Kitchen Sink Drama – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

Five playwrights were commissioned to create new work to be performed in a kitchen in Leslieville to an audience busy
munching on snacks served up by the cast. The writers were assigned a unique flavour, a time limit, a cast size limit, and
were encouraged to include the use of direct address and create characters with no appearance based descriptions, to
allow for casting of any gender, age range, ethnicity, etc. The pieces they created are strange, powerful meditations on
love, betrayal, grief and revenge. They are magical, delicious and proudly queer.

In the first play Siren, by award-winning playwright Natalie Kaye (Mood Swings, Fringe 2016), a scullery maid makes
dinner and rails against the constraints of her oppressive employment, vowing to storm the seas as a blood-thirsty pirate.
She will serve the audience a deliciously salty summer gazpacho.

The salad course, Bitter Hearts, debates the ethics of veganism while relishing the inescapable bitterness of first love’s
betrayal. The main course, Savour, directed by Sandra Cardinal (Sizzle & Spin, Fringe 2015) and starring Fringe veteran and
CAEA member Andrea Irwin (False Start, Fringe 2016 & Hogtown, 2017), Kelly-Marie McKenna (If We Were Birds, York U),
and Mladen Obradović (A Flea in Her Ear, Fringe 2017), is a delectable romance about yearning, alienation, magic and
carpe diem.

The final piece is A Trifle, written by award-winning playwright Nina Kaye (Death Meets Harlequin, Fringe 2017) and
directed by Collette Radau (Midnight Toronto, Rhubarb 2017). This dessert course, about new love, cake, and how to
connect, is a sweet, but not too saccharine, way to end the night.

With 17 members in the production team, many of whom are returning to Fringe, and only 30 seats in our cozy kitchen
each night, these tickets are sure to sell quickly so book now!


  • Kitchen Sink Drama plays at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. (765 Queen St. E.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Sexual content; Audience participation.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.


  • Wednesday July 4th, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 5th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:30 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:30 pm

Photo by Nina Kaye.