2016/2017 Season of Theatre
Possible Worlds, by John Mighton
October 20 - 30, 2016
Directed by Noel Funk
Part science fiction, part murder mystery, and part love story, Possible Worlds opens with two detectives standing over the corpse of George Barber, whose scalp has beenremoved. Written by Governor General’s Award winning playwright (and mathematician) John Mighton, this mind-bending play follows George and his lover Joyce through a baffling series of parallel worlds, as Detectives Berkley and Williams track a serial killer who appears to be stealing brains.
7 Stories, by Morris Panych
November 24 - December 4, 2016
Directed by Natasha Beaumont and Courtney Kelley
“If you’re going to jump, then jump.”
Viewing life through an existential lens, Morris Panych’s play tells the story of a man who stands on a high-rise ledge deciding whether he should take a final leap. While hedeliberates, he witnesses an attempted murder, a heated artistic dispute, and some peculiar pre-wedding jitters as the building’s residents drag him into their bizarre and hilarious personal lives.
Bakkhai, by Euripides
March 9 - 19, 2017
Collaborative Direction and Design by Bruce Kirkley, Raina von Waldenburg, and Parjad Sharifi
In The Bakkhai, the Greek god Dionysus appears in human form to entreat Pentheus, the unyielding King of Thebes, to stop oppressing his female followers. When Pentheus refuses his request, Dionysus possesses his mind and compels him to seek out the Bakkhai’s sacred ceremonies in the hills above Thebes. Tragedy ensues when Pentheus is caught and Dionysus reveals himself in triumph. This contemporary interpretation of Euripides’ classic play will integrate Viewpoints, physical theatre, and digital projection.
Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)conciliation
April 6-9, 2017 at The Reach Gallery
April 20-23, 2017 at the Stó:lō Resource Centre
Directed by Phay Gagnon and Raina von Waldenburg
Grand Theft Terra Firma explores how S’ólh Téméxw - the traditional and unceded territories of the Stó:lō people - was colonized in the 1850s and 1860s and asks how that history is lived today, by people of both Indigenous and settler ancestry. Responding to the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this performance will be devised (created by the performers) and will ask challenging questions about the ongoing legacies of colonization in Canada and how reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people might be enacted.
UFV Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2015/2016 media sponsors.