UC Irvine Drama alumni Garrett Deagon (B.F.A./Music Theatre '11) and Madisen Johnson (B.F.A./Music Theatre '15) recently returned to their alma mater to discuss their experience on the road with the national tour of ANNIE.
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Director Sarah Butts of the Department of Drama's Fall Quarter production of These Shining Lives gives an interview about the play's themes and resonance.
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November 21-December 6, 2015
These Shining Lives takes as a lens the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance.
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Martin atmospheric effects bring the set alive in the UC Irvine Department of Drama's production of The Electra Project.
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The UC Irvine Department of Drama recently hosted Showsearch, a national musical-writing competition for college and high school students.
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The theme of the 2015-16 Production Season for the Department of Drama is Care/Cure/Corruption. We will be exploring various themes of corporal and mental illness, as well as the institutional dis-ease endemic to certain factions of industry, community, and the body politic.
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As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UC Irvine and the Department of Drama, we honor the vision of our Founding Chairman, Robert Cohen, and Founding Dean, the late Clayton Garrison. Their commitment to creating a school that offered professional caliber conservatory training has led to the consistent intellectual and artistic quality that has distinguished ours as a UCI Department of Excellence.  In every regard, we aim to fulfill the 1965 mission statement written so eloquently by our founders: The goal of the Department of Drama at the University of California at Irvine is a simple one: to produce students who combine a critical intelligence with disciplined theatrical experience. It is our most fundamental belief that intellectual integrity is not incompatible with professional excellence, and that in point of fact one cannot exist without the other. Thus in our productions we will aim at perceiving and expressing the depth of an author’s art and skill, and in our instructional program we will demand the same dedication and involvement expected of members in a theatrical company. Our commitment to theatre is total: to its art and to its genius in the expression of Life.  Given the tireless efforts of our distinguished and dedicated faculty, exciting colloquia with guest speakers, and our state of the art facilities, we provide our students an unparalleled educational and creative experience.  Our 2015-16 season, “Care, Cure, Corruption,” explores varieties of somatic, mental, and societal illnesses and their possible remedies. In addition to our six main stage productions, we will offer a variety of Director Class Projects, as well as other solo and group performances.  On 24 April, we are excited to present a joyful celebration of the career of Professor Emeritus Robert Cohen, featuring five decades of distinguished alumni whose lives he has influenced.  As ever, we look forward to sharing our intellectual and creative discoveries with you.    

—Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama

Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Don Hill
Musical Direction by Dennis Castellano
Choreography by Sheron Wray
Opening November 14
Closing November 22
Written by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Sarah Butts
Opening November 21
Closing December 6
Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Leslie Ishii
Opening January 30
Closing February 7
Written by Georg Büchner
Directed by Andrew Borba
Opening March 5
Closing March 13
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Jane Page
Opening April 30
Closing May 8
Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Travis Kendrick
Musical Direction by Daniel Gary Busby
Opening May 27
Closing May 28
Directed by Annie Loui
Opening October 29
Closing October 31