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UCI Drama examines motherhood, inequality and humanity in Lisa Loomer’s LIVING OUT

UCI Drama examines motherhood, inequality and humanity in Lisa Loomer’s Living Out

Irvine, Calif., February 25, 2020 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) presents Lisa Loomer’s Living Out, a comic drama focused on immigration and working mothers. The show is directed by Jane Page, head of the directing program at UCI, and will be presented in the intimate Robert Cohen Theatre. The play opens on Saturday, March 7, with matinee and evening performances through Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Living Out was chosen as part of UCI Drama’s Jubilee year, celebrating women, as an essential story about mothers. Set in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, the play focuses on Ana and Nancy, who make the same choice to leave their children in the care of others. Both do so for their families, but Ana is an undocumented Salvadoran, while Nancy is a high-powered attorney. The story explores the shared humanity between them and the...

UCI Drama Presents Margaret Atwood’s THE PENELOPIAD

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: CONTINUING UCI DRAMA’S YEAR OF WOMEN

UCI Drama Presents Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Irvine, Calif., January 17, 2020 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) presents Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, a retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. The production boasts an all-female cast portraying both the female and male roles, incorporating quick on-stage costume changes and a myriad of characters. The show opens in the Claire Trevor Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with matinee and evening performances through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Focusing on Penelope and her twelve maids, Atwood presents the audience with a female point of view. Her take on this classic tells a story of sisterhood, teamwork, and betrayal. From this new perspective, the audience experiences a female power that only comes from the collective presence. The Penelopiad...

UCI Drama Opens its Season of Women with an Examination of the “Me Decade” in Company

UCI DRAMA OPENS ITS SEASON OF WOMEN WITH AN EXAMINATION OF THE “ME DECADE” IN COMPANY

Irvine, Calif., October 31, 2019 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Department of Drama opens its 2019-20 season with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning 1970 musical comedy Company at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The book, written by George Furth, tells the story of Robert, a confirmed bachelor who, on the night of his 35th birthday, contemplates his unmarried state. Throughout a series of several social events, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. Robert is forced to question his bachelorhood during a meaningful array of interactions. The show opens Sunday, Nov. 17, and closes on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2019, offering both matinee and evening performances.

Company is directed by New Swan Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director and Chancellor’s Professor of Drama...

UCI Drama Presents the U.S. Premiere of James Fritz’s Provocative Play PARLIAMENT SQUARE

UCI DRAMA PRESENTS THE U.S. PREMIERE OF JAMES FRITZ’S PROVOCATIVE PLAY PARLIAMENT SQUARE

Irvine, Calif., February 28, 2019 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts presents the U.S. premiere of the provocative new play Parliament Square written by award-winning playwright James Fritz and directed by Jane Page. The show will be performed in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) at the Contemporary Arts Center, UC Irvine March 9 - 17, 2019.

Parliament Square examines one young woman’s commitment to carry out an act of protest despite the cost of this decision to herself and her family in the hope of making a difference. As is true so often in life, the plans do not go off as expected. The remainder of the play examines the revisionist historical telling of her life’s events, and the “cost” this fabrication extracts from her and the lives of those around her. This hard-hitting and poignant play...

UCI Drama Presents the California Premiere of James Fritz’s Provocative Play PARLIAMENT SQUARE

UCI DRAMA PRESENTS THE CALIFORNIA PREMIERE OF JAMES FRITZ’S PROVOCATIVE PLAY PARLIAMENT SQUARE

Irvine, Calif., February 28, 2019 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts presents the California premiere of the provocative new play Parliament Square written by award-winning playwright James Fritz and directed by Jane Page. The show will be performed in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) at the Contemporary Arts Center, UC Irvine March 9 - 17, 2019.

Parliament Square examines one young woman’s commitment to carry out an act of protest despite the cost of this decision to herself and her family in the hope of making a difference. As is true so often in life, the plans do not go off as expected. The remainder of the play examines the revisionist historical telling of her life’s events, and the “cost” this fabrication extracts from her and the lives of those around her. This hard-hitting and...

UCI Drama plays with language and love in the classic THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

UCI DRAMA PLAYS WITH LANGUAGE AND LOVE IN THE CLASSIC THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, GUEST DIRECTED BY SHISHIR KURUP

Irvine, Calif., November 20, 2018 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2018-19 season, entitled “Against All Odds,” with Oscar Wilde’s classic farce The Importance of Being Earnest. Guest directed by actor-director Shishir Kurup, it will play December 1 – 9 2018 in the Little Theatre on the UC Irvine campus. Widely thought to be Wilde’s most popular play, the rich language and quick wit of Earnest is a perennial draw, with this production given a notable depth of texture by Kurup’s dedication to drawing out a deeper level of resonance beneath the sparkling dialogue.

UCI Drama’s season theme was chosen as a way to highlight stories of those who have faced significant adversity, yet persevered; though the narrative of this play is relatively light, the...

UCI Drama Celebrates Women in Law with the Award-Winning Musical LEGALLY BLONDE

UCI DRAMA OPENS ITS SEASON BY CELEBRATING WOMEN IN LAW WITH THE AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL LEGALLY BLONDE

Irvine, Calif., October 22, 2018 –  UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama opens its 2018-19 season, entitled “Against All Odds,” with the irresistibly fun musical Legally Blonde at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe’s 2007 Broadway hit, with a book by Heather Hach based on the Amanda Brown novel and movie of the same name, was nominated for multiple Tony Awards and won an award for Best Touring Musical in 2009. This story of Elle Woods’ journey, which begins as a quest for love and ends as a story of personal transformation, cleverly embeds its message of empowerment in a pink and rollicking world of music, humor, and double entendre.

Directed by the Drama department’s Head of Music Theatre Myrona DeLaney, Musically Directed by MFA candidate Benet Braun, and choreographed by...

UCI Drama tackles rage, love, and disillusionment in Green Day’s American Idiot

UCI DRAMA TACKLES RAGE, LOVE, AND DISILLUSIONMENT IN GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT

Irvine, Calif., May 10, 2018 –  UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama wraps its 2017 – 18 season, The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business, with Green Day’s iconic and defiant musical American Idiot. With songs from the punk band’s 2004 album of the same name, as well as additions from their follow-up 21st Century Breakdown, the soundtrack combines a visceral howl of coming-of age-disillusionment with the sharp-tongued political commentary that is Green Day’s trademark.

Directed and choreographed by Professor Andrew Palermo, UCI Drama’s production is the final offering in a season of shows that have tackled issues around the intersection of power, politics, and social and interpersonal (in)equity. With a set and costumes that intone a post-apocalyptic disconnection, the characters offer a lyrical counterpoint with...

The Coup de Comedy Festival 2018 is back for a 6th year!

IRVINE, Calif.  (April 18, 2018) – UC Irvine's Improv Revolution (iRev) continues its tradition of The Coup de Comedy Festival 2018, a 4-day celebration of free fun for the community, featuring some of the best comedic talent in the world. iRev is an improvisational ensemble composed of undergraduate students from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). This year’s festival will be May 9-12, 2018 in the Little Theatre, Nixon Theatre, Winifred Smith Hall, xMPL, and other workshop spaces at CTSA.

Admissions to all festival events, workshops, and performances are free, however, reservations are required because of limited seating in each venue. Early sign-ups are highly encouraged; a limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.

To place reservations and obtain more information or calendar updates go to

https://improvrevolution.org...

UCI Drama investigates history repeating in Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

UCI DRAMA INVESTIGATES HISTORY REPEATING IN TONY KUSHNER’S A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

Irvine, Calif., April 10, 2018 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2017 – 18 season “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business” with Professor Andrew Borba’s fresh look at Tony Kushner’s ever-relevant A Bright Room Called Day. First written in 1985, at the play’s center is a group of friends in 1930s Berlin, experiencing the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Interspersed with this primary narrative is a contemporary American character, weighing parallels between the rise of Hitler, Reagan-era conservatism and the present day.

With language more prescient than Kushner could likely have imagined at the play’s inception, the current production’s resonance is deeply enhanced by its corresponding historical moment. With references to “false history,”...

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