Main Stage Season

WELCOME TO OUR SEASON OF SHOWS

It is the culmination of our artistic creations and academic investigations across the media of theatre and film. Some of us are professional artists. Some of us have just begun the journey. All of us came here to do something big and bold: engage audiences who are compelled by audacious pursuits. This season, this is what we’re making. These are the artistic histories we are investigating, the creative limits we are testing, and the forms we are advancing. See our work. Join the adventure. Let’s go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL

— HER SECRET IS SAFE WITH HIM —

WORLD PREMIERE

Based on the novel by Anne Brontë Adapted by Professor Jacqueline Firkins Directed by Alumna Sarah Rodgers Helen Graham has moved into the withered Wildfell Hall in an attempt to escape her mysterious past. Unfortunately, gossip is served daily in Helen’s new town and she is their latest appetizer. Chatter quickly escalates when her relationships with Frederick Lawrence and Gilbert Markham are scrutinized; forcing Helen to contend with her past haunting the present. Celebrated as one of the world’s first feminist novels, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall delivers quick wit and cutting insights on 19th century gender dynamics. When performed in this premiere stage adaptation from Professor Jacqueline Firkins, female independence truly takes the spotlight. October 1-17, 2015. 7:30pm. Frederic Wood Theatre Value Added Performances:

  • $7 Preview: September 30
  • Opening Night Reception: October 1
  • Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback: October 7
  • No Performances: Sunday – Tuesday

Wayfinding at UBC: Frederic Wood Theatre

Peek behind the curtain! See our work in progress at: theatrefilm.ubc.ca

 

EURYDICE

— SHE WENT TO HELL. HE WENT TO GET HER. —

By Sarah Ruhl Directed by MFA Candidate Keltie Forsyth

Haunting, evocative, and minimalist; this contemporary American retelling of the Ancient Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth is a fairytale for those who still believe in them. Eurydice’s father has been writing her letters from Hades, but when a dangerous stranger tempts Eurydice with the details, she is soon sent tumbling after him. Orpheus goes to get his girl but both must follow the underworld’s rules in order to find their way home.

The award-winning Sarah Ruhl is one of America’s sharpest stage voices; her writing is alert, engaging, and utterly arresting.

January 21 – February 6, 2016 7:30pm Frederic Wood Theatre

Value Added Performances:

  • $7 Preview: January 20
  • Opening Night Reception: January 21
  • Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback: January 27
  • *No Performances: Sunday – Tuesday

Peek behind the curtain! See our work in progress at: theatrefilm.ubc.ca

NAKED CINEMA II

— STRIP THE ARTIFICE. REVEAL NAKED CINEMA — Directed by Tom Scholte Created in collaboration with students from the Department of Theatre and Film

Each year, students from the Department of Theatre and Film come together to create something especially audacious: a new feature film stripped of all cinematic artifice. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 Manifesto, the Naked Cinema series puts story and character front and centre. Narrative is organically shaped based on actor-generated characters and post-production maintains the film’s natural state. Spearheaded by the award-winning Professor Tom Scholte, Naked Cinema II gives both its creators and audiences the chance to experience a raw filmmaking method.

February 1 & 2, 2016 7:30pm Venue: TBD 

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

— SHE TOLD STORIES TO SURVIVE UNTIL SUNRISE — by Mary Zimmerman Adapted from THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE NIGHT Directed by MFA Candidate Evan Frayne

Enraged by his first wife’s adultery, King Shahryar marries a bride a day and beheads her at sundown. When his vengeance ravages the town of its women, Shahryar finally meets his match when he weds the captivating storyteller Scheherazade. Each night he prepares for her execution, her evocative tales of human folly mesmerize Shahryar into delaying the deed. Over the course of one thousand and one nights, the plot thickens and Scheherazade’s legends change both of their lives.

​Celebrated for its seamless stitching of multiple narratives into an astonishing finale, The Arabian Nights perfectly embodies the beauty and power of story.

March 17 – April 2, 2016 7:30pm Frederic Wood Theatre

Value Added Performances:

  • $7 Preview: March 16
  • Opening Night Reception: March 17
  • Alumni Night + Post-Show Talkback: March 23
  • *No Performances: Sunday – Tuesday

Peek behind the curtain! See our work in progress at: theatrefilm.ubc.ca

Special Events

Visit our Special Events Page for special events listings and details.