Events

#TEAMSTAIRCASE- THE LARGEST BYOV AT THE HAMILTON FRINGE JULY 20-30 OVER 100 PERFORMANCES!

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

Comedy, Events, Improv Comedy

HOW WE FIRST MET 2017

Join us for our 8th annual performance!

HOW WE FIRST MET
An Improvised Celebration of Love created by Jill Bourque.

FRIDAY FEB 10TH 8PM
SATURDAY FEB 11TH 8PM
TUESDAY FEB 14TH 8PM

 

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 feedback is the same: “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!

Tickets $15ea/$25 couple

905-529-3000
info@staircase.org
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2831250

Comedy, Events, Front Pager, Theatre, Workshop

2 GREAT 1 MAN SHOWS THIS WEEK! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

MARATHON

A solo performance piece by

TJ DAWE

FRIDAY NOV 14TH – 8PM AND SATURDAY NOV 15TH – 8PM

TICKETS $20

905-529-3000

 

For 2 shows only, Vancouver Based Playwright extraordinaire,  TJ DAWE will be stopping by the Staircase to treat us to a performance of his newest Solo offering MARATHON.

TJ Dawe is one of those rare gems of a monologist…as a performer he is known as “a Fringe God” on the Canadian and International Fringe Festival scene… when not performing himself, his works are a mainstay of the circuit produced by multiple companies at a time in any given city. Even Hollywood has taken notice, TJ co-wrote ‘Toothpaste and Cigars’ which has just been made into the blockbuster ” The F Word” starring Daniel Radcliffe….

TJ is stopping by Hamilton to do 2 SHOWS ONLY!!!

Friday Nov 14 8pm and Saturday Nov 15 8pm….
he will also lead a CREATIVITY WORKSHOP on Sunday Nov 16th
Please contact me at 905-529-3000 to reserve a ticket for either show or to register for the workshop…honestly, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to catch TJ while he’s here

 

WORKSHOP:

DEVELOPING A CREATIVE PRACTICE

Sunday Nov 16 th, 10:00AM5.30pm

Cost: $100

Facilitated by Lindsay Robertson and TJ Dawe

Being creative is good for the soul. Ancient people knew this. Communities bonded as people sang together. Everyone danced. People told stories and painted and made music Nowadays, most of us are spectators instead of participants. To be creative is therapeutic and beneficial to the entire community.This one day workshop will focus on helping participants access their creative impulses, and develop a practice to regularly engage in some creative activity.To help participants better understand the inner forces that may be in their way, as well as the inner resources that can help them, they’ll be guided through an exploration of the three instincts – an aspect of the personality type system The Enneagram. Participants will leave with a practical, actionable, individual plan detailing how they can make a creative endeavour of their choice a regular part of their life. No knowledge of the Enneagram is required, nor do participants need to have any experience in the arts.TJ and Lindsay have studied the Enneagram for close to ten years, having presented at multiple conferences on the subject. They’ve taken workshops in San Francisco and New York, and will soon get their teacher certification from the Enneagram Institute.

 

STUPEFIED

A solo performance by Paul Hutcheson

THURS NOV 13TH 8PM

TICKETS $15

905-529-3000

Paul Hutcheson is one of the Staircase’s favourite performers having brought his one man shows The First time, On Second Thought, Homo and Whore coupled with Cameryn Moore, Paul’s Pride package and From The Prairies with Love….join us for the launch of his newest show STUPEFIED!

Paul Hutcheson discusses everything that stupefies him, including teaching teenagers, sex and all the unique relationships we foster in a lifetime.
“For those who like their men nervous and confessional (think David Sedaris rather than Woody Allen) get ready to propose.” X-tra West
“he demonstates a wonderful set of performing chops and comedic timing to die for.” -Calgary Herald

TICKETS $15 905-529-3000

 

Comedy, Events, Fund Raiser, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVIL’S BALL

It’s that time of the year again! Join us for a fantastic night of Entertainment, Dancing and Food at our

7TH ANNUAL THE DEVIL’S BALL
FRI OCTOBER 31ST 9PM

the devils ball poster 2014FEATURING

Hosted by Stand-up Sensation Clifford Myers
Comedy Set with the Hilarious Gavin Stephens
Live music with PowerBuskers THE VAUDEVILLIAN
Sexy DJ’ed Dancing with DJ Dupree
Best Costume Contest with Prizes and celebrity judge Jeff Mahoney (HAMILTON SPEC)
and more entertainers to be announced

Freaky Fingerfoods
Fully Licensed
Spooky movies screening in our theatre space though-out the event with your host, improv star Devlin Bishop

This year’s Fundraiser will go towards purchasing a surround sound system for the Hamilton Film Festival

Tickets $25 Available at the cafe counter (cash, debit or credit)
Wed 5-10
Thurs 5-10
Fri 5-12
Sat 12-12
or online through Brownpaper tickets

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/905550

COMEDIAN CLIFFORD MYERS

Clifford Myers is an award-winning comedian from Hamilton, Ontario. He has opened for Gerry Dee, Steven Wright, Craig Gass, Kyle Kinane, Sam Tripoli, and many more. He has been seen performing live at The Panasonic Theatre, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Great Hall at Hamilton Place, Sound Academy, Absolute Comedy, Yuk Yuks, Comedy Bar, etc, and festivals including NXNE, Evolve Festival, StreamFest, and the Brantford Comedy Festival. He has also been seen on television on MTV’s Losing It, iChannel’s No Kidding and The Inside Joke, and was featured at The Toronto International Film Festival for his work in the short film, The Adder’s Bite. Clifford is a regular guest on the Dean Blundell Podcast and hosts a weekly comedy show at Emerson Pub in Hamilton. Clifford lives in Hamilton with his wife Lindsay and his pug Hoggle.

GAVIN STEPHENS
In 1998, Gavin was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. From 2003 to 2007, Gavin was a writer and performer on 5 seasons of CTV’s Comedy Inc.. He has filmed two episodes of CTV’s Comedy Now! both in 2001 and in 2007. Gavin has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Quebec as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas.

THE VAUDEVILLIAN

Brendan J Stephens and Willow Walker are 1920’s blues singers in the flesh. Hitchhiking between raucous house shows, rowdy bars and busking everywhere in between, they have crafted a way of singing both their own material and songs near one hundred years old in a way entirely their own.

COUNT DEVULA’S THEATRE OF HORRORS

Improv Superstar Devlin Bishop will entertain us throughout the night with screenings of some of the sexiest and creepiest movies around…just Count Devula’s commentary is worth the price of admission

CELEBRITY COSTUME JUDGE JEFF MAHONEY (THE SPEC)

Jeff Mahoney is one of the Hamilton Spectator’s most beloved columnists. He’s witty, irreverant and just a down right great guy! What more can we say…the Staircase loves me some Jeff Mahoney!

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, Dance, Events, Music, Stand Up Comedy

NYE BASH!!!

NYE_2012_webThe Staircase is having it’s New Years Eve Bash again this year. Monday December 31st is the date. From 9pm to 1am. $35 per person and a $30 early bird admission if you purchase before December 25th. This is year has a collection of spectacular entertainment, snacks and New Year Eve Bash. Back by popular demand is our tune dealing songstress dj Dupree filling the space with dancibles from every music genre. Vocal songsplosions from the amazing Annie Shaw and lovely Lyla Miklos. Nothing like ending the year with a laugh brought to you in the form of the universally loved stand up comedy of Cliff Myers. Singers and comedians are not enough talent for you at The Staircase’s New Year’s Eve Bash dancing this year will be our resident Tahitian dance specialist Alex H.

That is just the live talent at this year’s bash. As always Colette will supply a scrumptious and opulent supply of elegant finger foods. The staples of every year end are standard options at The Staircase when you drive off the lot of into 2013: Auld Lang Syne, Balloon Drop, Champagne toast, Video countdown, party favours, dancing, and our unique quiet zone theatre for chatting with friends and family.

To get your tickets for NYE BASH 2012 contact Colette at 905.529.3000 or email info@staircase.org

Cash only. Not a kid event. Ask Colette about what we can do to help entertain older kids.

Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Events, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE STAIRCASE NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

Last year SOLD OUT quickly so don’t delay in reserving your tickets..and you get a price break too prior to Dec 25!

Join us for a night of Dancing with DJ Dupree, Party favors/grab bag, Fingerfood, Balloon drop and Champagne toast at midnight, Entertainment featuring:

Songstress Annie Shaw

Burlesque with Jezebel Dupree

Poi artist A. J. Haygath

and the worlds greatest looist Dave Gould

…more acts to be announced shortly.

Dec 31st 9pm-1am
Tickets $30 in advance of Dec 25
905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org
$35 at the door
CASH ONLY

Announcement, Events, Workshop

HFF (Panel): Comedy On Film Sun 3pm Bright Room

Comedy on Film (panel / workshop)

It’s not easy making people laugh. Its even harder when you write and film something just hoping it will pay off. Come to this panel / workshop and get some comedy advice on making people laugh, on film, buy the people who have done it on the indie film circuit.

 

Panelists:

Ken Turner  & Paul J. Boresky- Poor Fishy Films co-founders Ken Turner and Paul J. Boresky are Hamilton Film Festival veterans, with eight films selected over the past four years. Their comedy short, The Yard Sale, nabbed the Audience Choice award in 2009 and they were also invited to kick off the JUXT film experiment. They have been called “the Coen Bros. of Hamilton” thanks to the diversity of their films and style of humour. Paul has over ten years work experience in the film industry and Ken teaches Film Studies at a local high school.

www.poorfishyfilms.ca

 

Gary Reid – Gary Reid has been a life long student of comedy. From the Marx Bros to Mitch Hedberg and all the good stuff in between, Gary has focused his energy in the world of laughter. Investing years of improvising and performing with his comedy sketch troupe, Gary can always shed humour on a situation.

 

Asher Hunter – Ash is not water soluble. Ash is no longer infected. Ash is served with mashed or baked potato. Substitute side caesar for an extra $1.50.

http://www.dooid.com/asherhunter

Announcement, Events, Film, Workshop

HFF (Panel): Acting for Camera Sat 3pm Bright Room

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA – Panel / Workshop

THE STAIRCASE THEATRE (Bright Room)

Come to this panel / workshop and be prepared to do a Mock Audition or just sit and listen to the advice given by our expert panel. Sides will be provided. There will also be a discussion where the experts will talk about their craft and experiences in this business.

Panelists:

Christina Bellamy Payne – Christina Bellamy Payne is a Second City Grad, director and has been teaching Acting & Improv as well as hosting Corporate Improv workshops for over 15 years. Teaching all over North America and for the last 5 years has been teaching & creating A Performing Arts Certificate program at Mohawk College and loving every minute of it! Please feel free to contact Christina for more program info or a private coaching session at christina@improvyourlife.ca

 

David Amito – David studied acting at the Methodica Studio in Vancouver and The Lee Strasberg Theatre in New York.  He has the leading role in several award winning films.

www.davidamito.com

 

Elisabeth Lagerlof – Born in New Brunswick, graduated from the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in New York, Elisabeth is currently working in Toronto. www.lizlagerlof.com

 

Derek Dwyer (T.V., indie-film & N. American stand-up credits/ student at Stella Adler Los Angeles) www.derekdwyer.com

 

Sides selection from the feature screenplay Atmosfear by local screenwriter / actor Derek Dwyer.