Except in the Unlikely Event of War

Comments 18 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

UnlikelyEventRobert Moloney and Josette Jorge. Photo credit Tim Matheson.

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.

Follow HHG Theatre on Facebook and Twitter along with Pi Theatre on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their productions this season.

Update The winner is Anne-Sophie Woolnough!

18 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. LucTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 12:03pm PST

    I like theatre!

  2. Anne-Sophie WoolnoughTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 1:44pm PST

    I’ve been meaning to see this!

  3. JamesTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 2:01pm PST

    Awesome possum.

  4. IsaacTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 2:02pm PST

    Sweet sassy mo-lassy.

  5. Craig lawTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 4:52pm PST

    Oh great, nice introduction to the city

  6. AmyTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 6:58pm PST

    I would love to see this! Vancouver has great theatre talent!

  7. lorTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 7:33pm PST

    Looks wonderful.

  8. Anne GuagliardoTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 7:48pm PST

    OMG I love live theatre ….. please please please 🙂

  9. leeTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 9:57pm PST

    looks really good!

  10. MaureenTuesday, November 12th, 2013 — 11:35pm PST

    Interesting storyline.

  11. VinceWednesday, November 13th, 2013 — 8:56am PST

    Great opportunity to see new theatre.

  12. SanazWednesday, November 13th, 2013 — 9:34am PST

    It’d be cool to see this!

  13. EstherWednesday, November 13th, 2013 — 7:17pm PST

    I love theatre…enough said!

  14. BryanWednesday, November 13th, 2013 — 11:46pm PST

    Would love to go!

  15. michael hThursday, November 14th, 2013 — 1:15pm PST

    i had to look up “portends”

  16. Raugi YuThursday, November 14th, 2013 — 2:10pm PST

    I WANNA SEE THIS! Awesome cast!!!

  17. BonnieThursday, November 14th, 2013 — 9:19pm PST

    Looks very interesting.

  18. LynFriday, November 15th, 2013 — 1:39pm PST

    I’d like to win tickets for 2 to see the play.

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