Saturday, June 30, 2012

Toronto Fringe 2012: Tracey Erin Smith in snug harbor & SOULO July 4-15

From a media release:

Tracey Erin Smith Steps Out at The Fringe with 2 shows!
snug harbor July 4-15
SOULO July 6-14

Toronto -
Toronto actor/producer Tracey Erin Smith who last performed at The Toronto Fringe in 2007, returns to the 2012 festival with two new theatre works: her site-specific one-woman show snug harbor, presented by Burning Bush Productions and SOULO, directed by Smith for The Fringe mainstage series, presented by her SoulOTheatre.

Site Specific snug harbor July 4-15 at The Centre

Burning Bush Productions presents snug harbor, a one-woman show written and performed by Tracey Erin Smith and directed by Anita La Selva, who directed Smith previously in her award-winning shows The Burning Bush and Two in the Bush.

Tracey and her Dad did everything together and couldn't have been closer.  They camped together, partied together, volunteered together - and ate chocolate pudding. Then one day he performed the ultimate unspeakable "magic trick" and disappeared. Forever.

One of The Fringe's site-specific shows, snug harbor takes place at The Centre, a building used for psychotherapy and the training of psychotherapists.  The show is presented as if the audience are members of a "Survivors of Suicide Support Group" and in this meeting of the group, we hear Tracey's story of losing her father and how she re-found hope to carry on.

Recently CBC Radio's The Current produced a documentary about Smith and the effect of her father's suicide. snug harbor was also selected to have its world premiere at the Solo Performance Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September of 2011 where it met with peels of laughter, tears and a standing ovation. Audiences raved: "her evocative performance is filled with compassion, irreverence, side-splitting humor and poignant insight.  A truly intimate invitation and presentation," said Michelle Baker Vest; "a stunning show about love, coming to terms with our imperfections and our deep affection for our loved ones.  It's heartbreaking and hilarious.  Moving and profound," offered Jacob Fischer.

SOULO July 6-14 at the Robert Gill Theatre
The world premiere of SOULO is presented by SoulOTheatre, Tracey Erin Smith's company that teaches actors and non-actors how to use material from their own lives to create short solo theatre pieces. A collective creation by The Soul Circus Collective, directed by Smith, SOULO is a magical soul-circus featuring three hilarious queer-identified men sharing their personal stories of love, loss and how cross-dressing saves lives.  SOULO has its own float in Toronto's upcoming Pride Parade on July 1.

Mckenzi Scott (the female ring leader) along with Marco Bernardi (nominated for the 2010 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Homo Night in Canada), Terrence Bryant (Almeda Theatre's The Refugee Hotel, Theatre Passe Muraille's My Fellow Creatures) and DJ Edwards (a character comedian and Drag Queen who has performed at Second City, Yuk Yuk's, and more) star as a sparkly funny-boy turned guardian angel, Terry the Fairy saved by applause and a Gorge-ganic Queen who devours convention and poops glitter. 3 different men, 3 unique soul stories and one message: You are the one you've been waiting for.

• Standing L-R: SOULO performers Terrence Bryant, Marco Bernardi, and DJ Edwards surround director Tracey Erin Smith
• Standing L-R: Terrence Bryant and Marco Bernardi  flank  DJ Edwards
• Tracey Erin Smith, photographed as a "giraffe" from snug harbour Photo credit: Shy Alter

Burning Bush Productions presents snug harbor
written and performed by Tracey Erin Smith,
directed by Anita La Selva
at The Centre, 316 Dupont Street
Wednesday July 4 - Sunday July 15, 2012
Tues-Sat at 7:30pm except July 12 when the show is at 9:30pm, Sun at 3pm

SoulOTheatre presents SOULO
conceived and directed by Tracey Erin Smith, created by The Soul Circus Collective
starring Marco Bernardi, Terrence Bryant,  DJ Edwards and Mckenzi Scott
at The Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College Street (use St. George St. Entrance only)
Friday July 6- Saturday July 14, 2012
Friday, July 6 at 3pm, Sunday, July 8, at 8pm, Monday, July 9 at 2:30pm, Tuesday July 10 at 6:45pm, Wednesday July 11 at 4pm, Thursday July 12 at 2:45pm and Saturday July 14 at 7pm.

Tickets for both snug harbor and SOULO:  $10 / $11 in advance.
Call The Fringe Box Office 416-966-1062 or visit

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