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Jul 102017
 

For 3 years running  The Staircase is pleased to continue its partnership with the Hamilton Fringe as the LARGEST BRING YOUR OWN VENUEin its history!  WE ARE BACK with a vengeance!  NINE! YES NINE stellar theatrical productions  will be on site making The Staircase a kick ass satellite hub and helping the Hamilton Fringe extend it’s footprint once again into new communities in the greater Hamilton area. We thank our own Strathcona community for coming out in droves to show support for The Staircase and the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

…so grab your 2017 program, order your tickets and make a day of it here at The Staircase!  WITH OVER 100 PERFORMANCES ON SITE see as many shows as you can under one roof, relax before, after, in between in our air-conditioned cafe and grab a beverage or snack….then head back in to be amazed by our productions, comedy, drama, dance, clown….and if that isn’t enough we will have events happening after the shows to highlight all of the Fringe performers!

So make a day of it!

Come take in the fearless fun that is The Fringe!

AND CHECK OUT #TEAMSTAIRCASE FOR ALL THE BUZZ, FUN AND LATEST NEWS ABOUT OUR GROUP!

OUR AMAZING LINE-UP THIS YEAR!!!!!

(IN THE MAIN THEATRE)

Tales from the Hamilton 7

http://thehamilton7.blogspot.ca 

Running Time: 60 minutes

Come see The Hamilton 7 to witness a diverse mix of superb storytelling to make you laugh, think, and feel inspired. Each show will feature a handful of professional tellers sharing personal stories, Hamilton tales, folktales and fables. This is not your grandmothers’ storytelling.

WARNING: Mature Content

Show Type: ComedyDrama

Audience: General

Show Times:

Thur July 20: 8:55pm
Fri July 21: 9:50pm
Sat July 22: 7:00pm
Sun July 23: 2:00pm
Mon July 24: 6:45pm
Wed July 26: 7:30pm
Thur July 27: 9:05pm
Fri July 28: 8:35pm
Sat July 29: 7:30pm
Sun July 30: 5:50pm

Cast: Karen Ancheta, Hitoko Okada, Tor Lukasik Foss, Darla Biccum, Sheldon Davis, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, and Corin Raymond

The ADHD Project

http://www.squirrelsuit.ca

Running Time: 60 minutes

Award-winning storyteller Carlyn Rhamey (SOAR, winner of Best Venue) shares the trials and triumphs of growing up a little bit “special” and embracing what makes us different. The ADHD Project is an intimate and honest journey exploring ADHD and neurodiversity. “Awkward”, “self-deprecating”, but “very charming”, Carlyn invites you into her world of chaos, creativity and combat with her mind.

Show Type: Comedy

Audience: GeneralMature

 

 

Show Times:

Thur July 20: 7:15pm
Fri July 21: 8:20pm
Sat July 22: 9:50pm
Sun July 23: 6:15pm
Mon July 24: 8:15pm
Tues July 25: 7:00pm
Wed July 26: 6:00pm
Thur July 27: 7:35pm
Fri July 28: 10:05pm
Sat July 29: 2:00pm

Squirrel Suit Productions (Hamilton, ON)

Creator/Writer: Carlyn Rhamey
Director: Jon Paterson
Cast: Carlyn Rhamey

 

Two Sisters

Running Time: 60 minutes

Show Type: ComedyDrama

Audience: 

GeneralSet in a small village in 1880’s Russia, sisters Anya and Sonia are pushed to recollect the past upon the discovery of an empty coffin in Anya’s lodgings. This Chekhovian-meets-Monty Python dramedy examines the extent of sisterly love and the way in which nobody can truly escape their past. Pass the vodka and enjoy an hour of coffins, kerchiefs and curveballs.

Show Times:

Fri July 21: 7:00pm
Sat July 22: 8:30pm
Sun July 23: 3:30pm
Tues July 25: 8:35pm
Wed July 26: 9:00pm
Thur July 27: 6:15pm
Fri July 28: 7:10pm
Sat July 29: 9:05pm
Sun July 30: 7:20pm

Young Divas Productions (Hamilton, ON)

Creator/Writer: Caroline Harding
Director: Bridget Odette
Cast: Sarah Gervais and Anna Morreale

 

(IN THE ELAINE MAE THEATRE : 25 DUNDURN ST NORTH JUST NEXT DOOR)

Open the Lace Curtains

Running Time: 60 minutes
Show Type: 

Audience: 

Family secrets must stay hidden behind the lace curtains so that everything looks lovely from the outside. Marianne believed she would never tell a secret, until she tasted the empowerment that comes from owning her life story and choosing to share her stories. By taking on characters from her past, Marianne shows both sides of the stories in refreshingly honest retellings of experiences of childhood, romance, marriage and breaking free from past wounds. WARNINGS: Strong Language, Deals with domestic abuse

 

 

Show Times:

Thur July 20: 6:00pm
Fri July 21: 8:25pm
Sat July 22: 9:55pm
Sun July 23: 3:15pm
Mon July 24: 7:00pm
Wed July 26: 7:40pm
Thur July 27: 9:10pm
Fri July 28: 7:00pm
Sat July 29: 8:40pm
Sun July 30: 1:00pm

Marianne Daly (Hamilton, On)

Creator/Writer: Marianne Daly

Director: Jennifer Walton

Cast: Marianne Daly

Stupefied

Running Time: 55 minutes

Show Type: 

Audience: 

Toronto comedienne and fringe veteran Paul Hutcheson has been compared to Jim Carrey and David Sedaris. His fourth solo show, Stupefied, is a hilarious dissection of all that astounds him! From teaching teens, to nudist resorts, to love, Hutcheson will have you in stitches with his unique brand of physical comedy!

 

 

 

 

Show Times:

Fri July 21: 7:00pm
Sat July 22: 8:30pm
Sun July 23: 4:45pm
Mon July 24: 8:30pm
Tues July 25: 7:00pm
Wed July 26: 9:10pm
Thur July 27: 6:00pm
Fri July 28: 10:10pm
Sat July 29: 7:00pm
Sun July 30: 2:30pm

CanuckHutchProductions (Hamilton, ON)

Creator/Writer: Paul Hutcheson
Cast: Paul Hutcheson

The Elephant Girls

http://parryriposte.ca

Running Time: 70 minutes

Show Type: 

Audience: 

Clever, devious and daring, they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The riveting story of Britain’s most notorious all-female gang is told by Maggie Hale, their suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer.” You won’t be able to look away, but just how much do you want to hear?  WARNINGS: Mature Content, Strong Language, Herbal Cigarettes

 

 

 

 

Show Times:

Thur July 20: 7:30pm
Fri July 21: 9:55pm
Sat July 22: 6:50pm
Sun July 23: 6:20pm
Tues July 25: 8:25pm
Wed July 26: 6:00pm
Thur July 27: 7:30pm
Fri July 28: 8:30pm
Sat July 29: 12:30pm
Sun July 30: 3:55pm

Parry Riposte Productions (Toronto, ON)

Creator: Margo MacDonald
Director: Mary Ellis
Cast: Margo MacDonald

(IN THE BRIGHTROOM-UPSTAIRS 27 DUNDURN ST NORTH)

All KIDding Aside

Running Time: 50 minutes

Show Type: 

Audience: 

Time is running out, a life altering decision teeters before you… and you’re on the fence! While awaiting a pregnancy test, Bartelse shares her fears about potential motherhood, a possibly that comes as a surprise after years of thinking she was infertile. For anyone who is a parent, not a parent, or hasn’t decided yet. Beautifully staged and incorporating mask and movement. Sometimes the biggest fears can be the little ones.    NNNN Now Magazine

 

 

 

Show Times:

Thur July 20: 7:10pm
Fri July 21: 7:05pm
Sat July 22: 8:35pm
Sun July 23: 4:30pm
Tues July 25: 8:30pm
Wed July 26: 7:20pm
Thur July 27: 7:50pm
Fri July 28: 10:15pm

Christel Bartelse/Dutchgirl Productions (Toronto, ON)

Creator/Writer: Christel Bartelse
Director: Michelle Polak
Cast: Christel Bartelse

Swipe Right for Love

Show Type: 

Audience: 

Have you spent countless hours looking for your Tinderella? Bumbling through a sea of Plenty of Fish? It’s Ok, Cupid, The Understudies invite you to Swipe Right For Love, the improv comedy show for anyone familiar with the wonders and blunders of modern dating. All scenes will be inspired by audience suggestions, so whether your tale of online love led to happily ever after, or great material for laughter, we can’t wait to hear it!   WARNINGS: Mature Content, Audience Participation

 

 

 

Show Times:

Thur July 20: 8:50pm
Fri July 21: 10:00pm
Sat July 22: 6:50pm
Sun July 23: 6:00pm
Mon July 24: 8:30pm
Tues July 25: 6:45pm
Thur July 27: 9:15pm
Fri July 28: 8:30pm
Sat July 29: 7:15pm
Sun July 30: 8:30pm

The Understudies (Hamilton, On)

Cast: Mart Alas, Adriana Alfano, Kristi Boulton, and Andrew Hopps

Over 50 and Other Nightmares

http://thecockwhisperer.blogspot.ca/
Running Time: 60 minutes

 Show Type: 

Audience: 

From three-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Colette Kendall, creator of The Cockwhisperer- A Love Story (twice Best of Fringe, View Mag) comes a new workshop production about a misspent middle age. “A one-woman, tour de forced-entry, Colette Kendall is not a woman to be trifled with. Her tongue is sharper than a vodka high colonic.” Xtra Magazine.

WARNINGS: Mature Content

 Show Times:

Fri July 21: 8:30pm
Sat July 22: 10:00pm
Sun July 23: 7:45pm
Mon July 24: 7:00pm
Wed July 26: 8:45pm
Thur July 27: 6:20pm
Fri July 28: 7:00pm
Sat July 29: 9:00pm
Sun July 30: 7:00pm

Colette Kendall (Hamilton, ON)

Creator/Writer: Colette Kendall
Director: Colette Kendall
Cast: Colette Kendall

May 032017
 

The Staircase is a non-cookie cutter, eclectic space which makes for one of a kind memorable events.  So if you are looking for something a little less ordinary drop us a line or give us a call. Colette will schedule an appointment with you for a tour of the various spaces and discuss the pros and cons of each and how to keep within your budget. It’s a laidback introduction to see if we are the right fit for your very special day.  info@staircase.org or 905-529-3000

 

 

 

The Brightroom Location as Featured in CocoLily Wedding Magazine

Feb 082016
 

-TWO NIGHTS OF PERFORMANCES

HOW WE FIRST MET™
An Improvised Celebration of Love created by Jill Bourque that could feature your love life!
Join us for our much loved 8th annual performance!

SATURDAY FEB 13TH 8PM
SUNDAY FEB 14TH 8PM
THE STAIRCASE THEATRE
27 DUNDURN ST NORTH

Embark on a side-splitting improvised journey through meeting, dating, and mating as selected couples tell their
“how we first met” stories. Our most advanced improvisers will recreate and hiliariously magnify those pivotal story moments to create funny and touching scenes. Every year the resounding clear feedback from audience members is: “you made us fall in love all over again”.

What began as a one-time Valentine’s show in San Francisco in 2001 has played in dozens of cities in the
U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and Norway! Since its inception, the show has featured a wide range of couples, gay, straight, conservative, liberal, married 50 years, dating three weeks or anything in between…
all sharing a kooky crazy thing we call Love!

Advance Tickets highly recommended
Tickets $15ea/$25 couple
905-529-3000
info@staircase.org
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502674

Aug 252015
 

Festival line-up to be announced Sept 1st.

poster 1The Hamilton Comedy Film Festival is an annual juried showcase for international comedy films that have been produced for any delivery mode – broadcast, theatrical release or the web. If it delivers the Ha Ha it’s in!

Funny comedy film-making is tough and often gets relegated to a single segment of most film festivals…at HCFF we think Comedy films need to start man-spreading…and lady-spreading too.

poster 2 HCFF will combine film screenings with live comedy performances from invited Stand up, Solo, Sketch and Improv groups over our 3 day festival to create the funniest Comedy Film Festival happening in Hamilton on Oct 1-3, 2015 on Dundurn St north. We’ll brag more after our first year!

 

Aug 192015
 

For the month of August the café will open centric around

events in our theatrical space. Join us:

 

Aug 1st Horror in the Hammer Film Screening

Aug 5, 26 Open Mic for Musicians

Aug 9th Sky Gilbert presents Have a drink with Tom and Tee!

Aug 27th  HammerNight Live

Aug 29th  Gib & Tam in Concert

 

We will return to our normal hours Sept 9th