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 2016-2017 Season:
THEM!

UCI Drama's 2016-17 season, THEM!, explores our tendency - both as individuals and as societal groups - to separate and cast blame on "The Other." Through a series of plays and musicals that investigate religious persecution and genocide, the castigation of physical difference, interpersonal alienation, and our xenophobic reaction to other cultures culminating in war, we examine the ways in which we so often look to identify a scapegoat rather than find mutual understanding and acceptance. Present throughout the plays of the season we hear the voices of "them."

 Fall 2016 Productions
 

The Iliad: Menin (Rage)
Based on the epic poem by Homer
Translation by Stephen Mitchell
Directed by Annie Loui

Performances:
Opens: Thursday, October 13th @ 8:00 PM
Friday, October 14th @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 15th @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Closes: Sunday, October 16th @ 2:00 PM

Winifred Smith Hall
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This dramatic movement piece is constructed in the style of CounterBalance Theatre, in which actors play multiple characters, as well as animals and architecture. Physical depictions of gods, monsters and nature personified are embodied by the ensemble of performers who play multiple speaking parts and all of the movement roles. Taking place ten years into the Trojan War, this is a story about reputation and honor, and how they create the ultimate THEM and US: a world in which friends and allies become enemies, and even the immortals come down to earth to take sides.

 

Parade
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby
Choreography by Andrew Palermo

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, November 12th @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 13th @ 2:00 PM
Wednesday, November 16th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 17th @ 8:00 PM
Friday, November 18th @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 19th @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Closes: Sunday, November 20th @ 2:00 PM

Irvine Barclay Theatre
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Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Franks: a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Because Frank's trial was replete with faulty testimony and lacked any clear evidence, Georgia's governor eventaully commuted his sentence from death to life imprisonment. Despite this ruling, a lynch mob hanged Frank in Mary Phagan's hometown of Marietta, Georgia. The momentous case drew national attention to Anti-Semitism, and was pivotal in the founding of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as well as the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the South. Parade sits at the crux of north/south, black/white, rich/poor, Jew/gentile polarities, against the evolving backdrop of the Civil (rights) War.

 

Our Class
Written by Tadeusz Slobodzianek
Directed by Jane Page

Performances:
Opens: Thursday, December 1st @ 8:00 PM
Friday, December 2nd @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, Decmeber 3rd @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Closes: Sunday, December 4th @ 2:00 PM

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
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Our Class tells the story of a group of Polish and Jewish classmates beginning in 1925, first examining the atrocities they suffer as war breaks out in their town and anti-Semitism erupts in a series of rapes, murders, and instances of torture. As we follow the few survivors throughout the remainder of their lives, they attempt to reckon with the past, trying in retrospect to make sense of seemingly senseless events. At its core this is a universal tale of collective blame, inexplicable history, and the dangers of xenophobic group think leading to the scapegoating of entire populations.

 Winter 2017 Productions
 

Coriolanus
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Cook

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, February 4th @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 5th @ 2:00 PM
Wednesday, February 8th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 9th @ 8:00 PM
Friday, February 10th @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 11th @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Closes: Sunday, February 12th@ 2:00 PM

Claire Trevor Theatre Stage
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Coriolanus is based on the life of legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. After military success against various uprisings which challenged the government of Rome, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will; as it turns out, the alliances he forges to accomplish his own will result in his ultimate downfall and death. This is an examination of the personal alienation required by politics and war, and the ways in which our own actions can sometimes ultimately define us as "the other."

 

Clown Aliens
Written and Directed by Eli Simon 
Composition by Vincent Olivieri

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, March 11th @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 12th @ 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 15th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 16th @ 8:00 PM
Friday, March 17th @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 18th @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Closes: Sunday, March 19th @ 2:00 PM

Claire Trevor Theatre
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Clown Aliens is a collaborative production created in 2013, when it was commissioned by the National Theater of Romania as the second installment of the Simon/Olivieri War of the Clowns saga. The story follows a family of clowns who leave their home on Clown Planet and become inhabitants of Earth, encountering the same hatred and bigotry that many outsiders face when trying to fit into contemporary American life. Clown Aliens explores the trials and tribulations of assimilation, and how strangers in a strange land desperately hold onto their heritage and family ties. This piece might best be described as "an epic clown funk musical," with an original score composed by Vincent Olivieri.

 Spring 2017 Productions
 

I Dream of Chang and Eng
Written by Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Ricardo Rocha

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, April 29th @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 30th @ 2:00 PM
Wednesday, May 3rd @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 4th @ 8:00 PM
Friday, May 5th @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 6th @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Closes: May 7th @ 2:00 PM

Robert Cohen Theatre
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I Dream of Chang and Eng tells the story of Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese twins," whose early lives were spent touring in a 'freak' exhibition. Charismatic and canny, they bought out their contract and toured themselves around the world, advising the King of Siam and carousing with English aristocracy before settling down on a Southern plantation, marrying sisters and fathering 21 children between them. This is the story of two people who were singled out as "freaks" by conventional society, but got the last laugh as they ultimately used this classification to their own gain.

 

Avenue Q
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Don Hill
Music Direction by Dennis Castellano

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, June 3rd @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 4th @ 2:00 PM
Wednesday, June 7th @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 8th @ 8:00 PM
Friday, June 9th @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 10th @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Claire Trevor Theatre
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Avenue Q is an "autobiographical and biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programs such as PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything." As adults, however, they have discovered (to their surprise and dismay) that in the real world options are limited, and even their defining qualities render them no more "special" than anyone else. 

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*Production Photo Credit - Paul Kennedy