Hunters Gatherers promo cast photo

Vancouver’s Staircase Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s wickedly funny play, Hunter Gatherers, directed by Vancouver theatre veteran Ryan Gladstone. Hunter Gatherers makes for a darkly comic evening where the line between the civilized and the primal is blurred and where not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for dessert. 

Lord of the Flies meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe in this sexy, meaty farce. Timid homemaker Pam and macho hubby Richard prepare the ultimate bloody feast for their childhood pals, unfulfilled and quick-witted Wendy and her husband, brow-beaten Tom. Now in their mid-30’s, they’ve grown apart over the years but reunite annually, on this particular occasion with an orgy of devolution. Sex, horror, and hilarity intertwine in Hunter Gatherers—the ideal antidote to the sterility of modern civilization.

“With abundant irony and well-turned barbs, Nachtrieb’s sharply crafted dialogue follows in Edward Albee’s footsteps, peeling away layers of well-mannered repression and hypocrisy as the foursome succumb to their basest impulses.” – Philip Brandes, LA Times

Hunter Gatherers runs from October 30 to November 15 and stars Jessie Award-winning actors Jay Clift and Peter Carlone, as well as Jessie–Award nominee Pippa Mackie and Maryanne Renzetti. The show is Fight Directed by Mike Kovac and is designed by Sarah Melo and Jessie Award-winner Carolyn Rapanos.

Pippa Mackie, Jay Clift in Hunters Gatherers
[Pippa Mackie, Jay Clift; photo by Jonathan Dy and Oshy Parasol]

Staircase Theatre presents Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Dates: October 30 to November 15, 8 pm; 1/2 priced-preview, October 29; pay-what-you-can Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 8 pm; PWYC 2 pm matinees November 8, 15
Venue: Havana Theatre and Restaurant, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $25/$20, available online via Brown Paper Tickets

Staircase Theatre is a Vancouver-based, independent theatre company focused on the idea that theatre should stimulate the mind and the soul with class, charm, and polish. Past shows include Stewart Lemoine’s Cocktails at Pam’s, Lanford Wilson’s Home Free, Evelyn Strange, and Will Eno’s Oh the Humanity! Visit Staircase Theatre’s website for more info.

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