OCTOBER 2019 | Volume 184


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by Naomi Iizuka
Studio 58, Langara College
Nov. 14-Dec. 1
From $12.50 or 604-687-2787

Acclaimed director, writer, actor and graduate Carmen Aguirre returns to Studio 58 to direct Anon(ymous), a timely and imaginative retelling of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey.

Iizuka's Odysseus is a young refugee named Anon, who travels the United States in search of his disappeared mother. Far away from home and constantly skirting danger, he encounters a wide variety of people and creatures including a murderous butcher, a fantastical stiletto-wearing bird, and a salacious truck driver. It's those who offer kindness and hope—an immigrant family, a chorus of refugees, and a surfing goddess—that allow him to stay strong in his resolve to reunite with his family.

Aguirre says, "This play is an ode to refugees everywhere, and a compelling exploration of the question: what defines home? I am overjoyed that Kathryn Shaw approached me to direct this moving piece and am eager to tackle a modern adaptation of an ancient story that is so relevant today. Epic, intimate, whimsical, poetic, horrifying, and funny, the play’s biggest draw is that it spotlights the invisible brown work force of North America."

Directed by Carmen Aguirre
Set and prop design by Jessica Oostergo
Lighting design by Alan Brodie
Costume design by Mara Gottler
Composition and Musical Direction by Joelysa Pankanea
Choreography by Delia Brett
Video design by Candelario Andrade
Sound Design by Evan Rein

Tue–Sat at 8 PM, Sat & Sun at 3 PM. Tickets from $12.50 available online at or by calling 604.687.2787.


Studio 58 is the professional theatre training program at Langara College, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Under the direction of Kathryn Shaw, it offers nationally recognized training for both actors and production personnel. Four full-length and two indie-style productions, directed and designed by professional artists, are presented annually. More information at



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