THEATRE UNDER THE GUN

 

THEATRE UNDER THE GUN is returning to Vancouver!

Theatre Under the Gun is a 48-Hour Play Creation Competition. Six Vancouver theatre companies receive an inspiration package, and have only 48 hours to race against the clock and create an original piece of theatre! Hosted by Monster Theatre and co-presented by the Fringe, Theatre Under the Gun is one of the most epic, exciting, surprising, and electric theatre events of the season.

Special thanks for our amazing selection committee for completing the impossible task of choosing six (Or, in this case, 7) companies to participate in the madness on February 9th. Thanks again to Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg (Artistic Director – Tara Cheyenne Performance), Chris MacGregor (Artistic Director – Axis Theatre, Founder of Theatre Under the Gun) and Joyce Rosario (Interim Artistic Director – Push Festival).

February 9th at Performance Works Theatre on Granville Island. TICKETS are limited, and are expected to sell out so get em while you can!

AND THE COMPANIES ARE…

DOPE HEARTS THEATRE

Mariam Barry, Omari Newton, Gavan Cheema, Celia Aloma, Missy D, Donald Sales, Chris Francisque

Dope Hearts Theatre is a brand new theatre collaboration for Black creatives. Born from a shared vision to see more Black voices on our stages, we are a group of melanin poppin’ artists who’ll be teaming up for the first time at Theatre Under The Gun. For this 48hr showdown our artists consist of Celia Aloma, Mariam Barry, Missy D, Chris Francisque, Omari Newton, Donald Sales, with Gavan Cheema as our director. This will be the first of many exciting works from Dope Hearts Theatre. So come ride with us in celebration of a new and electric voice to our theatre scene. Dope hearts. Dope theatre.

 

PALIMPSEST

David Bloom, Masae Day, Matthew Kowalchuck and Panthea Vatandoost

 

Palimpsest is an ad hoc collective of theatre artists, many of whom still have not met each other. In the spirit of Theatre Under The Gun, they are coming together to create an interdisciplinary piece which will be as much of a surprise to them as to the audience.

 

WE ARE AN AD HOC GROUP

Chris Ross, Tia Glenn-Cooke, Travis Bernhardt, Julia Lank, Patrick Dodd, Kai Rudell, Zach Wolfman

 

We CAN’T WAIT to see what work emerges from this ad hoc supergroup of actors, musicians, improvisers, magicians, and clowns! Their past work includes talking rabbits that judge the audience, shows that consist entirely of verbal descriptions of food, improvised church services for religions made up on the spot, live anime, drunk Shakespeare, and Vancouver’s most beloved mime horse.

 

TIGHT CORSET THEATRE COMPANY

Jackie Blackmore, Susanne Moniz de Sa, Yumi Ogawa, Laura Jaszcz, Catherine Falkner.

Tight Corset Theatre Company was formed in 1999 as a platform to foster and support women artists to write, workshop & produce original comedic theatre works. Veteran performers of the Vancouver & Victoria Fringe Festivals and Theatre Under The Gun, their award-winning past shows include Saucy Bits, The Good Time Girls, Dumb Blind Luck, Awkward & Ways to Woo Enrigué.

 

SOUR DOG THEATRE

Claire Love Wilson, Ali Froggatt, Sarah Ferguson, Lili Beaudoin, Amy Shostack

Since its inception 4 years ago, Sour Dog Theatre has produced over 50 improv shows (including 4 original formats), 2 Canadian Fringe Festival runs, The Canmore International Improv Festival, and 4 scripted play productions. Our mandate is to create work that explores what connects and disconnects us as human beings. With a strong value for honest storytelling we are constantly on the search for universal truth within the human experience. We strive to create theatrical experiences that are playful, poignant and professional, whether it be improvisation or scripted work.

 

YOUR FAVOURITE PEOPLE

 

Keara Barnes, Matthew McDonald-Bain, Jamie King, Jalen Slip

‘Your Favourite People’ is a collective of award winning professional theatre artists who are excited to collaborate fast and furiously on this project.

 

CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Valerie Cotic, Cory Thibert, Jeff Leard, Al Lafrance, Devon More

 

Cause For Concern is Valerie Cotic (new best friend), Al Lafrance (Thunder Blunder), Devon More (Devon More Music), Jeff Leard (Active Salad), and Cory Thibert (May Can Theatre). We are an ad hoc group of artists with different artistic backgrounds from all across the country who met on the Canadian Fringe circuit and all eventually ended up being neighbours here in Vancouver.