"Set in post-World War II Vancouver, “Helen Lawrence” dives with gusto into a world of crooked cops, scheming hustlers and blond bombshells." —The New York Times
CAP UCLA presents Canadian Stage's scintillating production of Helen Lawrence. Set in a film noir landscape of tough guys, femme fatales, double crosser and crooked cops, Helen Lawrence is a virtuosic feat of double vision from celebrated visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Boardwalk Empire; DaVinci’s Inquest). Actors perform in front of blue screens as camera-controlled software inserts them into a meticulous landscape of seedy hotels and skid-row streets projected as a completed film on stage.
Banter crackles and a killer eludes capture in this two-toned world of sketchy politics and simmering racial tensions, raising theater to new technological heights. The result is that the actors in the “movie” seem more real than the actors “on stage.”
The perfect marriage of theater and cinema, Helen Lawrence has to be seen to be believed. Candian Stage produces and presents contemporary performance with a multi-disciplinary focus that integrates theater, dance, film, music, multimedia and more. Canadian Stage is Canada's center for innovation in performance sharing new, vibrant art forms from Canada and around the world.
Photo by David Cooper
Funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual & Performing Arts.
A co-production by Canadian Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company, The Banff Centre, Stan Douglas Inc., Festival TransAmeriques and Canada’s National Arts Centre.
Co-presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with technical support provided by the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA.