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Drama at UCIrvine announces the 2018-2019 Season:

Against All Odds
History provides countless examples of individuals, communities, and nations facing desperate, unjust, and even seemingly impossible circumstances; yet somehow, time and again, they find the will and the means to overcome. These are the stories that make great theatre, and indeed, that keep us personally inspired and hopeful in difficult times. As citizens of this particular sociopolitical moment, when we are bombarded from every outlet to the brink of despondent apathy, we invite you to join us in living journeys of those who were faced with substantial adversity, but survived – and thrived – against all odds.

 Fall 2018 Productions
 

Legally Blonde
Music & Lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe
Book by Heather Hach
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Musical Direction by Benet Braun
Choreographed by Andrew Palermo

Performances:
Evenings: Nov. 10, 15, 16, 17       8:00 p.m.
Evening: Nov. 14                           7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Nov. 12*, 17, 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.

Everyone underestimates Elle Woods (herself included), but when she heads to Harvard to win back her boyfriend, she finds much more in store for her future. Tackling stereotypes, harassment, and scandal, Elle learns that through realizing her promise – while staying true to herself – she can effect positive change… and still look fabulous doing it!

 

The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Shishir Kurup

Performances:
Evenings: Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8                    8:00 p.m.
Evening: Dec. 5                                  7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Dec. 2*, 8, 9                       2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

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

This Victorian farce is much more than a comedy of crossed wires and mistaken identity. As a closeted gay man in Victorian England, author Oscar Wilde deftly infuses deception into the plot of Earnest as a mirror of the deception he was forced to live. In retrospect, the work is both a comic masterpiece and a brilliant encoding of “the love that dare not speak its name.”

 Winter 2019 Productions
 

The Survival Project
Written and Directed by Mihai Maniutiu

Performances:
Evenings: Jan. 25, 26                       8:00 p.m.
Evening: Jan. 27                               7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Jan. 26, 27*                     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.

This original work by Mihai Măniuțiu was inspired by The Green Book, a travel guide for African American motorists, published annually between 1936 and 1966. Măniuțiu has used this historical work as inspiration for an original dance-theatre performance piece that explores exclusion and provides a survival guide for those who, given the odds stacked against them, “should not survive.”

 

Parliament Square
Written by James Fritz
Directed by Jane Page

Performances:
Evenings: Mar. 9, 14                     8:00 p.m.
Evenings: Mar. 12, 17                   7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Mar. 10*, 16                  2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

In a world where information saturates to the point of desensitization, news stories are increasingly horrific, and the “truth” is a constantly moving target, how can one individual hope to make a difference? This hard-hitting and poignant play asks whether political protest can ever effect change and unflinchingly asks: what are we willing to sacrifice for our beliefs?  

 

Eurydice
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Andrew Borba

Performances:
Evenings: Mar. 15, 16                   8:00 p.m.
Evenings: Mar. 10, 13                   7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Mar.  9, 17                    2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

 Spring 2019 Productions
 

The Refugee Hotel
Written by Carmen Aguirre
Directed by Juliette Carrillo

Performances:
Evenings: Apr. 27, May 2, 3, 4       8:00 p.m.
Evening: May 1                              7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Apr. 28*, May 4, 5          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.

This dark comedy, set in a modest Vancouver hotel, is about Chilean refugees who struggle with the various tragicomic effects of fleeing their homeland. Laid bare in the fictionalized autobiographical details of the play are universal truths that victims and survivors of political oppression continue to experience everywhere – and about love’s power to heal.

 

The Pajama Game
Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Directed by Don Hill

Choreographed by 

Performances:
Evenings: Jun. 1, 6, 7, 8                    8:00 p.m.
Evening: Jun. 5                                  7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Jun. 2*, 8                           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.

With its combination of classic score, engaging personal story, and meaningful political issues, this four-time Tony Award-winning musical is as resonant today as it was at its premiere nearly 65 years ago. At the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory handsome Sid Sorokin and feisty Union rep “Babe” Williams fall hard for each other, but when the pair finds themselves on opposite sides of a labor dispute, sparks really start to fly!

Fall 2018 Productions | Winter 2019 Productions | Spring 2019 Productions