What's Up Weekend One: Hosts, Parties, Ancillary Programming, and that Sweet Sweet Ice Cream

It's officially here. The week that ends with a weekend of Fresh Meat 5. And it feels good.

So what can you expect?

Besides these fresh faces (belonging R-L to Greg Houston, Monica Bradford-Lea, Even Gilchrest, Kate Smith, Hayley Robateau, Jordan Moffatt & Kevin Reid respectively, with photo cred as always to LOG Creative Bureau) Here's a few more things you can expect during Weekend One.


Hosts

Thursday October 13 - Norah Paton

Taken for Fresh Meat 4's Stephen and Me. It's clear how much Norah loves Stephen, and how much we love Norah.

Taken for Fresh Meat 4's Stephen and Me. It's clear how much Norah loves Stephen, and how much we love Norah.

The one-woman-tour-de-force behind Egodeath, Norah has been at the helm of such projects like Fresh Meat 4's Stephen and Me, The Reproductive Life Cycle of a Flower, Around Miss Julie, Royal Jelly, and so much more. Her work has been featured at Fringes all around the country, Undercurrents, and of course, Fresh Meat. Norah will be ushering us gently into our Opening Night, we couldn't trust anyone else in the world with our grand debut into 5-dom. We're excited for her to be our guide/sherpa/spirit guide into Fresh Meat 5.

Friday October 14 - Gabbie Lazarovitz

Gabbie looking fierce. Taken fiercely from Gabbie herself.

Gabbie looking fierce. Taken fiercely from Gabbie herself.

Gabbie is an actor, singer, director, and all around Queen. She performed in last year's Rideau Award Winning Perfect Pie, acted as Assistant Director on the GCTC's (also Rideau Award Winning) Butcher, and splits her time between the major Canadian cities, performing and creating with some of the coolest theatre kids in town(s). That's how friggin' rad she is.

Oh, and did we mention she is a personal shopper and professional cookie baker?

That's right. Cookies. COOKIES. C O O K I E S. 

Keep an eye out for the Official Fresh Meat Vegetarian Selection: Gabbie's Cookies.

Saturday October 15 - Ray Besharah and Dave Benedict Brown

Ray and Dave. Taken in the wild.

Ray and Dave. Taken in the wild.

Ray and Dave are just two dudes trying to make it in the world. Oh, and they're incredible improvisers, performers, creators, and people. Neither of these guys are strangers to Fresh Meat, and their passion project, the sketch show Dicky Dicky (promo photo above) has been a hit at the Ottawa Fringe, and is evolving through Theatre 4.669's creation lab into a full-length piece.

We love these guys because  they can look you dead in the eyes, with the gentlest of gazes, while simultaneously making you pee your pants laughing. The guys in Dicky Dicky are our Picky Picky of the litter. 


Grub - Opening Night

Meow. Moo Shu is where it's at.

Meow. Moo Shu is where it's at.

Opening Night, AKA our 5th Birthday party will feature:
Beer by Dominion City Brewing Co, meaty snacks by Seed to Sausage, and sweet treats by Moo Shu Ice Cream. That's right: brews, charcuterie and mini cones. FRIGGIN' MINI CONES.

Tickets to opening night are available online and at the door, with doors at 7pm. Everyone is also more than welcome to the opening night party at 10pm. Entry is free.


Beats - Opening Night

DJ AL Connors. A hand-painted portrait of what we think AL's aura exudes.

DJ AL Connors. A hand-painted portrait of what we think AL's aura exudes.

AL Connors. Everyone's favourite improviser, funny-guy, educator of young minds, performer in parks, and that guy who blew up the internet in Ottawa a little while ago when he left the Canadian Improv Games and everyone on Facebook thought he may have died.

He's also one of the best DJ's in town. Come kick things off with us, AL, and his sweet beats for our opening night party. Again, entry at 10 is free.

Let's dance our faces off.


Ancillary Programming - Weekend One

Darkness - Directed by Julie Le Gal, and performed by John Doucet & Manon St Jules

Y'a rien de plus mystérieux que l'obscurité, rien de plus intime que nos moments partagés sans lumière. Une voix basse, des chuchotements, l'inconnu... Te veux-tu en savoir plus?

We don't want to keep you in the dark. Our ancillary offering for Weekend One, Darkness, will be taking place pre- and post-show, as well as during intermission.

Allons-y, mes amis.

Love,

Fresh Meat