North Vancouver Blackout Arts Society presents new play by North Shore director


Echoes from Far Away Cities by Amir N. Hosseini premieres May 3 at Vancouver’s Annex.

A new play by Amir N. Hosseini, North Shore resident and co-founder of the Blackout Arts Society, will premiere at Vancouver’s Annex Theater early next month.

Echoes of distant cities explores the topics of domestic violence and acid attacks, and the Iranian-Canadian director became involved with the project after making a documentary about an acid attack victim in Iran more 10 years old.

“The question started here, how can someone commit this level of violence? Then I realized that violence is not just a physical injury; it can be sexual, emotional, psychological, verbal or financial. An abuser could be an educated person who uses threats and violence to gain power and control over their partner and take away their self-esteem,” Hosseini said.

Domestic violence is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world today, Hosseini noted, and said it remains under-reported due to impunity and stigma and of the shame surrounding it.

“That’s part of the problem, he stays invisible most of the time. The idea behind this piece is to find a way to show the invisible and, in doing so, share the devastating impact of trauma and domestic violence, in hopes of raising awareness of the problem,” he said. share.

Writing and directing Persian theater in the Lower Mainland since 2012, Hosseini began writing and directing in English in 2020, hoping to open his plays to wider audiences.

Blackout Arts notes that the subject of echoes is sensitive and may disturb some viewers. The company recommends that attendees be 17 and older and will provide resources for those who may need them during performances.

When: May 3-6, 7:30 p.m.

Or: Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

Cost: $20-$30, tickets available online

Charlie Carey is the Indigenous and Civic Affairs reporter for North Shore News. This pace of reporting is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.


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