Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre


Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre


By Sean Devine

Directed by John Langs


On November 2, 1965 American Quaker Norman Morrison stands in front of the Pentagon window of Robert McNamara, holding a jug of kerosene, a box of matches and his one year-old daughter Emily in his arms. What he does then shocks the nation. On November 2, 2001, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, his surviving daughter Emily returns to Washington to confront McNamara about their shared past, and to enlist his support in stopping a new war in its tracks. Re:Union is a vividly theatrical, shocking and intelligent portrait of the weight of conscience and accountability in the face of injustice.


“Not since Frost / Nixon have I found American politics so interestingly portrayed onstage.” Mark Robins – Gay Vancouver


“A powerful and striking piece of theatre.” Jo Ledingham – The Vancouver Courier


“A thorough moral and intellectual workout.” The Georgia Straight


“Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre is a provocative, political group of artists who are not content with holding a mirror up to society – they’d rather conduct an autopsy on it.” Laura Murray Public Relations



The 2011 premiere of Re:Union was nominated for 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, including Best Production, Best Direction, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (winner), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Significant Achievement.


Re:Union will be published in September 2013 by Scirocco Drama. Re:Union will have its U.S. premiere in 2014 at ACT Theatre in Seattle.


Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre is one of Vancouver’s best-respected small companies, led by Alexa Devine, Sean Devine and Mindy Parfitt. Founded in 2004, HHG Theatre premieres two new works in 2013/14: Sean Devine’s Except in the Unlikely Event of War and a collective creation The Forgiveness Project.



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