Unconventional theatre at fringe fest

Tri-City talent in Vancouver Fringe Festival productions.


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The annual Vancouver Fringe Festival is full of comedy, drama and mostly quirky plays. 

And this year's 11-day run, which kicks off today (Wednesday), includes some elements that Tri-City audiences may want to watch for.

Festival newcomers and Pinetree graduates Megan Kuzeja and Chad Kamer co-wrote It Figures, a show about a young married couple, in which they will also star.

Their characters, Liz and Chris, a pharmacist and her unemployed husband, are two years into their wedded bliss and start to question their relationship.

It Figures is at the Carousel Theatre on Granville Island tomorrow to Sept. 17. 

Also launching Thursday is Wyspa, co-written and directed by Coquitlam native Julia Siedlanowska. The show centres on a group of youth stranded on an urchin-infested island; it runs at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island until Sept. 16.

Meanwhile, in east Vancouver, at The Cultch, former Port Moody resident and Tri-City News sales rep Marianne LaRochelle appears as Carol in OBIT: a deathly comedy, from Saturday to Sept. 17.

The show, written by Cathy Collis and Simon Roberts, is based on obituary notices. 

"We’re writing from some of our own weirdly comic experiences of loss and exploring that ‘how do we get to be remembered?’ question that comes up in the face of one’s own mortality," the pair said in a news release.

LaRochelle, who has also appeared in Stage 43 and Vagabond Players' productions, is on stage with Rich Archer, Dave Campbell, Tracy Jennissen, Ray Soden and newcomer Marnie Mahannah.

For tickets to the shows, visit tickets.vancouverfringe.com.





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