Main Stage Season

WELCOME TO THE 2017/18 SEASON OF SHOWS

Join us in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC for this unique blend of the old and the new.

Wives and Daughters first appeared in print in serial format in 1864. It appears brand new on our stage in 2017.

The stories of King Arthur come to us from the middle ages. Sir Thomas Malory presented them in an adaptation that first appeared in 1485. King Arthur’s Night appears brand new on our stage in 2018.

Happy Days comes from the mighty pen of Samuel Beckett in 1961, The Crucible from Arthur Miller in 1953. With a new and puzzling  political era upon us, the works of these two giants of 20th century theatre appear brand new on our stage in 2017/18.

Dungeons and Dragons first appeared in game format in 1974. In 2011, Qui Nguyen created She Kills Monsters, placed in 1995, revolving around this fantasy game. It appears brand new on the Telus stage in 2018.

We are delighted to welcome back our friends from the PuSh Festival for the first time since 2013.  And we hope you will also join us for the fourth iteration of our department’s unique feature film experience,  Naked Cinema IV, premiering this year at the Vancity Cinema.

Looking forward to seeing you – at the Frederic Wood Theatre, the Telus Studio in the Chan Centre for Performing Arts and the Vancity Cinema.

All the best,

Stephen

Stephen Heatley
Head, Department of Theatre and Film

UBC’s Point Grey Campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the henqeminem-speaking Musqueam people.

 

HAPPY DAYS
by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Gerald Vanderwoude

Alumni Presentation

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— A HUMAN COMEDY ON THE SLOPE OF EXISTENCE. —

Gerald Vanderwoude directs Beverly Bardal and Joe Procyk in the 19th annual fundraising UBC Theatre Alumni event, supporting the Peter Loeffler student scholarship fund. Exploring the complexities of relationships, this absurdist piece pares them down to their most essential and raw. Beckett’s poetic use of language and form transport the characters of Winnie and Willie in his bitingly funny, often bittersweet play. Come for the theatre, stay for the post-show frivolities with cake, champagne and bubbly discussion to follow each performance.

September 27 – 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.


WIVES AND DAUGHTERS BY JACQUELINE FIRKINSWIVES AND DAUGHTERS
By Jacqueline Firkins

Adapted from a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell

Directed by Courtenay Dobbie

(World Premiere)

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— HONESTY IS RELATIVE, BUT RELATIVES AREN’T ALWAYS HONEST. —

Based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1860’s serial novel and adapted by UBC Theatre and Film Professor Jacqueline Firkins, Wives and Daughters tells the story of seventeen year old Molly, the daughter of a country doctor, whose life gets turned upside down when an overbearing stepmother and an impetuous stepsister move in, bringing with them a unique talent for improving people and a wealth of secrets. A feminist ahead of her time, Gaskell tackles the meaning of love in all its forms and the limitations society places on women as they pursue their desires.

November 9 – 25, 2017, 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.
Performances Wednesday-Saturday; Preview: November 8; Opening Night Reception: November 9; Post-Show Talkback: November 15, 2017


SHE KILLS MONSTERS BY QUI NGUYENSHE KILLS MONSTERS
by Qui Nguyen

Directed by Keltie Forsyth

— IT’S ABOUT ADVENTURE AND SAVING THE WORLD AND HAVING MAGIC. —

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90’s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek within us all. Two years after the death of her teenage sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers a mysterious notebook containing her sister’s home-brewed Dungeons and Dragons campaign.  Newly born hero, Agnes the Ass-hatted, undertakes an epic quest to save Tilly’s soul and to learn about her sister’s hidden life.

January 18 – February 3, 2018, 7:30 pm
Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd.
Performances Wednesday-Saturday; Preview: January 17; Opening Night Reception: January 19; Post-Show Talkback: January 24


KING ARTHUR’S KNIGHT WRITTEN BY NIALL MCNEIL AND MARCUS YOUSSEFPuSh International Performing Arts Centre

Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

KING ARTHUR’S NIGHT*
Written by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef
With Original Music Composed by Veda Hille

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Directed by James Long

— THIS ISN’T THE KING ARTHUR YOU KNOW. —

Written by longtime collaborators Niall McNeil, Marcus Youssef, and Veda Hille, King Arthur’s Night is epic in scale and features a radically inclusive ensemble of artists.  Refined, brutal, crude and tender, King Arthur’s Night tests what we know about the limits of theatre, language and our collective understanding of the narratives that are permitted to shape our world. Produced by Neworld Theatre (Vancouver, BC).

January 31 – February 3, 2018, 7:30 pm; February 4 – 2:00 pm Matinee
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.


NAKED CINEMA IVNAKED CINEMA IV

Directed by Professor Tom Scholte

Created in collaboration with students from the Department of Theatre and Film

— STORY, ACTING AND THEME TO EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR AS ARTIST. —

Each year, students from the Department of Theatre and Film, spearheaded by award-winning Professor Tom Scholte, come together to create something especially audacious: a new feature film inspired by Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 Manifesto and stripped of all cinematic artifice.

January 29, 2018, 7:30 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.


THE CRUCIBLETHE CRUCIBLE
by Arthur Miller

Directed by MFA Directing Candidate Jessica Anne Nelson

— WHEN EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT, THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY MAY BE THE COMMUNITY ITSELF —

The Crucible is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama. In a tight-knit Puritan town, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately fall ill causing panic to percolate. Buried secrets are brought to light, and scapegoating leads to treachery and betrayal.

March 15 – 31, 2018, 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.
Performances Wednesday – Saturday; Preview: March 14; Opening Night Reception: March 15;
Post-Show Talkback: March 21

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