Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Released by Nipuni Sedara, UFV
University of the Fraser Valley's Theatre department will once again
challenge and engage audiences as it presents its 2014/15 Season of Theatre.
Three exceptional plays have been chosen to inspire and entertain local
audiences. All productions will be held in the performance theatre on the
Chilliwack North campus, at the corner of Yale and Airport roads in
Show 1 - Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk
Set in the years leading up and during the First World War, this poignant
and critically acclaimed play tells a compelling story of love and courage.
It begins in pre-war France when Stephen, a young Englishman, falls into a
passionate and dangerous love affair with the beautiful Isabelle. As the war
begins, Stephen must lead his men through the Battle of the Somme. He clings
to the memory of Isabelle as the world explodes around him. This stunning
piece of theatre speaks to contemporary audiences about the power of memory
and longing. Based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulk, and adapted
for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff, Birdsong will be directed by Raïna van
Waldenburg, a UFV Theatre instructor. The show will run October 15-26, 2014.
Show 2 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Dramatized with flair and wit in a version first performed by the Royal
Shakespeare Company, this adaptation of the ageless story captures Dickens'
ironic point of view and creates a panoramic view of Victorian London. Enjoy
this innovative telling of a timeless holiday tale. Adapted for the Royal
Shakespeare Company by John Mortimer, and directed by Paul Gélineau,
Director of the Academy of Fight Directors Canada and UFV Theatre
instructor, A Christmas Carol runs December 10-21, 2014.
Show 3 - Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Envy, betrayal, and power collide in Shakespeare's greatest political
thriller. What if the assassination of Julius Caesar had occurred in the
digital age? In this contemporary adaptation of Julius Caesar, the play's
intense examination of rumour mongering and political machinations meets the
spin of 21st century technologies. The performance weaves digital
projection, interactive social media, telepresence, and virtual reality into
an immersive, multimedia environment where truth becomes opinion and power
forsakes justice in a relentless pursuit to control the message. Not to be
missed, Julius Caesar will be directed by UFV theatre department head Bruce
Kirkley and runs March 4-15, 2015.
The 20th Annual Directors' Theatre Festival
D-Fest, as it affectionately known, features a plethora of one-act plays,
ranging through the tried and true to original works created by UFV and
visiting students, all performed and directed by some of the most talented
post- secondary theatre students in BC. Runs April 22 to 26, 2015.
For more information on the 2014/15 UFV Season of Theatre or to purchase
season tickets, please call 604-795-2814 or email
here or visit online
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