Jessica Lo (left, front), Maeggan Palliyaguru (right, front), Makailla Palliyaguru (left, back) and Deanne Ratzlaff are featured in the UFV production of Rocks: A Play of Northern Ontario. (Photo by Darren McDonald)

Jessica Lo (left, front), Maeggan Palliyaguru (right, front), Makailla Palliyaguru (left, back) and Deanne Ratzlaff are featured in the UFV production of Rocks: A Play of Northern Ontario. (Photo by Darren McDonald)

UFV theatre department presents Rock: A Play of Northern Ontario

Production runs Nov. 13 to 24 at Abbotsford campus

The University of the Fraser Valley’s theatre department presents the first production of its 2018-19 season, Herman Voaden’s 1932 play Rocks: A Play of Northern Ontario, starting Nov. 13.

The production is directed by Claire Carolan and designed by Parjad Sharifi, both UFV theatre faculty.

This example of early multi-media expressionist drama was inspired by the work of the Group of Seven and incorporates movement, music and scenographic design.

The production showcases the creative talents and innovation of the department’s students, faculty and staff.

Rocks tells the story of school teacher Mary Brown as she waits for her love to return home after a winter storm.

Battling powerful and painful emotions, Mary comes to accept her love’s death. This play reveals both the harsh realities and the wondrous beauty of living in the Canadian north.

Rocks runs Nov. 13 to 24 in room D105 on UFV’s Abbotsford campus, 33844 King Rd.

Show times are 4 p.m. on Nov. 13, 16, 20 and 23, and 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 19.

There are also 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 17 and 24, which are preceded at 1 p.m. by guest lectures by UFV faculty to enhance the audience’s understanding of the performance.

Performances are pay-what-you-can at the door, with suggested prices of $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

To reserve a seat, email theatre@ufv.ca or call 604-795-2814. Visit ufv.ca/theatre.