THE BIG HOUSE
When you’re a little kid and your Dad goes to jail, does a part of you go with? Fringe favourite Tracey Erin Smith is back in her most personal show yet. In 2018 when she finds herself in California's Kern Valley maximum security men’s prison, as a Dragon’s Den type judge, it’s an unlikely place for a heart to heal.
Thin places are locales where the distance between heaven and earth collapses and we're able to catch a glimpse of the divine. In the last three months, Tracey visited a Level Four maximum security men's prison in California, and was a delegate on a Compassionate Listening trip to Israel and Palestine. What does hearing thousands of people's life stories teach you about living? What does it take to truly connect?
WE THE MEN
A group of men come together at a cabin for the weekend, to talk about what’s going on in the world. How the #metoo movement is affecting their lives. They share their inner-most feelings. But what to do with all these ‘feelings’ and fear of losing the power they once had?
THIS IS BLACK
Six women of colour take centre stage to share stories of family, love, gender, religion, and ghosts. A SOULO Theatre production, co-created and directed by Tracey Erin Smith.
A one-woman show that tells the true story of a young Indo-Canadian woman who goes to live in India to learn more about her identity. A play about belonging, becoming and the beauty of identifying with two worlds.
IN FIRST PERSON
Six members from different Indigenous communities, ages 30 to 82, perform short autobiographical solo shows using dance, humour, storytelling and song. The show was developed with director Tracey Erin Smith, Artistic Director of SOULO Theatre, with Cultural Consultant Tantoo Cardinal.
Newsgirl is a personal herstory of the world-famous Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club by founder Savoy “Kapow!” Howe. Savoy Howe tells amazing, shocking and hilarious tales from her 25-year boxing journey that started at the Toronto Newsboys Boxing Club in ’92.
THE CLERGY PROJECT
Father Daniel, Reverend Shawn and Rabbi Elyse (two gay men and a woman) share moving, entertaining and sometimes shocking stories of how they were called to ministry, the challenges faced within their congregations, and life-changing moments of service in the midst of deep sorrow and pain.
THE CHOIR PROJECT
Six choir members share personal solo theatre pieces about the trials and triumphs that make up a life, the transformational power of music, and all the humour that comes from being human.
What Would You Do With A Year To Live? Memento Mori is a solo show with a four piece tango band, two male dancers & YOU. Part mixer, part garden party, part death ritual. It's the best last night of someone's life you've ever had.
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.