UFV Theatre is excited to present this diverse offering of original, classic, and contemporary plays for the 2019-2020 season.
Directed by Parjad Sharifi
November 14th – November 23rd, 2019
'ART' is an award-winning comedy written by Yasmina Reza. It was the recipient of the 1998 Tony Award for best play and the 1996 Olivier Award for best comedy. The play includes three male characters, Marc, Serge and Yvan, who are close friends. Serge has bought an expensive painting about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. Marc thinks that the painting isn’t worth a penny; however, Serge insists that Marc doesn’t have high enough standards to judge the work. Another friend, Yvan, has been pulled into this disagreement. Unlike Marc, Yvan is eager to please, telling Serge that he likes the painting. The friends square off over the canvas, using the painting as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over their various failures. Their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, bordering on destroying their friendships. Finally, at the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: “Go on.” This is the time when their friendships are tested and the aftermath of the actions and reactions affirms the power of those bonds.
Parjad Sharifi an award-winning designer and theatre maker. His directorial approach is interested in initiating artistic dialogue between Visual Arts and Theatre as UFV presents its first theatre production within the School of Creative Arts.
Adapted and Directed by Anna Griffith
March 11th – March 21st, 2020
A kingdom, a horse, and lots of blood. King Richard III.
Richard III raises questions about political corruption and coercion as we follow the story of Richard's violent rise to power. Shakespeare offers us a portraint of the ultimate villain who is simultaneously charming and ruthless. The play also asks us to think about how characters around Richard are complicit in his bloody maneuvers onto the throne, and may offer us insight on the contemporary political moment.
Anna Griffith is an interdisciplinary performer and director exploring a multimedia version of Shakespeare’s ultimate villain and the people who helped him get there.
April 23 -24, 2020
The Emerging Directors’ Showcase is the final project presented by UFV Theatre’s fourth year directing class and is a chance for students to apply everything they have learned in the course. Audiences can expect a wide range of performances, ranging from raunchy physical comedy to thought-provoking and disturbing drama, from movement-based devised work to explorations of performance art.
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