Toronto Fringe announces lineup for new Primetime Festival
The Toronto Fringe presents its new festival, the Primetime Festival, with five digital theatrical experiences from October 30 to November 28, 2021.
The Primetime Festival will feature live and on-demand virtual presentations of works by Jacqui Du Toit, Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, Tita Collective, Velvet Wells, as well as the opening night presentation of With Love and a Major Organ (The Audio Play) written by Julia Lederer and starring Fiona Reid, Michela Cannon, Kaleb Alexander and Jennifer Villaverde.
The Primetime Festival is an organized virtual festival that provides financial support and a production platform to notable Fringe artists who are ready to deliver exceptional digital and interactive experiences to audiences. Each show will have a digital location on Fringe, Twitch, or Zoom’s gather.town platform, with audiences and performers using gather.town as an imaginative lobby space for exploration and connection before and after the show.
The programming of the Primetime Festival 2021:
Created by Velvet Wells
By Velvet Duke Productions
After nearly a million requests, dJerald is set to retire from Wish Fulfillment. Join the Djinn as he grants life-changing wishes, tells 1,001 stories, and tries to deal with the return of wishes in song. What will you do when your wish is granted? Djinn Joint is an interactive virtual production developed by and featuring Velvet Wells. Using gather.town’s browser-based streaming technology, audience members can experience the world of Djinn Joint before and during the show, including by making their own wish.
Once upon a time – a production of African theatrical tales
Created by Jacqui Du Toit
From the original neighborhood theater
A fascinating storytelling experience from international theater and movement storyteller Jacqui Du Toit. Originally from Kimberley, South Africa, and now based in Ottawa, Jacqui Du Toit is known for bringing stories to her homeland. This acclaimed artist takes audiences on a journey into the imagination and beyond.
Created by Chloé Ziner, Jessica Gabriel
From the Spirit of a Snail Puppet Co.
Project-a-Sketch is a fun portal for living together. Shadow theater duo Mind of a Snail have built a magical land in their living room with live music, a multi-camera setup, overhead projectors, and an enjoyable use of interactive technology. This award-winning Fringe company (Multiple Organism, Caws & Effect) presents an interactive and surreal adventure.
Created by Ann Paula Bautista, Belinda Corpuz, Ellie Posadas, Alia Rasul and Maricris Rivera
From the Tita collective
Tita Power is a love letter to a community; in particular, to senior women whom artists affectionately call “tita”. Through their own stories, the public learns more about each member of Tita by touring their homes in Titaville! The show explores the struggles and sorrows of this ultra-talented collective, and how they fare through humor, storytelling and song. The audience may have caught a glimpse of this multidisciplinary, multidisciplinary and all-Filipino collective in Tita Jokes, at the Next Stage Theater Festival 2020.
With love and a major organ (The Audio Play)
Written by Julia Lederer
After international acclaim, With Love and a Major Organ returns to the Toronto Fringe, marking the first time that the full screenplay has been performed by Canadian artists. A fun and wildly original exploration of emotion in the age of technology – about what it costs to give your heart away and what happens when you find out you have one. With Love and a Major Organ was the first show to feature Toronto Fringe and Next Stage sequentially in a year.
The public can enhance their experience with the Primetime in a Box Limited Edition. Inspired by the popular summer Fringe in a Box, this premium package has everything you need to enjoy Primetime at home. Each Primetime in a Box includes a Festival Pass with access to all five shows, a Fringe Cap, Fringe Mask, Fringe Highlighter, and specials, offers and treats from favorite Festival partners.
Toronto Fringe is a local charity that hosts the Toronto Fringe Festival every July, the Next Stage Theater Festival every January, and various programs throughout the year that benefit youth, emerging artists, BIPOC artists, artists with disabilities and the performing arts community. in general. The values of access, responsibility, creativity, exploration and support are built into Fringe operations.
The Primetime Festival, presented by Toronto Fringe, runs from October 30 to November 28, 2021. Learn more online at fringetoronto.com. Tickets will be Pay What You Can in support of Toronto Fringe. Full listings available and tickets on sale at www.FringeToronto.com