Digital Dream Play

Wednesday April 7, 2021 - Saturday April 10, 2021
6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Digital Dreamplay virtual set with actors onstage. Photo credit: Patrick Pennefather

Digital Dream Play

A Contemporary Response to August Strindberg’s A Dream Play by UBC’s Graduating Acting Class
Directed by Professor Tom Scholte

Digital Dream Play is a response to Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s A Dream Play first performed in Stockholm in 1907. In the play’s description characters “split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, dissolve and merge”, provoking us to experiment with the potential of off-the-shelf streaming technologies to co-locate actors virtually whose physical proximity is constrained due to social distancing during a pandemic. In our mixed reality experience, live actors surrounded by walls of green screens on a theatre stage transport audiences to dream-like virtual environments. This production is an innovative proposition to the question: “How can technology support theatre-making during a pandemic and how might this influence future audience experiences?” Early and persistent experimentation in the theatre space with cameras, lighting, open source software, virtual scenes, keyframing, sound and operation enhance/extend a typical theatrical production process. “Everything can happen; everything is possible and likely.”

Surrealistic digital scenography and actor-driven adaptation/(re)creation close the pandemic-driven distance between us in this dynamic live-stream experiment. Join us as we wrestle with the seeming inevitability of human suffering at a moment when an “existential shrug” is a luxury we cannot afford.

If there were ever a time to produce a play that is structured like a dream, a year into a pandemic seems perfectly fitting. Since March of 2020, our department has transitioned with the rest of the world into an on-line version of itself. The creativity of my colleagues at delivering our curricular content through the many platforms available has been staggering – some on-line, some interactive, some hybrid, some synchronous, some asynchronous, some in-person. The Digital Dream Play is a unique example of the creative collaboration that is the trademark of our department. Thanks for participating in this experiment. Please enjoy this exploration into the liminal space between the live and the digital.


ACT 1:

Father, Policeman, Lawyer Ali Tahir
Officer Bonnie Duff
Prompter Charmaine Sibanda
Chorus Singer David Lundmark
Ballet Dancer Geneviève Guimond
Billie, Voice of Victoria Holly Collis Handford
Glazier, Mother, Portress, Christine Kirsten Kraemer
Agnes Shannon Poole

ACT 2:

Master of Quarantine, Second Worker Abbey Schwartz
Boy Ali Tahir
Voice of Rich Person 2 Bonnie Duff
Officer David Lundmark
He, Mother, Teacher, Lawyer Erin Purghart
Agnes, She Geneviève Guimond
Poet, Edith, First Worker Holly Collis Handford
Landowner Kyle Oliver
Voice of Rich Person 1 Shannon Poole


ACT 3:

Dean of Theology, Master of Quarantine Abbey Schwartz
Lawyer Ali Tahir
Agnes, Winds, Waves Aoife McDavis
Officer Bonnie Duff
Poet, Winds, Waves Chantal Dobles Gering
Agnes Charmaine Sibanda
Dean of Medicine David Lundmark
Jurisprudence, Lawyer Erin Purghart
She Geneviève Guimond
Voice of Victoria, Dean of Theology, Billie Holly Collis Handford
Poet, Lord Chancellor Kyle Oliver
Glazier, Portress Kirsten Kraemer

Director Tom Scholte
Mixed Reality Visioneer
Patrick Pennefather
Assistant Director Tanya Mathivanan
Scenic Designer Jane Li
Assistant Scenic Designer Roohi Kamal
Lighting Designer Sandy Park
Assistant Lighting Designer Lauren McLean
Sound Designer Shiori Hatamoto
Assistant Sound Designer Rebecca Lazar
Virtual Stage Production Manager Elyse Wall
Assistant Production Manager Cassie Gilbert
Camera Crew Parsa Mayahi
Camera Crew Sam Shastri

Stage Manager Rachel Wong
Assistant Stage Manager Cat Main
Assistant Stage Manager Finnley O'Brien

Returning Department Head Stephen Heatley
Acting Department Head Tom Scholte
Production Manager Borja Brown
Administrator Cam Cronin
Staff Technical Director Keith Smith
Head of Properties Lynn Burton
Head of Wardrobe Jodi Jacyk
Stage and Lighting Specialist Jeremy Vreeken

Directing Stephen Heatley
Lighting Robert Gardiner
Scenic Design Patrick Rizzotti
Sound Patrick Pennefather
Stage Management / C19 Safety Officer Collette Berg
Movement coach Marlise McCormick
Technical Director & Scenic Painting Lorraine West

99E Supervisor Patrick de Moss
EML Supervisor Dante Cerron
EML Supervisor Daniel Lindenberger
EML Worklearn Yousra Alfarra
EML Worklearn Jane Diokpo
Development Nikko Dumrique
Development Sepand Dyanatkar
Development Zac Labrie
Sound/Development Ralph Hao
Sound/Development Roshni Kashyap

Hannah Abbott
Aaron Au
Isabelle Barlow
Muleba Chailunga
Nyssa Estrella
Sophie Fougere
Roohi Kamal
Jane Li
Jasmine Liu
Cat Main
David Moise
Celeste Mol
Jack Mosher
Tariro Motsi
Kelsey Peterson
Cheyane See
Amber Smith
Jamie Son
Rachel Tao
Elyse Wall

Manager, Theatre Production  Borja Brown
Properties Specialist  Lynn Burton
Assistant to the Head Sophie Corless
Film Program Administrator Sarah Crauder
Department Administrator Cam Cronin
Head of Wardrobde, Costume Specialist Jodi Jacyk
Audience Services Tony Koelwyn
Visual Resource Library Dmitri Lennikov
Web Developer  Linda Malloy
Film Equipment Manager Stuart McFarlane
Academic Administrator Ian Patton
Communications Specialist  Andrea Cheng
Technical Director Keith Smith
Technical Director Jeremy Vreeken
Theatre and Film Studies Graduate Secretary Karen Tong

“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged and performed by Holly Collis Handford

“He and She” written by Holly Collis Handford performed by Erin Purghart, Geneviève Guimond 楊馨, and Holly Collis Handford

The Halloween Dawn by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


Desert City by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
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Deep Space by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


Almost in F - Tranquillity by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
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“Steam Sound Effects (free)” by Syd’s Room
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“Winter Fire and snow - Fireplace with Crackling Fire Sounds - No copyright fire sounds” by Yichalal ይቻላል
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Music used Tribe - by Jonny Easton
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“Easy Day” by Kevin MacLeod
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“Seagull Sound Effect [No Copyright]” by Royalty Free
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Song : Noel Malekar - Voice of Prayer (No Copyright Music)
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Song: “Church organ – Background Music” by CO.SG Music
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Spring Birds Chirping Sound Effect [Free Download] by VideoPlasty
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“Nature” by Thoribass is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


“Teddy in Fetus (Short Version)” and “Paradise” by Osaka's Dream are licensed under a Creative Commons License.


“A Night At The Opera” and “The Long Lost” by Roland Macintosh are licensed under a Creative Commons License.


“Sad Emotional Dramatic Ambient Music - Circle of Life” by Whitesand is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


“Tibetan Meditation Alpha Wave 11 Hz” by Nature's Eye is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.


“Vosim - Dream Sequence II” by davephillips69 is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


“(And, I'm Sad. Again.)” by Tanner Garza is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


“Club - Uplifting Dance Background Music For Promo Videos (No Copyright Music)” by Background Music For Videos is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.


Dark Shepard Tone 3” by BrainClaim is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.



Wednesday, April 7 (preview), 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 8 (opening), 7:00 pm
Friday, April 9, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 10, 7:00 pm

Behind-the-scenes: Technical Q&A

Friday, April 9, 3:00 pm


Live-stream link will be updated 2 hours before show starts. 

Live-streaming on YouTube from the Frederic Wood Theatre
Free. RSVP required.

For any questions or technical support, please email

Registration cuts off at 3pm for each show date. Live-stream details will be posted two hours before each showing, please check back then.