge and an opportunity for Del Fierro and the Ruckus Theatre Collective's version. You can see their take as part of the Dramatic Works Series at the Vancity Culture Lab at the Cultch (1895 Venables St., Vancouver), opening Sept. 6 at 7:30pm. Get tickets HERE.

SCA theatre alumni Maria Yanagisawa is part of Midtwenties Theatre's Two Modern Noh Plays by Yukio Mishima. Described by Broadway World as "hauntingly enigmatic, subtle and beautiful," Two Modern Noh Plays by Yukio Mishima is presented as part of Dramatic Works Series at the Vancity Culture Lab at the Cultch (1895 Venables St., Vancouver), opening Sept. 6 at 9:10pm. Get tickets HERE.

Playing the eponymous Sumiko, "a dark humoured, hyper kawaii, raunchy clown," SCA theatre alumni June Fukumura plays solo in My Name is SUMIKO, which promises to dice, slice, and blend up "Japanese stereotypes" and serve up "a zany, East-meets-West comedy about life, death, and love." Produced by the New (To) Town Collective, which includes Fukumura and fellow SCA theatre alumni Anjela Magpantay and Davey Caldero. You can catch My Name is SUMIKO at What Lab (1814 Pandora St., Vancouver), opening Sept. 7 at 5:00pm. Get tickets HERE.

Made and presented entirely by SCA theatre students and alumni, tadpole: the last episode is created and performed by Eddy Van Wyk, stage managed by Marina Buston, and produced by Alexa Fraser and Matthew Winter's Theatre Corps. Taking the audience "underneath the veil of mental health stigma and taboo" and into its "playful, dark, light and sensual side," tadpole: the last episode is at What Lab (1814 Pandora St., Vancouver), opening Sept. 6 at 6:45pm. Get tickets HERE.

SCA theatre alumni Arthi Chandra is in Where the Quiet Queers Are, writen by Laura Fukumoto with Sara Jellicoe & Elyse Kantonen. A story about queer friendship in Vancouver, Where the Quiet Queers Are is also the inaugural project by Amplify Choral Theatre, which is "an emerging performance ensemble exploring how choral music can help amplify stories from marginalized voices." Catch it at Old Bridge Indoor Parkade (1412 Old Bridge St., Granville Island), begining Sept. 6 at 8:00pm. Get Tickets HERE.

A "feast for the senses," Conduit features SCA dance alumni Jenn Edwards, who's also the choreographer of the work, Jen Aoki, Kayla De Vos, Samantha Presley, and David Clennin, plus music by SCA alumni Mary Jane Paquette. Presented by The Body Orchestra, which has Edwards and Aoki as co-artistic directors, Conduit is "bristling with street punk energy" (Dance International). Don't miss it at The Cultch (1895 Venables St., Vancouver), opening Sept. 6 at 7:00pm. Get tickets HERE.

SCA MFA alumni Linnea Gwiazda is restaging her 2017 grad project, in several times, with the collaboration of fellow SCA alumni Marc Arboleda, Matthew Ariaratnam, Kayla De Vos (again!), and Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien. Offering an "enchanting choreography of space, memory and the body," in several times is at The Cultch (1895 Venables St., Vancouver), opening Sept. 7 at 6:15pm. Get tickets HERE.

SCA alumni Peter Abando is music director for Amélie, a "a quirky-sweet creampuff" (Entertainment Weekly) based on the film of the same name. See and hear Amélie at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver), opening Sept. 6 at 10:15pm. Get tickets HERE.

If you're also SCA and in the 2019 Fringe and we've missed you, please let us know at scaweb@sfu.ca.

Great work, everyone!

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