How to Disappear Completely

How to Disappear Completely

Itai Erdal is an award winning lighting designer. He’s also a gifted storyteller who draws on a life fully lived between his birthplace, Jerusalem, and his current home in Vancouver, BC. In How to Disappear Completely, Erdal demonstrates his approach to theatrical lighting while also reflecting on the events that followed his mother asking him to take her life.

In 2000, award-winning lighting designer, Itai Erdal received a phone call telling him his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and had nine months to live. Erdal promptly travelled to Israel to spend every moment he could with his mother. During that time he shot hours of film and hundreds of pictures, documenting her final days. In this deeply profound yet surprisingly funny theatre piece, Erdal demonstrates his approach to theatrical lighting while also reflecting on the events that followed his mother asking him to take her life. This piece pairs the power of Erdal’s story with the nuanced potency of stage lighting.

 

 

Tour history

Chutzpah! Festival (World Premier) 2011 / Vancouver

The Shadbolt Centre  2012 / Burnaby

Factory Theatre 2012 / Toronto

On The Boards 2013 / Seattle, USA

Summerworks Festival 2013 / Toronto

The Stratford Festival 2013 / Stratford

TBA Festival 2013 / Portland, USA

Pivot Festival 2014 / Whitehorse

2b Theatre 2014 / Halifax

Edinburgh Fringe 2014 / Edinburgh, Scotland

Battersea Arts Centre 2014 / London, England

Dublin Fringe 2014 / Dublin, Ireland

Gateway Theatre 2014 / Richmond

Belfry Theatre 2014 / Victoria

Usine C 2015 / Montreal

JW3 2015 / London, England

SICK! Festival 2015 / Manchester & Brighton, England

Mayk, Mayfest 2015 / Bristol

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre 2017 / Winnipeg

Segal Centre for the Arts 2017 / Montreal

  • 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

Contact for booking

Contact for booking

For booking in North America please contact dani@fascinatormanagement.com

For booking outside of North America please contact wolfgang@auroranova.org

Trailer.

Reviews.

  • "As a performer, Erdal appears completely at ease and totally engaging on stage... This is intimate theatre that's astonishingly brave and completely entertaining. How To Disappear Completely inspires us to live like a Parcan (lighting instrument), shining brightly then glowing warmly as we fade to black" - Vancouver Courier

  • "How to Disappear Completely is a work of art." - Georgia Straight