This year the Brave New Play Rites Festival, UBC’s Festival of short plays written by UBC Creative Writing students, finds itself on Granville Island. Over three evenings,twenty writers, twelve directors, nearly thirty actors, and three designers will create stories ranging from the hilarious to the chaotic to the profound. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Where else will you be able to see twelve plays in just two days? Or six plays in just one day? Or nine plays in just one and a half days?
2. This is the Festival’s 29th edition, and while it may not be considered a milestone year we’re pretty sure that after 28 they know what they’re doing.
3. Did you know the modern gift for a 29th anniversary is furniture? Do them a favour though, leave the sofa at home. They already have their own chairs. Bring cash instead. You know, to pay for your ticket.
4. The award-winning Chelsea Haberlin is this year’s directing consultant. We’ve heard rumour she brings her Jessie Award with her everywhere she goes, so this may very well be your chance to see what one actually looks like.
5. You get all this and more: a Japanese-American family copes with the eldest sibling in WWII while facing racism at home. A boy tells the incendiary tale of how his house burned down. A love triangle leads to a sword fight. Individuals engage in an experimental portrait of speech therapy. A suicidal woman is talked down by her lover’s ghost. A couple attempts sex while a nephew bathes in the next room. A quiz-master has an epic breakdown on trivia night. And, when a frustrated writer and an overwhelmed nurse meet in a Tim Horton’s, magic happens.
The 2015 Brave New Play Rites Festival takes place March 12-15 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://bravenew.ca.