January 31st - February 8th
Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, The Liquid Plain explores sexuality and the violence of the slave trade as we meet two runaway slaves on the docks of an 18th century Rhode Island port.
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March 7th - 15th
This anthropological project acts as a practical artistic experiment, as well as a meditation on the cross-cultural approaches that ancient Greek tragedy generates when performed in our time.
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Department founder, Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Robert Cohen, celebrates his 50th and final year at UC Irvine Drama. Visit OCWeekly.com, for news on his retirement.
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January 23rd - 25th
This semi-staged concert version of the 1994 Tony Award winner (Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score), adapted from Ettore Scola’s film Passione d’Amore, focuses on the themes of love, sex, obsession, illness, passion, beauty, power and manipulation.
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The Drama Department is proud to announce that Dr. Jaye Austin Williams is the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Recipient in Drama.
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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.
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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

Written by Luke Yankee
Directed by Don Hill

Opening November 14th
Closing November 23rd

Written by Marc Camoletti
Directed by Eli Simon

Opening April 25th
Closing May 3rd

Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
Book by John Guare
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Choreographed by Andrew Palermo
Daniel Gary Busby, Music Director/Conductor

Opening May 30th
Closing June 6th

Written by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Annie Loui

Opening November 15th
Closing November 23rd

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jane Page

Opening December 6th
Closing December 14th

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