The Last Jubilee
Directed by MFA Director Omar Muñoz
The Last Jubilee follows the story of a group of artists in a society overrun by A.I., surveillance and policing, and where art has been deemed a threat and made illegal. This group of artists, who call themselves The Jubilee, gathers every week to make art in secret. This week, things end up looking a little different.
Join us on July 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT, for the premiere of The Last Jubilee. If you’ve been missing the arts, then this is the show for you!
As we all know, in the last year the world has experienced what for many will always be remembered as a traumatic episode. The COVID-19 pandemic struck and transformed the world we lived in into something we could barely recognize. A world in which isolation and paranoia from an invisible enemy were the norm. Artists around the world lost their jobs and in countries where government support was not an option, the economic hardship pushed our colleagues into unknown territories to survive. The Last Jubilee was born in response to the frustration of having our livelihood been taken away from us and of having become non-essential individuals in the eyes of society. In this show, we extrapolate the reality we were experiencing and place the action in a dystopian future where art has been definitely banned by a technology-driven political party. We pose questions not only about the nature of theatre, but also about the place art holds in society. We invite you to explore these questionings to the beat of what we have named a cabaret-thriller, entirely created by UBC folks in COVID-19 times.
I would like to close with a quote that did not make it to the final version of our script, in the hope that it strengthens the hearts of every artist who has been affected during this pandemic.
“Art is everywhere. There is art in the forests and in the seas. You can hear it in the humming of the night and see it in the colours of spring. Art is everywhere for those who want to see it. And we choose to see it. This is a revolution, and it starts here.”
- Omar Muñoz, Director
Director – Omar Muñoz
Stage Manager – Rachel Wong
Assistant Stage Managers – Caroline Tang & Elyse Wall
Set Designer – Jennifer Stewart
Assistant Set Designer – Vivek Sodal
Lighting Designers – Mikaela Joy Kawaley-Lathan & Zac Labrie
Lighting Programmer / Lighting Board Operator – Brendan Lowe
Sound Designer – Shiori Hatamoto
Composers – Alain Tahir & Holly Collis Handford
Choreographers – Chantal Gering & Erin Purghart
Editor – Alain Tahir
Camera Operators – Omar Muñoz, Chantal Gering & Erin Purghart
Assistant Production Manager – Catt Main
Claire – Shannon Poole
Diego – Omar Muñoz
Hail – Holly Collis Handford
Levi – Erin Purghart
Sal – Chantal Dobles Gering
Simon – Alain Tahir
Acting Department Head / Directing Advisor – Stephen Heatley
Directing Advisor – Chelsea Haberlin
Lighting Advisor – Robert Gardiner
Scenic Design Advisor – Patrick Rizzotti
Sound Advisor – Patrick Pennefather
Voice Coach – Sheila Langston
Movement Coach – Marlise McCormick
Stage Management Advisor / C19 Safety Officer – Collette Berg
Technical Director & Scenic Painting Advisor – Lorraine West
Administrator – Cam Cronin
Production Manager – Borja Brown
Head of Properties – Lynn Burton
Head of Wardrobe – Jodi Jacyk
Lead Carpenter – Jeremy Vreeken
Lights & sound specialist – Zach Levis
Assistant to the Head – Sophie Corless
Film Program Administrator – Sarah Crauder
Audience Services – Tony Koelwyn
Visual Resource Library – Dmitri Lennikov
Film Equipment Manager – Stuart McFarlane
Academic Administrator – Ian Patton
Communications Specialist – Andrea Cheng
Technical Director – Keith Smith
Theatre and Film Studies Graduate Secretary – Karen Tong
Friday, July 9, 7:00 pm (premiere)
Available for streaming until August 8, 2021.
Watch on YouTube. Staged and filmed at the UBC Frederic Wood Theatre on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
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