Tebo Nzeku, Gray Clark, Karthik Kadam, Matthew Rhodes, and Hannah Everett in GOLDRAUSCH. Photo by Javier R. Sotres Photography.
Tebo Nzeku, Gray Clark, Karthik Kadam, Matthew Rhodes, and Hannah Everett in GOLDRAUSCH. Photo by Javier R. Sotres Photography.

Next up as part of the UBC Theatre & Film season, is Guillermo Calderón’s GOLDRAUSCH, a comedy that journeys through film director Oskar’s efforts to make a movie about the man who started the Gold Rush Fever of 1848.

Here are five reasons why you should check it out:

1. A film within a play

Chilean playwright, screenwriter, and director Guillermo Calderón mixes mediums as he uses the creation of a film as the basis to tell his story on stage.

2. The story of a pioneer

Based on the story of John Augustus Sutter, it was the German-born and Swiss-raised man’s discovery of gold on his property in what is now Sacramento, California which is seen as the start of the California gold rush.

3. The music

A play with music, GOLDRAUSCH also features a mix of classic country and Mexican banda songs.

4. Golden egos

Like the gold rush itself, jealousy, greed, and ambition run amok on the film set as dueling actors fight for their close-ups in Oskar’s magnum opus.

5. The next generation of theatre artists

Featuring UBC Theatre & Film students on stage and behind-the-scenes, GOLDRAUSCH is directed by MFA Directing Student Jenny Larson.

GOLDRAUSCH plays the Frederic Wood Theatre at the University of British Columbia March 14-30. Visit theatrefilm.ubc.ca for tickets and information.