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2023-2024 Season

University of the Fraser Valley Theatre is pleased to announce its 2023-24 Season of Theatre, with an exciting lineup of performances. Students will explore global issues through classic plays and original performances in this engaging and informative season.

In Fall 2023, UFV Theatre will participate in the Climate Change Theatre Action with a series of pop-up performances fostering dialogue about the climate crisis and will host the SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL, a Fringe-inspired performance event. This season will feature Eugene Ionesco’s well-known absurdist play, Rhinoceros, and will close with the Emerging Directors’ Showcase, presented by UFV Theatre’s fourth-year directing class in conjunction with the Interpret Festival.

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Climate Change Theatre Action

November 20-24 & December 1-2, 2023

Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide production of short plays about climate change, presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations’ COP meetings. In this globally distributed theatre festival, fifty professional playwrights are commissioned to write original works, and people around the world will present these five-minute plays to raise awareness and generate conversations about climate change. UFV Theatre will be staging pop-up readings and performances of these plays around the Abbotsford campus during the week of November 21. 2023 will mark the third year that UFV Theatre has participated in the Climate Change Theatre Action.


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Tuesday November 21st

D104 - 11:00am Movement for Living (THEA 210)

The Movement for Living class will be presenting movement-based works centered around select pieces from the 2023 Climate Change Theatre Action catalogue.

"We Almost Died, Waiting" by Chris Thorpe

"Natchtflug" by Nathan Ellis

"Now: Part 1" by Wren Brian

“Now: Part 2” by Wren Brian

"Duet" by Annie Furman


D105 & D115 - 2:00pm Digital Performance (THEA 311)

The Digital Performance class will be presenting digital performances through the use of digital media elements such as VR, Motion Capture and Projections inspired by select pieces from the 2023 Climate Change Theatre Action catalogue.

“Beginnings” by Andrea Ling (D105)

“Undertow” by Keith Barker (D115)         

“Tree People” by Heidi Kraay (D105)


Thursday November 23rd

D104 - 10:30am Acting Skills for Work and Life (THEA 111)

The Acting Skills for Work and Life class will be presenting staged readings of select pieces from the 2023 Climate Change Theatre Action catalogue.

“The Returning” by Emma Gibson

“A Hummingbird’s Ululation” by Aleya Kassam

“Wild Parsnips” by Tira Palmquist

“Types” by Jessica Huang

“Magical Fungai in Times Square” by Chantal Bilodeau

“A & B’s Excellent Spring Break Adventure, or Loss and Damages” by Joan Lipkin

“Now” by Wren Brian

“That’s the Late Night Show” by Vitor Jatob

“Back in Synch with Spring” by Himali Kothari


Friday December 1st @7pm & Saturday December 2nd @6pm

Presented by: Taya Viger, Han Wood, Raven Turchinetz, Hazel Franklin, Bella Dimanno

“Undertow” by Keith Barker

“Magical Fungai in Times Square” by Chantal Bilodeau

“Beginnings” by Andrea Ling

“You Are Not Alone” by Nicole Pschetz


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Spotlight Festival

December 1 & 2, 2023

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This Fringe-style event will celebrate the end of the fall semester with back-to-back performances by talented Theatre students. Students from production, acting and performance classes will showcase the skills they've learned in their classes in this free showcase!

This year the festival is proud to present a double feature of student work!


You Are Not Alone - Friday, December 1, 7:00pm & Saturday, December 2, 6:00pm 

The Hideout - Friday, December 1, 6:00pm & Saturday, December 2, 7:00pm

You Are Not Alone

A selection of plays from this year’s Climate Change Theatre Action catalogue presented by theatre student collaborators; Taya Viger, Raven Turchinetz, Han Wood, Hazel Franklin, and Bella Dimanno.

Of this year’s CCTA catalogue, the group will be presenting:

Undertow by Kieth Barker

Magical Fungi in Times Square by Chantal Bilodeau

Beginnings by Andrea Ling

You Are Not Alone  by Nicole Pschetz

The Hideout

What do 2 German soldiers in Nazi Germany have in common with 2 Jewish sisters? Hatred, perhaps, but that’s not the only thing. With their whole company now outmaneuvered by the progressing Allied Forces, Corp. Hofle and Pvt. Keppler resort to abandoning their post and finding refuge in house downtrodden with ruin, loss and desolation. But they are not the only ones there. They are not even the first ones there. The 2 Jewish sisters, Edith and Emma, hunkered down in this old house now share something more than just hate with these soldiers- the confines of their hideout. Rife with apprehension, the quartet confront, contend and commiserate, among themselves about their purpose, duty and fate. The play explores sentiments that bear resemblance to the 21st century anti-work movement, echoing the idea that freedom lies not just in resisting the work that goes against ones values but also in actively pursuing work that aligns with one's heart.

Written and Directed by Shivam Duggal

Stage Managed by Lisa Patetta

ASM and Props by Christopher Benedicto

Set and Lighting Design by Rebecca Walsh

Sound Design by Doris Huang

Starring Nik De Leon, Sabrina Morgan, Shivam Duggal, and Braydan Dades

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Illustration of four human shadows following each other. Between the third and the fourth, you can see a rhinoceros with an armour on this back.


March 14-23, 2024

Written by Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Parjad Sharifi

Rhinoceros is a humorous and absurdist masterwork by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959. The play comments on the dangers of conformity and acts as a metaphor to depict the rise of fascism and totalitarian ideologies. Rhinoceros challenges audiences to ask critical existential questions about human will and responsibility in today's global crisis. Set in a small French town, the play centers around the character Berenger, an everyman figure who is initially presented as a slacker and outsider. As the play progresses, the town is gradually taken over by rhinoceroses. Berenger finds himself increasingly isolated and powerless as he watches his friends and fellow citizens succumb to a bizarre transformation. 

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Emerging Director's Showcase

April 2024

Facilitated by Shelley Liebembuk

The Emerging Directors’ Showcase is 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, from broad physical comedy to thought-provoking drama, and from movement-based devised work to explorations of performance art.

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