“Like Netflix, but in real life” – that’s the way I sometimes describe seeing live theatre. I always loved going to musicals as a kid, but have only started to see plays as an adult. Every time I do, I feel refreshed. The actors, scripts, productions – everything is always better than I expect it to be.

Although Stratford is known for Shakespeare, you may be surprised how many active theatre companies there are here in Kingston! Wouldn’t it be nice to see a sample of what each can do…?

Be transported to new places with award-winning performances of 25 unique productions over 24 days in Kingston!

Mark your calendars, because you won’t want to miss a second of The Storefront Fringe Festival and The Kick & Push Festival – starting Friday, July 19th until Sunday, August 11th!

Keep reading for an overview.

The Storefront Fringe Festival kicks things off with 18 unique fringe productions performed multiple times daily at 3 empty “storefronts” downtown over 8 days – from Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 27:

  1. “Green Grass & High Times: Podcast LIVE”
  2. “Josiah Henson: From Slavery to Saviour [Books 1 & 2]”
  3. “Once You’ve Found It”
  4. “Life Support”
  5. “The Drake Equation”
  6. “Old Fart”
  7. “Without Whom”
  8. “Mind Games”
  9. “In Common: the Musical”
  10. “The Thousandth Night” now “Horseface”
  11. “Tamerlane”
  12. “Statue of Limitations”
  13. “Crushed”
  14. “In Ireland We Rented a Car from Criminals”
  15. “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”
  16. “Stick or Wizard?”
  17. “The Elephant Girls”
  18. “Dreaming Pink”

… and a further 7 productions will take place during The Kick & Push Festival from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, August 11!

  1. “Stupidhead!”
  2. “Out of the Woods”
  3. “The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy”
  4. “Tales of an Urban Indian”
  5. “Paddle Song”
  6. “Kitchen Chicken”
  7. “A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Tickets

Tickets to The Storefront Fringe Festival:

Advance tickets: The best way to reserve your seat for a performance! Available from the Grand Theatre Box Office in-person, by phone or buy tickets onlineup to 24 hours before the show.

Day-of tickets: available at The Alibi or a Ticket Tent at the corner of Clergy St. E and Princess St. Each venue will also have tickets up to 30 minutes prior to the show time, if not already sold out.

SINGLE tickets = $12 +HST.
Note: There are 18 unique plays, each with multiple performances/shows.

Save money when you buy a Fringe Pass! 

  • 4 Shows “Frequent Fringer” = $45 + HST. (Save $3!)
  • 9 Shows “Half Dash” = $86 + HST. (Save $22!)
  • 18 Shows “Full Dash” with gift bag = $167 + HST. (Save $49+!)
  • 19+ Shows with gift bag = $176 + HST. (Save $52+!)

Cash, debit and credit are accepted.

Tickets for The Kick & Push Festival

Advance tickets: available from the Grand Theatre Box Office in person, by phone or online. Prices vary. Don’t wait – these shows WILL SELL OUT!

About the Plays

July 19-27: The Storefront Fringe Festival

Venue 1 = 330 Princess Street (former yoga studio)

“A podcast for the HIGHLY intellectual”

About: Green Grass & High Times is a revolutionary podcast brought to you by the 20-somethings responsible for cleaning up the mess of a world left before us. Nobody is sober and everything is fine. Blurring the lines between audio and visual mediums, and pulling from verbatim conversations by local artists, GGHT is a scripted comedy podcast performed before a live audience that aims to subvert norms through an unconventional format.

Join the hosts live as they ascend to a higher state of being and solve the world’s problems the best way they know how – funny, faded and surprisingly factual! (60 min).

“Green Grass” Dates & times:

  • Friday, July 19 at 5:20pm
  • Sat. July 20 at 5pm
  • Sun. July 21 at 3pm
  • Tues. July 23 at 8:30pm
  • Fri. July 26 at 1:00pm
  • Sat. July 27 at 7:00pm

Tickets $12/person + tax. BUY TICKETS HERE!

“The story of a Canadian Hero” (70 min) by The Dawn Collective (Kingston)

“Josiah Henson” Dates & times:

  • Fri. July 19 at 7:15pm — Book 1,
  • Sat. July 20 at 7:15pm — Book 1,
  • Sun. July 21 at 11:00am — Book 2,
  • Wed. July 24 at 6:25pm — Book 2,
  • Fri. July 26 at 3:15pm — Book 1,
  • Sat. July 27 at 5:00pm — Book 2.

Tickets $12/person – buy online here!

“Into the mind, out through the soul”

About: Once You’ve Found It is a show about love and loss experienced by a young adult named Bruce. The recent death of his grandmother causes him to retreat within himself and question if he’ll ever see light again… Meeting a potential new love who reaches out to help, he finds himself at a crossroads. Either he expresses his feelings, or he succumbs to his inner darkness. The memories of his grandmother’s life lessons provide him with guidance, but doubt soon overpowers him… Through reflection, he must confront his shadows or risk losing the light in his life.

The audience is taken on a journey through a mix of Bruce’s reality and dreams by storytelling, mask, movement and media. He must overcome himself to embrace life or he’ll fall into the shadows. (60 min)

“Once You’ve Found It” Dates & times:

  • Sat. July 20 at 11:00am,
  • Sun. July 21 at 8:45pm,
  • Tues. July 23 at 2:40pm,
  • Thurs. July 25 at 6:40pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 5:00pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 3:00pm.

Tickets $12/person – buy online here!

Enter the chamber of a judge struggling with a life and death decision… A judge reviews the arguments on whether a young woman is legally dead.

By: Colour and Lights Productions (Kingston). (60 min)

Only 6 performances!

  • Sat. July 20 at 3:15pm,
  • Sun. July 21 at 5:00pm,
  • Tues. July 23 at 6:40pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 8:30pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 9:00pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 11:00am.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

Is anyone out there? If so, why haven’t we heard from them? (60 min)

ONLY 6 PERFORMANCES

  • Sat. July 20 at 9:00pm,
  • Sun. July 21 at 6:45pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 2:40pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 4:30pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 11:00am,
  • Sat. July 27 at 8:45pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy tickets online!

“Old Tom shares the joys and challenges of living long, laughing hard and loving deeply.” (60 min)

ONLY 6 PERFORMANCES:

  • Tues. July 23 at 4:30pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 4:30pm,
  • Thurs. July 25 at 2:40pm & 8:30pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 7:20pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 1:00pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

Venue 2 = 130 Clergy Street E (Upper Hall @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian)

“What if we could make death wait… if only for a little while?”

About: What happens when we leave this life? Does the world really go on without us? What would you say to that one important person in your life – given the chance?

Ray and Maggie were married for forty years. They spent those forty years, bickering and fighting, loving and sometimes hating. Now that one of them has passed on, how will the other go on alone? More importantly, which one of them actually died? Based in part on the lives of Ray and Marguerite Bradbury (1922-2003), Without Whom is a funny and bittersweet play about love, loss and the inability to let go of those we hold close to our hearts …even in death.

By: Downes Productions (Kingston) – 60 mins.

“Without” Dates & times:

  • Fri. July 19 at 3:15pm,
  • Sun. July 21 at 1:00pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 4:00pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 6:00pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 6:30pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 5:40pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

When Donald Trump tweeted that Stormy Daniels was a horse face, Alex knew she had the title for her next show…

By: Alex Dallas (UK/Canada)

“Horseface” Dates & Times:

  • Sat. July 20 at 12:20pm,
  • Tues. July 23 at 4:00pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 2:15pm,
  • Thurs. July 25 at 8:00pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 4:40pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

“Stretch us out of our comfort zones.”

About:Mind Games is an interdisciplinary piece that sets out to explore the possible outcomes through decisions and choices that one has to make in life.”

By: Grid Stage Company (Kingston). 60 min.

“Mind Games” Dates & times:

  • Tue. July 23 at 8:00pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 2:30pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 1:40pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

“We all have something in common.”

By: FG Productions (Toronto). 45-minute Show.

“In Common” Dates & times:

  • Tue. July 23 at 6:00pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 6:15pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 8:40pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

“Where ghosts lurk, secrets lie.”

By: Petty Banter Theatre Collective (Toronto). 60-minute Show.

“Tamerlane” Dates & times:

  • Sun. July 21 at 8:05pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 7:55pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 9:20pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 9:40pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

“6 years together now truth’s under the statue in the park.”

By: Minmar Gaslight Productions (Toronto). 60 min.

“Statue” Dates & times:

  • Wed. July 24 at 9:25pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 4:00pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 12:20pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 3:30pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

Venue 3 = 130 Clergy Street E (Lower Hall @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian)

“A boy-crazy girl learns what love really means.”

About: From the exciting exploration of first kisses and first dates to the heady world of hook-ups, heartbreak and self-hatred, Crushed brings audience members on a journey through love, lust and everything in between. This is a heartfelt story about growing up, facing your fears, and realizing that relationships aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

By: Avalina Corazon (Ottawa)

“Crushed” dates & times:

  • Wed. July 24 at 7:30pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 9:20pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 8:00pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 12:20pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

“Keep left. Don’t hurt the car.”

By: Dumbax Productions (Saskatoon, SK). 60 min.

“Ireland” Dates & times:

  • Tue. July 23 at 3:15pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 9:15pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 6:00pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

“The happiest places house the greatest sorrows.”

By: Show & Tell Productions (Toronto). 60 mins.

“Beautiful Tomorrow” Dates & times:

  • Sun. July 21 at 9:25pm,
  • Tue. July 23 at 5:20pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 4:00pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 8:20pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

 

“Gaulier-trained clown and rebel, and a trip into the unknown.”

By: EEE! (London, UK). 60 mins.

“Stick or Wizard” Dates & times:

  • Wed. July 24 at 3:35pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 7:45pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 9:55pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online now!

“The bloody tale of the all-woman gang that terrorized London.”

By: Parry Riposte Productions (Toronto). 75-min.

“Elephant” Dates & times:

  • Sun. July 21 at 7:30pm,
  • Tue. July 23 at 9:20pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 5:45pm,
  • Fri. July 26 at 1:40pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 2:15pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online now!

“Where Words of Imagination come to life.”

By: YIKES! A Theatre Company (Kingston). 45min.

“Dreaming Pink” Dates & times:

  • Tue. July 23 at 7:30pm,
  • Wed. July 24 at 5:20pm,
  • Thu. July 25 at 4:15pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 4:20pm.

Tickets are $12/person – buy online here!

Day-by-Day Storefront Fringe Schedule

Venue 1 is the former Studio 330 yoga studio, on Princess between Barrie & Clergy. 

Tuesday, July 23:
2:40pm – Once You’ve Found It
4:30pm – Old Fart
6:40pm – Life Support
8:30pm – Green Grass & High Times Podcast

Wednesday, July 24:
2:40pm – The Drake Equation
4:30pm – Old Fart
6:25pm – Josiah Henson from Slave to Saviour BOOK 2
8:30pm – Life Support

Thursday, July 25:
2:40pm – Old Fart
4:30pm – The Drake Equation
6:40pm – Once You’ve Found It
8:30pm – Old Fart

Friday, July 26:
11am – The Drake Equation
1pm – Green Grass & High Times Podcast
3:15pm – Josiah Henson from Slave to Saviour BOOK 1
5pm – Once You’ve Found It
7:20pm – Old Fart
9pm – Life Support

Saturday, July 27 *final day!
11am – Life Support
1pm – Old Fart
3pm – Once You’ve Found It
5pm – Josiah Henson from Slave to Saviour BOOK 2
7pm – Green Grass & High Times Podcast
8:45pm – The Drake Equation

Please arrive to the venue 30 minutes before showtime.

Reminder: Tickets are $12/person per show. Save money when you buy a Fringe Pass!

4 Shows “Frequent Fringer” = $45 + HST. (Save $3!)
9 Shows “Half Dash” = $86 + HST. (Save $22!)
18 Shows “Full Dash” with gift bag = $167 + HST. (Save $49+!)
19+ Shows with gift bag = $176 + HST. (Save $52+!)

Venue 2 is the Upper Hall @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Princess at Clergy. 

Tuesday, July 23:
4pm – Horseface.
6pm – In Common: The Musical.
8pm – Mind Games.

Wednesday, July 24:
2:15pm – Horseface.
4pm – Without Whom.
6:15pm – In Common: The Musical.
7:55pm – Tamerlane.
9:25pm – Statue of Limitations.

Thursday, July 25:
4pm – Statue of Limitations.
6pm – Without Whom.
8pm – Horseface.
9:20pm – Tamerlane.

Friday, July 26:
12:20pm – Statue of Limitations.
2:30pm – Mind Games.
4:40pm – Horseface.
6:30pm – Without Whom.
8:40pm – In Common: The Musical.


Saturday, July 27 *final day!
1:40pm – Mind Games.
3:30pm – Statue of Limitations.
5:40pm – Without Whom.
7:30pm – Horseface.
9:40pm – Tamerlane.

Please arrive to the venue 30 minutes before showtime.

Reminder: Tickets are $12/person per show. Save money when you buy a Fringe Pass!

4 Shows “Frequent Fringer” = $45 + HST. (Save $3!)
9 Shows “Half Dash” = $86 + HST. (Save $22!)
18 Shows “Full Dash” with gift bag = $167 + HST. (Save $49+!)
19+ Shows with gift bag = $176 + HST. (Save $52+!)

Venue 3 is the Lower Hall @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Princess at Clergy. 

Tuesday, July 23:
3:15pm – In Ireland We Rented A Car From Criminals.
5:20pm – A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.
7:30pm – Dreaming Pink.
9:20pm – The Elephant Girls.

Wednesday, July 24:
3:35pm – Stick or Wizard.
5:20pm – Dreaming Pink.
7:30pm – Crushed.
9:15pm – In Ireland We Rented A Car From Criminals.

Thursday, July 25:
4:15pm – Dreaming Pink.
5:45pm – The Elephant Girls.
7:45pm – Stick or Wizard.
9:20pm – Crushed.

Friday, July 26:
1:40pm -The Elephant Girls.
4pm – A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.
6pm – In Ireland We Rented A Car From Criminals.
8pm – Crushed.
9:55pm – Stick or Wizard.

Saturday, July 27 *final day!
12:20pm – Crushed.
2:15pm – The Elephant Girls.
4:20pm – Dreaming Pink.
6:30pm – In Ireland We Rented A Car From Criminals.
8:20pm – A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.

Please arrive to the venue 30 minutes before showtime.

Tickets are $12/person per show. Save money when you buy a Fringe Pass!

4 Shows “Frequent Fringer” = $45 + HST. (Save $3!)
9 Shows “Half Dash” = $86 + HST. (Save $22!)
18 Shows “Full Dash” with gift bag = $167 + HST. (Save $49+!)
19+ Shows with gift bag = $176 + HST. (Save $52+!)

July 19-Aug. 11: The Kick & Push Festival

About: “Stupidhead! is a comedy musical about having dyslexia. It’s also about how being a human is really embarrassing… like all of the time. The winner of Best New Performance Text at the 2015 SummerWorks Festival, nominated for Best New Play for the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Stupidhead! has performer/playwright Katherine Cullen sharing true stories about her dyslexia, the way she interacts with the world, and the way the world interacts with her. Cullen’s script – directed by the Dora nominated Aaron Willis and accompanied by lyricist/musician Britta Johnson’s original songs – makes for a show that is painfully funny, brutally honest, and totally relatable for anyone who feels like they do things a bit different.”

@ Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch (130 Johnson St)

By: Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto). 90 min.

“Stupidhead” Dates & times:

  • Fri. July 19 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm,
  • Sat. July 20 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm,
  • Sun. July 21 at 2:00pm.

About: A couple escape into the wilderness determined to figure out once and for all whether they should stay together or call it quits. Out of the Woods is a comedic songplay about lost love, nostalgia and regret. Starring Andrew Shaver, Amy Rutherford, and Matthew Barber.

“Out of the Woods appeals to young theatre goers with its concert appeal and comedy, but also with more mature audiences as it highlights and showcases Justin’s incredible poetry.”

@ Cedar Island – Ticket includes boat transportation to Cedar Island, details to follow.

FOUR SHOWS ONLY! 90-min. show. Dates & times:

  • Fri. July 26 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm,
  • Sat. July 27 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm.

Tickets are $75/person – limited spots available – buy online here!

“Mix of history, horror, magic and miniatures… culminating in a spine-tingling conclusion.”​ –NOW Magazine.

Based on the sworn testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. Strange things loom in the midday moon, where lost men moil for gold.

“Our hero, Brimstone, is caught up in the Canadian Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. An alchemy of historical fact, ancient legend, true stories of Old West grifters and card sharps, the works of HP Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and Robert Service, and a good deal of heartbreak and whimsy, this epic tale tells the story of a two-bit conman and how he lost his true love to the dark spirits of the North as a result of his greed and lust for gold and “the sure thing” game.”

 

@ Baby Grand Theatre by Eldritch Theatre Company (Toronto). 90 min.

ONLY 5 PERFORMANCES!

  • Tues. July 30 at 7:30pm,
  • Wed. July 31 at 7:30pm,
  • Thu. Aug. 1 at 7:30pm,
  • Fri. Aug. 2 at 7:30pm,
  • Sat. Aug. 3 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are ~$20*-$30 – buy online here!

*Discount for Arts Workers & under 30.

The story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary Indigenous man, who grows up on both the reserve in British Columbia and in Vancouver. The play conjures up many characters that appear in Simon’s life as seen through his eyes, all played by one actor. Patrons are passengers on the bus, bearing witness to Simon’s journey and ultimately to his healing. Tales of an Urban Indian is staged on a moving city bus, which drives through a city and visits locations matching those of the play’s plot.” Starring Craig Lauzon.

@ on a City Bus (see ticket for location) by Talk Is Free Theatre. 90-min.

ONLY 6 PERFORMANCES!

  • Tues. July 30 at 7:30pm,
  • Wed. July 31 at 7:30pm,
  • Thu. Aug. 1 at 7:30pm,
  • Fri. Aug. 2 at 7:30pm,
  • Sat. Aug. 3 at 7:30pm,
  • Sun. Aug. 4 at 2:00pm.

Tickets are ~$25-$35 – buy online here!

*Discount for Arts Workers & under 30.

About: “Pauline Johnson was a trailblazing heroine, an enigmatic, ahead of her time, proud Mohawk Poet and performer of the late 1800’s. The daughter of a respected Six Nations Mohawk Chief, and an English mother, Pauline embraced her heritage and fiercely challenged the stereotypes of women, and Native peoples within her work. She fearlessly toured this unrelenting countryside, with her unique stage show for over 30 years, and was published and hailed by the literati in England at a time when the literary world was ruled by white men.”

“An energetic, humorous, one-hour, one-woman musical which captures the heart and journey of young Pauline, canoeing the Grand River at home on Chiefswood, her promising career just beginning, to earning her place on stages in Ontario, then Canada, the United States and Great Britain.”

“Pauline endlessly fought for equality, acceptance, and respect as an Indigenous woman performer with a voice- in a man’s literary world.Paddle Song reflects the legacy Pauline carved out; an unparalleled mixed-blood persona that would influence Native Performers, and audiences, for decades to come. Her life’s work, a masterpiece accessible to all.”

TWO SHOWS ONLY:  

  • Wed. July 31 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Tickets are approx. $20*-$30 – buy online here!

*Discount for Arts Workers/under 30.

“In Kitchen Chicken, the songs of American 30′s yodel queens The DeZurik Sisters contend with the ovens for an improbable meal. Staggeringly beautiful, the acts fly by at an astonishingly fast pace while the team hustles to roast a chicken, mash potatoes, and prepare appetizers which may or may not eventually be served up. Truly a musical and culinary tour de force!”

Conceived, staged and performed by L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres(LODHO): Bruno Bouchard, Gabrielle Bouthillier, Jasmin Cloutier, Simon Drouin, Simon Elmaleh, and Danya Ortmann.

@ Grand Theatre by L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres (Quebec City). 90-min. Max. capacity 100 seats.

ONLY 5 PERFORMANCES!

  • Tue. Aug. 6 at 7:30pm,
  • Wed. Aug. 7 at 7:30pm,
  • Thu. Aug. 8 at 7:30pm,
  • Fri. Aug. 9 at 7:30pm,
  • Sat. Aug. 10 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $25*-$35 – buy online!

*Discount for Arts Workers and under 30.

“A magical adventure of musical proportions… sure to delight the hearts of audiences of all ages.”

ONE SHOW ONLY: Tues. Aug. 6 at 7:30pm-9:30pm (120 min).

This summer, Driftwood Theatre celebrates 25 years of The Bard’s Bus Tour by revisiting Shakespeare’s most magical, musical story.

Four lovers and one band of hapless mechanicals wander into the forest of Arden one fateful night, only to have their lives forever changed by the denizens of the faery realm.

@ Battery Park (on the Waterfront Pathway, near Ontario St. & Earl St.) by Driftwood Theatre Company

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