In a media release, the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Department of Theatre and Film announced a 2019-2020 season of four plays, its annual alumni fundraiser, and a student-led feature film.
Opening the season is the 21st edition of the department’s annual fundraiser in support of the Peter Loeffler Student Scholarship Fund, an award presented to a UBC undergraduate student majoring in theatre. In Beckett 19: or some such semblance (Sep 25-28), five pieces from playwright Samuel Beckett will be performed by a number of UBC alumni.
In November, Lois Anderson returns to her alma mater to direct the stage adaptation of Timothy Findley’s Governor General’s Awards-winning novel The Wars (Nov 7-23). Adapted for the stage in 2007 by Dennis Garnhum, another UBC alumnus, it is the story of a tender-hearted idealist who trades his comfortable Canadian life for the nightmare world of trench warfare in World War I.
In the New Year, Master of Fine Arts directing student Luciana Silvestre Fernandes is at the helm of The Changeling (Jan 16-Feb 1). This Jacobean tragedy written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley in 1622 is often regarded as one of the best tragedies of the English Renaissance.
Also in January comes Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (Jan 24-30). Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Touchstone Theatre, this Klezmer music/theatre hybrid from Halifax-based 2b theatre company is inspired by the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908.
With Naked Cinema VI (Jan 27), UBC theatre and film students present their new feature film developed collectively from scratch and stripped of all cinematic artifice inspired by the Dogme 95 Manifesto.
Closing out the season is Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Mar 12-28). Directed by another of UBC’s MFA directing students, Sloan Thompson, this experimental play reflects on different aspects of life as a woman through a series of thematically connected vignettes.
Subscriptions to the 2019-2020 UBC Department of Theatre and Film season are now available. Single tickets go on sale August 1. Visit theatrefilm.ubc.ca for more information.