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UCI Drama investigates history repeating in Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

UCI DRAMA INVESTIGATES HISTORY REPEATING IN TONY KUSHNER’S A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

Irvine, Calif., April 10, 2018 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2017 – 18 season “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business” with Professor Andrew Borba’s fresh look at Tony Kushner’s ever-relevant A Bright Room Called Day. First written in 1985, at the play’s center is a group of friends in 1930s Berlin, experiencing the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Interspersed with this primary narrative is a contemporary American character, weighing parallels between the rise of Hitler, Reagan-era conservatism and the present day.

With language more prescient than Kushner could likely have imagined at the play’s inception, the current production’s resonance is deeply enhanced by its corresponding historical moment. With references to “false history,”...

UCI Drama Looks at Immigration and Gender Equality in PLUMAS NEGRAS

UCI DRAMA LOOKS AT IMMIGRATION AND GENDER EQUALITY IN PROFESSOR JULIETTE CARRILLO’S PLUMAS NEGRAS

Irvine, Calif., February 20, 2018 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2017 – 18 season “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business” with Professor Juliette Carrillo’s original work Plumas Negras. Carrillo began this project while working with Cornerstone Theater Company in the East Salinas community back in 2013; she interviewed countless farmworkers, and as she heard story after compelling story, a narrative began to emerge. The play’s narrative follows the lives of three generations of female workers, the struggles that tear their families apart, and the love that binds them together. Also partially narrating the action are two wise crows, as magical realism weaves throughout a script that is rich with serious explorations of workers’ rights, gender inequity, and the perceptions and...

“Time’s Up” as UCI Drama Explores Early Feminism in MRS. PACKARD

“TIME’S UP” AS UCI DRAMA EXPLORES EARLY FEMINISM IN MRS. PACKARD

Irvine, Calif., January 18, 2018 –UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2017 – 18 season “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business” with Emily Mann’s Mrs. Packard, a rarely-produced and timely look at the life of an early advocate for the rights of women and the mentally ill. Though the historical Elizabeth Packard lived in the 1800s, her struggle is all too familiar, as we follow her through a world of powerful men consigning her to an insane asylum in order to silence her convictions. Though it is clear to the audience that Elizabeth is sane, the doctor who holds the key to ending her ‘incarceration’ makes it clear that in order to be freed she must “accept (her) husband’s beliefs and find a way to live with them.” There is much in this story that resonates with today’s current sociopolitical climate, including an examination of the...

UCI Drama Presents Pulitzer-Winner Lynn Nottage’s INTIMATE APPAREL

UCI DRAMA PRESENTS PULITZER-WINNER LYNN NOTTAGE’S INTIMATE APPAREL

IRVINE, Calif. (November 14, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2017 – 18 season “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business” with Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel. Based on the life of Nottage’s great grandmother, the 2004 play garnered numerous prizes, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Obie Awards, as well as the 2004 Steinberg Award for Outstanding New Play. Telling the story of an African American seamstress in 1905 New York, the play explores themes of societal and interpersonal power, through the lenses of race, class, and the early evolution of the suffragette movement.

UCI Drama’s production is directed by Professor and Head of Directing Jane Page, who has enlisted the considerable skill of guest artist Karole Foreman to play the supporting role of...

Strategy, Love & Politics: UCI Drama Presents a Concert Staging of CHESS

STRATEGY, LOVE & POLITICS: UCI DRAMA PRESENTS A CONCERT STAGING OF CHESS

IRVINE, Calif. (October 16, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama opens its 2017 – 18 season with a concert staging of the musical Chess, a complex exploration of strategy and love set at the intersection of US – Russia political relations. With music by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess premiered in 1986 telling the story of a match between an American Grandmaster (loosely based on the life of Bobby Fischer) and his Soviet rival, and was generally seen as a metaphor for the Cold War politics of the day. This is the first show in a season themed “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business,” which takes a look at the shady underbelly of capitalism.

UCI Drama’s production is directed by Professor Robin Buck and musically directed by Drama Chair Daniel Gary Busby, who have...

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Hosts Applied Improvisation Network World Conference

UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HOSTS APPLIED IMPROVISATION NETWORK WORLD CONFERENCE

“Ride the Wave: Applying Improvisation in a Changing World” on August 24-27, 2017

IRVINE, Calif.  (July 20, 2017) -- UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) welcomes the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) for their 15th annual 4-day international convening, the AIN World Conference 2017 – Southern California on August 24-27, 2017. Applied Improvisation Practitioners from around the world will be coming to learn, share, and network with the goal of applying improvisational principles from theater, music, and dance to specific niches including:

  • Fortune 500 Companies, Businesses, and Organizations
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Entertainment and Public presentations
  • Academia and Research
  • New Innovative Applications

Building on the...

UCI DRAMA CLOSES OUT ITS SEASON WITH A WITTY AND WHIMSICAL AVENUE Q

UCI DRAMA CLOSES OUT ITS SEASON WITH A WITTY AND WHIMSICAL AVENUE Q

Irvine, Calif. (May 10, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q as the final offering in its season – “THEM!” – an examination xenophobia, interpersonal alienation, and the voices of “the other.” With a book by Jeff Whitty and music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, this hilariously acerbic coming-of-age parable took home three Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Originally conceived as a television series, and relying heavily on the use of puppets operated by unconcealed puppeteers, Avenue Q alludes to childhood classics such as Sesame Street, and mocks the message fed to children that everyone is “special” and able to do anything. As the characters in this world grow up, they meet life’s harsh truths one by one, and realize that nobody...

iRev's Comedy Festival Offers Over 51 Free Workshops and Expands with Improvisation Symposium

FREE COMEDY FESTIVAL EXPANDS WITH IMPROVISATION SYMPOSIUM AT UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

All welcome to over 51 Free Workshops & Performances May 10-13

IRVINE, Calif.  (May 1, 2017) – UCI's Improv Revolution (iRev) will produce The Coup de Comedy Festival 2017, a celebration of improvisation and comedy.  iRev is an improvisational ensemble composed of undergraduate students from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). This epic 4-day festival brings the best shows, panels, and workshops to the UC Irvine campus and community for FREE. This year’s festival will be May 10-13, 2017 in the Little Theatre, Nixon Theatre, Winifred Smith Hall, Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL), Claire Trevor Theatre, and other workshop spaces at CTSA.

In addition, this year iRev is partnering with Chapman University to host concurrently the inaugural Global Improvisation Initiative (GII) Symposium on May 12 (on UC...

UCI Drama Investigates Physical “Otherness” in Philip Kan Gotanda’s I DREAM OF CHANG AND ENG

UCI DRAMA INVESTIGATES PHYSICAL “OTHERNESS” IN PHILIP KAN GOTANDA’S I DREAM OF CHANG AND ENG

Irvine, Calif. (April 17, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents the latest offering in its current season exploring the voices of “the other,” award-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s newly revised version of his play I Dream of Chang and Eng. Telling the story of the first internationally known conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, Gotanda’s work examines the ways in which physical difference is received by various members of society, as well as how it is felt and experienced by its subjects. While Chang and Eng were initially exploited by a series of opportunists, they eventually took ownership of their “difference,” becoming savvy and successful businessmen in their own right.

UCI Drama Ph.D. candidate/actor/director Ricardo Rocha directs this complex and layered story, which moves between...

UCI Drama takes a playful look at immigration in CLOWN ALIENS

UCI DRAMA TAKES A PLAYFUL LOOK AT IMMIGRATION IN CLOWN ALIENS

Irvine, Calif. (February 28, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its season of “THEM!” with a playful yet critical look at immigration and otherness in Clown Aliens. The story follows a family of clowns who leave their home on Clown Planet and become inhabitants of Earth, encountering the same bias and exclusion that many immigrants face in America and around the world. Clown Aliens explores the trials and tribulations of assimilation, and how to maintain a sense of self in the face of overwhelming pressure to conform.

Chancellor’s Professor of Drama Eli Simon directs this original work, which is enriched by a dynamic score composed by sound design professor Vincent Olivieri. This collaborative production was created in 2013, when it was commissioned by the National Theater of Romania as the second installment of...

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