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Uno Fest

Canada’s Singular Live Theatre Event

For 14 years now, Victoria’s Uno Fest has put a new spin on the “one man show.” Or one-woman show, for that matter.

Dubbed “Canada’s Singluar Live Theatre Event,” over the past 14 years, Uno Fest has featured more than 200 solo performers from around the world in a unique international festival devoted to the power of the one-person show. This year’s festival, May 19 to 29 at the Intrepid Theatre Club and Metro Studio, promises more of the same.

North America’s longest running solo theatre festival is mounted by Victoria’s 25-year-old Intrepid Theatre, which also produces the annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival and a year-round series of international theatre presentations and premiers for local indie companies.

The 2011 Uno Fest lineup includes an eclectic mixture of one-person shows from across Canada, works in development by innovative emerging artists, walking tours, monologue slams and more. And, with tickets just $16 or $65 for Festival 5-Show Pass, there’s no better deal in town!

Among the highlights of Uno Fest 2011 are:

•  Lucky 9 – TJ Dawe, Vancouver. Fringe legend TJ Dawe returns with his newest fringe hit about his family, psychology and HBO’s The Wire. (tjdawe.com)

•   Public Confessions of a Public Servant – Missie Peters, Victoria. Public Confessions was the surprise hit of the Victoria Fringe 2010. First-time Fringe performer Missie Peters charmed local audiences with her humorous spoken word show about working in the public service. (missiepeters.com)

•   Son of Africville – Justin Carter, Victoria. An emerging local artist’s autobiographical one-man show takes audiences on a journey to his family roots in the oldest black settlement in Canada.

•   Women in Fish – Rosemary Georgeson, Vancouver. The tale of a fishing boat tragedy and the woman who miraculously survived. Originally created as a radio documentary for CBC. (urbanink.ca)

•   DECK or How I Instigated Then Overcame an Existential Crisis Through Home Improvement – Lucas Myers, Nelson, BC. DECK examines the fine line between perfectionism and obsession, chaos and freedom and why a piece of 2×6 lumber isn’t really two inches by six inches. (pilotcopilot.com)

•   GITA: God in the Army – Celia McBride, Whitehorse. A multi-media meditation on war and peace, the duty of service and the nature of GOD. (celiamcbride.com)

•   The Devil and Billy Markham – Matthew Kowalchuk, Vancouver. A retelling of the Faust legend, set in the country music capital Nashville, performed as an epic poem accompanied by music. Written by playwright and author Shel Silverstein.

— Jennifer Blyth

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