Bold, Brazen, and Defiant; SHIFT Theatre’s 1-Act Festival Makes its Vancouver Debut

Boundary-pushing festival brings a diverse array of local artists to The Cultch for two days of rapid, risk-taking theatre

Online PR News – 23-May-2012 – Vancouver, BC – SHIFT Theatre presents the first-ever Vancouver staging of its acclaimed 1-Act Festival on June 14 & 15 at 8pm at The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab. The annual event, which has played to packed houses at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre for the past four years, features an assortment of original scripts and new productions of published works by local theatre practitioners.

“One act plays are a little like short stories – they are a rich and immensely fascinating art form, but we almost never see them unless grouped together in an anthology,” says Nick Sartore, Artistic Managing Director of SHIFT. “Five years ago, we saw many emerging artists and colleagues creating amazing, innovative works of short theatre, but with limited opportunity in which to share them with an audience. Creating the 1-Act Festival seemed like a natural and necessary way to address this need.”

Following an open application process, SHIFT has curated two successful evenings of theatre for its inaugural year at The Cultch. Each programme offers a bold and distinct selection of four one-act works, and features a diverse assortment of established Vancouver artists and emerging local talent.

On the evening of June 14, the festival will feature:

The Act (Written & Directed by Julia Siedlanowska)
The psychological tale of a distressed woman whose reality gives way to surrealism.

Caught in the Act (Written by Bruce Kane, Directed by Troy Cherkowski)
A comic, witty work in which a pair of fictional characters try to figure out why they are in bed together.

Here We Are (Written by Dorothy Parker, Directed by Natalee Fera)
A bold new staging of an American classic. A newlywed couple’s bond immediately begins to unravel during a tense train ride to their honeymoon.

A Rope of Sand (Created by Alyssa Kostello & Tristan Bacon, A Presentation of workingclasstheatre / IN THE FLESH)
In the last moments of life, a woman searches for meaning and reflects on the circumstances that left her stranded in the Egyptian desert during the Arab Spring Riots.

On June 15, the festival will feature:

An Inheritance (Written & Directed by Jennica Grienke)
The women of Grienke’s family are the keepers of it stories- both fact and fiction. In a deeply personal work, these ancestors speak out through her voice.

See Bob Run (Written by Daniel MacIvor, Directed by Shanda Walters)
Thumb out on the side of the road, Bob (Roberta) seems the very image of a care-free teenager set out on adventure. This façade obscures a much darker truth, however…

Funeral Parlor (Written by Christopher Durang, Directed by Nicole 'Coco' Roberge)
A grieving widow is accosted at her husband’s funeral by an inappropriate and disturbing guest.

Nate and Troy: The Next Big Things (Written by Nathan Kelly & Troy Cherkowski)
Part-improv and part-script, a pair of fast friends expose humorous truths about themselves and one-another.

SHIFT Theatre’s 1-Act Festival will also run from June 21 to 23, 2012 at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody. The Port Moody festival will include the shows listed above amongst their complete festival line up. For complete festival details, visit:

Tickets for SHIFT’s 1-Act Festival can be purchased at

About SHIFT Theatre
SHIFT Theatre is an artistic collective of emerging artists who work collaboratively to create contemporary, relevant, and stimulating theatre.

SHIFT was founded in 2008 to provide emerging theatre artists with opportunities to stage unconventional, risk-taking productions of short theatre. The company are producers of the celebrated 1-Act Festival, a daring festival of original works and new stagings taking place annually at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre and at The Cultch in 2012.

Now in its fifth year of operation, the company’s scope has grown to include self-produced, full-length works, such as the upcoming production of Closer, which SHIFT will present at The Cultch in November of 2012.

SHIFT believes that performing arts are relevant, nourishing, entertaining and fundamentally valuable to society. The company is dedicated to making exciting, innovative, and challenging art that encourages compassion, humanity, and honesty.