14mar(mar 14)7:00 pm23(mar 23)9:00 pmRhinoceros

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University of the Fraser Valley
School of Creative Arts

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. UFV Theatre presents Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco

The highly anticipated play, Rhinoceros, directed by assistant professor Parjad Sharifi, will be performing from March 14 – 23, 2024. This will be the second production of UFV Theatre’s 2023-2024 season and it will challenge audience’s to consider the state of the world and issues regarding conformism and complacency.

Presented by the UFV SOCA Acting and Production Classes, 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.

The student cast features Kyle Pagulyan, Owen Occleshaw, Jessica Blanchard, Marc Cretien, Chloe Loewen, Alvin Swarup, Liam Troan, Harshit Sharma, Grae Markiw, Abbye Mozsar, Eden Verster, Braydan Dades, Abdullah Hamid, and Beatrice Frenette.

The student design team includes Hayley Bamford (set designer), Taya Viger (props designer/builder), Doris Huang (lighting designer), Franco Ruiz de Castilla (projection designer), Vikash Gill (sound designer), Sterling Kai Pollock (costume designer), and CJ Rafter (hair and makeup designer). They are supported by production crew members Christopher Benedicto (stage manager), Samerpreet Singh (ASM), Asha Thapa (assistant costume designer), Brooklyn Doornbos (running crew/dresser), Adam Nelson (sound assistant/board operator), Prabhnoor Singh (lighting assistant/board operator).

Students are also mentored by UFV production class instructor and technical coordinator Jared Raschke, wardrobe manager Heather Robertson, and production manager Giuseppe Condello.

Performances will be held in the Performance Studio, Building D, 105, Abbotsford Campus, University of the Fraser Valley, 33844 King Road.

Cost: $5 for students, $10 for the public.

Opening night: Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm.
Regular performances:
Friday, March 15 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm

Seat reservations are available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rhinoceros-tickets-789273487247?aff=erelexpmlt

Please be advised that early reservations via Eventbrite are encouraged as seating will be extremely limited. All bookings can be made through Eventbrite and seat registration ends 2 hours before the performance start times. Performances will be held in the Performance Studio, Building D, 105, Abbotsford Campus, University of the Fraser Valley, 33844 King Road.

Contact soca@ufv.ca for inquiries.

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About the 2022-2023 Season of Theatre at UFV

Directors’ Showcase 2024
April 2024

The Directors’ Showcase is the final project presented by UFV Theatre’s fourth-year Directing Theatre class and is a chance for students to apply everything they have learned in the course. The shows being presented this year are:

• Trifles by Susan Glaspell (directed by Brian Cahill)
• Murder by Midnight by Jeff Goode (directed by Sarah Byers)
• Twitch by Stephen Gregg (directed by Sterling Kai Pollock)
• The Wedding Story by Julianne Homokay (directed by Doris Huang)
• Bringing Up Lester by Stephen Bittrich (directed by Taya Viger)
• The Yellow Wallpaper by Bren McPhee (directed by Bren McPhee)

For more information about UFV Theatre productions visit https://ufv.ca/plays/



14 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - 23 (Saturday) 9:00 pm


University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road


University of the Fraser Valley School of Creative Arts

theatre@ufv.ca or call the box office at 604-795-2814 Abbotsford Campus University of the Fraser Valley 33844 King Road

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