February 2024 | Volume 236


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The Emigrants
by Slawomir Mrozek, trans. Henry Beissel
Exact Resemblance Productions
Blackout Art Society & Presentation House Theatre
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
Mar. 1-3
$34/$27/$22 or 604-990-3474

The Emigrants, by acclaimed Polish playwright Sławomir Mrożek and translated by Henry Beissel, focuses on the struggles of migrants, tackling themes of uprootedness, disorientation, discrimination and the loss of personal dignity. The story follows two characters living in a windowless basement in an unnamed democratic country, navigating challenges and grappling with their identities. One dreams of literary greatness, aspiring to write an incredible book, while the other yearns to return to his homeland with hard-earned savings for a better life for his family. On a transformative New Year’s Eve, they engage in a riveting battle of hopes and realities, grappling with the complexities and dilemmas many immigrants face. Witness their journey as they strive to balance their dreams with the practicalities of life.

Funny, tragic and provocative, The Emigrants prompts reflection on the challenges of migration, from economic necessity to the quest for freedom.

Ages: 14+

An Exact Resemblance Production

Co-Presented by Blackout Art Society and Presentation House Theatre

The Emigrants
By Slawomir Mrozek
Translated by Henry Beissel
Directed by Cristiana Ripeanu
Featuring performances by Akshaya Pattanayak and Jacob Machin
Sound Design by Kate Chan

March 1 – 3, 2024
Friday, March 1 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 2 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 3 – 2:00 PM

SHOW ADVISORY: The Emigrants is a dark comedy which explores hardships surrounding immigration, tackling themes of racism, slavery, and suicide. Includes strong language. If you have any accessibility needs, please reach out to our Box Office at or 604-990-3474.

This show is approximately 60 minutes long with no intermission.



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