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Toronto Premiere

World-renowned visual artist Stan Douglas and acclaimed screenwriter Chris Haddock collaborate to create a production that is at the frontier of new media use in performance.

Inspired by post-war film noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated simulations in this beautifully crafted suspense-filled tale. As Vancouver struggles to reorganize itself after World War II, forces diverge as to who should really hold the power.

"A groundbreaking piece of theatre" "Stellar high-tech play"


- THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"Sleek, stylish and entertaining" "The cast throughout are, in a word, perfect"


- TORONTO STAR
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Pre-Show Chats

Friday, October 17
6:15 - 6:45 pm

Stan Douglas, acclaimed Canadian visual artist and creator/director of Helen Lawrence, discusses this work with Canadian Stage’s Artistic and General Director, Matthew Jocelyn.
Friday, October 24
6:15 - 6:45 pm

Understand the influences of film noir within this new media masterpiece. Charlie Keil is a professor at the Cinema Studies Institute and the Department of History at the University of Toronto. He teaches a wide range of courses, including a seminar on film noir. His books include works on American silent cinema, humour and animation, and Hollywood craft specializations; he has also published an essay on film's indebtedness to theatricality.
Friday, October 31
6:15 - 6:45 pm

Helen Lawrence brings the lost landmarks of postwar Vancouver back to life through the use of cutting-edge computer generated imagery (CGI) technology while its whodunit mystery brings to light realities of the politics and tension in Vancouver’s east end following World War II. The theatrical experience raises questions about the climate of Toronto in that time. Join one of Toronto’s favourite historians, Bruce Bell (www.brucebelltours.ca), to gain more insight into this important period in our own city’s history.
Pre-Show Chats are located in the Bluma Upstairs Lobby and are free with a ticket to that evening's performance.

Post-Show Talkbacks

Wednesday, October 22
Following the matinee for 15 minutes

Thursday, October 23
Following the performance for 15 minutes

Wednesday, October 29
Following the matinee for 15 minutes

Thursday, October 30
Following the performance for 15 minutes
 

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RUN TIME

95 minutes
no intermission

PRODUCED BY

A co-production with Canadian Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver, The Banff Centre, Stan Douglas Inc and Canada's National Arts Centre, with contributions from Arts Partners in Creative Development, Presentation House Gallery, BC Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts

Theatre

HELEN LAWRENCE PLAYS AT

Bluma Appel Theatre
27 Front Street East

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Credits

DIRECTED BY

Stan Douglas

WRITTEN BY

Chris Haddock

STORY BY

Stan Douglas and Chris Haddock

STARRING

Crystal Balint
AS MARY JACKSON

Greg Ellwand
AS INSPECTOR LEONARD PERKINS

Ryan Hollyman
AS CHIEF JAMES MULDOON

Sterling Jarvis
AS HENRY WILLIAMS

Nicholas Lea
AS PERCY WALKER

Allan Louis
AS BUDDY BLACK

Ava Jane Markus
AS EVA BANKS

Hrothgar Mathews
AS HARRY MITCHELL

Haley McGee
AS JULIE WINTERS

Emily Piggford
AS ROSE GEORGE

Lisa Ryder
AS HELEN LAWRENCE

Adam Kenneth Wilson
AS EDWARD BANKS

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