LIGHTERS IN THE AIR Comes to The 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival

Having recently appeared in Imposters on Bravo, In Contempt on BET, and in the recurring role of "Sketchy-Looking Dude" on CBC's Kim's Convenience, Just For Laughs Comedy Award nominee Kris Hagen trades in screen time for a chance to bring his original music, writing and direction to the stage in Lighters in the Air.

A musician named Leo returns to his former hangout, The Empty, a dive bar where the mic is always open. With the help of old friends, a lost love, and The Empty's newest off-beat barflies, Leo rediscovers his passion for the music he left behind. A play about artistic integrity, unfulfilled expectations, and an uncertain future.

Lighters in the Air will feature original songs by Hagen as well as nightly guest performances by some of the brightest talent in the Toronto music and comedy scenes, including Laura Tremblay (Jukebox Hero: The Musical; Stage West Calgary's Legally Blonde: The Musical), Ben Beauchemin (Kim's Convenience, Saving Hope), Ryan Dillon, Chantel Marostica and more!

Playwright/Director: Kris Hagen
Assistant Directors: Steven Holmberg & Kristen MacCulloch
Associate Producer: Laura Tremblay Stage Manager: Laura Moniz
Set & Costume Designer: Sarah Delignies
Starring:Natalia Bushnik (The Bathtub Girls, kairos collective), Belinda Corpuz (Prairie Nurse, Factory Theatre; solo EP All I Am), Cody Crain (Canadian Comedy Award nomination, Best Comedy Podcast), Anna Douglas (Saving Hope; Tennessee State Thespian Award; LA Weekly Award for Best Female Comedy Performance), Raechel Fisher (Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, Canadian Stage), Kris Hagen (Kim's Convenience; 2012 Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award nomination), Olaf Sham (Second City Toronto Conservatory), Amanda Silcoff (Trap Door, If/Then, Kiss me, Kate, Sheridan College), Taylor Whittaker (UKAE, CBC's Crawford)

The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St.

PerformancesWednesday, July 4 - 8pm
Thursday, July 5 - 8pm
Friday, July 6 - 6pm
Saturday, July 7 - 7pm
Sunday, July 8 - 7pm
Tuesday, July 10 - 8pm
Wednesday, July 11 - 6pm
Thursday, July 12 - 6pm
Friday, July 13 - 7pm
Saturday, July 14 - 3pm
Sunday, July 15 - 7pm

Tickets: $11 + $2 feeOn sale online or by phone as of June 7, 2018Purchase online: https://fringetoronto.com/festivals/fringe/event/lighters-air
By phone: 416-966-1062 In person during the festival: Box Office at The Fringe Club at Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West)

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