The new theatre season in Vancouver may very well prove to be the year of the woman, as the University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film joins the Firehall Arts Centre in presenting a season that puts female playwrights and protagonists in the spotlight.
“Sarah Ruhl, Mary Zimmerman, and Jacqueline Firkins’ adaptation of Anne Brontë’s classic novel are all examples of the breadth of experiences our artists and audiences have available, thanks to work created by female playwrights,” says department head, Stephen Heatley.
Opening the 2015/2016 season at UBC is the world premiere of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Oct 1-17). Based on the Brontë novel, it has been adapted for the stage by UBC Professor Jacqueline Firkins and will be directed by UBC alumna Sarah Rodgers. Celebrated as one of the world’s first feminist novels, this stage adaptation tells the story of the secretive young widow Helen Graham who, in attempting to escape her past, is forced to revisit it as local gossip and speculation builds.
In January, MFA candidate Keltie Forsyth directs Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a contemporary retelling of the Ancient Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth (Jan 21-Feb 6). Told from the perspective of Orpheus’ wife, Eurydice, the play focuses on her choice to either return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father.
Closing the season is Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Mar 17-Apr 2), directed by MFA candidate Evan Frayne. In The Arabian Nights, King Shahryar meets his match in Scheherezade who manages to keep her head with her evocative tales.
Season subscribers will also receive tickets to Naked Cinema II (Feb 1-2), in which students from the Department of Theatre and Film come together to create a new feature film stripped of all cinematic artifice. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 Manifesto, the Naked Cinema series puts story and character front and centre, where narrative is organically shaped based on actor-generated characters and post-production maintains the film’s natural state.
For more information on the University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film 2015/2016 season visit http://theatrefilm.ubc.ca.