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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: UBC Players Club Festival Dionysia

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: UBC Players Club Festival Dionysia

Greetings, players.

Next semester, the UBC Players’ Club will be producing the 6th Annual Festival Dionysia for our mainstage production!

We will begin accepting submissions of original scripts for production on November 12th, 2016. Scripts must be a maximum of 20 minutes long.

We will also be accepting applications for directors, as well as published work proposals, at the same time.

Deadline for both applications is November 21st.

Click here for the Director & Optional Play Proposal form.

Click here for the Original Script Submission form.

Please email the completed form to productions@ubcplayersclub.com. We love forward to reading them!

UBC Players Club Presents: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

UBC Players Club Presents: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

Greetings, players!

We are now only a few weeks away from the opening night of our mainstage production: the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar directed by Gavan Cheema!

The show will be running from November 9th to the 14th, with evening shows at 7pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm. There will be no show on November 11th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Play Reading on the 14th: COPPER THUNDERBIRD by Marie Clements

Play Reading on the 14th: COPPER THUNDERBIRD by Marie Clements

This week, the UBC Players Club is hosting a play reading of Marie Clements’s spellbinding drama  Copper Thunderbird from 3-6pm on Friday, in NEST 2521.

Copper Thunderbird acts out the life, times, and struggles of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau, a Grand Shaman hailed as the Father of Contemporary Native Art and “Picasso of the North.” These accolades, however, do not come without cost. Clements interweaves Morrisseau’s everyday struggles to become accepted and retain his identity in a Western-dominated art world with his tumultuous spiritual journey to the heart of his cultural traditions.

“The Shape of a Girl” at the Dorothy Somerset Studio

“The Shape of a Girl” at the Dorothy Somerset Studio

Greetings, players!

Come join us on October 27th for a presentation of Joan MacLeod’s The Shape of a Girl, directed by Elana Mabrito and starring Anni Ramsay, two key members of the UBC Players Club.

The show will be followed by a brief talkback where we discuss the issues that arise in the text. We are interested in using the power of theatre and performance as a way to facilitate change. We hope that you’ll join us for an evening of theatre and conversation!

Mainstage Production Update

Mainstage Production Update

Greetings, players!

Thanks to everyone who came out and auditioned for Disgraced! We now have the show fully cast and would like to thank all the guests who came to our successful workshop! We are excited to show the play to you all in November.

If you emailed us about working backstage, we haven’t forgotten you. We’re just figuring out right now where we most need the help, and you’ll hear from us soon.

 

Play Reading on the 30th: THE DUCHESS OF MALFI by John Webster

Play Reading on the 30th: THE DUCHESS OF MALFI by John Webster

This week, the UBC Players Club is holding a reading of the classic Jacobean tragedy The Duchess of Malfi, written by John Webster in 1613. The reading will be held on Friday the 30th from 3-6pm in I.K. Barber 461.

One of the masterpieces of 17th-century drama, The Duchess of Malfi tells the chilling tale of how a love story transformed into a nightmare. When the widowed Duchess of Malfi decides to remarry below her station, her two brothers set out to destroy her and claim her inheritance for themselves. What follows is a brutal and blood-soaked tragedy showcasing the conflicts and paradoxes of class, power, and gender in Jacobean England during the final years of Shakespeare.

 

Play Reading on the 16th

Play Reading on the 16th

This Friday, the UBC Players’ Club is reading the first part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner. Set during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, Angels in America follows the lives of a gay couple in a New York, a closeted Mormon clerk and his wife, and a powerful Republican lawyer as their relationships unravel and reform in the face of a looming apocalypse of Biblical proportions.

The reading will be from 3-6pm on the 16th in Irving K. Barber 461, which is in the Nass Reading Room on the fourth floor. Snacks will be provided. The play reading will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Players’ Club at Wreck Beach, so anyone at the reading can come down afterward if they want and end the day with bonfires and campfire songs.

 

 

General Meeting at Wreck Beach

General Meeting at Wreck Beach

Salutations, thespians!

The UBC Players Club is welcoming the new year with a bonfire at Wreck Beach, happening this Friday the 16th at 7 PM. This Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be a fantastic opportunity for the whole club to get together, hang out, sing campfire songs, and get to know each other before the semester’s events get underway.

We’ll be meeting up at 6:30 PM in NEST 3206 to go down to the beach, but people are free to arrive at any time. We’ll be bringing snacks, and everyone is encouraged to bring food and refreshment if they’re so inclined.

We hope you’ve all had a wonderful first week back and are excited at seeing you on Friday!

 

CALL FOR ACTORS AND CREW – 2016 Fall Mainstage Production

CALL FOR ACTORS AND CREW – 2016 Fall Mainstage Production

Hello friends,

The UBC Players Club is seeking actors and crew members for their upcoming fall production! Auditions will be held from September 16th-18th!

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar is more than just a play, it’s a witty and eloquent sociopolitical statement. The play enters the world of Amir and Emily and post 9/11 New York. The gripping text pulls you into a dinner party they have with their friends which quickly gets heated as religion and politics simmer to the surface. Through the journey and dialogue of the diverse characters, the audience is presented with themes like Islamaphobia and the self-identity of Muslim-Americans. By taking part in this production you will be challenging yourself as well as the current Islamaphobic rhetoric growing around the world. Disgraced is your chance to not only be a part of a beautifully written play but also to be a part of an initiative that forces people to think about the current political climate and the negative ramifications it has on our community.

If you are interested in auditioning (and we hope you are), please send the following information to productions@ubcplayersclub.com before September 15th:

– Your full name
– Phone Number
– Headshot or clear photo of yourself
– A list of your previous acting experience (if applicable)
– Your preferred audition date and any availability restrictions for that day

For the audition, you will be asked to prepare a short dramatic monologue (max. 2 mins)

There will be cold reads available, but we strongly suggest preparing something beforehand. Physical copies of your acting experience and photo are not required at the audition. However, we do ask that you arrive 10 MINUTES EARLY to your audition.

If you are interested in working crew we are looking for Lighting, Set, Costume, Prop and Sound Designers. Please send the following to productions@ubcplayersclub.com before September 18th.

– Your full name
– Phone Number
– Your portfolio (if applicable)
– A copy of your resume (if applicable)

Keep in mind that we may ask for an interview with the director before positions are given.

The Player’s Club is very excited to facilitate this very relevant and important piece of theatre. Due to the intense nature of the piece ALL cast/crew members will be asked to participate in a workshop on September 25th!

We hope to see you at auditions!

The Orbweaver at the Vancouver Fringe!

The Orbweaver at the Vancouver Fringe!

Greetings, players!

This fall, the UBC Players Club is co-producing a show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival: The Orbweaver, by Mexican playwright and UBC alumnus Paula Zelaya Cervantes, running from September 9-18th on the Revue Stage!

First conceived in 2014, this play has since been developed extensively in Mexico. We are thrilled to be presenting this international production to a Canadian audience alongside Once Once Producciones and the Quimera Theatre Collective.

A black comedy and twisted Mexican fairy tale all rolled into one, The Orbweaver tells the story of a boy and girl who fall in love. The girl is a lover of all things lively and bright, while the boy is Death’s own personal assistant. They can only be together when someone dies. Shadow puppets, magic and murder will all combine in this exciting showcase of international talent!

You can buy tickets here!

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in the year ahead!