Is this a Fringe show? Yes!
Show Name: buffering…
Producer(s): Amy Cunningham and Shauna Wootton
Friday, July 6, 9:15pm–10:15pm
Saturday, July 7, 4:00pm–5:00pm
Sunday, July 8, 5:45pm–6:45pm
Tuesday, July 10, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Wednesday, July 11, 11:15pm–12:15pm
Friday, July 13, 9:45pm–10:45pm
Sunday, July 15, 2:45pm–3:45pm
Venue & Address:
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON.
Tickets are $10 at the door or $9 in advance (+$2 fee if ordered on-line or by phone).
Any drink or purchase minimum?
Bar? Food? Is this a weed room?
Unfortunately not. But pre-drinking at the Festival Beer tent behind Honest Ed’s at Bathurst and Bloor is encouraged!
Nearest TTC stop or station?
Queen and Bathurst street car stops (Queen street car and Bathurst street car)
Some limited street parking around the theatre, as well as a paid lot at the corner of Wolseley Street and Augusta Ave.
What kind of show is this (sketch, standup, improv, variety, storytelling, etc):
It’s a good ol’ fashioned one act play!
Describe your show in 2-3 sentences:
buffering… tells the story of a land that was once magical, but is now kind of lame due to intellectual property disputes. The rights to every fun fairy tale convention have been disappearing slowly from the realm, and the shit really hits the fan when it is revealed that the rights to rhyming have been outsourced as well, with a hefty tax levied every time a couplet is uttered anywhere throughout the kingdom. It is up to a princess/minor blogging sensation, a court jester with an MBA and mild case of OCD, and a retired child actor turned wicked witch, to form an unlikely team to save a supposedly handsome prince, and restore order to a kingdom mired in copyright disputes and contractual fine print.
What are the origins of this show? How did you start and what inspired you to create it?
Co-producers, co-writers, and co-suicide pact holders Amy Cunningham and Shauna Wootton met while studying Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where they bonded over Amy’s sexually ambiguous haircut, and their mutual love of commas. After relocating to Toronto, they decided to form the slightly sweaty and highly neurotic dream team that is jammsammy productions. buffering… is their first show. It started with the sentence “what if we used the conventions of children’s theatre to do something really raunchy…” and will end with a live birth onstage. Naturally, they are pretty sure they are headed for big things.
What is the vibe of your show? Describe your current or ideal audience.
buffering… is full of talent from Toronto’s impressive comedy scene. Actor Julia Hladkowicz from MuchMusic’s Video on Trial was also a finalist for Canada’s Next Top Comic; co-writer/actor Shauna Wootton is a sketch comic/improviser who performs with the The Bad Dog Theatre Company; actor AJ Vaage won a Canadian Comedy Award for his work on YTV’s That’s So Weird; and there
are also reports that co-writer/actor Amy Cunningham made a joke in the ‘80s (something about slapstick and the fall of communism). All this is to say that our ideal audience is composed of people who love to laugh while engaging in a thoughtful examination of the nature of intellectual property in the new global economy. Also, dick jokes.
Anything else you want to plug or mention?
We call it an homage to the fairy tale, but the cease and desist letters just call it “unauthorized.” In any case, leave all your good ideas at home and come witness as we trespass on intellectual property to tell the story of this magical(ish) land and hopefully figure out the moral before incurring exorbitant royalty fees.
Photo credit: Kaela Greenstein.
Poster design Caitrin Wootton.