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Media release #2


The sixth annual Abbotsford Fringe Theatre Festival, June 3 to 6, will feature six shows this year, all written by Fraser Valley playwrights and presented by Fraser Valley theatre companies. Shows range from comedy to drama, all are under 60 minutes long, and tickets prices range from five to nine dollars.

"We’re always pleased when original plays are entered by local theatre companies," says Don Wright, a founding director of the Abbotsford Fringe. "The Abbotsford Fringe represents an excellent opportunity for local writers, directors, and companies to try new works and show what they can do, and this year is no exception."

Lake Errock writer Gwynne Hunt has entered her new play, Breadlines, about life in the lineup for the soup kitchen in the Vancouver Eastside. It features actors from all over the Fraser Valley as well as the original music of recording artist Kathryn Wahamaa.

Rosie’s Stories is a new play by Abbotsford writer/director Roz MacKinnon, and is a journey covering the full range of human experience, and Fringe veteran Maia Fishel returns with An Aunty-Show which promises "to discover the relative negativity of such positive stuff of which reams are made on."

Abbotsford improv director Rob VanderVeen, has written and is directing The Lester McHipley Show, which he calls a spoof of the Jerry Springer show that is not to be missed, Lost in Lust Productions is back with a new work entitled Sex Outside the Box, and Troy More has a new show, Family Night, a drama he says was inspired by actual events.

Tickets for each show are available in advance from cast members and by calling the Fringe Hotline, 855-6245, and at the door 30 minutes prior to performance. Schedules will soon be available at public libraries, arts council offices, and coffee shops throughout the Fraser Valley.

"This year we’re using two venues," notes Wright, "The Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association Hall, and the Abbotsford Senior’s Annex, both on Cyril Street, two doors down in each direction from Old Yale Road."

Anyone interested in volunteering during the Fringe as a ticket seller, usher, or crew member, is also invited to call the Fringe Hotline for more information. The Abbotsford Fringe Theatre Festival is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.