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

Please note: "Mega Audition" information for the year's productions can be found at http://drama.arts.uci.edu/auditions.
Direct all questions to audition@uci.edu.
 

Drama at UCIrvine announces the 2015-2016 Season:
CARE/CURE/CORRUPTION

The Department of Drama at UC Irvine presents the 2015-16 Season, "Care/Cure/Corruption." This season's offerings will explore various themes of corporal and mental illness, as well as the institutional dis-ease endemic to certain factions of industry, community, and the body politic. We hope you will join us on this thoughtful journey of exploring the causes and perceptions of various types of malady, and whether or not we have means at our disposal, as individuals or communally, to affect a cure. 

 Fall 2015 Productions
 

Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion 
Directed by Don Hill
Music Direction by Dennis Castellano
Choreography by Sheron Wray

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, 14 November at 8:00 pm
Sunday, 15 November at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 18 November at 7:30 pm
Thursday, 19 November at 8:00 pm
Friday, 20 November at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 21 November at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Closes: Sunday 22 November at 2:00 pm

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

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure as playwright, poet and tax collector, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Spanish Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is dragged before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his few possessions—including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, Don Quixote. Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play. The "court" agrees, and Cervantes and his manservant apply make-up and costumes, transforming themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Quixote - a man of questionable sanity - and Sancho take to the road in a quest to restore the age of chivalry, battle all evil, and right all wrongs. Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Man of La Mancha is a comic tragedy of mankind's struggle to better both himself and the world in which he lives; the score is a musical delight, and contains one of the most notable moments in musical theatre as Don Quixote relates his personal credo in "The Impossible Dream."

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These Shining Lives
Written by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Sarah Butts

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, 21 November at 8:00 pm
Sunday, 22 November at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 2 December at 7:30 pm
Thursday, 3 December at 8:00 pm
Friday, 4 December at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 5 December at 2:00 pm and 8:00pm
Closes: Sunday, 6 December at 2:00 pm

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

These Shining Lives takes as a lens the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine Donohue and her friends have loving families and good jobs painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces at Chicago's Radium Dial Company, and the 1920s seem full of promise. The war is over, the economy booming, and Catherine bobs her hair and treats the girls to banana splits to celebrate their new prosperity. The tragedy comes when Catherine and her colleagues begin falling ill, one by one, with mystifying ailments. When the cause of their symptoms finally becomes clear, Catherine and her friends must find a way to deal with their own inconvenient truth: that the job they love has betrayed them. This is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as these women refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them. 

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 Winter 2016 Productions
 

Clybourne Park
Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Leslie Ishii

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, 30 January at 8:00 pm
Sunday, 31 January at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 3 February at 7:30 pm
Thursday, 4 February at 8:00 pm
Friday, 5 February at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 6 February at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Closes: Sunday, 7 February at 2:00 pm

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

A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp satire examines race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. At the heart of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a house, acting as the locus of reactions to the shifting racial landscape of a community. In act one, the house is being sold in 1959; following a family tragedy, a white couple is selling their home in a suburban Chicago neighborhood, and their neighbors are dismayed to learn that the buyers are African-American. In the second act, in 2009, the house is again being sold; this time, a white couple is purchasing the home from an African-American couple, and the two butt heads over showing respect for a neighborhood that has become largely African-American. These two racially charged transactions tell the story of a home and a neighborhood, while exploring the broader elements of personal and national history people choose to hang onto, even within the ever-shifting boundaries of our cultural landscape. 

 

Woyzeck
Written by Georg Buchner 
Directed by Andrew Borba

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, 5 March at 8:00 pm
Sunday, 6 March at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 9 March at 7:30 pm
Thursday, 10 March at 8:00 pm
Friday, 11 March at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 12 March at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Closes: Sunday, 13 March at 2:00 pm

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

Having fathered an illegitimate child with his lover Marie, feckless soldier Franz Woyzeck takes odd jobs around his small town to provide some extra money for them. One of these is volunteering for experiments conducted by a local doctor, who puts Woyzeck on a diet of peas; this serves to drive him to the brink of madness, and the discovery that Marie is conducting an affair with the local drum major exacerbates the situation. Pushed too far, Woyzeck resorts to violence. Based on the true story of Johann Christian Woyzeck, a lowly soldier in Leipzig, Germany, this remains one of the most enigmatic and influential works of modern theatre. The exploration of the dehumanizing tests Woyzeck was put through to determine if he should be held responsible for his actions, and the implications of these tests, provide the impetus of Buchner's episodic and radically innovative play. 

*For more on Woyzeck, Director Andrew Borba and Drama Chair Gary Busby were recently interviewed by Laguna Woods Village Television. View the interview here.*

 Spring 2016 Productions
 

An Enemy of the People
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Jane Page

Performances:
Opens: Saturday, 30 April at 8:00 pm
Sunday, 1 May at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 4 May at 7:30 pm
Thursday, 5 May at 8:00 pm
Friday, 6 May at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 7 May at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Closes: Sunday, 8 May at 2:00 pm

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

The future is looking bright in Dr. Stockmann's hometown on the coast of southern Norway. At his urging, the town has built therapeutic Baths, which will invite tourists and their dollars. However, trouble arrives when the Doctor discovers that the water of the Baths is teeming with bacteria, guaranteed to make everyone sick. Ridiculed and persecuted by the townsfolk for his honesty, he is declared an "enemy of the people." This classic Ibsen text explores the intersection of standing alone to tell an uncomfortable truth versus bowing to the corruption of a complacent majority. It also questions whether there is even such a thing as absolute truth; in Ibsen's words, "A normally constituted truth lives—let us say—as a rule, seventeen or eighteen years, at the outside twenty, very seldom more. And truths so patriarchal as that are always shockingly emaciated." 

 

Evita - all undergraduate musical
Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Travis Kendrick
Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby

Performances:
Opens: Friday, 27 May at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 28 May at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

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

One of the most popular musicals of the modern era, Evita is the story of Argentina's controversial First Lady, Eva Peron. The play opens with her awe-inspiring funeral - attended by seven million devoted followers - and takes the audience back through the previous ten years, explaining how a B-movie actress became the object of such passionate and zealous devotion. This semi-staged concert version of the full musical score takes us from Eva's humble beginnings in rural Argentina in the 1930s, through her impoverished years and eventual success as an actress in Buenos Aires, to her eventual place by the side of president Juan Peron as the beloved yet politically polarizing figure of "Evita." The original Broadway production of Evita was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

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*Production Photo Credit - Paul Kennedy