Fringe 2012: [ZED.TO] ByoLogyc: Where You Become New
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Fringe 2012: [ZED.TO] ByoLogyc: Where You Become New

Graphic by Trevor Haldenby.

The Mission Business

Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 5, 7:30 p.m.
Friday July 6, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday July 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 8, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst Street)

ByoLogyc is not your standard Fringe show. It’s not even a show by most conventional definitions. Instead, it is the opening salvo in a wide-scale interactive-narrative adventure set to run over the next eight months as parts of several arts festivals, as well as through social media. Sound complicated? It is, but it’s also crafted with obvious talent and energy, and if you’re willing to match even a fraction of said energy it promises to be a very fulfilling experience.

The events that make up ZED.TO will follow an apocalypse-level event in Toronto, with ByoLogyc setting the stage. This takes the form of a launch party for the titular biotech company‘s new designer drug, populated by the corporate senior staff and a team of new interns (i.e., the audience). The interactive, mobile format is similar to a murder mystery, where the audience members must collect what information and office gossip they can between speeches and team-building exercises. The ZED.TO team prove themselves to be capable innovators in this intricate scenario, though sharing information with your fellow interns is crucial. The party’s climax is only the beginning, setting things up for big events to come.

If you’re willing to take the plunge, we highly recommend taking a look at the extensive online material beforehand, and even signing up for the VIP Internship Program. Don’t be overwhelmed—just grab a drink, keep your ears open, and hang out next to someone chatty.