As part of the 2017

workingclasstheatre ​is back for a fourth year at the Victoria Fringe Festival with their second season of the smash hit CAFE SOAP OPERAS! A live, episodic sitcom performed twice over the run nights of the festival. This season consists of six brand new episodes, written, acted, and directed by members of workingclasstheatre’s main company: Tristan Bacon, Markus Spodzieja, Emma Hughes and Rae Paxton, as well as new guests joining them to round out the cafe community, CCPA students Emil Morgenson, Nicole Bartosinski, and Avry Payne.


Written in the style of How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, and Community, CAFE SOAP OPERAS! is set in staple local coffeehouse 2%Jazz (owned and operated by long-time fringe supporter Sam Jones). We’re back with all of  the answers to questions left hanging in Season one. Following the precarious love story between Josh and Andrea, Season 2 introduces their doppelganger enemies Sandy, and the Instagram famous indoor rock climbing couple JANNIE. All the while revealing behind-the-scenes info thanks to our trusted Barista and his new, and unsuspected, side-kick: The New Barista. This season is full of even more quirky comedy, touching moments, witty banter, and the best damn coffee in town.


CAFE SOAP OPERAS! Is episodic - each show is different. It’s a whole season in two weeks! The story is continuous - come see more than one show to get to know the gang better and piece together the overall story.

workingclasstheatre operates under the artistic direction of local director Tristan Bacon, remembered by theatre aficionados for Burn This (Market Square), Hedda Gabbler (Craigdarroch Castle) and Tempest: Variations (SPARK! at the Belfry). Tristan holds a directing degree from UVic (‘14) and an acting diploma from Capilano University (‘09). CAFE SOAP OPERAS! Has been in development for six years and has many cafes, baristas, actors, shop owners, roasters, and artists to thank for its development.


Tristan Bacon
The Barista

Back for Season 2, Tristan is excited to see Cafe Sopa Operas! become a reality. Tristan is Artistic Director at workingclasstheatre, and producers, directs and performs in downtown Victoria.

Emma Hughes

workingclasstheatre staple and longtime member Emma Hughes plays Andrea for her second season of Cafe Soap Operas! 

Markus Spodzieja
Josh Brand
Markus Spodzieja is stoked to pick things up and put them back down once more with Cafe Soap Operas, Josh Brand style.

    Cafe Soap Operas! is a live, episodic sitcom - set in your local cafe.   


Rae Paxton

Rae has been performing with wct for many years, and was a guest performer in last years CSO. Recently graduated from CCPA, Rae is excited to be back onstage!

Avry Payne

Avry is a student at the Canadian college of Performing Arts and is very excited to be playing Annie in Cafe Soap Operas!

Emil Morgenson


Emil Mogensen is excited to be involved in his first show with Working Class Theatre and Victoria Fringe. Enjoy this season of Cafe Soap Operas!



2%Jazz Coffee: Hudson

2%Jazz is a staple in the coffee community in Victoria, it's legacy spanning a mighty 20 years and counting. Owner Sam Jones Began the company in 1996 with an outdoor kisosk, and over the years has built it from that little cart to a full scale operation, featuring a robust wholesale program, two cafes and a small roaster. 

workingclasstheatre is proud to have a longstanding relationship with Sam and 2%Jazz. A longtime supporter of the Fringe Festival and  local arts in Victoria, 2%Jazz is the perfect fit for Cafe Soap Operas!


Cafe Soap Operas!


1112 Balmoral Rd.

Victoria, BC.

V8T 1B1


Nicole Bartosinski
The New Barista

Recent graduate of CCPA, Nicole is excited to be working on her first show with Working Class Theatre as the "New Barista"!

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Thursday - Saturday, 7:30pm and 9:00pm

August 25th - 27th and August 31st, September 1st & 2nd

2% Jazz in the Hudson

1701 Douglas St


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