On Stage

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1965-66

Oh! What a Lovely War, 1965-66

Disjunctive Conglomerate, 1971

Oedipus, 1967

Mother Courage and Her Children rehearsal, 1971-72

The Night of the Iguana, 1966

Under Milk Wood, 2006

Under Milk Wood, 2006

A Flea in Her Ear, 2005

A Flea in Her Ear, 2005

A Flea in Her Ear, 2005

Love of Three Oranges, 2002

Love of Three Oranges, 2002

Kiss Me Kate, 2005

Kiss Me Kate, 2005

Kiss Me Kate, 2005

Victor/Victoria, 2001

Robert Cohen's Machiavelli at The Hayworth Theatre, 2006

Little Mary Sunshine, 1965-66

Waiting for Godot, 1970

Blood Brothers, 2004

Blood Brothers, 2004

Sweeney Todd, 2003

Romeo & Juliet, 2004

Romeo & Juliet, 2004

The Bacchae Trilogy, 2009

The Bacchae Trilogy, 2009

The Bacchae Trilogy, 2009

The Bacchae Trilogy, 2009

Titus Andronicus, 2008

Titus Andronicus, 2008

The WIld Party, 2010

The Wild Party, 2010

Mary Stuart, 2011

Mary Stuart, 2011

Mary Stuart, 2011

Mary Stuart, 2011

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

Into the Woods, 2010

The Crucible, 2011

The Crucible, 2011

The Crucible, 2011

The Crucible, 2011

The Crucible, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

The Colored Museum, 2011

 

 

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Drama at UCIrvine 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.

 Fall 2017 Productions
 

Chess
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Robin Buck
Musical Direction by Gary Busby

Performances:

Evenings: Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18       8:00 p.m.
Matinees: Nov. 12*, 18                  2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

$25 / $21 / $12

Irvine Barclay Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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.

For more information about this production, visit http://chessmusicaluci.wordpress.com/.

 

Intimate Apparel
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jane Page

Performances:

Evenings: Dec. 2, 7, 8, 9                    8:00 p.m.
Evening: Dec. 6                                  7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Dec. 3*, 9, 10                     2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

$18 / $15 / $11

Little Theater
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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.

 Winter 2018 Productions
 

Mrs. Packard
Written by Emily Mann
Directed by Melissa Livingston

Performances:

Evenings: Feb. 3, 8, 9, 10                 8:00 p.m.
Evening: Feb. 7                                 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Feb. 4*, 10, 11                  2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

$18 / $15 / $11

Claire Trevor Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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.

 

Plumas Negras
Written and Directed by Juliette Carrillo

Performances:

Evenings: Mar. 10, 15, 16, 17       8:00 p.m.
Evening: Mar. 14                           7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Mar. 11*, 17, 18            2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

$18 / $15 / $11

Robert Cohen Theater
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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.

 Spring 2018 Productions
 

A Bright Room Called Day
Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Andrew Borba

Performances:

Evenings: Apr. 28, May 3, 4, 5       8:00 p.m.
Evening: May 2                              7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Apr. 29*, May 5, 6          2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

$18 / $15 / $11

Robert Cohen Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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.

 

American Idiot
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Palermo

Performances:

Evenings: Jun. 2, 7, 8, 9                    8:00 p.m.
Evening: Jun. 6                                  7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Jun. 3*, 9                           2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

$18 / $15 / $11

Claire Trevor Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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.

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*Production Photo Credit - Paul Kennedy