SHIFT Theatre Launches First Full Season with Patrick Marber’s Smart & Steamy Closer

SHIFT Theatre presents Patrick Marber’s sharp and brutally honest play, Closer, from November 8 to 17 at The Cultch in Vancouver. The dynamic young collective will apply a fresh approach to the modern classic.

Online PR News – 11-October-2012 – Vancouver, BC – SHIFT Theatre presents Patrick Marber’s sharp and brutally honest play, Closer, from November 8 to 17 at The Cultch. The brilliant work, which won the 1998 Olivier award for Best New Play, grapples with the complexity of modern relationships by following the intertwining, colliding love lives of four young adults residing in London.

“Closer is an enormously important play - a kind of modern classic that articulates the unspoken experiences of a generation,” says Nick Sartore, Artistic Managing Director of SHIFT. “We first explored the work through The Closer Variations - a deconstruction that played with political and psychological themes. It only made sense that its rich, fascinating source materials should constitute SHIFT’s first ever full-length play.”

Directed by Adam Janusz, the show’s narrative revolves around a love quadrangle, in which lust, love, and the responsibilities that accompany relationships are mashed together with brutality. Its participants - who are the play’s only characters – are Dan (Troy Cherkowski), a writer; Alice (Lara Rova), a waitress; Larry (Christian Sloan), a doctor; and Anna (Alexis Kellum-Creer), a photographer.

The story follows the foursome over the course of several years as they date, deceive, manipulate, reject, and love one another. The culmination of their experiences is a profound commentary on the complexity of modern relationships, the entitlement of a generation, and the rending harm that can come from complete honesty in romance.

One of Vancouver’s most dynamic emerging collectives, SHIFT Theatre will bring a fresh approach and perspective to the play. Since its formation in 2008, the youthful company has built a reputation for curiosity, open-mindedness, and willingness to experiment in its works, most popularly through its annual 1-Act Festival.

“I think something that we’ve seen in many productions of Closer - and certainly in the film - is a portrayal of the characters as cynical beings,” opines Adam Janusz, Director. “As we explore what precipitates the characters’ harsh words and brutal actions however, we’ve found an almost desperate desire to be loved.”

The creative team includes Nathan Kelly as Technical Director & Lighting/Set/Props Designer and Stephanie Kong as Costume Designer. Ashley Noyes will serve as the productions Stage Manager.

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.

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.