Ashtrays, empty pint glasses, ex-lovers… We can’t wait to see The Elephant Girls!

“Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.” –Brian McDonald, The Gangs of London Clever.

A fascinating piece of lost women’s history, this is the gripping tale of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. Parry Riposte Productions tells us that The Elephant Girls is a story both captivating and repelling, humorous and terrifying. You won’t be able to look away. We wanted to know more about this hit play, coming to the 5th Annual One More Night Festival.

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
British True Crime Drama

What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
The sex and violence.

What would my 90 year old Grandma hate about your show?
The sex and violence. (One 83 woman marched out of an Edinburgh performance, shouting “That’s disgusting! Filth, filth, filth!”).

What would Donald Trump tweet about your show?
“Nasty woman. Loser. So sad!”

If your show had a Tinder profile, what would you put on there to make me Swipe Right?
Maggie Hale — Convincing straight girls to “give it a go” since 1917.

What else should people know about this show?
The show has queer content, features a lesbian character, performed and written by a lesbian. On your way out of the theatre, you will be asking yourself: Did that really happen? How much of the story is true?

Twitter: @margo_thespian @PRPtheatre
Instagram: @margo.thespian
Facebook: The Elephant Girls, Margo MacDonald, Parry Riposte Productions

Get your tickets: HERE

Elephant_Girls_Promo_3⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – CBC
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Planet Nation
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Capital Critic’s Circle
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Winnipeg Free Press
“Best of Fest” and “Critic’s Pick” – Ottawa Fringe
“Critic’s Choice” – Hamilton Fringe
“Must See” – Arts Ally
“The Elephant Girls is one show you must see…bracing, vivid, sharply-observed.” – Lynn from Toronto

“The Forty Elephants” was a gang that terrorized London, England for over 100 years. And their members were 100% women.
With a pint glass in hand, Maggie Hale—the gang’s suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing,”Enforcer”—tells the forgotten tale of how the Girls lived high on a lifetime of crime, and how it all came crashing down.

😱🤣😎😍 #LostStory #TrueStory #CrimeDrama #GirlGang #GrippingStory 

Written and Performed by: Margo MacDonald
Directed by: Mary Ellis

Previously Performed: Ontario Street Theatre: Southern Ontario tour 2017, Hamilton Fringe 2017, Winnipeg Fringe 2016, Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Ottaway Fringe 2015

Get your tickets: HERE

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GREY tells us we need to start looking at every angle of a story.

Richard Buttle has spent twelve years in prison for murder. Today is the day of his first parole hearing. While he desperately wants to be free he needs to convince the board in front of Charlie Alexander, the father of the boy he killed.
We are excited to keep the conversations going about the important topics in Grey at The One More Night Festival.

We asked playwright Chantal Forde a few questions about the production, which has been described as packing an “emotional wallop.” She told us to come for the drama – stay for the conversation.

Why do you think audiences want to see Grey?
We push boundaries. We say things that make people uncomfortable. So why would anyone want to see this? Because it addresses the complexity of human behaviour. Because we forget that people have a layered history and wealth of experiences that lead us to our decisions – the good and the bad. Because we, as generally good citizens, don’t like to admit that we too have prejudices and biases.

What will we see in your show that we haven’t seen before?
It’s not that you haven’t seen it, it’s that you’ve never seen it from so many angles. This is about perception, information and bias. How do you see the story?

Why Toronto, why this show, and why now?
This is a show that resonates on many levels and is particularly, and sadly, relevant with the current North American racial tension. While the show doesn’t deal with racial conflict head-on, it is often lingering in the background. This story asks the audience to examine their biases and how they came to be.

What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
That it plays with your perceptions.

What would my 90 year old Grandma hate about your show?
That it plays with your perceptions.

What are critics saying about Grey?
“There’s not a weak link to be found among the superb five-actor cast though, with each actor creating a fully realized character that I could connect with.” – My Entertainment World
“True crime hits the stage in this provocative exploration of the space between right and wrong.” – Now Magazine

Twitter: @perceptionsplay
Facebook: @perceptionplay
Instagram: threefiveproductions

Grey plays Saturday October 21, at 7PM
The Commons Theatre
587a College St

Get your tickets HERE

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“It absolutely blew me away… A [rating]” – My Entertainment World
“Top 5 Fringe Picks” – Bygone Theatre

After 12 years, Charlie must once again face the man who murdered his son at a parole hearing. Someone’s a bully. Someone’s a murderer. Someone’s a hero. Someone’s to blame.
Murder is black and white. Until it isn’t.

😮😓😍😳 #ARated #Drama #MoralAmbiguity #TopFringePick

Written by: Chantal Forde
Featuring: Andrea Carter, Asante Tracey, Kion Flatts, Mandy Roveda, Kenton Blythe.

Previously Performed: Toronto Fringe 2017
Get your tickets HERE

Fractals will leave you (and your grandma!) wishing you’d brought a friend.

Fractals follows a writer named Geraldine and her muse Phyllis, a cab driver. The show was well received in Toronto and Fundy Fringe Festivals, and we are excited to give audiences the opportunity to catch this critically acclaimed show once more in The One More Night Festival.

We had a few questions for Fractals’ creator Krista White (including: When does the album come out!!).

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
Gay & Lesbian / Independant/ Musical/ Drama/ Comedy/

That is a lot of categories! What will we see in your show that we haven’t seen before?
A dog who blows away in a hurricane who is NOT Toto!

What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
Everything.

What would my 90 year old Grandma hate about your show?
That she didn’t bring her friends.

What would Donald Trump tweet about your show?
“She’s no miss universe but she’s bigly cute, and hugely funny, and I am so proud of how well I wrote that show. It was big of me, wasn’t it?”

Tell me three things I should know about the playwright. (Bonus points if it rhymes)
She sings like a bird,
She loves the written word,
Loves hockey, so I heard.

The main character of your play appears on Judge Judy. Who is suing who, and why?Geraldine sues Phyllis, a cabbie who shows up even when a taxi has not been requested. She drops the case though, because Phyllis offers free fares.

Come for the storytelling but stay for the music AND storytelling.

Instagram: _kristawhite
Twitter:@_kristawhite
Facebook: Facebook.com/Fractals.kristawhite

Fractals plays Saturday October 21 at 4pm
The Commons Theatre

587a College St
Get your tickets HERE

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Grid City Magazine
“Fan Favourite” – Fundy Fringe Festival
“Fringe 2016 Highlight” – Mooney on Theatre
“DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. SHOW… The woman beside me said, “she’s amazing!” about 12 times.” – Fundy Fringe Patron

Do you or I or anyone know what makes us who we are? In this captivating and hilarious one woman show, writer and nature enthusiast, Geraldine just might find the answers with the help of a cab driver named Phyllis.

🤣😲😊😍 #Comedy #HilariousStory #Music #Existential #CabDrivers #Storytelling

Written and Performed by: Krista White
Previously Performed: Toronto Fringe Festival, 2016; Fundy Fringe Festival, 2017

Get your tickets HERE

Joanne O’Sullivan, a Veteran in Standup, Explores How She Grew Funny

She Grew Funny was a hit at the 2017 Toronto Fringe, and sold out the last three shows. We are thrilled to give audiences one more chance to catch Joanne O’Sullivan in The One More Night Festival.  The autobiographical show – a mix of the funny and serious –  asks: “What did losing your mother so young do to you?” She Grew Funny is a look into the age-old connection between tragedy and comedy and how our pasts can irrevocably affect our future.

We asked Joanne to tell us why audiences love this show, and she kept us giggling with her answers.

What will we see in your show that we haven’t seen before?
Me, three months older.

What emojis best describe what you see on audiences’ faces when you perform this show?
Is there a “everyone’s face is completely obscured because I’m staring into a spotlight” emoji?

If I followed the main character of your show on Instagram, what would my feed be full of pictures of?
Two enormous cats and her very cute 7-year old daughter.

What would Donald Trump tweet about your show?
“At first I was like, who writes a show about their dead mother? Sad. But then I found out the dead mother was HOT. Tremendous play.”

If your show had a Tinder profile, what would you put on there to make me Swipe Right?
Joanne. Holding a mic. And when she’s nervous she really grips it.

What does your show give me that cat videos on Youtube can’t?
I’m not sure. Few things are better than cat videos on Youtube. But at 50 minutes in duration, She Grew Funny won’t keep you from cat videos very long.

Tell me what I should know about the playwright. Bonus points if they rhyme.
Joanne is a comic who wrote a play,
It’s the third that one she gets to say,
It was the hardest to write, but her pain did pay,
’cause Brick and Mortar gave her one more day!

As you leave the theatre, Joanne hopes you will be left thinking about how her tale relates to your own stories.

She Grew Funny plays Friday, October 20, at 9pm
The Commons Theatre
587 College St Toronto
Get your tickets HERE

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NNNN – Now Magazine
“Top 12 Fringe Pics” – Derrick Chua, Intermission Magazine
“O’Sullivan is a true original” – Toronto Star
“What an amazing, inspiring night. Thank you, Joanne O’Sullivan. I was deeply, deeply moved.” – Jacklyn from Toronto

When a person deals with loss and tragedy at a young age, what do they become? Writer for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Joanne O’Sullivan tells a touching, funny and true story of how her life changed when her daughter turned 6, the same age she was when her own mother died of Cancer.

🤣😳😭😍 #LaughAndCry #Comedy #SoulOTheatre #BringTissues

Written and Performed by: Joanne O’Sullivan
Directed by: Chris Earle

BikeFace will make you want to set out on an adventure of your own!

BikeFace is a two-wheeled adventure of Canadian proportions, spinning strange-but-true tales from a ride across the country! This intimate-style storytelling show has never been performed in Toronto – that is, until now! The One More Night Festival is very excited to have this award winning show as part of our lineup. We chatted with creator Natalie Frijia to bring you the details about BikeFace.

Why Toronto, why this show, and why now?
1. I don’t see enough shows with women in adventuring roles. I don’t seen enough adventure on stage period… but at this moment, seeing a woman in a story like this, I believe is important.
2. The show touches on issues of sexual assault and consent, which is clearly an important topic being discussed in the city.
3. We’re somehow still in a time when women are cautioned about what is safe / unsafe for them to do. “Why now” is because it’s time for that attitude to take a hike, permanently.

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
Adventure!

What would my 90 year old Grandma love about your show?
90-year-old grandmas have seen this show before, and the thing they say most afterwards is, “Oh, what a story! I remember this one time…” and then they proceed to tell me about the most adventurous thing they’ve ever done. It’s a good story-generator!

What would my 90 year old Grandma hate about your show?
… But grandmas also routinely tell me I should be more careful and maybe not meet so many scary people on the road. 😛

What does your show give me that cat videos on Youtube can’t?
I want to say “cats can’t ride bicycles”, but really… if they wanted to…

Tell me three things I should know about the playwright.
I’m working on a PhD in theatre and environmental studies.
I stage manage circus shows and I take classes in trapeze!
Most of my stories come from people I’ve met or places I’ve been while traveling on my bicycle. 🙂

“BikeFace is so much more than the story of a woman crossing Canada on a solo bike trip. It’s the tale of any woman who has sought to do something that might be a little more adventurous than society is comfortable with” – The Vue

Twitter: @natandthebike
Insta: natandthebike
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nataliefrijia

BikeFace plays Thursday October 19, 7PM
The Commons Theatre
587a College St
Get your tickets HERE

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The Vue
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Global News
“Will have you laughing non-stop.” – Kings River Life
“Incredible, captivating, engaging, real, funny” – Saskatoon Audience Member

Just a little over 100 years ago, the woman who rode a bicycle was expected to undoubtedly develop a weakened hart, epilepsy, exhaustion, appendicitis, distension, nervous attacks, insomnia, physical injury or, worst of all, the dreaded “Bikeface.”
In this two-wheeled advanture of Canadian proportions, Bike Face spins the tail of one woman who takes a bike trip from Halifax to Vancouver and finds out just how far she’ll go for adventure.

🤣😏😍😳 #Adventure #Comedy #CyclingStories #Suspense #Puppets 

Written and performed by: Natalie Frijia
Directed by: Emma Mackenzie Hillier

Previously Performed: Regina, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton Fringe Festivals and in the US (Fresno, CA).
Links: http://natandthebike.weebly.com/bikeface.html

Get your tickets HERE

Circles “could be one of the best pieces of theatre to come out of Toronto this year…”

Circles might be based on The Inferno of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, but Dead and Lovely Collective promises us we will leave the theatre thinking: “I never thought a 14th century religious text could rock so hard!” We asked them a few questions about their upcoming production in the 5th Annual One More Night Festival.

Describe how audiences react to Circles, using Emojis only.
🍆 😱🙈🤢😎👺

If your show was on Netflix, which category would it be in?
Critically acclaimed independent features, Cult sci-fi & fantasy, Showbiz Dramas, Faith & Spirituality Movies

Who is this show for?
Anyone who loves music! It is a totally unique approach to music in theatre. It’s a mix between a rock concert and a play, with a bit of magic.
Ok… maybe not your 90 year old grandma. Its loud, and it’s dirty.

If I followed the main character of your show on Instagram, what would my feed be full of pictures of?
Broken glass, dive bar bathroom pics, out of focus concert pics (from fake concerts staged in their garage)

What are critics saying about Circles?
“To be clear here, Circles isn’t a jukebox musical; every one of the 22 live songs are original pieces by Lucas Penner, and musically they’re fantastic. The songs are catchy and unique, blending spoken word, jazz, punk and dark pop together to create a mosaic of styles that works really well with the anarchic feeling of an open mic evening.” – Vance Brews, Mooney on Theatre

This is a story of a band called Dante playing at what they think is a regular open mic, but turns out to be an infernal trap and night of horrors.
Come for the tunes, stay for the rest of eternity!

Circles plays Thursday, Oct 19 at 9pm
at The Commons Theatre
587a College St

Get your tickets HERE

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In this adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, a band called Dante plays what they think is an open mic. As this innocent performance turns into an infernal trap and a night of horrors, their friendships and musical careers are put to the test.
Post-punk, jazz, dark-pop, theatre. This production is redifining how music works in theatre with 20 original songs by coposer Luke Penner woven into a compelling and complex narrative.

😱😳😂😈 #Musical #LiveMusic #Thriller #AdultsOnly
Created and Performed by: The Dead and Lovely Collective

Previously Performed: The Cameron House, 2017

Get your tickets HERE