Chaotica – Toronto Fringe 2011 Press Release

From press release

Written & performed by 3 time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Christel Bartelse

Dutch Girl Productions of Toronto presents CHAOTICA — the story of Alice in a whole other wonderland. Caught in an ever-shifting board game that wickedly transforms her into a different version of who she thinks she wants to be, Alice confronts her fears and desires in a desperate attempt to take control of her life.   Fusing elements from nearly every comic tradition (sketch, stand-up, clown, satire and improv) CHAOTICA is a funny and touching play about remembering who we really are and what we really want. It has humour, heart and tap-dancing too!

Written and performed by Christel Bartelse, one half of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated duo Burnt Marshmallows, (U-Haulywood and STUCK),  CHAOTICA premiered at the 2008 London Fringe, winning the Best-in-Venue Impresario Award and a nomination for the Brickenden Award for Outstanding Touring Production.   “I think the comic nightmare lived by the chronically stressed-out is something everyone can identify with. The show has now toured London twice, hit Ottawa, Saskatoon, Edmonton, played Toronto twice, and I’ve recently received a couple of invitations to the States as well.  It seems to be becoming my signature piece.  Its easy to keep fresh, since the improv elements force me to be quick on my feet, and every segment taps a different part of my creative arsenal.  It’s a piece I’m always thrilled to perform and I was incredibly honoured when it received the 2010 Canadian Comedy Award nomination in the One Person Show category.

A theatrical Jackie-of-all-trades, Christel works as an actor, writer, clown and producer, known for her physical comedy, particularly in collaboration with Christina Sicoli, the other Burnt Marshmallow. Christel  has also written and performed another Fringe audience favourite,  ONEymoon – A Honeymoon for One. Breaking news:  ONEymoon has just been nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award in the solo performance category.  Industry voting now – results in the Fall. Other favourite stage credits include Pugg in Mump & Smoot in Something Else (Westbury Theatre, Edmonton), and Tifulbeau in The Hollow (CanStage, Toronto).  She is a regular performer for Clown Chowder, the Lunacy Cabaret and the Toronto Festival of Clowns, and has also participated in the March of Dames, Cheap Queers, Buskerfest, the Hysteria Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival.  Christel is a faculty member of Humber College where she teaches Physical Theatre and is a frequent guest instructor at Second City.  For more information, visit


Tarragon Theatre Extra Space – 30 Bridgman Avenue

Tickets $10 available at 416.966.1062 or

Thursday July 7 at 11 pm  /  Saturday July 9 at 5:15 pm

Sunday July 10 at 4:45 pm  /  Monday  July 11 at 2:45 pm  /  Tuesday July 12 at 8:45 pm

Wednesday  July 13 at 9:15 pm  /  Thursday July 14 at 7:00 pm

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