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The Caucasian Chalk Circle
September 19 - October 5, 2013
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by James and Tania Stern with W.H. Auden
Original music by Richard Link
Directed by Stephen Heatley
Telus Studio Theatre
— Epic Theatre
"Terrible is the temptation to do good!" warns Bertolt Brecht's amiable narrator. In the heat of civil war a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. Their subsequent misadventures across her war-torn country become the heart of Brecht's playful parable, which calls into question our basic assumptions of right in a world that has gone wrong.
Brecht's 1945 adaptation of the Chinese play The Chalk Circle, written in 1300, speaks more directly to today's culture than do most modern political plays."
— Romantic Comedy
All the wit and romance of Jane Austen's novel comes to life in this fast-paced and engaging adaptation.
In a society where manners and birth mean everything, can Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy look beyond pride and prejudice to find true love? The subtleties and absurdities of Georgian England are astonishingly relevant today and Austen's characters captivate from their first line.
An exceptionally clear, funny and moving version of Austen's classic novel."
- Broadway World
— Documentary Theatre
UBC alumnus Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, Billy Bishop Goes to War) stars in this provocative docudrama about small town Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser versus biotech giant Monsanto Inc. Based on real events, Seeds leads us through a high-voltage labyrinth of political manoeuvering, patent wars, and cashfuelled science. Passionate and thought-provoking, this deft piece of theatrical storytelling is an intellectual and emotional tour de force. Think you know what’s on your plate? Think again.
Seeds is great journalism and even better theatre... brilliantly original."
- Montreal Gazette
— World Classic
The Seagull is a darkly comic tale of unrequited love - a story about how we create stories - and one of the greatest plays of the modern era. In it Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. Peter Gill’s luminous version brings the characters into sharp focus as they struggle with love, failure, success, generational friction and the challenge of creating something of value through art.
In Gill's translation the play has been flooded with light, like a room with the curtains drawn back."
- Sunday Times UK
— Absurdist Drama
In 1896 with the first word of Ubu Roi, "Merdre!" (“Shitter!”), Jarry’s satire about greed and the abuse of power was outlawed for its scandalous language, violence and disrespect for authority. With resonances of Macbeth and unflinching humour, Ubu Roi was an inspiration to later absurdist playwrights and it remains a challenge to the comfortable and conventional. The play’s uninhibited tastelessness is practically sublime.
Ubu Roi is timeless, placeless, it shamelessly displays what civilization tries hard to hide."
- Translator Barbara Wright
UBC OPERA SEASON
UBC OPERA • The Tales of Hoffman
November 7 - 10, 2013
By Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) | Sung in French with English Surtitles
Leslie Dala Conductor | Nancy Hermiston Director | Old Auditorium
If ever a man was unlucky at love, it’s Hoffmann, the wild-eyed poet who travels the world in search of the ideal woman and ends up thwarted by villains at every turn. Impossibly beautiful music (including the famous Barcarolle) combined with flamboyant theatricality — that’s why Offenbach’s extravaganza is the perfect way to chase away winter’s woes.
UBC OPERA • Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze
February 6-9, 2014
By Nino Rota (1911-1979) | Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
David Agler Conductor | Nancy Hermiston Director | Chan Centre
Cappello di paglia di Firenze is an exhilarating comedy based on the 19th century French farce which inspired Rene Clair’s classic silent film An Italian Straw Hat. Nino Rota – a celebrated composer of film music, including The Godfather and many films directed by Fellini – co-wrote the libretto for Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze and composed the music in 1945. His witty and brilliant satire on the petty conventions of respectable society is presented in the tradition of Rossini, Puccini and Verdi.
UBC OPERA • The Cunning Little Vixen
June 26-29, 2014
By Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) | Sung in Czech with English Surtitles
Norbert Baxa Conductor | Nancy Hermiston Director | Old Auditorium
Inspired by a comic strip and premiered in 1924, Leos Janácek and librettist Rudolf Tesnohlidek's The Cunning Little Vixen is an endearing and enlightened glance at the circle of life amongst a cast of woodland characters. Usually seen as a fairytale, this piece also provides us with a revealing insight into nature’s struggle to survive the devastating footprint of humanity.
Two Tales by Carlo Gozzi:
The Love of Three Oranges
The King Stag
These two one act plays are directed by MFA Alumnus Chris McGregor and feature our talented intermediate year BFA Acting students. This is a hilarious and sinister theatrical double feature. Expect a night of outrageous comedy intended for mature audiences.
Dorothy Somerset Studio, UBC
UBC OPERA The Tales of Hoffman.
UBC OPERA Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat).
THE 520’s Theatre at UBC MFA Directors test their mettle with two one-acts.
SYMPOSIUM & PERFORMANCE The Komagata Maru Incident.
UBC OPERA The Cunning Little Vixen.
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