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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Before The Curtain Goes Up: Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

The Cultch welcomes back New Zealand's Indian Ink with its new play, Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream, on stage at its Historic Theatre from March 23 - April 2.

From the same company that brought Vancouver audiences the delightfully immersive Mrs. Krishnan’s Party in 2019, The Cultch welcomes back New Zealand’s Indian Ink with its new play, Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream.

Inspired by anthropologist Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer prize-winning book Denial of Death, Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream is the story of a man trying desperately to avoid death who is flung between limbo and his past, where a rebellious young woman holds the key that may guide him to paradise.

“We bring you a story that is quintessentially Indian Ink,” says co-writer and performer Jacob Rajan. “Funny, sad, beautiful, and incredibly true. It’s a love letter to Mumbai, a love letter to vultures, and a meditation on what we do with the time we have.”

Infused with laughter, puppetry, and world-class sound design, this show weaves the afterlife and a dash of Bollywood disco into the real-life mystery of India’s vanishing vultures.

In this edition of Before The Curtain Goes Up, Vancouver Presents contributor David C Jones speaks with co-writer and director Justin Lewis.

Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream plays The Cultch’s Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver) from March 23 – April 2. Visit thecultch.com for tickets and information.

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