2016 Festival

2016 BNPR Press Release

Vancouver, B.C. — For its 30th anniversary, UBC’s Brave New Play Rites Festival is premiering twelve short plays at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. The festival’s Staged Reading Series at PTC includes a panel talk on new play development with alumni of Brave New Play Rites and the UBC Creative Writing Program. The produced plays, written by BFA and MFA UBC Creative Writing students, are an ambitious collaboration between emerging and established directors and actors from our vibrant artistic community. Twenty-three writers, twelve directors, nearly thirty actors, and a four-member producing team create stories of profundity, hilarity, darkness, and chaos.

A broad and diverse range of voices and genres explore issues that range from the past, through the present and into the near future. Two childhood friends reminisce like a film being edited – remember, cut, reset, repeat. In a near future where technology built for the sharing of sensory memories has run rampant, one person struggles to remain free. Stories of intimacy and solitude are told through a bus ride, one for which the audience is invited on board, and onstage. A daughter struggles with childhood memories as she decides where to house her terminally ill mother. A woman runs into her old flame, Donald Trump.

See www.bravenew.ca for complete information about all the featured theatre artists and shows.


The festival is now in its 30th year! Second and third productions of BNPR scripts have been staged in New York, Toronto and Scotland. Many of the festival’s alumni have gone on to become prominent members of Vancouver’s artistic community, including Maureen Medved (The Tracey Fragments), Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine, Lowest Common Denominator), C.E. Gatchalian (Falling on Time, Broken), Jordan Hall (PTC Associate, Kayak) and Briana Brown (The Concessions, Touchstone Theatre).

FESTIVAL DATES: Productions, March 17-20, 2016

PROGRAM 1:                                        PROGRAM 2:

Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm                Friday, March 18, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 19, 2:00pm                Saturday, March 19, 7:30pm

Sunday, March 20, 7:30pm                   Sunday, March 20, 2:00pm

Staged Reading Series and Panel: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 12:00pm — 5:00pm (by donation).


  1. Staged Reading Series at PTC, 739 Gore Avenue, Vancouver BC
  2. Productions at Studio 1398 — 3rd Floor, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

TICKET PRICES: $20 adults, $15 students. For tickets, please click here.

BOX OFFICE & DIRECTIONS: https://bravenew.ca/tickets-directions/