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Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ hits the Canadian stage at the Vancouver Fringe Festival


Arts/Entertainment/Theatre: Island Productions Presents: Gruesome Playground Injuries At The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab Theatre, September 8th-17th, 2017 as part of the Vancouver International Fringe Festival

A comic tale about love, pain and friendship
What price would we pay in order to be loved? Island Productions presents a fresh new spin on Gruesome Playground Injuries, directed by Mel Tuck and starring Gina Leon and Michael Germant. Playwright Rajiv Joseph’s poignant and darkly comic tale about love, pain and friendship opens September 9th at The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab Theatre in East Vancouver.

Gruesome Playground Injuries is a harrowing and humorous story about love, where internal and external pain are a measure of everything vulnerable when it comes to intimacy, timing and love. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together

Gruesome Playground Injuries received its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas in 2009. It premiered off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre two years later, prompting The New York Times to call Joseph “an artist of original talent.” His plays include the Broadway produced Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

Gruesome Playground Injuries runs for six shows between September 8th – 17th.

Tickets are $14. September 8th Preview tickets are half-price at $7.

The Cultch at 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6.

Tickets on sale now on the Fringe website

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