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Tickets are on sale for the 32nd annual Brave New Play Rites Festival.

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From March 11th to March 18th, we’re bringing brand-new works to life at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. Staged Readings happen on Sunday, March 11th, while Full Productions take the stage on Thursday, March 15th.

All plays are written by UBC Creative Writing students. Members of the Vancouver theater community, along with UBC alumni, help bring the plays to life by helping with production and performing.

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2018 Directors and Program Order!

The time has come to announce how the Festival will be programmed this year, as well as the names of the brave souls who will be directing our Full Productions and Staged Reading! Hark:

Stage Readings [Program 1]
Director/Dramaturg: Frank Zotter

Not the Marrying Kind
playwright: Jen van Tassel

playwright: Seema  Amin

Twelve Minutes
playwright: Loghan Paylor

On the Rocks
playwright: Aidan Parker

playwright: Peter Takach

The Mermaid
playwright: Nayoung Jin

Broken Glasses, Broken Brain
playwright: Tze Liew

Stage Readings [Program 2]
Director/Dramaturg: Liesl Lafferty

Fountain Heads
playwright: Molly Cross-Blanchard

12 Steps
playwright: Sierra Wilson-Furr

Other Men
playwright: Patrick de Moss

playwright: Eleanor Panno

Santa and Lance
playwright: Zorn Rose

playwright: Emily Peck

Full Production [Program 3]
Producer: Andrey Summers

Witch in the Woods
playwright: Lane Matravers
director: Shelby Bushell

playwright: Laura Harris
director: Allyson Fournier

The Fall
playwright: Celeste Cadieux-Rey
director: Britt MacLeod


Space Date
playwright: Aryn Davidson
director: Emily Peck

Escape from the Theater of the Absurd
playwright: Tommy Partl
director: Jenny Larson

Full Production [Program 4]
Producer: Tommy Partl

playwright: Andrey Summers
director: Fiona Revill

Saturday’s for the Boys
playwright: Rachael McDaniel
director: Madelaine Walker

Graves in Plain Sight
playwright: Issie Patterson
director: Sidney Klips


playwright: Nicola Wanless
director: Daniel Tessy

The Blank Page
playwright: Nico McEown
director: Nathan Smith

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AUDITION CALL – Sun Jan 14 and Mon Jan 15

Now in its 32nd year, the University of British Columbia presents the Brave New Play Rites Festival, premiering twenty-four short plays at Studio 1398 on Granville Island.

We are seeking fifteen female actors and fifteen male actors for our Full Productions and Staged Readings Series.

The plays are 10 to 15 minutes each.

Please note; we are only able to cast Non-Union actors.

Essential Dates:

  • Wed Jan 10: Audition Request Deadline – 17:00
  • Sun Jan 14: Auditions – 12:00 to 19:00
  • Mon Jan 15: Auditions – 18:00 to 20:30
  • Tue Jan 23: Confirm Casting
  • Wed Jan 24 to Sun Mar 11: Full Productions book rehearsals with directors – 15-25 hours
  • Sun Jan 28 to Sun Mar 04: Free Rehearsal Space Available – 12:00 to 17:00
  • Mon Jan 29 to Mon Mar 05: Free Rehearsal Space Available – 18:00 to 20:30
  • Sun Feb 11: Staged Reading Rehearsal – 12:00 to 17:00
  • Sun Mar 04: Staged Reading Rehearsal – 12:00 to 17:00
  • Sun Mar 11: Staged Readings Series – 13:00 and 16:00
  • Mon Mar 12 to Sat Mar 18: Full Productions Technical and Performance Schedule

If you are selected to audition, please:

  • Prepare one contemporary monologue, less than two minutes. (No Classical monologues, please.)
  • There will be many directors in attendance, please expect at least one redirect during your audition.
  • Indicate your top two preferred audition time slots from the following four; Sun Jan 14 at 13:00-15:0015:00-17:00or 17:00-19:00, or Mon Jan 15 at 18:00 to 21:00
  • Auditions will take place at the UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street (at Keefer).
  • You will be contacted beginning Wed Dec 27 to confirm your audition time slot.

How to Apply:

Please include your name, phone number, a 50 word biography, recent headshot and your curriculum vitae.
Please put ‘AUDITION REQUEST’ in the email subject line.

Deadline for Applications:
Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 12:00 Noon
Late submissions will not be considered.
Due to the number of submissions, only those invited to audition will be contacted.

All are welcome to apply.
We look forward to hearing from you.

-The 2018 Production Team

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2018 Program Lineup Announced!

We’re very excited to announce the plays and playwrights chosen for 2018’s Festival. Congratulations to everyone selected!

Stage Reading Program, March 11, 2018
(listed alphabetically by playwright’s last name)

by Seema  Amin

Fountain Heads
by Molly Cross-Blanchard

Other Men
by Patrick de Moss

The Mermaid
by Nayoung Jin

Broken Glasses, Broken Brain
by Tze Liew

by Eleanor Panno

On the Rocks
by Aidan Parker

Twelve Minutes
by Loghan Paylor

by Emily Peck

Santa and Lance
by Zorn Rose

by Peter Takach

Not the Marrying Kind
by Jen van Tassel

12 Steps
by Sierra Wilson-Furr

Full Production Program, March 15-18, 2018

The Fall
by Celeste Cadieux-Rey

Space Date
by Aryn Davidson

by Laura Harris

Witch in the Woods
by Lane Matravers

Saturday’s for the Boys
by Rachael McDaniel

The Blank Page
by Nico McEown

Escape from the Theater of the Absurd
by Tommy Partl

Graves in Plain Sight
by Issie Patterson

by Andrey Summers

by Nicola Wanless

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We’re Back, and Hiring!

Brave New Play Rites is back for its 32nd year of staging and reading new work written by UBC Creative Writing students and produced at Studio 1398 on Granville Island!

We’re very excited to spin the wheels of production back up, but to do that we need to fill some positions.

Thus, below please find the job postings for Directors, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers and Lighting & Sound Designers who will help make the 2018 Festival as memorable and impactful as Brave New always is!

If you’re interested, details on how to apply are within the postings. Good luck!





-The 2018 Production Team

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Look Out for Brave New Play Rites 2018!

Brave New Audition Call ImageWhat an incredibly successful Brave New Play Rites 2017. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible cast, crew, playwrights, and supportive audience. So thank you to all who were involved in the 2017 Festival.

It is now time to start looking forward to our next year’s festival!

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 2018 Festival we will have plenty of opportunities. Our calls for Director, Stage Management, and Designer positions will be posted at the end of October 2017.

Auditions will occur in mid-January 2018.  We will post more details about our Auditions later in the year. We also will have many volunteer opportunities for those who want to support this amazing Festival.

For now, stay on top of all things Brave New by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

And feel free to email us at for further information.


All the best,
BNPR 2017 Production Team

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Tickets Now On Sale

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Tickets to the 2017 Brave New Play Rites Festival are now available.


Detailed pricing and instructions for booking tickets online are available here. Tickets

Hope to see you there

-BNPR Production Team

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