The UFV theatre department presents its production of Attempts on Her Life starting on March 12. Pictured in the background are (from left) Mauro Carlos Fernandez, Anatole Smith, Makailla Palliyaguru and Linnea Balt. (Photo by Darren McDonald)

UFV theatre department presents Attempts on Her Life

Production has eight-show run at Abbotsford campus, starting March 12

The University of the Fraser Valley’s Theatre department presents the second production of its 2018-19 season, Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, starting Tuesday, March 12.

The show is directed by award-winning director and actor Alex Lazaridis Ferguson. Ferguson is the co-artistic director of the internationally acclaimed performance group Fight With a Stick.

Through five distinct voices, Attempts on Her Life constructs a character named “Anne,” but the character remains unstable and ridiculously changeable, creating a fun game that quickly turns into more than just a game for the actors in the production.

The stakes are high: If the actors can make Anne make sense, then maybe they can make sense of themselves in a rapidly changing world where self and place become cultural scripts created by multinational entertainment industries.

Quickly switching from shocking to hilarious in tone, Attempts on Her Life grapples with late 20th century obsessions.

From pornography and ethnic violence, to terrorism and unprotected sex, its nameless characters attempt to invent the perfect story of who Anne really is.

Show times are 5 p.m. on March 12, 14, 19 and 21; 7 p.m. on March 15 and 22; and 2 p.m. (preceded by a lecture at 1:15) on March 16 and 23.

Performances take place in building D in room D105 at the Abbotsford campus.

All performances are pay-what-you-can, with suggested prices of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, cash only, at the door.

Seats can be reserved by emailing theatre@ufv.ca or by calling 604-795-2814. Visit ufv.ca/plays for more info.

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