Montreal, April 5, 2017 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present The Chop Theatre’s award-winning production of How to Disappear Completely in the Segal Studio. Co-written and performed by world-class Lighting Designer Itai Erdal, this multimedia performance presents a unique and breathtaking look at an artist’s relationship with his mother. Combining powerful story-telling and the magic of stage lighting, this play is an unexpected lesson in loving, healing, and finding the light.
The production is such a hit that the Segal has already extended its two week run by a full week. How to Disappear Completely will now run in the Studio from April 30 to May 21.
Erdal’s light shines through the dark.
Award-winning lighting designer Itai Erdal is also a gifted storyteller who draws on a life fully lived between his birthplace, Jerusalem, and his current home in Vancouver, BC. He’s also son to a mother, who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, asked him to take her life.
In 2000, Erdal received a phone call telling him his mother had nine months to live. He promptly travelled to Israel to spend every moment he could with her. During that time he shot hours of film and hundreds of pictures, documenting her final days, in both English and Hebrew. In this deeply personal, yet surprisingly funny piece, Erdal demonstrates his approach to theatrical lighting while reflecting on family, mortality, and his mother’s legacy. This piece pairs the power of Erdal’s story with the nuanced potency of stage lighting.
An International Hit
Premiering at the 2011 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, How to Disappear Completely has enjoyed international success in over 19 cities including Seattle, Portland, Edinburgh, Dublin, and London, England. The Segal Centre will mark the 23rd remount of the play. Erdal was last at the Segal as Lighting Designer for 2016’s hit production of Bad Jews and will be the lighting designer for the upcoming production of Million Dollar Quartet – which will be playing at the Segal at the same time, just across the lobby on the Mainstage from April 23 to May 14 and at Place des Arts from May 17 to May 21. He has designed over 200 shows for such companies as: The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club Theatre and Citadel.
“How to Disappear Completely is a show you have to see to believe. It has been captivating audiences across the globe thanks to Itai’s infectious charisma. His undeniable of talent has a magical way of making a dark subject light, and makes us treasure the special relationships in our life,” said Segal Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond. Founded in 1967, the Segal Centre has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org
About The Chop Theatre
The Chop Theatre is an award winning Vancouver-based company that has been building and touring original performances since 2004 when it was founded by current artistic directors Emelia Symington Fedy and Anita Rochon. Their work is known for its sophisticated experimentation with authenticity and has consistently involved some of the finest artists throughout Canada.
Text: Itai Erdal with James Long, Anita Rochon & Emelia Symington Fedy
Performer & Lighting Design: Itai Erdal
Director: James Long
Sound Design: Emelia Symington Fedy
Original Composition: Andrea Young
Projection Design: Jamie Nesbitt
Remount Projection Design: Corwin Furguson
Dramaturge: Anita Rochon
April 30 – May 21, 2017.
Sunday, April 30 – 1:30 p.m.
Monday, May 1 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Night (By Invitation Only)
Thursday, May 4 – 8:00 p.m.
Regular and Extension Run:
Mondays and Sundays – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays – Saturdays (closed Fridays) – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16 – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 10 & 17 – 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, May 7, 14 & 21 – 2:00 p.m.
ASL-interpreted performance on May 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture series
Sunday, April 30 – 11:00 a.m.
TALKBACKS AFTER EVERY PERFORMANCE!
A chance to keep the conversation going after the curtain goes down.
WHERE: 5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
Group, Senior, Student and Under 30 discounts available.
Tickets available at www.segalcentre.org