The artist and professor Stan Douglas explicates our postmodern condition—our crossed lines of narrative in a post-metanarrative age—for his students at Art Center College of Design, and for the rest of us in works like his multi-channel video installation The Secret Agent (2016).
In 2014 Douglas—in collaboration with writer Chris Haddock and Canadian Stage—created Helen Lawrence, a postwar, film noir piece set in The Old Hotel and Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver. “Performing live on a stage that functions as a giant blue screen, Helen Lawrence’s cast of twelve are filmed and transported into 3-D environments, the combined elements virtual and real then projected on a transparent screen hanging in front of them.”*
The Los Angeles premiere of Helen Lawrence takes place this weekend in a CAP UCLA production directed by Douglas.
HELEN LAWRENCE, Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, at 8 pm.
ROYCE HALL, UCLA, Los Angeles.
J. Kelly Nestruck, Helen Lawrence review, The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2014.
Crystal Balint and Allan Louis in a Toronto production of Helen Lawrence. Photograph by David Cooper.