Desperate Church Wives – Toronto Fringe 2011 Press Release

From press release

Toronto – May 16, 2011 – Desperate Church Wivesmakes its debut in the Toronto Fringe Festival, on Thursday, July 7, 2011, produced by Diane Johnstone’s, Under the Blood Productions.

Desperate Church Wives is a one-woman show, loosely based on the biblical story of Prophet Hosea and his harlot wife, Gomer, which God told to marry. It is written and performed by Diane Johnstone and directed by Laura Anne Harris. What would you think if you heard of a Holy man, a priest, a rabbi, etc. whose wife gets busted for prostitution? Well, the church women are upset! Does the hoe have to go?

Desperate Church Wives, explores the fact that we all have something we’re dealing with and no matter what, God loves us unconditionally. Diane brings back her former characters, Grandma Word, who tells it like it is, snooty Southern-belle Clarissa and the fast talking ex-stripper, Barbara, to this church meeting. Refreshments will be served.

“Magnetic performer” Diane Johnstone (aka Diane L. Daniel) has been seen on both stage and screen. Her first feature film was as Marge, in The Rev, a Sunny Days Production and has since appeared on CTV’s, The Listener, Kenny Robinson’s All Night Jam, which aired on the Comedy Network. Diane’s favorite stage credits include starring in the very successful Da Kink in My Hair (Toronto and the Atlantic Fringe Festivals), She Never Bought Me an Easy Bake Oven (Toronto Fringe Festival), her solo shows Bourgee-Bush Woman, Church Street, walk the talk, Sex, Drugs and the Holy Ghost (Toronto, Hamilton and London Fringe Festivals), and Harriet Tubman in Harriet Tubman, the Great Escape.

Laura Anne Harris, director, trained at the University of Victoria’s Acting program and graduated in 2007. She wrote and starred in Pitch Blond at the 2007 Victoria Fringe Festival where she won the 2007 Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Fringe Production,” which will be featured in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. In 2009, she directed Alex Eddington, in the successful solo production of TJ Dawe’s, Tired Clichés.  In 2010, Laura made her Toronto Fringe debut directing, Psycho Bitch, by Tamara Lynn Roberts.

Venue: College Street United Church, Ladies Parlour Room – 425 College Street (@Bathurst), Toronto

Thursday, July 7th – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday, July 8th – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, July 9th – 4pm – 5pm
Sunday, July 10th – 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday, July 13th – 8pm – 9pm
Thursday, July 14th – 8pm – 9pm
Friday, July 15th – 8pm – 9pm
Saturday, July 16th – 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Sunday, July 17th – 2pm – 3pm

$10 at the door  For advance tickets – Fringe Hotline  416-966-1062 or