The Double

A Bad New Days production
created & performed by Adam Paolozza, Arif Mirabdolbaghi
& Viktor Lukawski
directed by Adam Paolozza
music by Arif Mirabdolbaghi


When are you no longer yourself? The anxious government clerk Golyadkin is plagued by a stranger who looks just like him, but is more daring, romantic and brash. Inspired by Dostoevsky’s novella The Double, this uncanny triangle between a neurotic, his doppelganger and a stand-up bass transports us to 19th century Russian high society and Golyadkin’s labyrinthine search for his identity.


This Dora Award winning production is now available to tour. Adam Paolozza is a former Urjo Kareda Resident at Tarragon Theatre, and Artistic Director of Bad New Days. Arif Mirabdolbaghi is a Juno Award winning musician and a member of the acclaimed metal band Protest the Hero.



“…brilliant…If only these theatre-makers came in multiples—perhaps then we’d be lucky enough to see more shows like The Double. 9/10”
– Carly Maga, The Grid


“thrilling…ingenious…fast-moving, funny and psychologically complex.” NNNN’s
– Glenn Sumi , Now Magazine


“That was me laughing out loud…I love to laugh at the theatre.”
– Former Governer-General Adrienne Clarkson


“Technically, he (Paolozza), is a marvel…and so is his production. Haunting, hilarious…”
– Robert Cushman, The National Post


“The Double_ is a one of a kind experience, a whimsical adaptation that restores my faith in the theatre and its magic.”
– Leslie Barcza, 


“The Double’s exceptionally clever script borrows heavily from Charlie Chaplin [...] evoking a sense of timelessness, fate and the surreal that provides a perfect backdrop for this entertaining exploration of identity crisis. 5 *’s”

– Annie Hodgins,


“…brilliant…dazzling…an engrossing, funny-sad study of a man slipping further and further from reality. I’d rush and get a ticket on the double. 3/4 *’s”

– Robert Crew, The Toronto Star



The Double from Adam Paolozza on Vimeo.




Artist’s site


Upcoming Performances

Jan. 15 / 15 – Centre for the Arts – St. Catharines, ON

Jan. 16 – 17 / 15 – Burlington PAC – Burlington, ON

Jan. 20 – 24 / 15 – The Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON

Jan. 28 / 15 – Capitol Arts Centre – North Bay, ON

Jan. 30 / 15 – Milton Centre for the Performing Arts – Milton, ON

Apr. 21 – May 2 / 15 – National Arts Centre Studio – Ottawa, ON