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Pi Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa at Performance Works on Granville Island.
Lampedusa tells the story of two people who have never met, but whose lives are deeply affected by immigration. Stefano follows in the footsteps of generations of Lampedusa’s fishermen. But in the 21st century the catch is very different: the fish have disappeared, and his job in the new economy is to pull migrants out of the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, in a small corner of the UK, Denise, a mixed race woman from Leeds, goes from door to door collecting payday loans, witnessing crippling hardship, and hearing violent complaints about a country being destroyed by immigration.
Written by award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten, directed by Pi Theatre’s Richard Wolfe, and staring Melissa Oei and Robert Garry Haacke, Lampedusa brings us the story behind the headlines of two strangers finding hope and connection where they least expect it.
“Lampedusa is one of the most gently enticing pieces of storytelling you will see, softly encroaching on the moral consciousness like a lullaby. . . . There's dark beauty here, on the sharp end of Europe's implosion.” – The Times
“Lustgarten's text is brilliant: he tells the stories of both Stefano and Denise with enormous directness and power. The writing is bright in its intensity, combining both fact and humour. . . . Lampedusa is a political play that shows how human contact and empathy can make things better, without any ideology or without relying on our rulers to do everything for us. The result is a short but stunning piece of radical theatre.” – Tribune
“. . . a curiously moving hymn to the small, transfiguring acts of compassion amid a sea of indifference.” – Daily Telegraph
“ Lustgarten's portrait is haunting, potent and humane.” – Time Out London
Playwright: Anders Lustgarten
Director: Richard Wolfe
Featuring: Robert Garry Haacke and Melissa Oei
Costume Design: Julie Edgeley
Lighting Design: Conor Moore
Set Design: Carolyn Rapanos
Sound Designer/Composer: Mishelle Cuttler
Production Manager: TBA
Stage Manager: Jethelo E. Cabilete
Venue: Peformance Works on Granville Island
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