Performances for 2019-2020

Drama at UCIrvine announces the 2019-2020 Season:

Women & Co.
A Centennial Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19 th amendment granted American women the right to vote. Achieving this was a milestone in a long and arduous struggle, but it certainly wasn’t the end of the fight for equality. 

This season, the Department of Drama pays tribute to women artists and their voices. Aside from our opening production of Company, all five remaining productions are written by a woman. Four out of the six mainstage shows this season will be directed by women. The majority of drama graduate students and doctoral students are women. And the majority of all drama undergraduate students in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts are women.

Yes, it is the year of the woman! Please come and join us in experiencing, exploring and celebrating our many diverse female artists.

Sincerely,
Don Hill
Season Producer

Reading Frankenstein


October 31, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Reading Frankenstein Co-created by Annie Loui, Antoinette LaFarge and Jim Fallon Directed by Annie Loui Visual Direction by Antoinette LaFarge In collaboration with neurobiologist Jim Fallon   October 31 – November 9, 2019 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) An intermedia performance about a 21st century artificial life scientist named Mary Shelley, who discovers that one of her experiments is running amok in her laboratory at the same time as the novel “Frankenstein” is haunting her imagination. Given the autonomy of A.I. and the accelerating scientific possibilities of CRISPR, Reading Frankenstein presents questions about ethics and evolution in an era of genetic possibility. PerformancesEvenings: Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m. Matinee: Nov. 2, 9 at 2:00 p.m.... more

Company: the musical, by Stephen Sondheim


November 17, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Company Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Music Direction by Lex Leigh Choreography by Allison Eversoll Chasteen Directed by Eli Simon   November 17 - 23, 2019 Irvine Barclay Theatre "Company" is a Tony Award-winning 1970 musical comedy featuring a soaring score by Stephen Sondheim. It tells the story of Robert, a confirmed bachelor who, on the night of his 35th birthday, contemplates his unmarried state. Throughout a series of dinners, drinks—and even a wedding—his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. Robert is forced to question his bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Director Eli Simon examines how the “Me Decade” launched a generation of young women and men looking for love, sometimes in all the wrong places.... more

Hoodoo Love


December 5, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Hoodoo Love Written by Katori Hall Directed by Tamiko Washington   December 5 - 8, 2019 Little Theatre Danger and desires suffuse this haunting tale of a woman struggling for control in her relationships with men in her life. Set in 1930s Memphis, "Hoodoo Love" tells the story of Toulou, an aspiring blues singer who is driven to seek the power of hexes and hoodoo to bind one man to her and to escape another who is far too close. Trigger warning: sexual violence Adult content / simulated sex Strobe lighting / flashes PerformancesEvenings: Dec. 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 7*, 8 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast after the Saturday, December 7th matinee. Tickets General... more

The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood


February 5, 2020 - February 9, 2020

The Penelopiad Written by Margaret Atwood Directed by Sara Rodriguez   February 5 - 9, 2020 Claire Trevor Theatre Margaret Atwood retells Homer’s classic "The Odyssey" from Penelope’s perspective. As Odysseus is indefinitely gone to fight in the infamous Trojan Wars, his wife patiently waits for him in the company of her loyal maids while raising a child and cleverly avoiding suitors knocking at her door. "The Penelopiad" takes the audience on an epic journey from Penelope’s birth in Sparta, to her arranged marriage to Odysseus, her journey to Ithaca, her relationship with Helen, the birth of her son, and her survival. All this os told posthumously by Penelope herself. From the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" PerformancesEvening: Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Evenings: Feb. 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 p... more

Living Out


March 7, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Living Out Written by Lisa Loomer Director, Jane Page Due to ongoing concerns for our guests safety, the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, has been canceled.  Tickets will be fully refunded through the box office. This event hosts less than 100 people at any given time. It is still scheduled to take place as planned. We have worked closely with central campus to ensure the safety of our guests.   March 7 - 14, 2020 Robert Cohen Theatre Lisa Loomer’s comic drama about immigration and working mothers could not be more timely. Ana and Nancy make the same choice to leave their children in care of others. Both do so for their families, but Ana is an undocumented Salvadoran, while Nancy is a high-powered attorney. The contrast makes for a play that is both funny and tragic as we... more

The Book of Will


April 16, 2020 - April 19, 2020

At CTSA, our priority is the health and safety of our students and community, including faculty, staff, production team, and supporters. In keeping with the decision released by UCI in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have decided to cancel or postponed all performances for the remainder of the Spring 2020 quarter. We are in the process of managing donations and the refunds to our ticketholders. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process. We are diligently working with our teams to reschedule any events that may be postponed to a later date. To learn more about UCI’s ongoing response to this crisis, please visit UCI’s dedicated COVID-19 website. Be safe and healthy, and remember to spread Art, not the virus! The Book of Will - CANCELED Written by Lauren... more

Hands on a Hardbody - CANCELED


June 4, 2020 - June 7, 2020

At CTSA, our priority is the health and safety of our students and community, including faculty, staff, production team, and supporters. In keeping with the decision released by UCI in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have decided to cancel or postponed all performances for the remainder of the Spring 2020 quarter. We are in the process of managing donations and the refunds to our ticketholders. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process. We are diligently working with our teams to reschedule any events that may be postponed to a later date. To learn more about UCI’s ongoing response to this crisis, please visit UCI’s dedicated COVID-19 website. Be safe and healthy, and remember to spread Art, not the virus! Hands on a Hardbody - CANCELED Music by Trey... more