Performances for 2020-2021

A Midsummer Night's Zoom


August 26, 2020 - August 29, 2020

The New Swan is back -- with a Zoom performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This special live streaming production opens in a place called Zoomland before moving to the forest of your dreams. "A Midsummer Night's Zoom" is directed by Eli Simon and features New Swan actors from our 2018 production, as well as some sparkling new New Swan talent. It has been re-envisioned for the medium of Zoom acting and live streaming. We are dividing the play into halves, with interactive discussions led by Julia Lupton following each evening's performance. All events will stream from the New Swan Shakespeare Center YouTube channel. Part I Wednesday, August 26, 6 pm PST Guest scholar: Julia Lupton, UCILive stream Part II Thursday, August 27, 6 pm PST Guest scholar: Matthew Smith, Azusa Pacific... more

South Coast Repertory presents an Interview with Octavio Solis and Juliette Carrillo


August 31, 2020

South Coast Repertory presents An Interview with Octavio Solis hosted by UCI Drama professor Juliette Carrillo Live streaming Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 5:30 p.m. Available to watch Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2020 Join South Coast Repertory (SCR) on Monday, Aug. 31, ​at 5:30 p.m., for their online celebration of the legacy, history and family lineage of food continues. UCI Drama Prof. Juliette Carrillo sits down live with Playwright Octavio Solis. Best known to Orange County audiences for La Posada Mágica, which ran for 15 holiday seasons, Solis' relationship with SCR dates back more than three decades. He lent his talents to the blockbuster animated film Coco and wrote the critically acclaimed novel Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border. Octavio now lives and writes on his working... more

Ten Dollar Taco


September 14, 2020 - September 20, 2020

South Coast Repertory presents Ten Dollar Taco A Radio Play by Juliette Carrillo music and sound design by David R. Molina   Sept. ​14-20, 2020 Online South Coast Repertory commUNITY’s three-part exploration of the legacy, history and family lineage of la comida continues with an original radio play to thrill your senses. Part fantasy, part adventure, part archeological dig, this exciting new work explores the playwright’s growing connection to the culinary artistry of her Mexican and Californian heritage. Ten Dollar Taco features artists from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, as well as others from throughout the Southern California community. Free and available to ​stream Sept. ​14-20, 2020 It will be accessible on multiple platforms... more

Department of Drama Events


September 30, 2020

Please check back for more information this summer regarding upcoming programs, including the annual Fall musical, which will be presented as an online event. Stay tuned! (Pictured: Company, Fall 2019. Photo by Paul R. Kennedy.)

Drama: Arts & Innovation Series


October 15, 2020 - December 17, 2020

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CTSA Graduate Research Colloquium


October 30, 2020

CTSA Graduate Research Colloquium Friday, October 30, 2020 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. PST Online Join the Claire Trevor School of the Arts for the first Speaker Series presenting scholarly and creative work done by the graduate students in Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. Presenters: Omar Costa Hamido, Department of Music Amy E. Shine, Department of Drama Brittany N. Woo, Department of Dance Questions: Contact Vincent Olivieri, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, olivieri@uci.edu Free registration here

CTSA Graduate Research Colloquium


November 13, 2020

CTSA Graduate Research Colloquium Friday, November 13, 2020 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. PST Online Join the Claire Trevor School of the Arts for the first Speaker Series presenting scholarly and creative work done by the graduate students in Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. Presenters: Ivy Guild, Department of Art Yihui Liu, Department of Music Fox Worth, Department of Drama Questions: Contact Vincent Olivieri, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, olivieri@uci.edu Free registration here

CTSA Graduate Research Colloquium


December 4, 2020

CTSA Graduate Research Colloquium Friday, December 4, 2020 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. PST Online Join the Claire Trevor School of the Arts for the first Speaker Series presenting scholarly and creative work done by the graduate students in Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. Presenters: Brandye Lee, Department of Dance Laura Solomon, Department of Art Jesús López Vargas, Department of Drama Questions: Contact Vincent Olivieri, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, olivieri@uci.edu   Free registration here   Please visit our secure direct giving page and make a gift to support CTSA today! Make a Gift

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, By Qui Nguyen


December 5, 2020 - December 13, 2020

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms By Qui Nguyen Directed by Beth Lopes Co-Art Directed by Merle DeWitt III and Nita Mendoza Sound Design by Josh Price Stage Management by Arielle Singer and Avery Evans   December 5 - 13, 2020 Online A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games! In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Greetings, adventurer!  Welcome to the magical world of Dungeons... more

COMING 2021: Human Error


January 1, 2021 - March 1, 2021

COMING 2021 Human Error Written by Eric Pfeffinger Directed by Jane Page Assistant Directed by Audrey Napoli Dramaturgy by Scott Stone Vocal Coaching by Cynthia Bassham Scene Design by Melissa Tobar Costumes by Denise Larsson Lighting by Erik Alkire Sound Design by JJ Margolis Stage Management by Avery Evans   Coming 2021 Online Madelyn and Keenan are NPR-listening, latte-sipping blue-staters who are planning a family. Or they were, anyway, until the fertility clinic screwed up and accidentally implanted their fertilized embryo in another uterus — a uterus belonging to a small-government churchgoing NRA cardholder. Can these ideologically hostile couples make it together through nine months of gestation without killing each other? PerformancesPremiere: TBD   Free admission Check... more

Detroit '67


February 3, 2021 - February 7, 2021

Detroit '67 Written By Dominique Morisseau Directed by Margaret Kemp Stage Management by Bri Westad   February 3 - 7, 2021 Online In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots. PerformancesEvenings: Feb. 3, 4, 5 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Matinees: Feb. 6, 7 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific   Register NowFree RSVP   Please visit our secure direct giving page and make a gift to support Drama today! Make a Gift

COMING 2021: "The Jubilee and Me" - Songs I never got to sing.


February 12, 2021

COMING 2021 "The Jubilee and Me" - Songs I never got to sing. Directed by Karole Foreman Sound Design by JJ Margolis Visual Consultation by Jesús López Vargas Stage Management by Lyla Flashman Music Direction by Leslie Wickham   Coming 2021 Online Join us for a new musical revue featuring students from the department of drama presented entirely online! PerformancesPremiere: TBD Opening night moved from 11/21 & 11/28   Free admission Check back often for updates   Please visit our secure direct giving page and make a gift to support Drama today! Make a Gift