Love / Stories

All photos by Paula Viitanen Aldazosa

Selections from Love / Stories
by Itamar Moses

Directorial Debut
Oct 31 & Nov 1, 2019
Studio T @ Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Breanne Birk
Shania Smagh
Faizal Gowlani

Set & Projection Design Wladimiro A. Woyno R.
Costume Design Janice Ma
Lighting Design Kevin Kiju Kim
Assistant Lighting Design Angelo Villasoto
Sound Design / Dramaturg Cindy Kao
Production Stage Manager Laura Coons
Technical Director Carlie Cheukyiu Yeung
Assistant Technical Director /LX Operator Sena Yurika Çağla
Sound Operator Mark Stefan Virginillo
Head Sound June Hsu
Dramaturg Ryer Wang
Directing Professor Steven Hill
Vocal Coach Tanya Elchuk

We would like to acknowledge that this production took place on the un-ceded territories belonging to the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Selilwitulh and Stó:lō peoples. As an action, we collected donations in the lobby for the fourth annual nəćamat: Urban Indigenous Women’s Village of Wellness on November 5, 2019.

Director’s notes

The word “presence” has been on my mind quite a lot recently. It was a recurring word that was used at the Celebration of Life event to describe our acting teacher Ker Wells who passed away this summer. After my first semester at SFU’s theatre program, he said to me in the end-of-semester exit meeting in his office that he “didn’t think I was right for the program,” but now he had “changed his mind.” I never ended up gathering the courage to ask him why that was. The last time we had an exit interview he suggested that I try directing. As I recently reviewed my notes from the two studio classes I’ve taken with him, I found this one note that I immediately offered to my actors the next day: “How to heighten stake? Just pay attention.” If there was anything I learned through this short, intense stint in directing; it was to pay attention to everyone in the room: Really see them, hear them. The selections from Itamar Moses’ Love / Stories that we are presenting to you today ask the actors to be in the present. To look at theatre through lenses of different perspectives. How can we stay present with each other and with the work? Tonight, I would like to thank you for your presence and ask you for your attention together with us, and maybe strike a conversation with a stranger in the audience tonight, or enjoy a beer for him after the show; I think Ker would love that.