Performances for 2018-2019

UCI Drama – 2018/19 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.

Daniel Gary Busby, Drama Chair/Producing Artistic Director

Legally Blonde

November 10, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Legally Blonde Music & Lyrics by Nell Bejnamin and Laurence O'Keefe; Book by Heather Hach Directed by Myrona DeLaney Musically Directed by Benet Braun, graduate music director Choreographed by Andrew Palermo   November 10 - 18, 2018 Irvine Barclay Theatre 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! This event contains fog / haze effects. Performances: Evenings: Nov. 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Nov.14 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Nov. 11*, 17, 18 at  2:00 p.m. Tickets: General... more

The Importance of Being Earnest

December 1, 2018 - December 9, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest Written by Oscar Wilde Directed by Shishir Kurup   December 1 - 9, 2018 The Little Theatre 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.” Performances: Evenings: Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 2*, 8, 9 at  2:00 p.m. CTSA Main Box Office open noon to 4pm next 12/5 - 12/7; opens directly at Little Theatre starting 1 hr. before performances through 12/9 (cash only) PLEASE NOTE, AN EVENT AT... more

The Survival Project

January 25, 2019 - January 27, 2019

The Survival Project Written and Directed by Mihai Măniuțiu January 25 - 27, 2019 Robert Cohen Theatre This original work by Mihai Măniuțiu was inspired by The Negro Motorist 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.” The Survival Project is as much about the narratives of survivors as it is about love, connectedness and mental health. Through physical and vocal expression, it seeks to critically analyze the human condition by showcasing seemingly disparate narratives from around the world and showing... more

Parliament Square

March 9, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Parliament Square Written by James Fritz Directed by Jane Page March 9 - 17, 2019 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) 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?   Performances: Evenings: Mar. 9, 14*, 15*, 16 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Mar. 13* at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Mar. 10**, 16, 17 at  2:00 p.m. Tickets: General $18 Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty... more

The Refugee Hotel

April 27, 2019 - May 5, 2019

The Refugee Hotel Written by Carmen Aguirre Directed by Juliette Carrillo   April 27 – May 5, 2019 Robert Cohen Theatre 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. Conatins haze/fog/smoke... more

The Pajama Game

June 1, 2019 - June 8, 2019

The Pajama Game Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler... more