Performances for 2017-2018

Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2017-2018 Season:

The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business

Money talks. In an age when politicians are carefully-crafted public figures bought and paid for by lobbyists, Super PACs, corporate dollars and—potentially—a foreign government, a failed reality-TV star holds the office of the most powerful leader in the free world. Unsupported promises are more powerful than provable facts, and the interests of the ruling class are carried on the backs of the voiceless many… this is the era of the business of politics/the politics of business: where dirty deals are done daily.

Chess - the Musical

November 11, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Chess Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; Lyrics by Tim Rice Directed by Robin Buck Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby   November 11 – 18, 2017 Irvine Barclay Theatre* This iconic 80s musical develops the ancient game of chess into a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue. The loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian Champion, the Hungarian-American chess second, and the discarded wife all vie for attention and dominance. Think Trump-Putin and their minions in a “reality TV-style” concert setting. Performances:Evenings: Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees: Nov. 12*, 18  at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Tickets: General $25 Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty... more

Intimate Apparel

December 2, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Intimate Apparel Written by Lynn Nottage Directed by Jane Page   December 2 – 10, 2017 Little Theatre Esther Mills, a skilled African-American seamstress in 1905 NYC, dreams of saving enough money to open her own beauty parlor. Romance beckons in the form of George Armstrong, a stranger who writes to her from his work on the Panama Canal; after George arrives in New York City, and after they are married, Esther discovers that she is not the only one who misrepresented herself during their correspondence courtship. Performances:Evenings: Dec. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 3*, 9, 10 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Recently featured on "ThisDay" live with Ken... more

Mrs. Packard

February 3, 2018 - February 11, 2018

Mrs. Packard Written by Emily Mann Directed by Melissa Livingston, MFA Directing Candidate   February 3 – 11, 2018 Claire Trevor Theatre Mrs. Packard tells the story of a great American woman’s struggle to right a system gone wrong. On the morning of June 18, 1860, Reverend Theophilus Packard had his wife, Elizabeth, removed against her will from their home and committed to the state-run insane asylum for her liberal beliefs. Elizabeth remains true to her principles in the face of intense hardship. The play cuts back and forth from her time in the asylum and the trial she fought for that eventually set her free. Parental guidance suggested due to mature theme and content, may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age. Ken Goldenberg from "ThisDay" interviews Director... more

Plumas Negras

March 10, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Plumas Negras Written and Directed by Juliette Carrillo   March 10 – 18, 2018 Robert Cohen Theatre In 1963, Concha comes to Salinas, California looking for work to support her family in Mexico. Since women are not hired in the fields, she cuts her hair and dresses like a man to get work. In 1980, her abandoned daughter, Perla, follows her mother’s footsteps north for fieldwork. Perla’s daughter, Aurora, pulls her family out of the fields through education, but Perla does not understand her daughter’s ambition. Aurora turns to her ancestor, Concha, for support. Performances:Evenings: Mar. 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m.Evening: Mar. 14 at 7:30 p.m.Matinees: Mar. 11*, 17, 18 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.... more

Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Lear Project

March 15, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Lear Project Directed by Philip Thompson   March 15-18, 2018 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) Sometimes the emotional weight of a great text can prevent us from really hearing what's being spoken. The actors, the sets and costumes, and we as an audience can become so wrapped up in the feeling of the play, that it's difficult to really attend to what’s being said, and to hear it as if for the first time. For King Lear, a play obsessed with the stripping away of layers of identity and attachment, this is particularly problematic. In this intimate, stripped-down production, we hope to make it possible for audiences to hear the play more simply and immediately. Performances Evenings: March 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Matinee: March 18 at 2:00 p... more

Giving Day 2018

April 25, 2018

Giving Day 2018: Kick-Off Party Date: 4/25/2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: The Green Room Café Spend the day at the Green Room Cafe in the Arts Plaza with the Arts Ambassadors for giveaways, coffee, treats, and fun! Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is raising funds for student scholarships. We need your help to spread the word and help us unlock $10,000 in challenge gifts. Follow us @CTSA_UCIRVINE and using the hashtags #ArtEaters & #UCIGivingDay. Click here for the official CTSA Ambassador Toolkit for images, post ideas, and tips. Check out the video below for a sneak peak.

A Bright Room Called Day

April 28, 2018 - May 6, 2018

A Bright Room Called Day Written by Tony Kushner              Directed by Andrew Borba   April 28 – May 6, 2018 Robert Cohen Theatre 1930s Berlin: a group of left-leaning friends struggle to understand the world around them as Hitler rises to power. While they claim to have lofty ideals, they do not actively resist. Meanwhile, these events are contrasted with a parallel presentation of events in America in the 1980s by a modern day activist who insists on taking action to fight repression and authoritarianism. Performances:Evenings: Apr. 28, May 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: May 2 at 7:30 p.m.Matinees: Apr. 29*, May 5, 6 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Tickets: General $18 Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI... more

Coup de Comedy Festival 2018

May 9, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Coup de Comedy Festival 2018 May  9-12, 2018 All welcome to over 30 FREE Events... more

Zotfest 2018

June 2, 2018

Zotfest 2018 Presented by UCI FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) Network   Saturday, June 2, 2018  4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Humanities Instruction Building (HIB 100)   FADA presents Zotfest which will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in HIB 100 at the UC Irvine campus. Zotfest is the annual student film festival hosted by Film-Arts-Drama Alliance, a UCI campus organization dedicated to collaborative student filmmaking. Our mission is to showcase and celebrate the filmmaking talent of UC Irvine students. With the inauguration of our 18th festival at UCI we are honored to invite all UCI students and faculty on campus to come and enjoy a day of screening nominated films for our different award categories.  Join us for the pre-party at 4:00 p.m. Join us for the after-party... more

American Idiot

June 2, 2018 - June 9, 2018

American Idiot Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer; Music by Green Day; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong         Directed by Andrew Palermo   June 2 – 9, 2018 Claire Trevor Theatre Bold, brash, and fun, American Idiot takes Green Day’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia” and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence. Each of the men struggles to find the balance between rage and love — a conflict that defines their generation, in the socio-political climate of the Trump era. Performances:Evenings: Jun. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m.Evening: Jun. 6 at 7:30 p.m.Matinees: Jun. 3*, 9 at  2:00... more

The Winter's Tale

July 5, 2018 - September 1, 2018

The Winter's Tale New Swan Shakespeare Festival (Exit, pursued by a bear.) July 5 - September 1, 2018 Beth Lopes, Associate Artistic Director Visit the website for information: New Swan Shakespeare Festival

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 6, 2018 - August 31, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream New Swan Shakespeare Festival "The course of true love never did run smooth." July 6 -  August 31, 2018 Eli Simon, Artistic Director Visit the website for information: New Swan Shakespeare Festival

2018 New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre

July 30, 2018 - August 10, 2018

New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre   July 30-August 10 Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm Ages 14-19   Experience the one-of-a-kind New Swan Shakespeare Festival!  Train in acting for theatre and audition preparation through coursework including voice, movement, improv and more. Students will work alongside actors from our New Swan Shakespeare Festival and esteemed UCI faculty as they participate in sessions that reflect the coursework taught to our undergraduate drama majors.  Material will focus on Shakespeare and contemporary performance, as well as voice and movement.  Additional studio and classroom-based sessions will also be offered that help students prepare for the collegiate and professional world.  Some sessions may be split based on students' levels, but all... more

Mad Madge: A CounterBalance Theater Premiere

October 26, 2018 - October 28, 2018

A CounterBalance Theater Premiere MAD MADGE AND HER BLAZING WORLD Adapted and Directed by Annie Loui Based on the novel by Danielle Dutton Margaret the First   October 26 - 28, 2018 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)   “I am as ambitious as ever any of my sex was, is, or can be:  though I cannot be Henry the 5th or Charles the 2nd, I endeavor to be Margaret the 1st.” A devised theater production about the first female science fiction writer and infamous Restoration celebrity, Margaret Cavendish --  known for her scientific theories and fantasies, and her scandalous fashion statements. 8 transforming actors play 100’s of characters and all the palaces, animals and fantasy characters in a devised theater performance about the 1650’s celebrity Duchess Margaret Cavendish, “... more

Love’s Labour’s Lost

February 19, 2019 - February 25, 2019

Love’s Labour’s Lost  Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrew Borba February 19 - 25, 2019 Claire Trevor Theater In pursuit of fame, the youthful King of Navarre and his faithful friends have sworn to study, fast, and to see no women for three years - but this is before they realize the Princess of France and her entourage are arriving on a diplomatic visit. One of Shakespeare’s most playful and delightful comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost explores the lightness, labors and limits of learning, loving and growing up. Performances: Evenings: Feb. 19, 21, 22, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee: Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. Free admission with reservation Presented by UCI Iluminations and the UCI Shakespeare Center This production is running in repertory with  HOLD STEADY directed by Eli... more


February 20, 2019 - February 26, 2019

HOLD STEADY Written by Tira Palmquist Directed by Eli Simon February 20 - 26, 2019 Claire Trevor Theater It's the weekend of a high school ten-year reunion, and a group of friends gathers. But it's hard to feel like there's much to celebrate when they're saddled with debt, concerned about their current choices, worried about their future. Seeing their friends reminds them who they thought they'd be, and how far they have to go to get there. Performances: Evenings: Feb. 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission with reservation Presented by UCI Iluminations This production is running in repertory with LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST directed by Andrew Borba

Celebrate UCI 2019

April 20, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Visit the campus event page for more details and to register. Celebrate UCI 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:30 AM to 2 PM Arts Campus... more

Musical Theatre - 2019 Summer Camp

July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019

  Musical Theatre   Session 1: July 8-July 12 Session 2: July 29-August 2 Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm Ages 14-19   Act, sing, dance!  Advance your triple threat skills learning from one of the top college musical theatre programs in the nation. Modeled after our top-ranking UCI Drama Department Musical Theatre program, student will participate in a one-week intensive focused on acting, singing, and dancing.  In addition, workshops and master classes in other related areas will be offered to prepare students for the collegiate and professional world.  Some sessions may be split based on students' levels, but all students will work together towards a final piece.  The Academy will end with a final showcase for family and friends (more details to be shared). There will be no... more

Tickets On Sale

August 6, 2019

Tickets On Sale The 2019-20 Season has arrived!   Subscription packages on sale now! Single Tickets on sale August 6,2019 The 2019-20 season is here with the inaugural issue of CONNECT, the new quarterly publication for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Read about Fall exhibitions and events along with features about faculty and students. Season subscription packages are on sale now with single tickets available starting on Tuesday, August 6th. Get your favorite seats early for big shows like “Company” a musical by Stephen Sondheim, “Dance Visions 2020” the premier faculty dance concert, or UCI Opera’s “The Scarlet Letter” – shows that are all performing at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Plus so much more! LAUNCH CONNECT

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice on Trial

October 29, 2019

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice on Trial  Directed by Eli Simon Produced by Julia Lupton   Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:00 p.m.  Irvine Barclay Theatre Join UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson and Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as the stage becomes the courtroom in this mock trial of one of Shakespeare’s most legally fraught plays. Free admission with registration Sponsored by UCI Illuminations, UCI Shakespeare Center, UCI Law, the Dept. of English, and the Dept. of Drama with the generous support of Kirk Davis, Jr.

HOLLYWOOD and the RED SCARE: the Deportation of Hanns Eisle

February 22, 2020

HOLLYWOOD and the RED SCARE: the Deportation of Hanns Eisle A concert   February 22, 2020 8 p.m. Winifred Smith Hall Austrian composer Hanns Eisler settled in the United States in 1938 after fleeing National Socialism in Germany. He found success in Hollywood, writing numerous film scores, and continued to write songs and orchestral works. In 1947, as part of the first-wave of anti-Communist “witch-hunts” in Hollywood, he was interrogated by the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) and blacklisted. Described by Republicans as “the Karl Marx of music,” Eisler left the United States in 1948 and eventually settled in East Germany, where he composed the national anthem for the GDR. This program of songs from the “Hollywood Songbook” by Hanns Eisler uses text from the actual... more

21C: Tzaqik | a tale, of many

March 27, 2020 - March 29, 2020

21C: The Institute for 21st Century Creativity Tzaqik | a tale, of many - POSTPONED Directed and Produced by Jesús E. López Vargas Choreographed by Piper Bockstahler Music Composed by Dimitri Soto   Thursday, March 27, 7:30pm Friday, March 28, 4:00, 8:00pm Saturday, March 29, 4:00, 8:00pm Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) Inspired by the myth of the Mayan twin gods from the Popol Vuh, we present the story of a God doomed to live on the Moon, watching the miseries & tragedies of human kind. In a compassionate effort to find a cure for human sadness, he tears off his wings & falls to Earth, now walking amongst the living.

Wellness Wednesday: Comedy = Better Life

May 20, 2020

Wellness Wednesday, presented by the UCI Alumni Association Comedy = Better Life With Joel Veenstra, MFA '11   Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7 - 8 p.m. PDT Via Zoom Who doesn't like to laugh? Comedy brightens up our lives in so many ways, especially in uncomfortable and uncertain times. Join the Anteaters in the Arts Chapter and learn how comedy works in this way as well as some techniques that can help you enjoy your present life more with laughter. About Our Speaker Joel Veenstra is a professional stage manager, production manager, producer, and improviser. Veenstra serves as the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts' (CTSA) Drama Department's Associate Chair of Production. In 2017, Veenstra and Theresa Robbins Dudeck launched the Global Improvisation Initiative (GII) Symposium at UCI... more

Improv Royale!

May 26, 2020

Improv Royale! Two teams enter, one team leaves Performed by the Drama 135 class   Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:00 p.m. Zoom link here. (Connect with the teams on social media) A Series of Unfortunate Zooms  vs. ZOOMBOMAFOO A FREE virtual comedy experience! The show will run around 60 minutes (more or less). This event will take place on Zoom, the video and web conferencing app (free accounts available through A Zoom link will be sent shortly before the show on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 5 p.m.. Please RSVP on Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook account, please email Prof. Joel Veenstra (click here) for more information. Featuring these incredible talents:on A Series of Unfortunate Zooms: Kasey Inez Cassandra Lynn Matthew Byrd Tyler Hayn Diemmi Le Peter Newell... more

Radio Plays Listening Party

June 1, 2020 - June 3, 2020

Radio Plays Listening Party Led by UCI Drama professor Juliette Carrillo, and performed by UCI Drama students   June 1... more

The Business of Show Business

June 6, 2020 - June 6, 2020

UCI Alumni and Anteaters in the Arts present The Business of Show Business with speaker Don Hill, Chair of the Department of Drama Saturday, June 6, 2020 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT Via Zoom Don Hill, UCI Drama Department Chair and Professor of Stage Management, is joining the Anteaters in the Arts to present an introductory version of his vitally important course: The Business of Show Business. This virtual workshop is preceding the summer session of "Show Biz Biz" and will teach you the necessities of creating a career launch pad, the art of networking, and how to become unstoppable. About Our Speaker: Don Hill has worked in the professional theatre as a director, stage manager, production manager, producer and union negotiator in a 35 year career spanning both coasts. As Associate... more

UCI Drama Theatre Guild Event

June 7, 2020

A UCI Drama Theatre Guild Event Music Selections from Hands on a Hardbody Sunday, Jun 7, 2020 3:00 p.m. (PDT) Via Zoom Join us for a Zoom talkback and presentation regarding the UCI Drama spring musical Hands on a Hardbody. Since the show, unfortunately, had to be canceled, the department of drama is bringing together some of the cast members and the show director Myrona DeLaney for an insightful look at this musical. In addition, the chair of the department and season producer, Don Hill, will be announcing the Drama 20-21 season at the event. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of music and education.  Speakers:Don Hill, Chair, Department of Drama, Professor of Teaching, Stage ManagementMyrona Delaney, Associate Professor of Teaching, Head of Music Theatre This is a free... more

Summer Academies LITE – Drama

July 20, 2020 - August 5, 2020

Arts Outreach Summer Academies LITE – Drama July 20-24, 2020 August 3-5, 2020 Sessions between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PDT The Summer Academies LITE program is a free modified version of our in-person Summer Academies in the Arts that focuses on college admissions preparation and professional development opportunities for students in a virtual learning environment. For students seriously considering pursuit of educational and/or career pathways in acting performance, students will be able to learn foundational knowledge and best practices used for college and professional audition processes in the theater and film industries. Learn 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.)