Main Stage Season


When Christopher Marlowe wrote Edward II, he challenged contemporary Elizabethan morality.  When Caryl Churchill wrote Love and Information, she challenged contemporary Western play structure.  When the Dogme 95 manifesto of filmmaking was declared, it challenged contemporary thinking on how films were made.  When Michel Tremblay wrote Les Belles-Soeurs, he challenged what was acceptable to see and hear on the contemporary Quebecois stage.

Please join us this 2016/2017 season for Elizabethan intrigue, 21st century political subterfuge, riotous Quebecois women, plus the premiere of a feature film. An added bonus is Beckett 16, celebrating all things Beckettian with a performance and an after-show party every night of the run.

For the first time in three years, we are welcoming you back to the unique surrounds of the Telus Studio Theatre in the stunning Chan Centre for the Performing Arts for the first production of the season, Edward II.

So come. Be challenged. Be entertained. Be charmed.

All the best,

Stephen Heatley
Head, Department of Theatre and Film



Edward II by Christopher Marlowe

Directed by Guest Artist Mary Vingoe

– Monarch. Prisoner. Corpse.

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Newly crowned, drunk on power, and blind to consequences, King Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile and showers him with kingly favours, alienating both queen and court. One of the earliest Elizabethan history plays, Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, tells a story of politics, passion, and murder that leads to a fractured England and a monarchy in violent disarray.

September 29-October 15, 2016.  7:30 pm
The Chan Centre for Performing Arts, Telus Studio Theatre, 6265 Crescent Rd.

Performances Wednesday-Saturday
Preview: September 28
Opening Night Reception: September 29
Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback-October 5




Beckett 16 by Samuel Beckett

Directed by MFA Alumnus Gerald Vanderwoude 

– No matter. You’re on earth. There’s no cure for that.

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to get your Beckett on, partake in a post-show cake & champers party every night, and donate to a very worthy cause. Legendary professor emeritus Norman Young returns to the stage with theatre alumni Beverly Bardal, Cam Cronin, Deb Pickman, Joe Procyk, Tom Scholte, and students from the UBC Theatre Program in these limited-run fundraising performances benefiting The Peter Loeffler Student Prize.

November 3-5, 2016. 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.  




Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Directed by MFA Candidate Lauren Taylor

– I want to know. I need to know. I have to know.

A scientist dissects a brain. Someone tells the police. Another puts an elephant on the stairs. Over 100 vibrant characters in a series of vignettes search for meaning in their lives. Through sex, death, feeling, thinking, taxidermy and karaoke, they discover each other.

January 19-February 4, 2017. 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.

Performances Wednesday-Saturday
Preview: January 18
Opening Night Reception: January 19
Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback-January 25




Naked Cinema III

Directed by Professor Tom Scholte
Created in collaboration with students from the Department of Theatre and Film

– Story. Acting. Theme.

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 30-31, 2017. 7:30 pm
The Norm Theatre, 6138 Student Union Blvd., #130





Les Belles-Soeurs by Michel Tremblay

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Directed by MFA Candidate Diane Brown

 Raucous. Realistic. Women.

Germaine is the lucky winner of one million green stamps.  When fourteen of her friends, neighbours, and family members join her in working-class Montreal to celebrate, her windfall ends up igniting lurking resentments. Michel Tremblay’s two-act play, first produced in 1968, against the backdrop of Quebec’s quiet revolution, changed Quebec theatre, with its kitchen-sink representation of ordinary women speaking in their own dialect.

March 16-April 1, 2017. 7:30 pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd.
Performances Wednesday-Saturday
Preview: March 15
Opening Night Reception: March 16
Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback-March 22 



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