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Array Frederic Wood Theatre
Blood
Relations Second Stage
THE ALTERNATIVE THEATRE
MOVEMENT IN CANADA
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FREDERIC
University of British Columbia
WOOD
THEATRE
THE CRUCIBLE
Frederic Wood Theatre
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Stanley Weese
November 12-22
presents
Blood
THE SCHOOL
FOR WIVES
by Moliere
Directed by
John Brockington
January 14 - 24
THE WINTER'S TALE
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by William Shakespeare
Director to be announced
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March 4 -14
■        PHONE 228-2678        ■
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j>naron
Pollock
Sharon Pollock
Lecture
Delusions, Illusions and
Reality
Sponsored by Committee on
Lectures and the Departments of
Theatre and English
directed by
Charles Siegel
Tuesday, September 23
Frederic Wood Theatre
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1 Frederic Wood Theatre 1
Magazine
PUBLISHER
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September 17-27
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1986
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BLOOD Rl
Sharon
Directed by Charles Siegel
Set and Costumes designed by
Brian H. Jackson
Lighting designed by
Douglas Welch
CAST
THE ACTRESS (who will play Lizzie) Susan Elworthy
MISS LIZZIE (who will play Bridget) Cynthia Ford
HARRY (Mrs. Borden's brother) Michael Fera
EMMA (Lizzie's older sister) Kathleen Wright
ABIGAIL (Lizzie's stepmother) Tanja Dixon-Warren
ANDREW (Lizzie's father) Dennis Kuss
DR. PATRICK (also the defense lawyer)   Neil Gallagher
Setting: The Borden house in Fall River, Massachusetts
Sunday afternoon, 1902
There will be one intermission of 10 minutes.
-SPEC
HOMECOM
AN ORIGINAL REVUE BY ERIC NICOL
"MAKING THE POINT" |
Under the auspices of President David W. Strangway, Theatre, Athletics and the |
Alma Mater Society are co-operating in the presentation of a lighthearted look at '
the history of the University of British Columbia. Making The Point by Eric Nicol
will be performed for a limited engagement only — October 18 to 25 (except
Sunday).
John Brockington will direct, John Gray will provide the musical accompaniment,
the cast will consist of well known theatre graduates and each evening will feature
several famous U.B.C. alumni as comperes.
As well as the personal satisfaction you will enjoy by contributing to our
scholarship fund, the Gala evenings will feature: special guests, champagne, caviar
and canapes before the show and at intermission: special programmes and
souvenirs, a party on stage after the show, and your namefs) on a special plaque to
be installed in the Frederic Wood Theatre Lobby ELATIONS
Pollock
PRODUCTION
Technical Director   Ian Pratt
Properties Sherry Darcus
Costume Supervisor Rosemarie Heselton
Set Construction Don Griffiths, John Henrickson
Lighting Operator Bonnie Beecher
Sound Operator Robert Eberle
Stage Manager Siobhan Ryan
Assistant Stage Manager Julie Akers
Wardrobe   Jannette BijdeA^aate
Dance Choreography Bruce Dow
Scene Painters   Don Davis, Jean Kempinsky, Robert Moser
Costume Cutter Charlotte Burke
Wigs Terry Kuzyk
Makeup Cynthia Johnston
House Manager Johnna Wright
Box Office Michael Fera, Carol Fisher, Linda Humphries
Business Manager Marjorie Fordham
Production Norman Young
Vocal Coach   Rod Menzies
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Justin Marples    Errol Durbach    Kathryn Bracht
Studio 58    Theatre Calgary
CIAL	
4ING EVENT
Schedule of Performances:
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$100 per ticket
Monday,         October 20
$ 20. per ticket
Tuesday,         October 21
$ 20. per ticket
Wednesday,    October 22
$ 20. per ticket
Thursday,        October 23
$ 20. per ticket
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For further information phone
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University of British Columbia
Department of Theatre
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A Note On The Author
"If 1 didn't write plays," Sharon Pollock mused in a 1980
interview, "I would be in jail, I'm sure. I see my work as an attack
on society. Not an abusive attack, but a creative form of
criticism." For fifteen years, in a career that has brought her to the
forefront of Canadian theatre, Pollock has consistently focused
her dramatic lens on the evils men and women do in the name of
Necessity, the betrayals they wreak to preserve the status quo,
and the resulting carnage. Using multiple levels of chronology
and perspective she examines the lives of those victimized by the
Realpolitik of families or government and those, like Lizzie
Borden, who finally refuse to be victims.
Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1936, Pollock started
acting while at university and later won a Best Actress award at
the Dominion Drama Festival. In 1967, pregnant with her sixth
child, she wrote her first play, A Compulsory Option, which won
the Alberta Playwriting Competition. Now living in Vancouver,
Pollock developed through the New Play Centre the work that
established her national reputation, Walsh, first performed at
Theatre Calgary in 1973. Chronicling the four years that Sitting
Bull and the Sioux spent in Canada in flight from the American
Army after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the play centres not
on the great Sioux chief but on the NWMP officer trapped
between his duty to his uniform and his sense of natural justice.
A similar perspective governs nearly all Pollock's other major
plays. In The Komagata Maru Incident (1976J, written during her
productive four-year association with the Vancouver Playhouse,
she shows us the institutional racism of Canadian authority
turned against a boatload of would-be Sikh immigrants by
dramatizing the actions of a middle-level bureaucrat in a
Vancouver brothel. A bloody hostage-taking at the B.C. Pen
becomes the story of the female rehabilitation officer who is its
primary casualty in One Tiger to a Hill (Edmonton, 1980). Pollock's
most recent stage work, the autobiographical Doc (Calgary, 1984),
reveals through a daughter fully implicated in all its devastation
the ravages of a family ruled by a patriarchal, authoritarian order
that is the domestic equivalent — as is the Borden household —
of the other plays' political landscapes.
The Lizzie Borden play was one of Pollock's last projects in
1976 before leaving Vancouver for Alberta where she has lived,
written, taught and directed ever since. Originally titled My Name
Is Lisbeth, it premiered at New Westminster's Douglas College
with Pollock herself in the title role. The revised and retitled
Blood Relations saw its first production at Edmonton's Theatre 3
in 1980. Blood Relations has gone on to become one of the most
successful and frequently produced Canadian plays of the
decade, and winner of the Governor General's Literary Award in
1981. It is the play that epitomizes the passionate, vividly
theatrical "creative criticism" which is Sharon Pollock's
distinctive gift to the Canadian stage.
— Jerry Wasserman A Note On The Play
One August morning in 1892, Andrew Borden (the richest man
in Fall River, Massachusetts) and his second wife, Abigail, were
brutally murdered in their own home. Each received over 10 axe
blows to the head. Andrew's 32 year old daughter from his first
marriage, Lizzie, was in the eight-room house while the murders
were committed. She claimed she heard nothing. No murderer
was seen entering or leaving the house. No axe was found. There
was no blood on Lizzie's clothes.
In her book, Women Who Kilt, Ann Jones presents a
provocative analysis of problems that Lizzie Borden posed for the
Victorian society around her:
"Feminists were concerned, quite correctly, that Lizzie Borden
would not get a fair trial from a jury of men — although they did
not foresee that the unfairness would swing in her favor.... For the
men of the Borden court shared — in addition to a host of fears
— a body of beliefs about true womanhood ...: ladies aren't
strong enough to swing a two-pound hatchet hard enough to
break a brittle substance one-sixteenth of an inch thick. Ladies cry
a lot. Ladies love to stay at home all the time. Ladies are ceaselessly grateful to men — fathers or husbands — who support
them. Ladies never stand with their legs apart. Ladies cannot plan
more than a few minutes ahead. Ladies' conversation arises from
ignorance, hysteria, overenthusiasm, or the inability to use the
language properly, and in any case, is not to be taken seriously ....
The support that Lizzie Borden received from religious and social
woman's clubs and from ... leaders of the suffrage campaign ...
must have amplified the fears men already felt as husbands,
fathers, patriarchs. Society seemed to be coming unglued."
The jury seemed to find that a conviction would question too
many of the basic assumptions of their society. So, Lizzie was
acquitted. The Borden murders became a classic "unsolved
mystery". Of course, most people really thought she did it, and
Lizzie was stuck in a limbo of guilt and innocence. Excluded from
polite society, she stayed in Fall River but spent most of the rest
of the 35 years of her life in relative seclusion. The one time that
she became more active socially was when she became involved
with Nance O'Neill, an actress who was famous for playing tragic-
heroines in Shakespeare and Ibsen.
Playwright Sharon Pollock has taken these pieces of the life of
Lizzie Borden and fashioned them into a highly dramatic play. By
starting ten years after the murders, she is able to set several
different time-frame-realities reverberating in a way that keeps
building the theatrical energy of the piece. It is sophisticated
theatre. On one level, the play presents a convincing solution to
the "unsolved mystery." At the same time, the play examines the
destructiveness of a society that insists on locking women into
powerless positions. Perhaps most powerfully, it is the story of
one woman trying to resolve the burden of her own personal guilt.
— Charles Siegel
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