“Six women undersea astound with their passion and terror”.

Read Barry David Horwitz’s review of Kursk here.

Read Feroz James’s review of Kursk here.

Read Lily Janiak’s mention here.


Theatre Lunatico presents the west coast premier of Bryony Lavery’s KURSK, an immersive, intense, and gripping account of the 2000 sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine. Kursk, or K-141, depicts the perspective of a nearby British submarine as the crew grapples with how to address the impending situation, one that is complicated with fraught political overtones. Juxtaposed with the realities of the daily life of submariners, the play is a poignantly personal story set against the backdrop of an international political crisis, and a devastating naval disaster. Originally written for five men, Theatre Lunatico’s production will be an all female ensemble.

“You have discovered of course
Only the Ship of Fools is
Making the voyage this year,
As gales of abnormal force
Are predicted, and that you
Must therefore be ready to
Behave absurdly enough
To pass for one of The Boys,
At least appearing to love
Hard liquor, horseplay and noise.”

W.H. Auden

March 8-April 9, 2018
Opening Night: March 9, 2018

March 8: Pay-what-you-can Preview at 8PM
Fridays at 8PM — March 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6
Saturdays at 8PM — March 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7
Sundays at 7PM — March 11, 18, 25, April 1 & 8

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Kursk Ensemble Cast:

 Melissa Clason – CasanovaKen

Melissa Clason head shot

Eileen Fisher – The Boss


Jennifer Greene – Donna Black

Jennifer Greene Headshot (Hair Back) - WEB

Isabelle Grimm – Donna Mac


Shawn Oda – NewMumMel


Lauri Smith – Chalkie

Lauri Smith

Kursk Voiceover Actors:
Irina Dianova
John Hanlon
Michel Harris
Ray Martin
Keara Noelle
Rainier Pearl-Styles
Nicole Thorsden

Kursk Ensemble creative team:
Director – Tina Taylor
Producer – Michael Barr
Stage Manager – Miranda Lenore
Production Assistant – Camille Cheetham
Sound Designer – Kevin Droese with Earprint Immersive
Technical Director/set design – Gideon Jones
Lighting Designer – Shawn Driggers
Sound operator – Camille Cheetham
Set construction – Gideon Jones & Finneas Dinklage
Costume and propsmaster – Miranda Lenore
Graphic Design –  Chromakit / Jayme Catalano
Russian language advisor – Irina Dianova
Photography – Robin Jackson
Production assistant – Leon Goertzen

Photos by Robin Jackson