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How to Disappear Completely

Photo credit: Emily Cooper

The Chop
Created by Itai Erdal, James Long, Anita Rochon and Emelia Symington Fedy
Performed by Itai Erdal
Directed by James Long

Dramaturgy by Anita Rochon
Lighting design by Itai Erdal
Sound design by Emelia Symington Fedy
Original Composition by Andrea Young
Projection design by Jamie Nesbitt
Remount Projection design by Corwin Ferguson

Vancouver, British Columbia
60 minutes | PG


When award-winning lighting designer Itai Erdal learned his mother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he immediately flew to Israel to be with her. During that time he shot hours of film and took hundreds of pictures, documenting his mother’s final days.  

Deeply profound and surprisingly funny, How to Disappear Completely combines video footage and storytelling to demonstrate Erdal’s approach to theatrical lighting – as he reflects on the events that followed his mother asking him to take her life.

Opening night buzz
” … beautiful, funny and worth your time. He has a light touch with heavy messages.” –Lucy Lucy van Oldenbarnev, CBC


WEDNESDAY, February 14 at 9:00pm
THURSDAY, February 15 at 7:00pm
FRIDAY, February 16 at 9:00pm
SATURDAY, February 17 at 1:00pm  (a talkback will follow this performance)
Arts Court Theatre

Service fees + HST are included in all prices.


How to Disappear Completely is a work of art … an impressive accomplishment …” – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

How to Disappear Completely illuminates, stimulates … intelligent, dense, emotionally powerful.” – Joff Schmidt, CBC News


  • WINNER: Canadian Stage Awards for Direction (James Long) at SummerWorks (2013)
  • NOMINEE: Total Fringe Award for Innovation at Edinburgh Fringe (2014)
  • NOMINEE: Brighton Fringe Award (2014)
  • NOMINEE: Best Production at the Dublin Fringe (2014)
  • NOMINEE: Dora Awards for Best Touring Production (2012)
  • NOMINEE: Jessie Richardson award for Outstanding Lighting Design (2011)