An epic King Arthur's Night by longtime collaborators Niall McNeil, Marcus Youssef, and Veda Hille; Arthur Miller's classic parable of intolerance; and a maniacal dramatic comedy with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and '90s pop culture: these are just a few of the highlights of an ambitious just-announced 2017-18 season at the UBC Theatre and Film program.
The season opens with a production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Gerald Vanderwoude from September 27 to 30 at the Frederic Wood Theatre. It's an annual fundraising UBC Theatre Alumni event.
Next up is the debut of UBC theatre and film professor Jacqueline Firkins's new adaptation, Wives and Daughters, based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1860’s serial novel. Directed by Courtenay Dobbie, it premieres November 9 to 25. It's the story of 17-year-old Molly, a country doctor's daughter who struggles with the arrival of an overbearing stepmother and stepsister. It's at the Freddie Wood.
Director Keltie Forsyth, who the Straight just spoke to for her production of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), will helm She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen from January 18 to February 3, 2018 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Next up, presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in a Neworld Theatre production, is King Arthur’s Night, January 31 to February 3. The same team collaborated on Peter Panties, a reimagining of the Peter Pan story that Neworld produced with Leaky Heaven Circus at the 2011 PuSH fest. The wildly innovative new take on the Arthurian legend features an integrated professional cast that includes actors from Burnaby, B.C.’s Down Syndrome Research Foundation, plus a live band and a 20-person choir. Years in the making, the piece debuted at Luminato and the National Arts Centre this month in Ontario.
On January 29, Naked Cinema IV happens again at Vancity Theatre: it's an annual event where students from the department of theatre and film, led by Prof.Tom Scholte, conjure a new feature film inspired by Lars von Trier's Dogme 95 Manifesto and stripped of all cinematic artifice.
Last up, the school stages The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, directed by MFA directing candidate Jessica Anne Nelson at the end of March.
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