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“Do You Mind If I Sit Here?” by James Long and Marcus Youssef
January 26 @ 12:00 am - January 29 @ 12:00 am EST$37
In this boldly imaginative performance, Theatre Replacement gazes into this city’s future using the power of fiction and found materials. The story has three social planners visiting Vancouver’s Russian Hall roughly 30 years from now; their task is to repurpose it for common use. Long abandoned due to damage from earthquakes and flooding, the building would seem to be perfect for such a project—but the trio soon discovers a squatter who has been living there all through the years of catastrophe. The planners must, in the name of “progress,” remove this most eccentric inhabitant, who has been maintaining the Hall, and who possesses a trove of Soviet industrial films on 16mm stock…
This is a work about the possibilities of radical transformation, and, in that spirit, TR reconceives the Hall as a multimedia site, complete with looping spoken text, enormous video screens, and immersive sound design. With this building as their canvas, the assembled collaborators enact a witty allegory—one that dares us to imagine the future in terms of our most important hopes, fears, and beliefs. In the spirit of openness and interaction, food is shared with the audience throughout the performance. There will be post-show chat after the January 27 performance, moderated by Gabrielle Martin.
- January 26 at 8:00
- January 27 at 8:00
- January 28 at 8:00
- January 29 at 4:00