Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Events, Music, Theatre, Uncategorized

Fringe Emergency Venue Sun 21st of July

Due to Hamilton’s Category 1/2 hurricane on Friday The L yric Theatre is closed for the weekend. It’s not too hard to carry sets a block away to The Staircase? Is it? Today only The Staircase hosts 3 wonderful Fringe events.

Asylum 2pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright: Russel Niessen, Stephen Ingram, River Guard, Emma Greve
Cast: River Guard, Russel Niessen, Rachel Estok, Kit Simmons, Camille Intson
Jennifer Francis, Nora Fenton, Jaqueline Gruba, Radu Ciobor, David Gibble, Bart Ronde
Director: Russel Niessen

Show Type: Rock Music
Audience: General
Warning: Mature Content, Strobes

Running Time: 55 Minutes

Asylum is a rock musical centering around the lives of patients and hospital staff in a 1940’s Asylum. Asylum contains historical facts about mental illness, electroconvulsive therapy, and patient treatment in that time period. Love, loss, friendships, power struggles, fear, and the importance of freedom are all examined in the lives of those within the Asylum in this fast paced, attention grabbing musical. $10 at 2pm.

 

Baby Redboots’ Revenge 3:40pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright: Philip-Dimitri Galas
Directors: Anne Meighan, Lynne Griffin
Cast: Sean Sullivan

Show Type: Avante-Vaudville
Audience: General
Warning: Mature Content, Language

Running Time: 65 Minutes

Baby Redboots’ Revenge tells the darkly comic tale of a former child star whose voice changed belatedly at the age of 25. All grown up and all burnt out, Baby is now trapped playing stand-up bass in a polka band for all eternity. Determined to free himself from the curse of his old partner, he goes on a show-business iconoclastic joy-rage of fantastically monstrous proportions. $10 at 3:40pm.

 

DanceGarbage 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright & Director: Paul Gordon
Cast: Paul Gordon

Show Type: Comedy
Audience: General
Warning: Language

Running Time: 90 Minutes

For 16 years, Paul Gordon’s charismatic performances have been seen by an estimated 1.5 billion TV watchers worldwide.  Fade out, fade in: Paul is home working as a garbage man, cleaning up his flooded hometown.  Filled with surrealistic stories from vantage points most of us never get – the landfill and the world’s concert stages – DanceGarbage levels the playing field for all jobs while engaging Paul’s muscles, sweat and skill in this entertaining amalgam of the weird, fun and funny. $10 at 5pm.

Announcement, Drama, Front Pager, Theatre, Uncategorized

The Staircase Minor Variance Application (HM-A-13:75)

Variance application was successful! Thanks to all the wonderfuliferous support from our neighbours and beyond.

Dear Staircase Supporters,

We need your help to convince the Committee of Adjustments that The Staircase is worthy of being forgiven a few parking spaces so that we can continue to operate as usual.
The Issue
We need to increase the occupancy in The Staircase building, and there is not enough on site parking (according to the city).
Updates
You can see the result of the petition below. Mr. Baldry has received more than 70 letters of support and no complaints as of last Thursday. The support has been wonderfully overwhelming! Thanks to one and all. We meet the committee of adjustment at 2:35pm on June 6th 2013 in room 192/193 at 70 Main street (city hall). You are welcome to come by and see city hall in process. However only come by if you are free or have the time. Decorum would be expected regardless of the outcome.  Each case is only scheduled for 5 minutes. Our case has been fully made, with thanks to you all.
How To Help.
Please send an email/letter. Pertinent information is at variance.staircase.org. This is a time sensitive topic as the Committee of Adjustments will hear our case on June 6th. Please spread the word and send everyone you know to variance.staircase.org
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Thank you
Colette Kendall, Executive Director
Hugh MacLeod and Kathy Garneau, Owners

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Announcement, Comedy, Drama, Film, Science Fiction, Theatre

Staircase Super Sunday (26-Feb)

This weekend we are taking the Oscars head on! Free admission to improv comedy show for anyone who pays full freight ($4) for Science Fiction Sunday.

A Scanner Darkly 2pm

Sci Fi Sunday will play A Scanner Darkly! Starring everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Alex Jones. Bathe yourself in the engineered paranoia drug addled super surveillance. Kinda like Bill C-30 on steroids or substance D if you wish. We conveniently arranged for the Oscars to start later this year. Catch Sci Fi Sunday at 2pm this Sun-26-Feb. $4/2

 

 

 

improv comedy show 8pm

improv comedy show. a show with improvised comedy. comedy that is made up based on audience suggestions. even the show format is chosen by the audience. the show is about 70 minutes long. admission is “pay what you think its worth.” check out Hamilton’s newest stage The Elaine Mae Theatre.

Announcement, Comedy, Drama, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre

On Second Thought Dec 9th and 10th at 8pm

SKYDIVING, KANGAROOS, TEACHING TEENAGERS, LAWNMOWING, SIBLINGS, PORN RENTERS, DEFECATION…AND ONE FULL GROWN MALE  or ON SECOND THOUGHT

A COMEDIC ONE PERSON SHOW

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY PAUL HUTCHESON

$15 cash only call  905-529-3000 for reservations! Paul’s fantastic shows sell out all over North America.

ON SECOND THOUGHT is an hour of high-energy comedy in which performer Paul Hutcheson takes audiences on an autobiographical journey of those moments in life in which he gave pause. Whether quickly realized or not there is always a constant stream of ‘second thoughts’ that make life interesting and often times hilarious. Jumping out of airplanes, teaching teenagers and renting porn to a varied are but a few of the ‘second thoughts’ Hutcheson showcases to great comedic effect.

ON SECOND THOUGHT ACCOLADES:

RUNNER UP: BEST COMEDY MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL 2008

WINNER: BEST SHOW, NEW YORK FRIGID FESTIVAL, 2009

WINNER: BEST SOLO SHOW, SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2009

WINNER: SOLD-OUT AWARD, ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2009

 

“The performer’s name is Paul Hutcheson and his production of ‘On Second Thought’ was everything a one-man show should be.” -CBC Winnipeg

“Hutcheson tells humiliating stories that are both hilarious and heartfelt. Also, a world-class improviser…” -Calgary Herald

Paul Hutcheson has been a comedic performer for 9 years. His trilogy of one person shows, ‘The First Time’, ‘On Second Thought’ & ‘Third Time Lucky’ have toured to over 25 theatre festivals winning awards and playing to sold-out houses all over North America.


Announcement, Dance, Drama

Remembering the Farewells 26 Nov 8pm

Dance Theatre work, it talks about reconstructing the immense amounts of farewell
memories from childhood, family, our countries, places, loved ones,
friends, dead ones and parties…
It is inspired on femininity and fragility as well as in the strength that
imprints the acts of many women. This work has an important contrast
in movement, music ad theatrical play.
Honorary Mention – National Choreography Awards, Colombian Ministry
of Culture, 2004.

Choreographer and Performer: Olga Barrios
Assistant Director and Light Designer:  John Henry Gerena
Duration: 50 minutes

ADVANCED TICKET RESERVATIONS 905-529-3000 OR info@staircase.org

Tickets $15/$12 students and seniors

Drama, Theatre

EAST OF BERLIN Nov 11, 12, 18, 19

 

Do monsters breed monsters? That’s the question we’re forced to ask when Rudi discovers, in his teens, that his father served as an SS Doctor at Auschwitz. Set in 1970, Rudi the young adult stands outside of his father’s study revisiting the major events in his life. From the discovery of this secret, to his friendship with Hermann, and a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish survivor, Rudi tries to come to terms with a horrific past that he had no part of. With love, guilt, redemption and sins unimaginable, East of Berlin examines hidden victims of the Holocaust.

R&D Productions is proud to present their inaugral show with Canadian Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin. Opening on remembrance day, this play appropriately examines one of the most significant events in human history: the Holocaust, from an often ignored perspective. In a respectable and insightful manner, East of Berlin makes us think about one’s history and how deep it needs to be buried in order to remain in the past.

Directed by Ryan Trepanier
Stage Managed by David Rundle

Starring:

Gregory Cruikshank as Rudi
Robert Brown as Hermann
Crystal Jonasson as Sarah

Showtimes:
Friday, November 11th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 12th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, November 12th @ 8:00pm
Friday, November 18th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, November 19th @ 8:00pm

All shows are at the Staircase Theatre located on 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved ahead of time by emailing: r.and.d.theatre@gmail.com.

Space is limited to 67 seats per performance, so advance reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seats.

As a disclaimer, this production will include the smoking of herbal cigarettes, firearms (no gunfire), strong language and suggestive sexual content. Discretion is advised

http://www.thespec.com/whatson/article/618683–armed-with-a-dream-and-determination

 

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film, Fine Art, Uncategorized

HFF (HD Set) Visually Stunning Movies Sun 3pm Main Theatre

T O in 24 -Over the course of 24 hours, we take a cinematic journey across a landscape of rituals, traditions and everyday miracles that define us as human beings. dir. Dale Hildebrand Toronto

The Umbrella Project -Two women fall in love while their husbands are away at war.

dir Bryan Kowalsky Canada

The Beginning

Distilled Love – – Hoping to fix the crack in their relationship, Rene locks himself and his hipster girlfriend, Emma, in their apartment.  His personal remedy for their woes is a weekend-long detox for Emma.  But as she experiences withdrawal, the couple discovers addiction is not the only problem they need to face. dir. Joe Kicak Canada

Announcement, Drama, Theatre

R&D Prod. Presents East of Berlin Nov 11,12,18 and 19 at 8pm

Do monsters breed monsters? That’s the question we’re forced to ask when Rudi discovers, in his teens, that his father served as an SS Doctor at Auschwitz. Set in 1970, Rudi the young adult stands outside of his father’s study revisiting the major events in his life. From the discovery of this secret, to his friendship with Hermann, and a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish survivor, Rudi tries to come to terms with a horrific past that he had no part of. With love, guilt, redemption and sins unimaginable, East of Berlin examines hidden victims of the Holocaust.

More Info from Hamilton Spectator

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film, Fine Art, Science Fiction, Uncategorized

HFF (student Films): Various Titles Sat 3pm Main Theatre

These films are not rated. Viewer discretion is advised.

Asylum – When denied asylum in Canada, a soviet defector becomes increasingly alarmed about subsequent threats to his family – but the danger may not be as real as he believes. dir. Viki Posidis

For God and Ulster -A former terrorist seeks redemption from his therapist. dir. Gregory Breen, CANADA

Det. Mark Waters

Slug Gargantuwon – A giant mutant slug is on the loose! dir. Wendel Brooks Owen Sound ON

Reflections – A man is cheated on by his wife and suffers with questioning of self worth, regrets, and reflections on the life he has lived. In association with Kings Christian Collegiate. dir. Jonathan Atkins & Robbie Southward Mississauga ON

Requiem Judgement for one soul. dir. Marcello Mercanti

Finding ODO

Tinder -A struggling farm family deals with the aftermath of a drought. dir. Bryan Kowalsky CANADA

Plus the best from the Westdale Film Festival!

Several filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A after the films.

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (Feature): Goldirocks Sat 7pm Main Theatre

Goldirocks, – Wannabe rock star Goldi lands in a house of three musicians, one too hot, one too cold, and a third who seems just right. They let her sing with their band, and she romances them one at a time, thinking she’s found her new home. But when she unleashes her own songs on the guys, they cut her out of their scene, forcing her to discover that real success means becoming your own rock and roll hero) dir. Paula Tiberius Toronto, ONWith a great soundtrack featuring Hamilton’s own Teenage Head song hit “Let’s Shake,”

preceded by the music video Rot Rises to the Surface dir. Khalm H’erbin (Hamilton)