Mrs. Packard

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 Melissa Livingston and actress Jennifer Holcombe.

Evenings: Feb. 3, 8, 9, 10 at  8:00 p.m.
Evening: Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Feb. 4*, 10, 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Approx. running time: 2 hrs., plus a 15-min. intermission

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

General $18
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $15
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at



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.


February 3, 2018 - 8:00pm
February 4, 2018 - 2:00pm
February 7, 2018 - 7:30pm
February 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
February 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
February 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
February 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
February 11, 2018 - 2:00pm