Age of Arousal runs Jan. 8-26

Age of Arousal presented at UFV

At its heart, it is a really human story, says director Ian Fenwick.

At its heart, it is a really human story, says director Ian Fenwick.

UFV Theatre presents Age of Arousal, a new play by Canadian theatre artist, Linda Griffiths.

“The characters are trying to find their place in society,” Fenwick says. “I thought it would be an excellent play to do this year.”

The story line follows a suffragette named Mary, who runs a typing school with her younger lover, Rhoda. They take on three siblings as their students – spinsters Virginia, Alice and their sensual sister Monica – and find their rules and ambitions challenged at every turn.

When Mary’s cousin Everard arrives, discoveries of passion, marriage, and the rights and roles of women are “bursting like corsets with unbridled desire.”

“In terms of their rules being challenged, the school owners were trying to train women to become secretaries to enter the job market and take over some of the jobs traditionally held by men. But the spinsters never had that challenge and were trained to be subservient. That’s where they want these women to be something else.”

The play is a “lavish, sexy ensemble piece” set in Victorian times when women outnumbered men by the thousands.

Fenwick was drawn to the play after working on a scene with a student at one point, and also saw the play when it was presented in Vancouver.

“So I got a hold of it, I read, and I loved it,” he said.

Griffiths also wrote and appeared in 1980s play, Maggie and Pierre, about the Trudeaus.

Age of Arousal features a cast of six student actors and more than 20 students backstage gaining valuable skills.

Fenwick chose the Griffiths play as the second production of the theatrical season, which is usually a small cast production by a Canadian artist.

“I think she has a really interesting take on people finding their identity, in their careers but also their sexuality,” the director notes.

“She’s done a really good job of trying to understand the different generations, as well as genders.”

Age of Arousal runs January 8 – 26, 2014 at the UFV Theatre located at 45635 Yale Road in Chilliwack. There are two half-price previews on Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9. Opening night is Friday, January 10 and 7:30 p.m. performances continue on January 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25; there are two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday January 19 and 26; there is one weekday matinee at 12 noon on Friday, January 17. Ticket prices range from $11-$23 plus service fees and are available online at UFV.ca/theatre or through the UFV Theatre box office at 604-795-2814 and theatre@ufv.ca.

Just Posted

Opioids, meth, firearms seized at known Chilliwack drug house

Home on Broadway Street raided on Feb. 15 where homicide occurred Jan. 31

GW Graham basketball girls savour Fraser Valley championship

It’s been a long wait for the Grizzlies, who lost the FV title game the last two seasons.

Chilliwack Curling Club holding open house

If you’ve ever wanted to try the sport, the club invites you to take the plunge this weekend.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin says NDP budget will hurt business, punish taxpayers

‘Family-owned businesses will struggle to respond to this’

Chilliwack-Kent MLA decries ‘classic, big tax-and-spend’ NDP budget

Laurie Throness says budget relies on strong economy but contains no ideas to help it grow

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Foot found near Victoria belonged to missing Washington man

Coroner says no foul play suspected in death of 79-year-old Stanley Okumoto

Most Read