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Do You Mind if I Sit Here?

Showing on Jan 26-29

Playing at Russian Hall

Theatre Replacement, Canada

In this boldly imaginative performance, Theatre Replacement gazes into this city’s future using the power of fiction and found materials. The story has three social planners visiting Vancouver’s Russian Hall roughly 30 years from now; their task is to repurpose it for common use. Long abandoned due to damage from earthquakes and flooding, the building would seem to be perfect for such a project—but the trio soon discovers a squatter who has been living there all through the years of catastrophe. The planners must, in the name of “progress,” remove this most eccentric inhabitant, who has been maintaining the Hall, and who possesses a trove of Soviet industrial films on 16mm stock… 

This is a work about the possibilities of radical transformation, and, in that spirit, TR reconceives the Hall as a multimedia site, complete with looping spoken text, enormous video screens, and immersive sound design. With this building as their canvas, the assembled collaborators enact a witty allegory—one that dares us to imagine the future in terms of our most important hopes, fears, and beliefs. In the spirit of openness and interaction, food is shared with the audience throughout the performance.

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Artist Bio

Theatre Replacement (Canada)

Theatre Replacement’s James Long and Maiko Yamamoto like to build outwards from simple concepts, creating works that use conversation to explore the ways we live with each other. The two artists seek to portray the flux of argument and dialogue, and their creations have a powerful immediacy to them. Theatre Replacement’s work has been performed at over 50 festivals around the world, and in 2019 the company was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for “excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre.” 


Russian Hall

600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver


  • January 26 at 8:00
  • January 27 at 8:00
  • January 28 at 8:00
  • January 29 at 4:00


Single Tickets: $37

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More information on accessibility will be available by mid December. 


Created by Candelario Andrade Video Justine Chambers Movement Arthi Chandra Assistant Director Barbara Clayden and Alaia Harmer Costumes Brad Danyluk Audio Engineering Kayvon Khoshkam, Pippa Mackie, Gina Stockdale and Conor Wylie Performers James Long Direction and Text; Matt Oviat Technical Director Mauricio Pauly Sound Design and Composition Sophie Tang Lighting Marcus Youssef Dramaturgy and Text and The Great Northern Way Scene Shop. Special thanks to Bard on the Beach, Electric Company Theatre, Chris Engleman, Mark Eugster, Lisa Gelley, Jonathan Ryder and Jordyn Wood.