Lynn Harper (Shauna Griffin) and Steven Truscott (Mike Gill) in Beverley Cooper's Innocence Lost playing Langara's Studio 58 March 20 to April 6, 2014. Photo by David Cooper.
Lynn Harper (Shauna Griffin) and Steven Truscott (Mike Gill) in Beverley Cooper's Innocence Lost playing Langara's Studio 58 March 20 to April 6, 2014. Photo by David Cooper.

The latest in Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, a story from one of Canada’s darkest hours at Studio 58, and a return engagement at the Firehall Arts Centre all take centre stage in our picks this week.

[pullquote]“People ask me, “Where is Azano?” Azano is not a place in space, it is a place in space-time, which is to say, it is a journey, a continual process of becoming.” – Nobunaga Nobuyoshi, oracle of Azano[/pullquote]The latest in Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, Azano (20-23 Mar) is billed as an irreverent collective of Vancouver talents who take on a profound, hysterical, and anarchic romp through the State of Asianness, the State of Whiteness, and the state of Being Us, circa 2014 and beyond.  With a content warning that includes “Asian people raising uncomfortable truths about race” you know this is a show made for Vancouver audiences.

Studio 58 presents the Western Canadian Premiere of Innocence Lost (20 Mar-6 Apr),  a play about Steven Truscott by alumna Beverley Cooper.  In the summer of 1959, a small town in rural Ontario was stunned by a crime that changed the community forever and sent shockwaves around the world. A 12-year-old girl named Lynne Harper was found raped and strangled to death. Days later, 14-year-old Steven Truscott was charged with her murder. After a two week trial by jury, the boy was found guilty and sentenced to hang, making him the youngest person to sit on Canada’s death row.

The Firehall Arts Centre presents a return engagement of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (18-29 Mar). Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a tribute to the remarkable writer.