Announcing the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize Winner

Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC)and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that Anais West and Sara Vickruck are the winners of the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize for Poly Queer Love Ballad. The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, and a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P.

Poly Queer Love Ballad is a new slam poetry musical. Anais West and Sara Vickruck merge pop folk songs and spoken word to create a raw, intimate, genre-bending theatre experience. The play follows Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, and Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter. With a microphone, loop pedal, an array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on sex. The show explores conceptions of polyamory, queerness, and the dynamics in relationships between women, while aiming to create a new representation of intimacy that isn’t confined by genre, medium, or societal obligations.

Sara Vicruck - Co-creator and Performer

Sara Vickruck, performer and co-creator of Poly Queer Love Ballad, will be part of the Fringe in 2018.

Sara Vickruck – Performer/Co-Creator: Sara is a queer theatre artist and musician. She has recently performed in NeOn at the rEvolver Festival, Kill Your Lovers at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival in Toronto and the Fresh Fruit Festival in New York, and Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. Sara co-founded the all-female theatre company, Poiema Productions, which has toured across Canada multiple times with original works. Her debut album, Prologue, is available on iTunes, Spotify, and at She is the winner of an Ovation Award for Best Female Performer (Love Bomb, Shameless Hussy Productions), and the E.V. Young Award for her portrayal of Anybodys in West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars). Sara is a Grant MacEwan Graduate. Next up, Vickruck will be performing in Fun Home at the Arts Club Theatre.

Anais West

Anais West, performer and co-creator of Poly Queer Love Ballad, will be part of the Fringe in 2018.

Anais West– Performer/Co-Creator: Anais is a queer actor and playwright as well as the current Associate Artistic Producer at Pi Theatre. She wrote and produced Kill Your Lovers (created with video-designer Shauna Griffin), which was presented at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival in Toronto and the Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City. She is a co-producer for the Virago Play Series, an initiative she began with Alexandra Lainfiesta, Carmela Sison, and Kayla Deorksen that develops and produces new work by female and femme playwrights. Virago’s first series of staged readings will be presented at the Firehall Arts Centre in 2018. Anais has performed with Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival, Carousel Theatre for Young People, the PuSh Festival, and the Arts Club. Next up, she will be appearing in the Only Animal’s production of SLIME in Vancouver and at the Banff Centre. Anais is a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58.

Poly Queer Love Ballad will be on stage
at the 2018 Fringe Festival, September 6-16.

PTC is a dramaturgically-focused theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances the Canadian playwright. They develop new plays from creation to performance. They collaborate on new work with emerging and established theatre artists. Their focus is dramaturgy, development, playmaking from A to Z. Through carefully curated programs and deep conversations with artists, PTC helps them transform their practice and ideas. New and necessary stories take shape. Fresh ways of working, thinking, and creating emerge. PTC fosters a culture of inclusivity and aims to make PTC accessible to the widest community possible.

Pursuing the vision of “theatre for everyone,” the Vancouver Fringe Festival features unjuried, uncensored theatre of all kinds and for all audiences. With over 700 performances by more than 80 artists, the Fringe runs September 6-16, 2018 at Mainstage Venues on and around Granville Island and at Bring Your Own Venues across the city.

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