Plays

2019-2020 Shows

2019-2020 season

UFV Theatre is excited to present this diverse offering of original, classic, and contemporary plays for the 2019-2020 season. For more information, contact theatre@ufv.ca or call the box office at 604-795-2814.

ART' by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Parjad Sharifi

November 14, 15 & 22 @ 7pm
November 20 & 21 @ 5pm
November 16 & 23 @ 2pm

'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.

 

‘ART’ Guest Faculty Mini-Lectures

November 16th and 23rd, at 1:00 pm

Saturday matinees will be preceded by mini-lectures by guest faculty at 1:00 pm, which promise to enhance audience members’ understanding of the performance.

November 16: Kimberly Richards, English – Drama Sessional Faculty and Sven Vande Wetering, UFV Psychology Associate Professor

November 23: Aleksandra Idzior, School of Creative Arts Art History Associate Professor and Shelley Liebembuk, School of Creative Arts Theatre Instructor 

UFV, Abbotsford Campus, B building, B132.

 


 

Dog Sees God by Bert V. Royal

Directed by Luke Stevens

Performances: Wednesday January 22 and Thursday January 23 at 6pm


 

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, adapted by Dana Mandeville - (CANCELLED)

Directed by Noel Funk Produced by Paul Hill

Performances: Wednesday February 5, 1:30pm & Thursday February 6, 6pm


Richard III by William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Anna Griffith

Updated March 16, 2020: All performances have been CANCELLED

Due to the COVID-19 situation in the province, and the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations regarding preventive personal hygiene measures, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and travel recommendations, the UFV School of Creative Arts has decided to cancel all performances of Richard III by William Shakespeare, Adapted and Directed by Anna Griffith, in consideration of the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

We would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff for all of the hard work, energy and time that has been put into planning these performances. We understand that these cancellations are a disappointment to the UFV community and beyond, and we sincerely apologise.

 

March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:00 pm 

March 14 & 21 at 2:00 pm

Post Performance Talkbacks include March 14 and March 20th, which promise to enhance audience members’ understanding of the performance.

Micro lecture “Off with his head”, Thursday, March 12 at 6:40 pm. UFV English Department Head and Associate Professor Melissa Walter will be taking the stage to present the audience with a micro lecture entitled, “Off with his head”. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the performance will begin at 7:00 pm. (CANCELLED-PLEASE CHECK IN FOR UPDATES ABOUT RESCHEDULING).

A kingdom, a horse, and lots of blood. King Richard III.

Richard III by William Shakespeare, raises questions about political corruption and coercion as we follow the story of Richard III's violent rise to power. Shakespeare offers a portrait of the ultimate villain, a protagonist who is simultaneously charming and ruthless.  The play asks audiences to think about how the characters around Richard III are complicit in his bloody maneuvers onto the throne, and offers insight about the contemporary political moment.

Anna Griffith is an interdisciplinary performer and director who is interested in exploring a multimedia version of Shakespeare’s ultimate villain and the people who helped him get there.

The designers include, Parjad Sharifi (scenographer), Heather Robertson (costume design), Lucy Mulder (hair and makeup design, student), Steven Bowman (sound design, student), Luke Pardy (visual dramaturge, student) and Kira Taves (assistant director, student). 

Please be advised that seating is extremely limited, and seat reservations must be made in advance by contacting theatre@ufv.ca or phoning 604-795-2814 with your name, number of seat reservations required, and the performance day and time. All performances are pay-what-you-can at the door with suggested prices of $15 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors, cash only. Seats are reserved until 5 minutes before show start time.

Performances will be held in the Performance Studio, Building D, 105, Abbotsford Campus, University of the Fraser Valley, 33844 King Road.

 

Warning: This production includes adult situations and strong imagery.


Emerging Directors' Showcase

April 23rd -24th, 2020

Updated March 16, 2020: All performances have been CANCELLED

Due to the COVID-19 situation in the province, and the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations regarding preventive personal hygiene measures, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and travel recommendations, the UFV School of Creative Arts has decided to cancel all performances of the Emerging Directors' Showcase, in consideration of the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

We would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff for all of the hard work, energy and time that has been put into planning these performances. We understand that these cancellations are a disappointment to the UFV community and beyond, and we sincerely apologise.

 

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.

Warning: This production includes mature subject matter and strong language.

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