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TPM ENCOUNTERS:FRAZ VS THE FUTURE & VILLAGE AX

JANUARY 7TH – 17TH 2016

Hayduk and Wiest Double Bill!Venue: The Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Ave. (at Main St)FRAZ VS THE FUTUREWritten and performed by Fraz WiestEver since humans invented the idea of “the future”, they have pondered, wondered and been deathly afraid of it. Fraz has the courage to make the future hilarious, while at the same time admitting he’s terrified of it. Fraz vs The Future is a show about time travel, technology, fear of change and social media.Writer and Improviser Fraz Wiest is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s DnD Improv. Fraz performed White Rabbit Red Rabbit for TPM last season and is well known on the Fringe and comedy circuits across Canada.VILLAGE AXWritten by Elsa Reesor-Taylor and Sydney HaydukPerformed by Sydney Hayduk“DO YOU WANT TO DISAPPEAR?”Standing tall is a high-security village. Inside living, buzzing and breathing inhabitants struggle for their lives. Inside them is a small, vulnerable creature.Village Ax is a story within a heart, within a person, within a village that goes down in history, and proves the interconnectedness of humanity.Dedicated to those who lock themselves in.Peachy Keen Productions debuted on the Fringe scene in 2014 with the delightful hit Bizarro Obscure. (Sydney Hayduk/Christy Taronno). The company crafts each show around messages of human vulnerability and love.

ENCOUNTERSAFTER SOME OF THE PERFORMANCES WE WILL HAVE WHAT MORE TRADITIONAL THEATRE CALLS “TALK BACKS”. OUR INTREPID WRITER/PERFORMERS ARE INTERESTED IN DOING SOMETHING “WITH” THE AUDIENCE. “TALK WITHS” OR “ENCOUNTERS” MAY BE A BETTER WAY OF DESCRIBING IT. SYDNEY, ELSA AND FRAZ WOULD LIKE TO TALK, LAUGH AND SHARE IDEAS WITH OUR PATRONS. THERE WILL BE PAINTING, DANCING, COCKTAILS AND TIME TRAVEL. THERE WILL BE A SHARING OF SPACE, IDEAS AND ENERGY. WE WILL MEET EACH OTHER.BELOW IS A SCHEDULE OF OUR FIVE POST-SHOW ENCOUNTERS. EACH WILL OFFER SOMETHING DIFFERENCE, EACH PROMISES TO ENTERTAIN AND INSPIRE!

Saturday January 9thQ&A Three Way – Getting to Know You with Syd, Elsa and FrazSunday January 10th (licensed)Cocktails in the Hive – Story Time & Mixer- How Sydney & Elsa created Village AxTuesday January 12Vision Quest 2016 – Making Art & Life- When Fraz Met SydneyFriday January 15 (licensed)Dance Dance Revolution– A Licensed Artistic ExchangeSunday January 17thClear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose THE ARTISTS:Writer and Improviser Fraz Wiest is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s Dungeons n’ Dragons Improv show, which has sold out every Fringe for four years running.  Last year Fraz joined Theatre Projects to perform Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit. He has performed countless shows with The Big Stupid Improv Show (Winnipeg), Scratch (Edmonton), Bad Dog Theatre (Toronto), CRUMBS (Winnipeg), Comedy Knights (Winnipeg), White Rhino (Toronto) and many more – this man is improvmanic! His first one-man show, FRAZ: Lonely At Last premiered at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe, and this, his second solo effort, FRAZ vs The Future, was performed at the 2014 Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringes. Sydney Hayduk is a self-produced, self-directed, powerhouse. She has performed at the Orlando, London, Winnipeg and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals. In 2015 Sydney and co-creator Justin Otto won the Harry Rintoul Award for best Manitoba Play at the Fringe for their collaboration, Manic Pixie Dream Girl.  Her career started as a theatrical technician and has expanded to stage manager, to performer, to writer, to company founder. She has dabbled in the art of stand-up comedy and has an extensive 14 year background in dance which she always finds a way to bring to the stage. Sydney continues to try and find different ways of incorporating everything she has ever learned into her work.Expect dancing, rhyming, and messages about love, in absolutely everything that she does.Elsa Reesor-Taylor is a 21 year old lover of poetry, plays, and potions. She has a passion for finding beauty in darkness and bringing it to light through these mediums. She is currently attending her fourth year at the University of Winnipeg’s Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, and is president of the Theatre and Film Students’ Association. She is also in the process of opening a cocktail bar called The Roost, where she is the resident mixologist and bar manager. She lives in the West End with her cat, Princess Charles, and enjoys writing in her journal, riding her bike, and picking flowers.

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