UFV Theatre presents Pariah (The Outcast) — March 24-27

Sarah Wack as Ms. Y

The University of the Fraser Valley School of Creative Arts with UFV Theatre presents the second production of their 2020-2021 season, Pariah (The Outcast) by August Strindberg, directed by UFV faculty member Parjad Sharifi.

Pariah (The Outcast) tells a mysterious psychological story about an American traveler and an archaeologist with contrasting moral beliefs, and their Darwinian battle of survival. In this one-act play, the story escalates as dark criminal secrets are threatened to be revealed, and both characters create their own moralities in a Nietzschean conversation about justice and punishment. Author August Strindberg was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, and heavily influenced by Nietzsche’s perspectivist ideas that truth is relative to one’s experiences and interpretations, and these beliefs are very evident in Pariah (The Outcast).
Responding to the challenges presented by the pandemic, UFV Theatre will continue to create and present this work as live-stream performances via Zoom.
“Our UFV Theatre production team is very passionate about keeping theatre alive during the pandemic, and the faculty and staff are working extremely hard to deliver the best possible student learning outcomes,” says Sharifi. “Since the work is interdisciplinary, we strive to include digital performance literature and film techniques to develop innovative ideas about online digital storytelling.”

Sarah Wack as Ms Y and Ashy Pearl as Mrs. X.

Production designers include Heather Robertson (costume design) and Makayla Pollock (Hair and Makeup Assistant, student), while Emylee Letourneau takes the role of stage manager. Actors include Ashy Pearl (Mrs. X) and Sarah Wack (Ms. Y).

Performances: March 24, 25, and 26, 2021 at 7 pm and March 27, 2021 at 2 pm.

Post-performance talkbacks will occur after every show. They promise to enhance audience members’ understanding of the performance. Performances will be held via Zoom and are free of charge. Please email theatre@ufv.ca for information on how to attend this Zoom production.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite.

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