Amuse Me at FSR

posted 30 Nov 2017, 20:53 by fsr admin

Amuse Me

Coming up at FSR!:

When the Muse is accidentally summoned into the world by deadbeat writer John Doe, he will stop at nothing to harness Muse’s lucrative creative potential. Can creativity be used, consumed or controlled? Or is freedom the catalyst for artistic expression?

Thursday December 7th @ 8pm
Friday December 8th @ 8pm
Saturday December 9th @ 4pm & 8pm
Sunday December 10th @ 8pm

Thursday December 14th @ 8pm
Friday December 15th @ 8pm
Saturday December 16th @ 4pm & 8pm
Sunday December 17th @ 8pm

Invasive Species at FSR

posted 30 Oct 2017, 18:46 by fsr admin   [ updated 30 Oct 2017, 18:48 ]

Blue Ox Productions Present's the remount of the Montreal Fringe smash hit, Invasive Species, written and performed by Gabriel Schultz. Winner of the Freestanding Room Award at the 2017 St.Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, the ecological thriller that the Montreal Gazette called "an icky slick of Southern Gothic" returns more sticky and slimier than ever before.

TICKETS- $15 (regular) $12 (Student and QDF)
November 16th-18th+22nd-25th @8:00 PM
November 18th and 25th 2:00 PM

In Invasive Species we ride on board Train 49 with Junior, a professional toad hunter and raging venom addict. Now in this sweaty, southern, bourbon-soaked universe, we are absorbed into his tormented fantasy and his vengeful obsession with the Cane Toad: the most invasive amphibian on planet Earth.

Director-Stephanie Costa
Performer/Writer- Gabriel Schultz
Performer-Darragh Mondoux
Set/Lighting-Zoe Roux
Costumes-Sophie El-Assaad
Music-Gabriel Frank
Sound-Devon Bate
Stage Manager-Lyanna Labelle-Rocha
Marketing-Sage Szkarbarnicki-Stuart
Dialect Coach-Jillian Harris

Pete Seeger's The Incompleat Folksinger - Oct. 26-28

posted 13 Oct 2017, 13:23 by fsr admin

Pete Seeger's The Incompleat Folksinger, with Mark Hellman
Directed by Ross Desprez*
October 26 – 28, 2017 (Thurs/Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm/8pm)
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 FREE (reservations required)

Actor, musician, independent producer, and former Montrealer, Mark Hellman is delighted to return
to his favourite city in Canada, bringing his rollicking tour de force tribute to the late, great
folksinger, social activist, and global citizen, Pete Seeger, to Montreal for 3 DAYS ONLY at
Espace Freestanding Room.

Pete Seeger was a key figure in the mid-20th century global folk music revival. He sang in defence
of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited; and always to enliven and encourage, to delight, and
to tell tales. This unique full-length solo performance (adapted from Seeger's 1972 autobiography of
the same name) combines verbatim theatre, story telling, music, and audience participation (for
which Seeger was perhaps most famous),taking the audience on a journey spanning 35 years (1935-
70) and featuring all or part of 29 songs. Seeger reflects on his involvement in the union
movement, WWII, his stand against McCarthyism (HUAC), his participation on the front lines of
the Civil Rights Movement, and his travels to conflict zones overseas, while honouring some of his
greatest inspirations: Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays, Leadbelly, Martin Luther King, and the love of his
life, Toshi Ohta. Invited to sing at every turn, the audience is completely engaged and embedded in
the performance, and by the finale of “If I Had a Hammer” audience and performer merge into a
mass choir, embodying the principle that Seeger lived through his life and art: “Participation. That’s
what’s gonna save the human race.”

Untitled Post

posted 30 May 2017, 07:51 by fsr admin

Like clockwork, June means the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival is back and we're happy to be an OFF venue for the festival once again! We're hosting three shows between June 1st and June 18th:

- Memento Mori - June 1-17
A support group for the dead. A safe space where the dearly departed are encouraged to share their life (and afterlife) experiences as they journey towards the light. Free coffee, tea and baked goods offered upon arrival. A new immersive theatre piece from the creator of the Captain Aurora musicals. Written by FSR member Trevor Barrette.

- Mouth to Mouth - June 9 to June 18
A dark new comedy. Actions have their consequences. So does inaction. When alpha-couple Iris and Adrian vacation at the English seaside, their comfortable life is suddenly blown apart. A strange encounter with a local schoolteacher. A near-death experience. The deeper the secrets, the easier it is to drown in them. Written by FSR member Ned Cox.

- OSCAR - June 3 to June 18

girl gone wilde.

FSR members Johanna Nutter (My Pregnant Brother/My Playwright Sister) and Joseph Shragge (Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, Bar Kapra) bring late-night fringers and fairy tales face-to-face in the hopes of creating something new in performance.

a rough draft party.


BNP presents: Bright Half Life (August 18-28)

posted 8 Aug 2016, 17:21 by fsr admin

Brave New Productions is proud to partner with We Are One to present the Canadian Premiere of "Bright Half Life" (Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Play) by Tanya Barfield. You will be immersed in a moving love story that spans decades in an instant—from marriage, children, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together.

The Freestanding Room (4324 Blvd St Laurent) is an intimate performance space with very limited seating, reservations will be recommended.

All shows start at 8 PM Sharp. Latecomers cannot be accepted and doors open 10 minutes prior to showtime. Shows run every night from August 18-21, then August 24-28 (the 18th is a preview performance).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/606486042861834/
BNP's website: https://www.bravenewproductions.com/

I'm Not Here benefit previews

posted 20 Jul 2016, 10:20 by fsr admin

Composite Theatre Co. is taking I'm Not Here to SummerWorks Performance Festival and you can help them get there!  At the end of their rehearsals here in Montreal, they will be opening up the doors to let you come see the work that they're bringing to Toronto in August. These are preview performances and are a part of the rehearsal process, certain elements of the design and performances may not yet be complete. The benefit previews are PWYD (pay what you decide) with all proceeds going towards offsetting the costs of taking this show to SummerWorks. The piece is translated by FSR member Alexis Diamond and directed by FSR admin Jen Quinn.

Seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. To make your reservation, email: info@compositetheatre.org.

Friday July 29th at 8pm
Saturday July 30th at 4pm
Saturday July 30th at 8pm
Sunday July 31st at 8pm

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/157758894635185/
Composite Theatre Co. website: http://compositetheatre.com/

The Fringe Fest Returns to FSR!

posted 2 Jun 2016, 08:17 by fsr admin

Like clockwork, June means the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival is back and we're happy to be an OFF venue for the festival once again! We're hosting three shows between June 2nd and June 19th:

- Origin: A Story Through Song - June 2-19
Origin tells the story of fall from grace and coming of age through song and movement. The songs will be performed in a raw A Cappella fashion with strong Blues undercurrents, alternating between solos and harmonies and using the environment and body to create a compelling and immersive experience. Produced by and starring FSR member Caroline Gauthier (eagle-eyed readers may remember that she put up a shorter version of this piece at the ShortStanding Festival back in February).

- The Passage - June 2 to June 18
At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Nellie Garner becomes the first woman to attempt the Edmonton trail to the Yukon. As she confronts the great risks involved in seeking great fortune, the journey becomes a test of her bravery and ambition - and her will to survive. Produced and starring FSR member Jen Viens, this piece is another that graduated from our ShortStanding Festival (the 2015 edition, in this case).

- Atomic City - June 3 to June 18
Jeff Gandell invades the room to bring us this mad, historical piece. In a secret city developing a new weapon to end World War II, a scientist and his assistant plunge into a forbidden love affair. They soon discover that there are some endeavors more volatile than splitting the atom. And just as explosive.

Espace Freestanding Room presents: MAYDAYS

posted 2 May 2016, 08:16 by fsr admin   [ updated 14 May 2016, 07:07 ]

Espace Freestanding Room presents MAYDAYS - Every Saturday night in May
Espace Freestanding Room is bringing back Maydays!  Saturdays in May, FSR will host themed cabaret-style evenings.  Each one promises to be a fun filled night of entertainment and all proceeds will help support Espace Freestanding Room, allowing it to remain an affordable artistic home for our local artists.

Here's what we can tell you so far!:

BATTLE JAR & FRIENDS - TONIGHT: Saturday May 7th at 8pm
Join us for an evening of local independent WebSeries! You'll have a chance to see the first season of 'Battle Jar: Resolving Arguments Since the Dawn of Time' in its entirety as well as a teaser for Season 2! As well, we'll be screening the new series 'Blank Paige' from Hannah Dorozio. You'll also get a sneak peek of a few other projects by local filmmakers. Come and hang out and support local indie film! 

STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT - Saturday May 14th at 8pm
Join some of the best talent Montreal’s comedy scene has to offer for a night of hilarity, innuendos, and something you may… or may not want to write home about!

Join us for a night of readings of classic short-short plays, read live and without rehearsal by Montreal's finest Artistic Directors, General Managers, Directors, Designers, and Production Superstars. Give them direction and vote for your favourites; hilarity ensues. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn the tables on Montreal's A-list!

PUPPETS & POETS CABARET - Saturday May 28th at 8pm 
Together at last: Puppetry & Poetry!
Anything could happen...

MAYDAYS SILENT AUCTION - Now through May 31st at 11:59pm  
The items can be viewed online through our MAYDAYS ONLINE SILENT AUCTION.  Be the first to place a bid by emailing maydays@freestandingroom.com.

Les Ombres Parallèles

posted 29 Mar 2016, 12:59 by fsr admin

Billetterie en ligne : https://lepointdevente.com/billets/ombres-paralleles
20$ en ligne ( les billets peuvent être imprimés ou récupérés à la porte )
25$ à la porte ( comptant seulement )


Deux nominations au Festival Fringe en juin 2015 :
- Meilleur texte francophone du Centre des auteurs dramatiques.
- Meilleur grande pièce dans un petit espace.

AVRIL 2016...
Jeudi 7, vendredi 8, samedi 9 avril à 20h
Dimanche10 avril à 16h
Jeudi 14, vendredi 15, samedi 16 avril à 20h
Dimanche 17 avril à 16h

Dans la petite salle intime et immersive de
l'Espace Freestanding room située au
4324 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, 3e étage. ( En haut de l'ancien bar Bobard )

À l'avance 20$, à la porte 25$


Synopsis «Les Ombres parallèles» - Il y a Ève. Il y a Simon. Ils sont plongés dans le noir l’instant d’une nuit blanche. Cette seule nuit pour être ensemble. Cette seule nuit pour tout se dire. Cette seule nuit qui contient toutes les autres. Leur rencontre, brève et inévitable, exposera les traces que la vie a laissées sur eux. Et si c'était dans la pleine obscurité – où vous serez précipités avec eux – que se révélait la nature profonde de chaque être ? Et si la véritable lumière se trouvait enfouie dans l'ombre de chacun?

Les Ombres Parallèles_Bande annonce

The 3rd annual ShortStanding Festival of Short Performances

posted 26 Jan 2016, 18:42 by fsr admin   [ updated 8 Feb 2016, 13:00 ]

Espace Freestanding Room
Present / Presents
Festival of Short Performances
Festival de Performances Courtes

Our 3rd annual little-festival-that-could and it's our biggest one yet! We've got so many short performances this year that we had to program them into 3 different line-ups! En plus, on est vraiment exciter d’annoncer qu’on a même quelques performances francophones dans la mêlée! And if that's not enough to get you excited about this year’s festival, we've also added some special one-off events!

Billetterie / Box Office :
514 - 418 – 1848
Tickets / Billets : ...
$18 regular / $15 discount / $25 two nights / $33 three nights

*** LINE-UP C ***

* City Boy (Plaid Thursday Productions)
City Boy is the story of Max, who returns home to celebrate his sister's engagement. After living a free life away from the farm, he has made a self discovery that he is determined to share. The play explores the question, What is more important: your values or a family's unconditional love?

* Apprendre à nager (Théâtre Bazooka)
Quand les préjugés de son père sont révélés, un jeune garçon apprend que le monde est pas si simple qu'il le pensait. Aideriez-vous l'homme en besoin ou fermeriez-vous les yeux?

* Hysteria! (The orange eyes)
Hysteria/Peeling madness is a non-lineair work -in -progress by Jacqueline van de Geer. The piece is loosely inspired by The yellow wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, european fairy-tales and personal memories of my mother, who suffered post -partum-depression after I was born.

* Pie(lot) Fragmented (WhyNotNowProductions)
Just how Much Pie is there?
Will you even be here to enjoy your share?

* Have You Seen My Monster? (Lightning in a Bottle Theatre)
Grace and Joy are enjoying a cocktail in their idyllic suburban homes circa 1963. But all is not how it seems. Guilt and friendship can sometimes be a deadly combination.

* À tout prix (Théâtre Cent Bon Sens)
Un bureau de Poste Canada. Trois hommes, un colis, aucunes issues. « Un bourbier où la chair déchire la chair, le sang abreuve le sang. »

*** LINE-UP D ***

* Between the Lines with Nic & Co (Re:Stage)
Pointing an enthusiastic and inquisitive eye at the evening’s performances, Nic from Re:Stage Reviews will be your guide for the evening, talking briefly around the edges of the myriad styles and themes presented before you.

* Subtraction (Uncanny Theatre Company)
A family is devastated after a child’s near-death experience leaves her homebound. As the parents do their best to cope, they become increasingly forgetful and are shocked by the apparent cause.

* Swimming Lesson (Bazooka Theatre)
As his father’s prejudices are revealed, a young boy learns that the world is not as straightforward as he thought. Would you help the man in need or turn a blind eye?

* A is for Arsenic (Rabbit in a Hat Productions)
Three unlikely women are drawn together by a sinister circumstance putting a triple dose of femme fatale in this film noir misadventure.

* Origin (Caroline Gauthier)
Origin tells the story of young heartbreak through song and movement. It is the first draft of a performance that will hopefully have a long and varied artistic evolution.

* boKa (Possiblement Théâtre)
Birth of boKa. The clown awakens to its new world. It will risk a small step for a clown, trying not to get hit in the face by the giant leap of mankind. boKa will find itself facing simple choices that will later define what it is.

*** LINE-UP E ***

* My Favourite Deaths (Oimoi Productions)
Lynn Kozak mixes performance and improvisation in tackling the Iliad’s deaths—her favourite deaths—focusing on a different character each show.

* The Psychology of Plants (That's What She Said Productions)
What is the perfect woman? Does she exist? Is she French? Is she effortlessly graceful with rock hard abs? Rue Hazell examines this as she painstakingly prepares for her office's annual beauty pageant.

* Empty Rooms (BullPen Productions)
A want-to-be actor comes home for his mother’s wake, where he’s forced to deal with his grief and guilt, all the while confronted by his estranged twin sister.

* A Weekend Away (Ad Hoc Theatre Collective)
Coupledom, children, house, work, housework...All work and no play. Is grown up life supposed to be like this? Can we take a break? Can we have some fun?

* Miranda and Dave Begin Again (Gender Rubble Collective)
Miranda is curating a used underwear archive. Her boyfriend Dave is experimenting with stalking women. Her sister Eden is tired of just giving blowjobs. Is this the end, or just the beginning?

* Musical Excerpts from Captain Aurora II: A New Dawn (Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal)
After sold-out performances at the Montreal Fringe and Wildside Theatre Festivals, the superhero musical saga continues. Catch a glimpse of the all-new adventure starring Captain Aurora and the SkyGuard. #spoileralert

*** ONE-OFFS ***

* State of the Onion: Peeling Back the Layers of the Montreal Theatre Scene
Using the collective minds of a diverse array of talented Montreal theatre-makers, this panel discussion is an opportunity to crack the egg and see how it cooks. Hear from creators and have them hear you in this unique opportunity to dig deep into the heart of Montreal theatre.

* Tragic Saturday Afternoon (Oimoi Productions)
Tragic Saturday Afternoon- come and read a play out loud together with us (H.D.'s Choruses from Iphigenia in Aulis). There will be beer. And chips. And fun.

* Wake Up Sleeping Beauty! (The Live Action Theatre Project)
“WAKE UP SLEEPING BEAUTY!” explores a classic fairy tale with a twist. Our audience teams up to wake the Princess and take ACTION to save herself and her Kingdom! Designed for kids ages 6-12 but entertaining for all audiences.

* Chaos Theory: Phase One: Early Trials' (an experiment) by Ned Cox
Twenty-six years after conceiving Chaos Theory, Ned Cox & Co will again be using pure chance to create a piece for actors and dancers. Cards, dice, coin-filps -- everything adds to The Chaos

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