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... 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

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

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