Parliament Square

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?  

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.

General $18
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $15
Art Subscribers $14
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11

If tickets are available at the door, you may purchase on-site for CASH ONLY. We always recommend purchasing ASAP.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with special guest, British playwright James Fritz
**Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

Learn more about Parliament Square from writer James Fritz:


  • This play contains adult language and themes exploring the topic of self-immolation.
  • For those sensitive to repetitive, dramatic light changes: There are many blackouts in the final part of our show, with lights appearing to quickly click on and off.
  • This event uses laser-based projections; please do not look into the beams of light from the projectors.

We will be collecting dried goods before each performance, to supply UCI's Food Pantry Program.

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.

March 9, 2019 - 8:00pm
March 10, 2019 - 2:00pm
March 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
March 14, 2019 - 8:00pm
March 15, 2019 - 8:00pm
March 16, 2019 - 2:00pm
March 16, 2019 - 8:00pm
March 17, 2019 - 2:00pm