“I will not vanish.”Straight from their successful full-house run of “Here” at Theatre Aquarius in 2014, Chrysalis Workshop returns to Hamilton with a machine gun paced, brutal comeback comedy in “Rowing” at the Hamilton Fringe Festival!After losing their first race in 51 years, it’s a long night for Westdale’s community rowing team. Team captain Mark is missing, first seat Howie is going through a quiet mental breakdown and no one is coming to their charity fundraiser. Written and directed by Aaron Jan (A Language for Dogs, Antigone, Winner: best of fringe 2012 for Drafts) and filled with party games, pyromania and encounters with emerging psychopaths, Rowing is a fast paced, strangely violent, coming of age story about what it means to be a winner in Hamilton, Ontario and the monsters we become when we fail.
Chrysalis Workshop was founded in 2014 as a collaboration between Aaron Jan (Director of Drafts, Best of Fringe 2012) and Samuel Chang (Director of Nocturne, Critic’s Choice Award 2013) to produce workshop productions of original pieces that engaged a younger generation of theatre goers in the developmental process. Not a place for first or final drafts, Chrysalis Workshop seeks to create heroes onstage for young Hamiltonian audiences. Rowing features an equally emerging team of young artists from across the GTA, including Madeleine Brown (Brother Brother, InspiraTO), Courtney Keir (Fever /Dream, Seven Siblings Theatre), Jordan Laffrenier (A Little too Close to Home, Best of Venue – Hamilton Fringe 2013), Andrew Markowiak (Close Encounters, Last Seen Alive, Discovery Channel), Zach Parkhurst (The End of the Tour, A24 Films), many of whom are Fringe newcomers, eager to prove themselves to a new city.
Rowing is the story of what it means to grow up in a city with an abandoned downtown core and to dream of a better life. Don’t miss this chance to see what this exciting group of young artists can do. See who survives the night.
Chrysalis Workshop in association with The Hamilton Fringe and The Staircase Café and Theatre presents…
Featuring: Madeleine Brown, Rachel Estok, Courtney Keir, Jordan Laffrenier, Andrew Markowiak, Zach Parkhurst and Ben Siapas
Written and Directed by Aaron Jan
Dramaturg: Lucy Powis
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Shannon Hipson
Production Stage Manager: Jess Keenan
Lighting Designer: Logan Cracknell
Sound Designer: Jason Thomson
Fight Choreographer: Neil Silcox
Graphic Design: Jordan Laffrenier
CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE
Onstage: July 17-26th (Check hamiltonfringe.ca for more information on showtimes and dates)
Venue: The Staircase Café and Theatre (27 Dundurn St North)
July 17th – 10:30 PM
July 18th – 7:00 PM
July 19th – 5:30 PM
July 20th – 8:05 PM
July 21st – 6:00 PM
July 22nd – 7:30 PM
July 23rd – 8:45 PM
July 24th – 7:00 PM
July 25th – 6:00 PM
July 26th – 5:30 PM
Please note that there is no latecomer seating
Tickets: $10 + a one time purchase of a Fringe backer button ($5)
Online: hamiltonfringe.ca / by phone: 289-698-2234 / or at the door
TICKETS ON SALE SOON. SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
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