Except in the Unlikely Event of War is new work by two of Vancouver’s renowned theatre companies, Pi Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (HHG) Theatre. Directed by Pi Theatre Artistic Director Richard Wolfe and written by Playwright Sean Devine (Re:Union), Except in the Unlikely Event of War runs from November 15th to 30th, 2013 at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.
The first storyline, set in 1966 at a remote weather station in Canada’s arctic, follows a secret gathering of great minds to assess what the fall-out will be as society prepares for a world at peace. Their conclusions are terrifying, and anything but peaceful. The narrative is inspired by Leonard C. Lewin’s controversial 1967 work of fiction ‘Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace,’ originally purported to be a top-secret document leaked by an anonymous whistleblower.
The second storyline leaps forward to a rapidly melting Canadian Artic in 2015. During his nightly diatribe, the abrasively right-wing radio host Tommy Bane is interrupted by news that a surfaced Chinese submarine portends war off the sovereign shores of Resolute Bay.
The final plotline enters the realm of meta-theatre, and follows playwright Sean Devine and director Richard Wolfe in 2013 as they prepare to present their highly political new play: Except in the Unlikely Event of War. A sudden and unexplained funding cut threatens the project, catalyzing the ensemble of artists towards radical action.
Except in the Unlikely Event of War will open on Saturday, November 16th and have a preview on Friday, November 15th at 8:00pm. Tuesday through Saturday performances will be at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday will have 4:00pm matinees, and Wednesdays will have 1:00pm matinees. Tickets can be purchased online and are $16 for previews and matinees, and $25 general admission.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to this production as well, here’s how you can enter to win:
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The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the performance at Sunday, November 17, 2013. I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:00am.
Update The winner is Anne-Sophie Woolnough!