Amanda Sum in  Other Inland Empires.  Photo: Krystle Coughlin

Amanda Sum in Other Inland Empires. Photo: Krystle Coughlin

Other Inland Empires

A California-born Jew travels to a landlocked country to learn to surf.
Dick Dale plays in the backseat of a too hot car.
The smell of the beach.

Shimmering between here/now, then/there, this place/another place, Other Inland Empires is a new stage performance that traces the Jewish roots of surf culture from Europe to California and back again. Pop music meditations, inflatable palm trees, slow dances, and untold family stories mix with playful humour, seagulls, and the one and only Gidget.

Artistic Team: 

Written & directed by Julie Hammond
Performed by Amanda Sum, Nicola Rough, Montserrat Videla, and Dominique Hat
Sound design: Matthew Ariaratnam
Scenic design: Robert Leveroos
Lighting design: Gillian Hanemayer
Dramaturg / Expert Jew: Caroline Liffmann
Technical direction: Jocelyn Kim


  • October 5-7, 2017; Studio T at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, BC
  • July 12-15, 2018; Z Below, San Francisco, CA - part of the 2018 FURY Factory Festival of Devised and Ensemble Performance