While gridlocked on Toronto's Gardiner Expressway, detective Andrew Walker must come to terms with a lost cause. Based on acclaimed science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer's short story, Flashes explores the consequences of futureshock on a primitive society: ours.
Performance Works - 1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island
Saturday September 7th, 2013 @ 9:50pm
Sunday September 8th, 2013 @ 2:20pm
Tuesday September 10th, 2013 @ 5pm
Thursday September 12th, 2013 @ 8:45pm
Friday September 13th, 2013 @ 7:05pm
Sunday September 15th, 2013 @ 12:50pm
For info and tickets, visit the Fringe website.
Tickets are $10 for weekday shows and $12 for weekend shows and can be purchased at the door, or by visiting the Flashes Fringe Page. All people attending any Fringe shows must have a 2013 Fringe membership, which can also be purchased at the door for $5.
Robert J. Sawyer (Writer of the original story) - called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by The Denver Rocky Mountain News - is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field's top honours for best novel of the year:
- the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids;
- the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment;
- and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan.
Rob is also the only writer in history to win the top SF awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he's won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as eleven Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"). The ABC TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name. Flashes is part of the short story collection Identity Theft and other stories; more info can be found about Rob at his Website.
Adam Coyle-Roach (Ethan McCharles) was last seen on stage as Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig in Joan Littlewood's Oh! What a Lovely War; preceeded in 2004/05 by such comedic and varying turns on stage as a Dame in the Patomime revival of Sleeping Beauty at Hull UK's Riverside Theatre, and against type, as the father Charles Halloway in Something Wicked This Way Comes. Also in 2005, was his debut in Film/TV, with a starring role and directorial credit for The Day The Whole World Went Away, award winner for Best Film at the 2005 East Yorkshire Independant Film Festival. Adam studied acting at the Hull College of Media & Performing Arts in the UK before moving to Vancouver in 2006 to pursue his career. Looking forward to working on a new, locally produced Vancouver talk show, as host and co-writer, due this fall.
Flashes marks Jae Dunphy's (Writer) first attempt at adapting a previous work for the stage. He previously wrote the original play Fortress of Solitude for Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ontario, where he teaches Drama and English. Jae also wrote and directed Zombie Call Centre, an entry in the 2012 Hamilton 24 hour film festival.
Terence Hayman (Andrew Walker) started his acting career in Toronto back in the 90s, playing such roles as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Tony in The Boyfriend, Sgt. Trotter and Giles in Toronto Truck Theatre's The Mousetrap (which ran at TTT, with various casts, for over 26 years!) Then he took a long hiatus to raise two kids and establish a writing career. Since rejoining the business last year, he's immersed himself in training with the Actor's Foundry and is in preproduction on a short film he's written. (Look for announcements soon on www.terencehayman.com or his IMDb page) He's also delighted to be part of bringing to life this exciting new play by Jae Dunphy et al.
As the ninth child in a Canadian prairie family, Jennifer Koenig (Marilyn Maslankowski), took a lot of creative energy to measure up to all those accomplished big sisters and brothers. With a vivid imagination, a fierce determination and an early love of art, books and movies there was born a desire to craft stories through varied mediums. It wasn't until she was studying art in Vancouver that she discovered the burgeoning film and television industry and an exciting new medium to play in. The raising of her young family required a return to the prairies where working in various aspects of the Winnipeg film business allowed for valuable experience and insight. Jennifer has returned to Vancouver where she has been focusing again on the unearthing of human behaviour, expressing it joyfully and has appeared in Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Fringe and the Feature film Embedded which is currently being shown in theatres across the U.S. See more at her IMDB page, and www.jennkoenig.com.
Sarah Lemmon (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival with Flashes. She began stage managing when she was only fourteen. She got her start at Victoria School for Performing and Visual Arts where she would spend most of her time either on the stage or working behind the scenes. Her stage managing credits include, Autobahn with Fighting Chance Productions here in Vancouver, The Zoo Story and Urbantility with Edmonton's SurrealSoReal Theatre, and several productions with Victoria School where she graduated in 2006. After completing an acting and directing intensive at Seacoast Theatre Centre, she switched her focus to photography and design at Langara College. Sarah now works in production in Vancouver's film industry.
Connor McGuire (Music/Sound Design) is a 25 year old musician and composer from White Rock B.C. Working on Flashes has had him hunched over a CS-80 in a dimly lit studio for quite some time, but when he leaves his studio, he plays songs he has written around Vancouver. He's honoured to be a part of the production and thankful for the opportunity to make space music. See more at: connormcguire.com.
Ellen MacNevin (Erin) was born and raised right here in Vancouver. She is happy to be a part of Flashes, marking her Fringe Festival debut. Her past theatre roles include Mary Tilford, the manipulative, lying child from The Children's Hour, as well as Louise in the post-apocalyptic two man show After the End. Ellen is currently taking scene study classes at The Actors Foundry with Matthew Harrison, and has also been in the Instant Theatre Improv Conservatory with coach Alistar Cook since September 2012. Her on camera experience includes an appearance in Season 8 of Supernatural, and she is also a series lead in the upcoming web series The Hero Project.
John R. Taylor (Assistant Director/Set Designer) John has appeared in numerous film and television roles during the last twenty years - The Pledge, Smokin' Aces, Watchmen, X-Files, Stargate, Supernatural, DaVinci's Inquest, Fringe, The Killing, and many more. Check IMDB for full details. In 2010 he was nominated for a Best Actor Leo for The Gray Matter. John's experience in theatre spans many years and includes every aspect - actor, writer, director, producer, and set designer. In set design he has been involved with nearly 100 Vancouver productions in the last twenty years, and was Production Designer for over thirty indie short films, two features and three television series, winning a Leo for Evirati, and a Nickel award for Dark Arc. John recently directed his first film, Says Who?, which won the Best Director award at the Shortini International Short Film Festival this year.
Originally from southern Ontario, Alberto White (Director/Writer) is happy to be working on his directorial debut for a full-length stage production. His past work includes set design for Secretly Women Productions' Eurydice in 2011; stage management for Free/Fall at the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival and technical direction and music for Futures at the 2007 Edmonton Fringe Festival, both with Theatre Free Radical; poster design for Nasty Shadows Theatre Company and lightning, set and sound design with the Notable Acts Theatre Festival 2006/2007. He also has an award winning film produced about his grandmother's emigration to Canada titled Nonna that was in a CBC International Film Festival in 2008.
From the time Byard Wood (Mitch) guest soloed with the RCMP Band after winning the Ottawa Music Festival with his trumpet at age 10, he has been a performer - bands and plays in High School, touring with the BYU International Folk Dance company and acting in campus plays in College, and then film and television after returning to Vancouver. Byard has been a member of UBCP, the local Union for film and television Performers, for over 20 years, and has participated in many of the movies and TV shows that have been done in Vancouver. As an activist for Performers' rights, he has served for many years on the Executive Board of the Union and on the Union's Member Benefits Trust.
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