Theatre at UBC
Student, Faculty & Alumni Events
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Alumnus Checks Into Hotel Bethlehem
December 10 - 22, 2013
By Drew McCreadie, directed by Diane Brown
Hotel Bethlehem stars eleven of Vancouver’s most talented comic performers - including BFA Acting alumnus John Murphy. Warning: wacky jokes and crude puns may induce laughter.
Back in time for the holiday season, this wildly funny Christmas satire dares to deconstruct the Nativity Story, playfully posing questions like, why was The Inn so full? Who would turn away a very pregnant woman?
Award-winning playwright Drew McCreadie’s outrageous and insightful comedy for adults takes an inside look at what ACTUALLY happened at the Inn that infamous silent night.
”(It’s) all about rhythm, absurdity, and irreverence… John Murphy doesn’t just tip his hat to Basil Fawlty, he rips it off his head and eats it” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E Cordova
Staging Chekhov at the VPL
Monday December 9, 2013
Hosted by the Vancouver Public Library
UBC Professor of Theatre and Film Jerry Wasserman moderates a panel conversation with three artists from the recent and upcoming productions of works by Anton Chekhov: Directors John Wright is a UBC Theatre and Film professor emeritus, Kathleen Duborg, a MFA Directing student and actor David Bloom join in the discussion.
John Wright will be staging Uncle Vanya with his company Blackbird Theatre from Dec. 23 – Jan. 18, 2014, director Kathleen Duborg mounts The Seagullhere at Theatre UBC from Jan. 23 – Feb 8, 2014) and actor David Bloom performed this past spring in Only Child Collective’s Three Sisters.
The dialogue examines the playwright's unique dramatic qualities and the approach each artist has taken in bringing them to the stage.
Vancouver Central Library
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
350 West Georgia Street | 7:00 pm-8:30 pm – Admission FREE
Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I plays at Gateway Theatre December 5-31, 2013.
UBC alumni and staff include Director Chris McGregor, Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre, Set Designer Marshall McMahen, Sound Designer Andrew Tugwell, with actors Barb Tomasic (Anna) and Jennifer Suratos (Lady Thiang).
November 28, 2013
Professor Jerry Wasserman Lectures at Museum of Vancouver
Thursday, November 28, 2013 7:30
Museum of Vancouver
History of Theatre in Vancouver
Speaker: Jerry Wasserman
Most theatre goers within Vancouver are aware of the state of theatre within the period they attend but are perhaps not familiar with the changes that have taken place over the long run. For example, during its years of unbridled civic optimism preceding 1912, theatres and opera houses, mainly for vaudeville, sprang up throughout the young city. Very different was the period after the bruising of WWI in which a retreat into British roots competed with the strong vaudeville influences from American theatre. An explosion of Vancouver and BC based original theatre of the 1970s and 80s reflected a growing confidence of time and place. Vancouver theatre has and will continue to be a moveable feast moving with the times.
Jerry Wasserman, an actor and author of several books on Canadian theatre, is currently professor of English and Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia.
More at vancouver-historical-society.ca
(lovers) WINNERS by Brian Friel
MFA Director Dennis Gupa | Stephen Malloy, THTR 520 Directing Advisor
Dorothy Somerset Studio: November 28th - 30th
6361 University Blvd. UBC Campus - Just 5 minutes West of UBC Bookstore.
FREE ADMISSION | 730pm | Limited seating
The first section of "Lovers," titled "Winners" follows the story of two lovers, Joseph Michael Brennan and Margaret Mary Enright. A play about love, dreams and fears through the eyes of two teenage lovers, who spend the most important day of their lives on top of a hillside.
"Winners" features BFA acting students Lara Deglan, Sarah Roa, Javier Sotres, and Zach Wolfman.
FaceBook Page: facebook.com
Alumni Stage Arts Club’s It’s Snowing On Saltspring
November 28 – December 28, 2013
It's Snowing on Saltspring
by Nicola Cavendish, directed by Lois Anderson
BFA Acting alumna Nicola Cavendish's popular home grown holiday hit is back on the stage of the Arts Club. This time out it's directed by BFA Acting and MFA Directing alumnaLois Anderson. It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?
“Nicola first wrote the hit script for its 1985 premiere, but since that time she has grown as an artist and wanted the script to better reflect her current sensibilities,” said director Lois Anderson, director. “I worked closely with her and feel that we managed to update the story to the present, Christmas 2013, without sacrificing any of the joy and goofy humour.
Alumna Rachel Ditor is dramaturg for the production and Stage Management is by BFA Production Alumna Pamela Jacobs.
Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island
Faculty, Alumni, Little Mountain Gallery & Main Street Theatre present one of the most famous comedic plays ever written: Neil Simon's The Odd Couple!
Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2013 (HELD OVER)
(no show Dec. 2 or 9)
7:30 PM (Doors @ 7:00)
Little Mountain Gallery
TICKET RESERVATIONS: (604) 992-2313
Directed by Theatre at UBC Assoc. Professor Stephen Malloy.
Starring: BFA Acting Alumnus Ryan Beil and Mike Wasko.
With: Lindsey Angell, Josh Drebit, Kyle Jespersen, Sebastian Kroon, Michael P. Northey, and BFA Acting Alumna Melanie Reich.
Stage Management by: BFA Design/Tech alumna Collette Brown.
Pay What You Can. Suggested $20
Ticket reservations: (604) 992-2313
Main Street Theatre is back with a fresh offering for Vancouver audiences. After successfully tackling the complicated nuances and heart wrenching drama of Shepherd, Mamet and Beckett the company has set their sights on something a titch more lighthearted: Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Odd Couple.
See more at: mainstreettheatre.ca
Alumnus Directs Becky Shaw Premiere
November 20th – December 7th
by Gina Gionfriddo, directed David Mackay
The Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw is directed by MFA Directing & BFA Acting alumnus David Mackay and stars BFA Acting alumni Meghan Gardiner and Moya O'Connell.
Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.
“Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love… Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” - Variety
Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue
Alumni premiere The Romeo Initiative
Nov 14 - 24
The Romeo Initiative
By Trina Davies, Directed by Katrina Dunn
Theatre at UBC alumna, and Touchstone Theatre artistic director Katrina Dunn directs the Vancouver premiere of The Romeo Initiative by Canadian playwright Trina Davies. Other alumni on the production include BFA Production & Design alumni Drew Facey (Set) and Marijka Asbeek Brusse (Stage Management).
Half romantic comedy and half spy thriller with a tantalizing twist, The Romeo Initiative is based on a real 1970’s program in which East German men were sent to develop long-term relationships with West German secretaries to determine their “perfect man”.
More at www.touchstonetheatre.com
Vancity Culture Lab
1895 Venables Street
November 13-30, 2013
Cocktails at Pam's
by Stewart Lemoine, directed by Theatre at UBC professor Stephen Heatley
Studio 1398, Granville Island
Alumni founded Staircase Equity Collective presents the BC premiere of Cocktails at Pam’s by Stewart Lemoine. In this hilarious, 11 person comedy, we learn that being the perfect hostess is not easy; it's a fine art of pearls and gowns, repartee and knowing the difference between the maid and the cook. But Pam believes she has everything under control- until the unthinkable happens.
The production is directed by Theatre at UBC professor Stephen Heatley. The creative team includes set design by BFA Design alumni Lauchlin Johnston (The Foreigner) and Christina Dao (Speech & Debate). The acting ensemble includes BFA Acting alumni Yoshie Bancroft, Georgia Beaty, Daniel Deorksen, Maryanne Renzetti, and Joanna Williams with Anousha Alamian, Sebastien Archibald, Brent Hirose, Stefania Indelicato, Shauna Johannesen and Liz Kirkland.
Alumni premiere People Like Us
November 2-16, 2013
People Like Us
By Sandi Johnson, Directed by Sarah Rodgers
Firehall Arts Centre
BFA Acting and MFA Directing alumna Sarah Rodgers directs the premiere of People Like Us. BFA Design alumni on the creative team include Amanda Larder (set), Alia Stephen (Lighting) and Scott Zechner (Sound) with Kelly Barker (Stage Manager).
People Like Us tells the story of a military policeman who returns to Canada following the Gulf War a changed man. His fiercely determined wife fights to restore her husband’s health in the wake of war. A powerful and moving new Canadian play about love, war and searching for peace by Salt Spring Island poet and playwright Sandi Johnson. The production stars Sarah Louise Turner.
November 2-March 14, 2014
November 2 – March 2014
Alumnus Luke Beattie in London’s West End
Wishing Luke Beattie (BA 2000) a broken leg across the pond where he’s appearing in London’s West End. He’s in the production Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre. The show is a psychological thriller and is brought to life by the producers behind the James Bond films. Luke will be sharing the boards with some of the UK’s most noteworthy actors, the play stars Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs, MyAnna Buring and is directed by Robert Allan Ackerman.
Since graduating from UBC Luke has gone on to graduate with distinction from the MFA in Staging Shakespeare and earned his PhD in Drama at Exeter University as well as earning six awards there during his studies. He’s also founded two theatre companies Foul Papers Theatre Company in the UK and Vanguard Theatre Society in Vancouver. This past summer he was an assistant director here at Bard on the Beach. We wish him much continued success!
October 11 - 26
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Presented by Hardline Productions
Directed by Genevieve Fleming
Little Mountain Gallery (195 E 26th Ave)
George and Lennie, field hands in Depression-era California, are trying to scrape together enough cash for a place of their own. But when Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between friendship and the American Dream. Featuring UBC BFA Acting alumna Christine Quintana as Curley's Wife, this innovative new take on the classic novella features 2 foley artists scoring the action live, using found items.
Tickets $23 at brownpapertickets.com
UBC at VIFF!
Calling all Theatre and Film at UBC alumni, students, faculty and staff:
Please come out and help us celebrate the wealth of UBC talent at the Vancouver International Film Fest.
You are cordially invited to
The 7th annual UBC Film Production Alumni Association reception
celebrating UBC alumni, faculty & student films at the
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
Tuesday October 8th, 6-9pm
555 Gore St @ Keefer
Please click here to view films from our ranks at the festival and a list of who's involved with a UBC affiliation.
3 DAYS IN HAVANA
Producer Sidney Chiu
Sept 28, 6:15pm, Rio/Oct 4, 4:20pm, International Village
Dir/Prods/Scr/Cam/Ed. Terry Miles
Oct 2, 6:30pm, Rio/Oct 10, 1:15pm, SFU Woodwards
THE DICK KNOST SHOW
Dir/Prod/Scr. Bruce Sweeney, Producer/Editor Rafi Spivak
Prod/Cast Tom Scholte (alumni & students fill out the ensemble cast)
Sept 29, 9:00pm, SFU Woodwards/Oct 9, 1:00pm, SFU
Woodwards/Oct 11, 9:15pm, The Cinematheque
LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN
Exec. Producer Mary Anne Waterhouse
Oct. 1, 6:45, Rio/Oct. 9, 3:45pm, SFU Woodwards
OIL SANDS KARAOKE
Director Charles Wilkinson
Oct. 4, 7:00, International Village/Oct. 6, 2:30pm, Vancity
Theatre/Oct 11, 1:30pm, SFU Woodwards
THAT BURNING FEELING
Prod Mary Anne Waterhouse, Cam James Liston
Sept 29 6:30pm, Rio/Oct 5, 4:00pm, SFU Woodwards,
Oct 11, 3:30pm, Rio
WHEN I WALK
Exec Prod Cari Green
Sept 28, 6:15pm, SFU Woodwards, Oct 3, 1:00pm,
MIMI & ME
Cam. Lindsay George
Oct. 1, 8:45pm, International Village
Oct 8, 12:15pm, Vancity Theatre
I SAW YOU
Director Mina Shum
Sept 29, 6:30pm, Rio/Oct. 5, 4:00pm, SFU
Woodwards/Oct 11 3:30pm, Rio
Dir. Gabriel Adelman, Cam. Ian holliday
Oct. 4, 9:00pm, SFU Woodwards
Oct. 11, 12:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Dir. Mark Ratzlaff, Prod. Nimisha Mukerji,
Cam. Lindsay George, Ed. Sabrina Pitre
Oct. 1, 845pm, International Village
Oct. 8, 12:15pm, Vancity Theatre
Richard Cook Retrospective Exhibition
OCT 5 & 6, 2013
Opening Sat 5-10pm SUN 12-5pm
"50 Years of Performing Arts and Design".
This exhibit will cover Richard Cook’s work as a Set & Costume designer for Theatre & Opera, & also as an Art Director for Film & TV over the last 50 years.
The works will be a compilation of some 150-200 colour drawings & production photographs which will be on display at the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL), Vancouver, in the Theatre space.
PAL is a vibrant community of people who have devoted their lives to Canadian culture, mostly in the Performing Arts, but also the Visual Arts.
There are regular theatre performances & exhibitions at PAL, and now for the first time there is to be an exhibition devoted entirely to the Performing Arts by one of the residents.
October 3 – 12
Speech and Debate
Studio 1398, Granville Island
The Georgia Straight gave a well deserved rave review to UBC grads in the hilarious comedy Speech and Debate. The show features the talents of Scott Button & Claire Hesselgrave (both BFA Acting alumni), Christina Dao & Craig Alfredson (BFA & MFA Design) and is directed by Brian Cochrane (MFA Directing).
“Performing comedy is all about commitment to weird logic, and the actors in this production of Speech and Debate go all the way. Claire Hesselgrave is a firecracker... timing, her changes of direction, are so whip-fast, they feel like they could break your neck. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a thorough and charismatic comic performance. She’s amazing.” - Colin Thomas
Don't miss this! Read the review in full here: http://www.straight.com
Oct 3 Nov 2
Arts Club Theatre
VENUS IN FUR
By David Ives
MFA Acting and BFA Directing alumnus David Mackay directs Venus in Fur.
Assistant director/dramaturg on the production is MA alumna Fannina Waubert de Puiseau. Set and lighting design is by adjunct professor John Webber.
Billed as a "kinky comedy" the play follows a young actress who wants to land the lead in Venus in Fur, a new play based on the infamous novel that inspired the term "masochism." During her charged audition for Thomas, the demanding writer-director, the role-playing turns into an erotically charged game.
Granville Island Stage artsclub.com
Prohibition Theatre’s Stone’s Throw Collective presents
Leo Butler’s Made of Stone
Set in Sheffield, England against the backdrop of an economic downturn, the play centres on three brothers coming to terms with their father's death. This six member ensemble cast confronts the trials and tribulations of life. With Kelly-Ruth Mercier (MFA Directing alumna) as Director, Amanda Larder (BFA Production and Design alumna), and Danielle Bourgon as Stage Manager (BA Theatre alumna) - a triple threat of great Theatre at UBC talent!
Studio 16, 1545 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
The Vancouver Fringe Festival is one of the largest theatre festival in British Columbia. Suffice to say, there are many UBC affiliated Fringe artists contributing to the 800+ performances.
"Death of a Playwright" is featured at Studio 16, located just off of Granville and 7th Avenue. It is written and directed by BA Theatre alumnus Matthew Willis and dramaturgy done by BA Theatre and English Literature student Paula Zelaya Cervantes.
The backstage and creative team includes BFA production and design students Ndola Hutton as the show's Stage Manager, Shelby Bushell as Costume Designer and Daniel Tessy as Production Designer.
Last but not least, the acting talent includes BA Theatre alumnus Caitlin Docking and BFA production and design student Jayda Paige Novak.
The show promises a look into theatre creation and the personalities that inevitably clash when dress rehearsals come down to the wire. Also, it promises ghosts.
Show details can be found at: http://www.vancouverfringe.com/show/13PMT5/
THIS IS NOT A PORNO!
A 45min outdoor roaming comedy at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival
At the Picnic Pavilion (by the Cat's Meow) on Granville Island
Every night, September 5-15 at 8:30pm
Wanted: Adventurous Extras needed to become part of our tumultuous feature film. Must be comfortable questioning reality and testing your humanity a midst physical violence, turbulent love, whirling feathers, music, and murders. Cookies will be provided.
TICKETS: $10/$12 http://www.vancouverfringe.com/show/13PO4/
Fiona Mongillo (UBC BFA Acting)
Keenan Johnston (UBC)
Andrea Rabinovitch (UBC instructor)
Zoe Green (UBC BFA)
The Stage Manager:
The Costume Designer:
Basha Ladovsky (UBC BFA)
UBC Arts and Culture District present
Tuesday, September 3rd, 10am-1pm – FREE!
Norman Mackenzie Fine Arts Plaza (beside Belkin Gallery, 1825 Main Mall) A free performing & visual arts event held as part of UBC’s campus-wide Imagine Day
Enjoy outdoor mini performances and get your hands dirty with interactive art installations. Visit advising tables to learn about UBC’s remarkable study options in the performing, creative and visual arts. Find out how to get low and no-cost student tickets to amazing cultural events on campus. Want to get in on the arts scene at UBC? Our student clubs are open to all, so come meet our cool club reps. Rub elbows with our returning students over free coffee, tea and snacks in our Artists Cafés. Don’t miss our Dean of Arts, Gage Averill, who performs at 11 am.
OUTDOOR STAGES at THE SCENE:
School of Music & Chan Centre: South Korean Traditional Percussion played by students, followed by a drumming procession. All led by Dr. Nathan Hesselink
Theatre at UBC: Traditional Poi performed by BFA Acting alumna Barbara Kozicki
Theatre at UBC: BFA Acting students musical preview of season opener Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle
School of Music: UBC Saxophonics led by Dr. Julia Nolan
Faculty of Arts: Dean of Arts Gage Averill performs songs of social change on guitar
Art History, Visual Art and Theory: Assistant Professor Dana Claxton raises awareness about the West Coast National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with an original performance piece
UBC Opera: Flash Mob performs Libiamo from La Traviata & Fugue from Falstaff directed by Vancouver Opera’s Leslie Dalia
Theatre at UBC: UBC Improv Club
- 12:00 UBC Player’s Club: An original stage adaptation of the cult classic videogame “The Legend of Zelda”
School of Music: UBC Saxophonics led by Dr. Julia Nolan
UBC Opera: Opera flash mob performs Libiamo from La Traviata & Fugue from Falstaff directed by Leslie Dalia
OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Interactive Painting Installation on Main Mall with the Visual Art Students’ Association | Advising: UBC Theatre & Film, School of Music, UBC Opera as well as Art History, Visual Art and Theory | More Student Clubs: CINEPHILE (Film Studies), Player’s Club (UBC’s Drama Club), UBC Theatre & Film Graduate Student Society | Info. Booth/Ticket contests: Museum of Anthropology, Belkin Gallery and Chan Centre
THE SCENE: Join us outdoors in the Norman Mackenzie Fine Arts Plaza, beside the Belkin Gallery at 1825 Main Mall
Map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=568 | WHEN: Tue. Sept. 3, 2013 10:00 am to 1:00 pm |More at www.thesceneubc.ca
(Photo from the UBC Archives: Official opening of new Frederic Wood Theatre, 19 Sept. 1963 -- L-R: Frederic Wood, UBC Chancellor Phyllis Ross, Dorothy Somerset, UBC President Norman Mackenzie)
UBC Theatre & Film Grad Student Meet & Greet
Friday, Sept. 6
3pm – 5pm
Onstage at the Frederic Wood Theatre
Grad students as well as faculty and staff of Theatre & Film at UBC are invited to a meet and greet on September 6th from 3-5pm on the stage of the Frederic Wood Theatre. The meeting will mark the official launch of the TFGSS (Theatre & Film Graduate Student Society) and will be a chance for grad students from the different programs in our department to get to know one another one another and mingle.
Location: Onstage stage at Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd. *Please enter through the lobby.
UBC MAP: http://bit.ly/94dLm6
More info: Kelsey Blair email@example.com
Premiering at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival, Excavation Theatre presents MEANWHILE written and directed by Jessica Nelson (BA Honours Theatre Alumna).
Help Blade, one-on-one, to rediscover and reconnect with the nature that’s all around us, within us, and created from our own roots.
Sculpture Grove, Granville Island, Vancouver BC
Performances nightly during the Vancouver Fringe Festival at 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm, and 10:30pm. | Tickets: $10-12 |
Box Office: vancouverfringe.com/show/13PO8/
Sept. 6 – 15, 2013 on Granville Island * An Onsite Production
Alumni at Bard on the Beach - June 12 to Sept. 14, 2013, Vanier Park
Bard on the Beach is one of Vancouver's most spectacular annual theatre events. Again this year many of our alumni contribute to the productions which are staged in beautiful Vanier Park.
Directing at "Bard' this season is MFA Theatre alumna and Adjunct Professor Rachel Ditor (Elizabeth Rex) as well as MFA Directing alumnus Dennis Garnhum (Twelfth Night) and BFA Acting alumnus John Murphy (Measure for Measure). The fourth show in the line up is Hamlet, directed by Kim Collier.
Recent MFA Directing grad Chelsea Haberlin is an Apprentice Director (Elizabeth Rex). Haberlin’s appointment was made possible in part by the UBC/Arts Club Theatre Production Internship Program.
The acting ensemble includes BFA Acting/MFA Directing alumna Lois Anderson (Measure for Measure - Ms. Overdone/Elizabeth Rex - Tardy) as well as Bill Dow (Twelfth Night - Sir Toby Beach/Hamlet - Claudius), BFA Acting alumnus David Mackay (Measure for Measure - Angelo/Elizabeth Rex - Cecil) and Naiomi Wright (Twelfth Night - Maria/Hamlet - Rosencrantz).
The creative team for the plays this year feature the work of BFA Design alumnus Drew Facey (Scenic Designer, Studio Stage), PhD Theatre alumnus Nicholas Harrison (Fight Director for the Festival), BFA Design alumnus Conor Moore (Production Designer, Hamlet) along with BFA Acting alumna Kelly Barker (Assistant Stage Manager for the BMO Mainstage).
We wish them and the entire company a wonderful summer!