SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY WITH US…HOW WE FIRST MET…the romantically improvised Comedy by Jill Bourque


Get your tickets fast for our romantically improvised, comedy special on Feb 12 and 14th  8pm…..

HOW WE FIRST MET by Jill Bourque.
Audiences are invited to celebrate love in all its gut busting glory in How We First Met.
It’s a hilarious take on finding that special someone.  Whether married for decades
or newly married, straight or gay, How We First Met is a unique Valentine’s Day
experience that thrills audiences around the world. Tickets are $14 each.
Advance Ticket reservations 905-529-3000

Here’s what two lovely audience members wrote us last year:

  • To the Cast & Crew of “How We First Met”,I can’t thank you enough for one of the most enjoyable Valentine’s evenings of my life.  My wife and I of 15 years were priviledged enough to be chosen, and delighted and honored by your improv cast’s vignettes based upon our own recollections.  The skits were truly side splittingly funny and heartwarming.Crazy as it sounds, it made us feel like we fell in love all over again!  Very, very special. A thousand thank you’s for an evening we will always remember and treasure.
  • Wanted to write and thank you for the best Valentine’s ever.  My husband and I came to the Sunday evening Improv of how we first met.  I haven’t laughed so hard in years and years.  It was done soooo well with lots of warmth that we still feel the glow.  I had never heard of the Staircase before and now that we have we are definitely spreading the word. We look forward to enjoying more events.



Quarter to Nine Productions presents: David Mamet’s OLEANNA

David Mamet’s Oleanna @ Staircase Theatre Jan28-Feb5 2011

Quarter to Nine Productions is proud to present it’s first major production in the intimate theatre venue of The Staircase Theatre

Written in the heyday of political correctness and the culture wars of the early 90’s, OLEANNA is Pulitzer Prize winner  DAVID MAMET’s most controversial drama.  Regarded today as one of the most provocative dramas of our time, this gripping play, directed by Quarter to Nine’s Shari Vandermolen, and starring Hamilton’s Jennifer Graham and theatre stalwart Al French, has electrifying dialogue, blazing emotion and an ending that will leave you talking.  In this riveting drama, a college professor and his female student become embroiled in a war of words that takes a dangerous turn. As their serene campus transforms into a battleground for justice, Mamet’s explosive masterpiece dares you to take a side . . . if you can

Since its debut in May 1992, David Mamet’s Oleanna, has been the object of more widespread public rage, debate, celebration, and reproval than even the most extreme of the performance pieces he condemns.  Oleanna has been widely acclaimed for its treatment of issues in American society of the 1990s, such as gender problems and relationships, sexual harassment, political correctness, and the manipulation of power.

PERFORMANCES:  @ The Staircase Theatre

27 Dundurn St.N, Hamilton ON

JAN28 – 8PM
JAN29 – 2PM
JAN29 – 8PM
FEB 4  – 8PM
FEB 5  – 2PM
FEB 5  – 8PM

Tickets are $20 and available at the door beginning 1 hour prior to the performance – Cash only at the door – General Admission

You may reserve your tickets by calling 905-536-7611 or emailing sharixv@gmail.com any unclaimed reserved tickets will be released for general sale 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the perfor


Black Box Fire presents Kafka’s THE METAMORPHOSIS Jan 14-22

The Metamorphosis

Based on the novel by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Charles DiZenzo
Directed by Lauren Repei

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into a gigantic cockroach”. The Metamorphosis tells the story of Gregor’s sudden, and unaccountable transformation into a giant cockroach and his family’s inability to see the situation beyond it being their own misfortune. Instead of extending their compassion towards Gregor’s plight, his family’s callousness drives Gregor to live out his days as a pest in the dark corners of his room. Charles Dizenzo has adapted Kafka’s famous story The Metamorphosis in which it’s black humour, absurdness and pathos are brought to the stage.


  • Gregor Samsa – Michael Patricelli
  • Grete Samsa – Jaclyn Scobie Scoger
  • Mr. Samsa – Simon DeAbreu
  • Mrs. Samsa – Sara Webber Van Barnevald
  • Mr. Snize – Jared Lenover
  • Anna – Amanda Williamson
  • Alta – Amanda Nesbitt
  • Boarder #1 – Dr. John Hewson
  • Boarder #2 – Peter Smaluck

Performance Dates

  • Friday, January 14th, 2011 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, January 15th, 2011 @ 2pm & 8pm
  • Thursday, January 20th, 2011 @ 8pm
  • Friday, January 21st, 2011 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 @ 2pm & 8pm

  • General admission is $15
    Student tickets are $12
    All tickets can be purchased at the door or reserve your tickets in advance by emailing contact@blackboxfire.com

The Gentlemen’s Club Returns to The Staircase for some monthly Improv Fun


Back by popular demand, “The Gentlemen’s Club” is returning to Hamilton for a third dose of high-class comedy and mayhem.  The triumphant return of Toronto’s hottest new Improv troupe promises to be a night of unrivaled hilarity. Don’t miss it!

Tickets $12 available at the door (7PM) or 905-529-3000

Check out the Hamilton Spectator Article below:


Comedy, Events, Music, Stand Up Comedy, Uncategorized


Hello Staircase Supporters and NYE Fence sitters!

Tickets are now available and rapidly selling out for Our New Year’s Eve Bash, Dec 31st 9pm-1am.  Music and Dancing with DJ Dupree…Comedy, Burlesque, Finger Foods, Midnight Champagne Toast and More!!!…..for a measly $25!!

Order your tickets now as we are 75% sold out and at this rate it may not be possible to get at door sales 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org



DJ Dupree is a born and raised music freak.  She began DJing in part, to justify her dizzying collection of music, but mostly to create one of a kind soundtracks to events and parties.  The majority of her sets are improvised, using a wide variety of music across many genres and time periods.  Every occasion has a unique experience!   DJ Dupree was also the co-founder of Steeltown Sirens Burlesque, performing as Jezebel Dupree throughout the ensemble’s dynasty of cheek and sass.


Charming. Effervescent. Gracious. Punctual. Superlatives like these have been applied to many people, and Paul Hutcheson is no exception. His ribald take on modern living, tempered by a boyish glee makes for a performance you’ll want to take home with you and stuff under your pillow. Paul’s been performing solo for seven years with his shows “The First Time”, “On Second Thought. “Third Times A Charm” “comparable to Jim Carey, only not obnoxious.”CBC Winnipeg ***** Uptown Magazine “If David Sedaris wrote a fringe play, this would be it.” Monday MagazineAWARDS:
Best Male Solo Show, SanFrancisco Fringe Festival
Fringe Fabulous Faggy Award: Orlando Fringe Festival


Sharon Nowlan has appeared on stage with the Regina Lyric Light Opera and the Souris Valley Theatre. She toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre circuit in 2006 and 2007 in the smash hit Caberlesque! 2007 with The Medicine Show as both a performer and co-creator, 2008 her first solo show, The Follies, 2009 Burlesque Unzipped and 2010 The Canuck Cabaret *****“The verdict is in:  Burlesque Unzipped is hot AND educational!”-The Hour, Montreal  ****  Star Phoenix


‘A one-woman, tour de forced-entry, Colette Kendall is not a woman to be trifled with. Her tongue is sharper than a vodka high colonic’ Xtra Magazine  This multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominated performer has toured the last 5 years across Canada  with her one woman shows, Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.   Colette received a career highlight when she performed alongside Cindy Williams and Joyce DeWitt, in The Vagina Monologues for a sold out run at Stage West. She has appeared in several festival featured films including the 2009 Sundance Film Festival  as well as the  HBO/Julia Roberts produced Feature Film, Kit Kittredge starring Abigail Breslin,


Brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, sharp, smart and quick witted are just a few words Ben has looked up in his Thesaurus. This accomplished stand up comedian has also received formal training with The Second City and The Staircase Theatre for improvisation. He can dance too. Although his Dyslexia makes it difficult to dance the YMCA. Ben’s humour has been heard throughout North America and soon to be the rest of the World, Earth, Globe… Planet.


“Frenetic and uncontrolled, Clifford Myers dissects the audience one laugh at a time with a wide variety of topics ranging from  what he had for breakfast to what he had for lunch. Don’t worry, you’ll love him. Now give us your money.”


Sex, pornography, spousal abuse and gay issues are a few of the taboo subjects Shannon comments on in her act.  An edgy act, it is clear that Shannon’s subject matter and content is for a mature audiences.


Bill Davern is one of the most talented and hilarious comic voice/impressionists on the North American comedy circuit today.  His off-beat humour and bang on celebrity impressions of Johnny Carson, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Neil Diamond among many others will have you howling with laughter.



Sing Like No one is listening and Catch some Filmy Christmas Fun!


Join us for the final Karaoke of 2010 and sing like no one is listening!  Hosted by the lovely Kim and Peter…yes Peter is lovely, all 6′ 4″ of him…as they close out 2010 with what will be a guaranteed fun time!



For the young, and the young at heart!
Join our resident Improv Star, Devlin,  for an afternoon of some of his Christmas Favourites to get you in the holiday spirit! He’s taken over the Staircase theatre and plans to entertain you with a batch of holiday specials, including “Frosty the Snowman”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Come see these classics for the first time on the big screen…He’ll even throw in some shorts, cartoons and other surprises!

….and the best part? It’s FREE so all of the family can have fun!!!!

Hope to see you there!



Join us at the Staircase for an outstanding week of Concerts starting with:

Thurs Nov 25 7:30PM


With soulful roots duo The Brights, tickets $15.00  Buy your tickets in advance at www.heatherdale.com/store or call Amanda at 905-902-4011, or buy them at the door… but this is quite a small theatre so reservations are recommended!
Small venue, big show — rumour has it that The Heather Dale Band and The Brights will be forming a giant mechanical robot together at some point during the concert.


Fri Nov 26 8:00PM


An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

“Garnet Rogers is capable of awe-inspiring and unpredictable stuff – and that includes more than just music” Resolutely independent, Garnet Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way

ADVANCE TICKETS $20 each 905-529-3000 (Please leave name, telephone number and the qty desired) or info@staircase.org  A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT DOOR.  THE BOX OFFICE WILL OPEN 1 HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME $25 EACH

Audience Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods and/or items of personal care (ie. shampoo, soap)to the concert as donations to the local Hamilton Food Bank


Sat Nov 27 7:30PM

ISOBELLE GUNN with Aboriginal Songwriter DON AMERO

Two of Canada’s newest Folk Artists will be sharing the stage for a unique concert in the lovely intimacy of Hamilton’s Staircase Theatre.  Winnipeg, MB’s Don Amero, recipient of both the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the year as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Male Artist of the Year 2009, is currently on tour across Canada with a full band.  Isobelle Gunn is the award-winning Folk Vocal Trio hailing from London, ON, known for their “sweet tight harmonies” and “meaningful lyrics.” Come on out for an evening of pure musical enjoyment.

Tickets $10 each can be purchased by calling Lara (519)-204-1891 or emailing jaspermusic@hotmail.com


Sunday Nov 21st 7:30pm The Gentlemen’s Club returns


Back by popular demand, “The Gentlemen’s Club” is returning to Hamilton for a second dose of high-class comedy and mayhem. Hosted by Second City teacher Natasha Boomer, and with a brand new list of special guests (including Paloma Nunez, Erin Conway, and Nick Babatsikos) the triumphant return of Toronto’s hottest new Improv troupe promises to be a night of unrivaled hilarity. Don’t miss it!

Tickets $12 available at the door or 905-529-3000

Drama, Theatre, Uncategorized

Black Box Fire presents Gross Indecency

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Oscar Wilde

Due to one of the most scandalous series of trials of its time, Oscar Wilde, famed author and playwright was imprisoned for “gross indecency with male persons”. The show uses actual trial manuscripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other first hand sources to weave the story of the downfall of one of the most genius minds of his time. Oscar Wilde risked his livelihood, popularity and fame for the love of his a man and the belief that what he was doing was not a vice, but simple his way of life.

Stephanie Yantsis returns to the director’s seat, after last season’s smash-success with Pride and Prejudice. This dramatic piece is full of 9 local actors playing no less than 30 characters. The cast includes: Jared Lenover, Ryan Moran, James Thomas, Jim Molloy, Damion LeClair, Lauren Repei, Amanda Nesbitt, Andrea Madsen and Natalie Ruginis.

Show Times

  • Friday, November 12th, 2010 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, November 13th, 2010 @ 2pm & 8pm
  • Thursday, November 18th, 2010 @ 8pm
  • Friday, November 19th, 2010 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, November 20th, 2010 @ 2pm & 8pm


General admission is $15
Student tickets are $12
All tickets can be purchased at the door or reserve your tickets in advance by emailing contact@blackboxfire.com