July 10th - August 30th
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's beloved tragic tale of star-crossed teenage lovers, and Twelfth Night, the Bard's sweeping romantic comedy, are the featured productions of the 2014 season.
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November 15th - 23rd
To metamorphose is to change/undergo transformation by enchantment. Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change, and explores links between myth, theatre and... more
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December 6th - 14th
Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the complex family relationships of the wealthy cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt. “Cat” embodies the recurring theme of mendacity, especially relative to bowing to the complicated rules of social conduct in... more
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Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, announces the 2014-2015 Drama Season. Featuring works that explore the most basic human instincts: LOVE, LUST and GREED. These elemental issues drive most human interaction and... more
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Entering its 50th year as one of the premier academic and professional training programs in the country, the Department of Drama at UC Irvine is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty, alumni, and current students alike. Our rare combination of distinguished permanent faculty, high profile guest master class teachers and colloquia, an excited and interactive student population, and excellent facilities, fosters an environment of creativity and in-depth learning of both performance and scholarly activity. This 50th year, we honor our founding Chair ROBERT COHEN, Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, for his visionary leadership in forming a department that is simultaneously rigorous and filled with a zest for life and storytelling of the highest caliber and remains consistently informed by exploration, intellectual scrutiny, and the examination of social, political, and cultural phenomena. UCI Drama is not a department with a single-minded approach; rather, it delights in an excitement generated by the multiple points of view of its diverse faculty and students. We look forward to sharing our creative and intellectual discoveries with you, as well as the provocative offerings of our upcoming season, "Love, Lust and Greed."

—Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama

By William Shakespeare Directed by Jane Page
“The good ended happily, the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” So wrote Oscar Wilde. Just like a fairy tale, with fantastical twists and turns, Shakespeare’s story is a wild romp where brothers scheme and plot and young couples fall instantly and hopelessly in love....
Directed & Choreographed by Andrew Palermo Music Direction by Dennis Castellano

Fall 2014 Productions

  • The Last Lifeboat
  • Metamorphoses
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Winter 2015 Productions

  • The Liquid Plain
  • Passion
  • The Electra Project

Spring 2015 Productions

  • Boeing-Boeing
  • Sweet Smell of Success