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Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Live Fringe Fest performances and interviews at News Café all week

The Winnipeg Free Press News Café is the place to be for the inside scoop during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

Free Press staffers will interview fringe performers starting Wednesday 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The sessions continue at the same time on Thursday and Friday, and again from July 21-24.

Copies of Winnipeg Free Press’s fringe reviews will also be available at the News Café for those looking for recommendations on what to see.

The Winnipeg Free Press News Café is at 237 McDermot Ave., just a short soliloquy from Old Market Square.


Thursday July 24

12:30 p.m. Joe Hill of Surrounded, a show that confronts the string of gun violence and mass murder in America
1 p.m. Candy Simmons of Expiration Date
1:30 p.m. Jan Janovsky of Play Piano Play
2 p.m. Karim Muasher of Petunia and Chicken


Watch replays of all our interviews and performances on the play’s review page by following the links below.

Wednesday July 16

Mike Delamont of God is a Scottish Drag Queen
Mary-Jo Dionne of Glowing: A Reproduction Production
Sharilyn Johnson of Fake News Fan Girl
Candice Fiorentino of Anatolia Speaks 

Thursday July 17

Briane Nasimok of Confessions of an Operatic Mute
Shannon Guile of Can You Hear Me Now?
Wayne James of Home at 1
Heather Witherden of Chubrub Cabaret

Friday July 18

Ingrid Hansen and Rod Peter Jr. of Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Acopalyptic Future
Ross Vegas of Running on Stilts
Heather Madill of Bloodsuckers! The Musical

Monday, July 21

The Winnipeg Shibari Theatre Company showcases the art of Japanese rope bondage, known in the West as shibari. The performance, part of the show 340 ft, is meant to explore human relationships and sensuality.

Peter Aterman talks about his show, Slaves of Starbucks, A Reqiuem for the 20th Century. Aterman says despite the title, the show has nothing to do with Starbucks, or coffee.

Wishes Mystical Puppet company talks about The Devil’s Circus, which Daniel Wishes from the company says is a comedic love story about the devil, told through puppets.

Nancy Kenny talks about her show, Roller Derby Saved My Soul. Kenny is also producing a feature-length documentary about Fringe festivals.

Tuesday, July 22

Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery will be talking about two shows. The two are co-stars in Moonlight After Midnight, a dramatic play. Dockery is also doing a solo storytelling session called The Surprise.

Sarah Michaelson, a.k.a. Mama Cutsworth, will be talking about Speechless, a show that combines physical theatre, improvisation and clown techniques.

Dramatic Theatre and The Manitoba Theatre School will be talking about Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, a play about — you guessed it — vampire lesbians.

Ian McFarlane from Frivolous Fools Performance will be talking about The Hudson Bay Epic, a musical arctic adventure love story.

Wednesday July 23

Connor Joseph of Understudies: A New Musical
Tatiana Carnevale of Godspell
Renee Vandale of Verika
Erik de Waal of Canterbury Tales


Updated on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM CDT: adds links

12:34 PM: Live streams not available due to technical issues.

July 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM: Thursday's performers added.

July 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM: adds monday and tuesday events

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