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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Theatre: The Toe Cutter One of TiTRaw's Fringe One-Acts

THEATRE IN THE RAW PROUDLY PRESENTS ITS VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL DEBUT

with three tasty original one-acts featuring a radio reading of The Toe Cutter by Bill Pollett.

Top: Toe Cutter cast members Kate Laktin, Serge Savoy, Delana Russell. Bottom: Olesia Shewchuk and Zi Paris. Photo: Steven R. Duncan. For more photos go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9057324@N08/sets/72157601742333635/show/

High res photos available upon request.

Pollett’s The Toe Cutter portrays a family’s battles with a deep secret that won’t go away. A tragic incident occurs to a family of girls, the memory of which will not go away without a chilling struggle that leaves its mark on a small quiet Saskatchewan town.

The Toe Cutter is an original radio play reading from our current Mythical Voices for Our Time play project. The play was premiered with a live radio broadcast on Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio’s The Arts Rational program - CFRO 102.7 FM in June, 2007. “…collectively excellent performances…” Beyond Robson website.

This dark and powerful production is just one of 3 original one-acts happening over 6 nights from September 9th to 16th – two shows alternating each night.

Theatre In the Raw will be part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival for the first time in its 13 years of producing theatre in Vancouver.

Also presented will be Paul Manuel Kane’s Duet In the Park - the winner of TITRaw’s 2005 One-Act Play Writing Contest; and one of the company’s most performed one-acts, Patrick Foley’s, You Are What You Eat (developed out of the Carnegie Theatre Workshop/Community Centre) will be revived once again.

Theatre In the Raw started out of a storefront cafe called La Quena Cafe on Commercial Drive, in 1994. They rehearsed and performed there for nearly three years, producing over 125 one-acts in over 43 nights of theatre within a period of time. While housed at La Quena they applied for and received a Canada Council Exploration grant, allowing the theatre to go on two tours along the Squamish corridor and Sunshine/Sechelt coasts. There was an outdoor theatre day of 16 performances at Grandview Park with the help of a Vancity Credit Union community grant. They raised a tent along with a wooden stage, and had over a thousand people come and see a full day free of Theatre in the Park. They have since performed in over 45 venues both in the southern/interior half of British Columbia and in Seattle, Washington for the 1998 Seattle Fringe Festival.

Since 1997, they moved toward mainstage performance work. Their mainstage plays usually consists of two to three acts with a show run of 2 to 4 consecutive weeks. They are also committed to organizing mini-tours, in and out of the Lower Mainland of BC for many of their dramas. This gives the actors, running crew, and administration members of the company greater experience with the nuts and bolts of running a semi-professional travelling theatre company. It allows for quality, risk-taking artistic works with substance. They have produced nine full-length mainstage plays. Five were revived classical plays and they premiered four original Canadian play works in Vancouver.

The work results in groundbreaking fresh theatre. Theatre In the Raw… rises to the occasion…has notable successes…” The Georgia Straight.

All Fringe performances are at the AGRO CAFÉ on 1363 Railspur Alley - Granville Island; tickets to all of the theatrical evenings are $10 and $12 (in advance) are thru the Vancouver Fringe Festival box office. For a complete schedule, please check out our website www.theatreintheraw.ca, or phone the Theatre In the Raw office number at (604) 708-5448, or call the Vancouver Fringe office: (604) 257-0355 for further information, including synopsis of other plays.

Ò Showtimes & Shows (two one-acts per night/ alternating plays each night):

Sept. 9th 8pm ~ You Are What You Eat & Duet In the Park

Sept. 12th8pm ~ The Toe Cutter & Duet In the Park

Sept. 13th 8pm ~ The Toe Cutter & You Are What You Eat

Sept. 14th8pm ~ The Toe Cutter & Duet In the Park

Sept. 15th 8pm ~ The Toe Cutter & You Are What You Eat

Sept. 16th 8pm ~ You Are What You Eat & Duet In the Park

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