During Humanity’s Final Hours, Four Survivors Kill Time in the Dark Comedy, Cozy Catastrophe

Vancouver, BC – Theatre Melee, with the support of Rumble Productions, present humanity’s desperate last stand in Cozy Catastrophe, Oct. 22 to Nov. 4, 2012 at The Cultch. Holed up in a warehouse and thoroughly ill-equipped for Armageddon, a group of survivors must decide whether to spend their final hours praying, fighting back, or just getting to know one another in this unabashed combination of gross-out humour and harried absurdity.

“Cozy Catastrophe is an apocalyptic, satirical comedy that is ideal for the Hallowe’en season,” says Cultch Executive Director Heather Redfern. “In 2010 we had the harrowing work on our stage as part of the Tremors Festival for all-too short a run. We are delighted to be bringing it back so that even more audiences can experience the suspenseful, hilarious company of these bizarre and brazen figures.”

Theatre Melee is a Vancouver-based, six member collective who have been developing and refining the play since 2008. The work had its beginnings at Progress Lab’s almost-legendary Hive 2 and has undergone several incarnations since, including a workshop performance at Caravan Farm Theatre; a run at the renowned Summerworks Festival in Toronto; and performances in Rumble Production’s Tremors Festival.

The show is set at the end of the world as horrific, but tantalizingly vague, events overwhelm humanity. As four relative strangers take shelter in a warehouse, they debate how they should use their final hours and, surprisingly, begin to find solace in one another. The relative safety of their hideout and integrity of the group are quickly compromised, however, by the arrival of a mysterious, severely injured fifth person. Balancing gross-out humour with subtle, sophisticated satire, Cozy Catastrophe is a dark tale about ordinary folks bound together by extraordinary circumstance.

Directed by Courtenay Dobbie and Craig Hall. Starring Andrew McNee, Erin Mathews, Tanya Podlozniuk, Michael Rinaldi, and Juno Ruddell.

The work features an original, spooky soundscape by Vancouver sound designer and cast member Michael Rinaldi and fight choreography by Kevin Kruchkywich.

About The Cultch:
For nearly four decades, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver.

The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – the organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, it has played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape.

Date: Oct. 22 to Nov. 4, 2012
Oct. 22, 8pm: Opening night
Ticket prices: Tickets available from $30
Address: The Cultch
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC
Box Office: Online: tickets.thecultch.com
In person: 1895 Venables Street
By phone: 604-251-1363
Website: www.thecultch.com