Itai Erdal: How to Disappear Completely

Award-winning lighting designer Itai Erdal is bringing his acclaimed solo work How To Disappear Completely to The Forum. Join us at the Studio Theatre on August 11, 15 and 17 at 2 p.m. for a brave, humorous and deeply moving piece that will stay with you long after the show ends.


Produced by The Chop Theatre, How To Disappear Completely reflects on the events following Itai’s mother asking him to take her life. In the year 2000, Itai, a recent film school graduate, received a call telling him that his mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Right away he flew back to Israel to be with her, where he captured hours of film and hundreds of pictures documenting her last days and their time together.

From these images he created a poignant and vital production that follows the very personal journey he took with his mother, Mery, and also reflects on the broader experience of how we respond when we’re faced with our own mortality.


Here’s what reviewers had to say about the show:

“It may sound like a grim, three-hankie experience, but along with the tears (and they do come, eventually), there is humour, and life . . . What could have been a dark show is driven in fact by light. The professional insights of Erdal, who at times operates the lighting from the stage, are used to great effect to illuminate his story, becoming a metaphor for his experiences and for life’s big questions.” – Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

“For years Vancouver theatregoers have sung the praises of local lighting designer Itai Erdal, who always brings something especially, well, illuminating to the stages he works on. Now it’s time to change our tune and marvel instead at this man’s bravery . . . [How to Disappear] is warm, witty and, naturally, beautifully lit.” – Peter Bernie, Vancouver Sun

How to Disappear Completely runs for only three performances, so don’t wait! Book your tickets here. Admission is $25.

Check out more of our August Forum events, including:

Writing About the Right to Die
Studio Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m.
With journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Brown (The Boy in the Moon), playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal (How to Disappear Completely), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer. Admission is $10.

Barbara Budd with Stories of Significant Strangers… and Others
Festival Theatre lobby, Wednesday, August 14, at 5:15 p.m.
Award-winning actor/broadcaster Barbara Budd spent two decades as co-host of As It Happens sharing stories with a worldwide audience on CBC radio and American public radio. Presenting two Canadian short stories that wittily capture this year’s theme of the Outsider and Community, she is joined by our fiddler, Anna Atkinson. Admission is $10.

Othello vs Otello
Festival Theatre lobby, Friday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m.
Verdi aficionado John Zaretti of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and Othello director Chris Abraham discuss the play and the operatic adaptation and their respective strengths and genius, pitting aria against soliloquy in this face-off of masterpieces. Admission is $20.

Join the conversation using the hashtag #sfForum.


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