Fonds UBCA-ARC-1584 - Brave New Play Rites fonds

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Brave New Play Rites fonds

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71 cm of textual records and other materials.

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The Brave New Play Rites festival began in 1986 under the initiative of UBC creative writing professor Bryan Wade. Wade sought a means for creative writing students to witness their theatrical works in front of a live audience and to become engaged in the theatrical process as a normal part of their coursework. Submitted plays were typically 20 minutes in length and student-authors were encouraged to participate in their play’s production from attending rehearsals to selecting actors. Creative writing courses that have participated in the festival included CRWR 407 and CRWR 507.
Brave New Play Rites continues as an annual festival into the present and a number of notable writers such as Dennis E. Bolen, Stephanie Bolster, Maureen Medved among others have had their plays featured in the festival. Wade also edited a published collection of one-act plays featured in the festival, Brave New Play Rites: Highlights plays from UBC's Creative Writing Department (Anvil Press, 2006).

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The fonds consists of video recordings of various plays featured in the festival, photographs from some festival events and records pertaining to the administration of the festival. Administrative records take the form of promotional programs and posters, meeting minutes, agendas, memorandum, calendars, budgets, reports, newspaper clippings, notes, correspondence, handbooks, and some play scripts.

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Copyright for creative works in the fonds is held by the authors.

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See the Creative Writing Department fonds inventory for materials related to this fonds and for an overview of the department.

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Content Warning: Some offensive language, such as a derogatory term for a member of the LGBTQ+ community, are present in the titles of student works within this fonds.

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Other materials include 7 Hi8 Video Cassettes, 14 VHS Cassettes, and 30 photographic prints.

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