Performances for 2017-2018

Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2017-2018 Season:

The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business

Money talks. In an age when politicians are carefully-crafted public figures bought and paid for by lobbyists, Super PACs, corporate dollars and—potentially—a foreign government, a failed reality-TV star holds the office of the most powerful leader in the free world. Unsupported promises are more powerful than provable facts, and the interests of the ruling class are carried on the backs of the voiceless many… this is the era of the business of politics/the politics of business: where dirty deals are done daily.

Chess - the Musical

November 11, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Chess Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; Lyrics by Tim Rice Directed by Robin Buck Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby   November 11 – 18, 2017 Irvine Barclay Theatre* This iconic 80s musical develops the ancient game of chess into a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue. The loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian Champion, the Hungarian-American chess second, and the discarded wife all vie for attention and dominance. Think Trump-Putin and their minions in a “reality TV-style” concert setting. Performances:Evenings: Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees: Nov. 12*, 18  at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Tickets: General $25 Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty... more

Intimate Apparel

December 2, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Intimate Apparel Written by Lynn Nottage Directed by Jane Page   December 2 – 10, 2017 Little Theatre Esther Mills, a skilled African-American seamstress in 1905 NYC, dreams of saving enough money to open her own beauty parlor. Romance beckons in the form of George Armstrong, a stranger who writes to her from his work on the Panama Canal; after George arrives in New York City, and after they are married, Esther discovers that she is not the only one who misrepresented herself during their correspondence courtship. Performances:Evenings: Dec. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 3*, 9, 10 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Recently featured on "ThisDay" live with Ken... more

Mrs. Packard

February 3, 2018 - February 11, 2018

Mrs. Packard Written by Emily Mann Directed by Melissa Livingston, MFA Directing Candidate   February 3 – 11, 2018 Claire Trevor Theatre Mrs. Packard tells the story of a great American woman’s struggle to right a system gone wrong. On the morning of June 18, 1860, Reverend Theophilus Packard had his wife, Elizabeth, removed against her will from their home and committed to the state-run insane asylum for her liberal beliefs. Elizabeth remains true to her principles in the face of intense hardship. The play cuts back and forth from her time in the asylum and the trial she fought for that eventually set her free. Parental guidance suggested due to mature theme and content, may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age. Ken Goldenberg from "ThisDay" interviews Director... more

Plumas Negras

March 10, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Plumas Negras Written and Directed by Juliette Carrillo   March 10 – 18, 2018 Robert Cohen Theatre In 1963, Concha comes to Salinas, California looking for work to support her family in Mexico. Since women are not hired in the fields, she cuts her hair and dresses like a man to get work. In 1980, her abandoned daughter, Perla, follows her mother’s footsteps north for fieldwork. Perla’s daughter, Aurora, pulls her family out of the fields through education, but Perla does not understand her daughter’s ambition. Aurora turns to her ancestor, Concha, for support. Performances:Evenings: Mar. 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m.Evening: Mar. 14 at 7:30 p.m.Matinees: Mar. 11*, 17, 18 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.... more

Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Lear Project

March 15, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Lear Project Directed by Philip Thompson   March 15-18, 2018 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) Sometimes the emotional weight of a great text can prevent us from really hearing what's being spoken. The actors, the sets and costumes, and we as an audience can become so wrapped up in the feeling of the play, that it's difficult to really attend to what’s being said, and to hear it as if for the first time. For King Lear, a play obsessed with the stripping away of layers of identity and attachment, this is particularly problematic. In this intimate, stripped-down production, we hope to make it possible for audiences to hear the play more simply and immediately. Performances Evenings: March 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Matinee: March 18 at 2:00 p... more

Giving Day 2018

April 25, 2018

Giving Day 2018: Kick-Off Party Date: 4/25/2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: The Green Room Café Spend the day at the Green Room Cafe in the Arts Plaza with the Arts Ambassadors for giveaways, coffee, treats, and fun! Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is raising funds for student scholarships. We need your help to spread the word and help us unlock $10,000 in challenge gifts. Follow us @CTSA_UCIRVINE and using the hashtags #ArtEaters & #UCIGivingDay. Click here for the official CTSA Ambassador Toolkit for images, post ideas, and tips. Check out the video below for a sneak peak.

A Bright Room Called Day

April 28, 2018 - May 6, 2018

A Bright Room Called Day Written by Tony Kushner              Directed by Andrew Borba   April 28 – May 6, 2018 Robert Cohen Theatre 1930s Berlin: a group of left-leaning friends struggle to understand the world around them as Hitler rises to power. While they claim to have lofty ideals, they do not actively resist. Meanwhile, these events are contrasted with a parallel presentation of events in America in the 1980s by a modern day activist who insists on taking action to fight repression and authoritarianism. Performances:Evenings: Apr. 28, May 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: May 2 at 7:30 p.m.Matinees: Apr. 29*, May 5, 6 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Tickets: General $18 Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI... more

Coup de Comedy Festival 2018

May 9, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Coup de Comedy Festival 2018 May  9-12, 2018 All welcome to over 30 FREE Events... more

Zotfest 2018

June 2, 2018

Zotfest 2018 Presented by UCI FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) Network   Saturday, June 2, 2018  4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Humanities Instruction Building (HIB 100)   FADA presents Zotfest which will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in HIB 100 at the UC Irvine campus. Zotfest is the annual student film festival hosted by Film-Arts-Drama Alliance, a UCI campus organization dedicated to collaborative student filmmaking. Our mission is to showcase and celebrate the filmmaking talent of UC Irvine students. With the inauguration of our 18th festival at UCI we are honored to invite all UCI students and faculty on campus to come and enjoy a day of screening nominated films for our different award categories.  Join us for the pre-party at 4:00 p.m. Join us for the after-party... more

American Idiot

June 2, 2018 - June 9, 2018

American Idiot Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer; Music by Green Day; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong         Directed by Andrew Palermo   June 2 – 9, 2018 Claire Trevor Theatre Bold, brash, and fun, American Idiot takes Green Day’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia” and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence. Each of the men struggles to find the balance between rage and love — a conflict that defines their generation, in the socio-political climate of the Trump era. Performances:Evenings: Jun. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m.Evening: Jun. 6 at 7:30 p.m.Matinees: Jun. 3*, 9 at  2:00... more

The Winter's Tale

July 5, 2018 - September 1, 2018

The Winter's Tale New Swan Shakespeare Festival (Exit, pursued by a bear.) July 5 - September 1, 2018 Beth Lopes, Associate Artistic Director Visit the website for information: New Swan Shakespeare Festival

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 6, 2018 - August 31, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream New Swan Shakespeare Festival "The course of true love never did run smooth." July 6 -  August 31, 2018 Eli Simon, Artistic Director Visit the website for information: New Swan Shakespeare Festival

2018 New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre

July 30, 2018 - August 10, 2018

New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre   July 30-August 10 Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm Ages 14-19   Experience the one-of-a-kind New Swan Shakespeare Festival!  Train in acting for theatre and audition preparation through coursework including voice, movement, improv and more. Students will work alongside actors from our New Swan Shakespeare Festival and esteemed UCI faculty as they participate in sessions that reflect the coursework taught to our undergraduate drama majors.  Material will focus on Shakespeare and contemporary performance, as well as voice and movement.  Additional studio and classroom-based sessions will also be offered that help students prepare for the collegiate and professional world.  Some sessions may be split based on students' levels, but all... more

Mad Madge: A CounterBalance Theater Premiere

October 26, 2018 - October 28, 2018

A CounterBalance Theater Premiere MAD MADGE AND HER BLAZING WORLD Adapted and Directed by Annie Loui Based on the novel by Danielle Dutton Margaret the First   October 26 - 28, 2018 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)   “I am as ambitious as ever any of my sex was, is, or can be:  though I cannot be Henry the 5th or Charles the 2nd, I endeavor to be Margaret the 1st.” A devised theater production about the first female science fiction writer and infamous Restoration celebrity, Margaret Cavendish --  known for her scientific theories and fantasies, and her scandalous fashion statements. 8 transforming actors play 100’s of characters and all the palaces, animals and fantasy characters in a devised theater performance about the 1650’s celebrity Duchess Margaret Cavendish, “... more

Love’s Labour’s Lost

February 19, 2019 - February 25, 2019

Love’s Labour’s Lost  Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrew Borba February 19 - 25, 2019 Claire Trevor Theater In pursuit of fame, the youthful King of Navarre and his faithful friends have sworn to study, fast, and to see no women for three years - but this is before they realize the Princess of France and her entourage are arriving on a diplomatic visit. One of Shakespeare’s most playful and delightful comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost explores the lightness, labors and limits of learning, loving and growing up. Performances: Evenings: Feb. 19, 21, 22, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee: Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. Free admission with reservation Presented by UCI Iluminations and the UCI Shakespeare Center This production is running in repertory with  HOLD STEADY directed by Eli... more


February 20, 2019 - February 26, 2019

HOLD STEADY Written by Tira Palmquist Directed by Eli Simon February 20 - 26, 2019 Claire Trevor Theater It's the weekend of a high school ten-year reunion, and a group of friends gathers. But it's hard to feel like there's much to celebrate when they're saddled with debt, concerned about their current choices, worried about their future. Seeing their friends reminds them who they thought they'd be, and how far they have to go to get there. Performances: Evenings: Feb. 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission with reservation Presented by UCI Iluminations This production is running in repertory with LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST directed by Andrew Borba

Celebrate UCI 2019

April 20, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Visit the campus event page for more details and to register. Celebrate UCI 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:30 AM to 2 PM Arts Campus... more

Musical Theatre - 2019 Summer Camp

July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019

  Musical Theatre   Session 1: July 8-July 12 Session 2: July 29-August 2 Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm Ages 14-19   Act, sing, dance!  Advance your triple threat skills learning from one of the top college musical theatre programs in the nation. Modeled after our top-ranking UCI Drama Department Musical Theatre program, student will participate in a one-week intensive focused on acting, singing, and dancing.  In addition, workshops and master classes in other related areas will be offered to prepare students for the collegiate and professional world.  Some sessions may be split based on students' levels, but all students will work together towards a final piece.  The Academy will end with a final showcase for family and friends (more details to be shared). There will be no... more

Tickets On Sale

August 6, 2019

Tickets On Sale The 2019-20 Season has arrived!   Subscription packages on sale now! Single Tickets on sale August 6,2019 The 2019-20 season is here with the inaugural issue of CONNECT, the new quarterly publication for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Read about Fall exhibitions and events along with features about faculty and students. Season subscription packages are on sale now with single tickets available starting on Tuesday, August 6th. Get your favorite seats early for big shows like “Company” a musical by Stephen Sondheim, “Dance Visions 2020” the premier faculty dance concert, or UCI Opera’s “The Scarlet Letter” – shows that are all performing at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Plus so much more! LAUNCH CONNECT

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice on Trial

October 29, 2019

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice on Trial  Directed by Eli Simon Produced by Julia Lupton   Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:00 p.m.  Irvine Barclay Theatre Join UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson and Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as the stage becomes the courtroom in this mock trial of one of Shakespeare’s most legally fraught plays. Free admission with registration Sponsored by UCI Illuminations, UCI Shakespeare Center, UCI Law, the Dept. of English, and the Dept. of Drama with the generous support of Kirk Davis, Jr.

Company: the musical, by Stephen Sondheim

November 17, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Company Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Music Direction by Lex Leigh Choreography by Allison Eversoll Directed by Eli Simon   November 17 - 23, 2019 Irvine Barclay Theatre "Company" is a Tony Award-winning 1970 musical comedy featuring a soaring score by Stephen Sondheim. It tells the story of Robert, a confirmed bachelor who, on the night of his 35th birthday, contemplates his unmarried state. Throughout a series of dinners, drinks—and even a wedding—his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. Robert is forced to question his bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Director Eli Simon examines how the “Me Decade” launched a generation of young women and men looking for love, sometimes in all the wrong places.... more

Hoodoo Love

December 5, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Hoodoo Love Written by Katori Hall Directed by Tamiko Washington   December 5 - 8, 2019 Little Theatre Danger and desires suffuse this haunting tale of a woman struggling for control in her relationships with men in her life. Set in 1930s Memphis, "Hoodoo Love" tells the story of Toulou, an aspiring blues singer who is driven to seek the power of hexes and hoodoo to bind one man to her and to escape another who is far too close. PerformancesEvenings: Dec. 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 7*, 8 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast after the Saturday, December 7th matinee. Tickets General admission: $18 Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty... more

The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood

February 5, 2020 - February 9, 2020

The Penelopiad Written by Margaret Atwood Directed by Sara Rodriguez   February 5 - 9, 2020 Claire Trevor Theatre Margaret Atwood retells Homer’s classic "The Odyssey" from Penelope’s perspective. As Odysseus is indefinitely gone to fight in the infamous Trojan Wars, his wife patiently waits for him in the company of her loyal maids while raising a child and cleverly avoiding suitors knocking at her door. "The Penelopiad" takes the audience on an epic journey from Penelope’s birth in Sparta, to her arranged marriage to Odysseus, her journey to Ithaca, her relationship with Helen, the birth of her son, and her survival. All this os told posthumously by Penelope herself. From the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" PerformancesEvening: Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Evenings: Feb. 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 p... more

Living Out

March 7, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Living Out Written by Lisa Loomer Director, TBA   March 7 - 15, 2020 Robert Cohen Theatre Lisa Loomer’s comic drama about immigration and working mothers could not be more timely. Ana and Nancy make the same choice to leave their children in care of others. Both do so for their families, but Ana is an undocumented Salvadoran, while Nancy is a high-powered attorney. The contrast makes for a play that is both funny and tragic as we witness the terror of the undocumented and the devastating effects of inequality in our society. PerformancesEvenings: Mar. 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Mar. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Mar. 8*, 14, 15 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast, after the matinee on Sunday, March 8th.... more

The Book of Will

April 16, 2020 - April 19, 2020

The Book of Will Written by Lauren Gunderson Directed by Joshua Max Feder   April 16 - 19, 2020 Robert Cohen Theatre Just three years after William Shakespeare’s death, botched and pirated versions of his plays are appearing all over London. His friends and company members can see just one solution: printing an official version of all his plays in a single folio edition in order to preserve them and ensure their future. Though the task seems impossible, their love for their friend, and for the transcendent wit and wonder of his plays, inspires them to persevere. PerformancesEvenings: Apr. 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees: Apr. 18*, 19 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast, after the matinee on Saturday, April... more

Hands on a Hardbody

June 4, 2020 - June 7, 2020

Hands on a Hardbody Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics by Amanda Green Book by Doug Wright Music Direction by Leslie Wickham Choreography by Andrew Palermo Directed by Myrona DeLaney   June 4 - 7, 2020 Claire Trevor Theatre In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. For 10 gritty contestants, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it.  Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor, and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. It's an absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, but the contest proves to be much more. PerformancesEvenings: Jun. 4, 5, 6 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Jun. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Jun. 6*, 7 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders:... more