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Drama at UCIrvine announces the 2020-2021 Season:

Year of the Jubilee (Innovation) 

Sharing work and perspective by artists whose voices have been marginalized. 


 Fall 2020 Productions

Back Home (An Orginal Musical) 
Book & Lyrics by Kate Chadwick
Music by Josh Freilich

A Digital Production 
Directed by Myrona DeLayney 
Musical Direction by Leslie Wickham

Kay Oscars is an abstract painter and bartender living in NYC. She’s just lost her job and her apartment, and because of that, she’s got to move back to California (where she never thought she’d live ever again). On her way home from the airport, she meets a taxi driver (Camila Rodriguez) who shares that she, too, has a complicated relationship with notions of home. Camila’s honesty shocks Kay out of her self-pity, and she’s quite shaken. When the ride is over, Camila finds herself quite shaken, too. A connection has been made. Throughout the course of a summer, Kay and Camila forge a bond (through the rideshare app they found each other on, and eventually in person) that changes them both irrevocably. Back Home is a sweeping story of friendship, rebirth, transition, transformation, family, difference, and ultimately finding a sense of home as a young woman in an unforgiving world.


She Kills Monsters 
Written by Qui Nguyen 

A Zoom Event 
Directed by Beth Lopes

This Drama-Comedy tells the story of Agnes Evans, an average woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly in a car accident. Having been very distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes embarks in an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing a Dungeons & Dragons module that Tilly had written, and discovers things she'd never imagined.


 Winter 2021 Productions

Written by Sarah Ruhl 

A Zoom Event
Directed by Annie Louie 

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.


Human Error 
Written by Eric Pfeffinger 

A Zoom Event 
Directed by Jane Page 

Madelyn and Keenan are NPR-listening, latte-sipping blue-staters who are planning a family. Or they were, anyway, until the fertility clinic screwed up and accidentally implanted their fertilized embryo in another uterus — a uterus belonging to a small-government churchgoing NRA cardholder. Can these ideologically hostile couples make it together through nine months of gestation without killing each other?

 Spring 2021 Productions

Resilience, Resistance, Radiance (Working Title) 
A Devised Theatre Project by the Ensemble

A Zoom Event 
Directed by Juliette Carrillo 
A Co-Production with: Brick Theatre Company; Black Door Theatre Company; Brown Bag Theatre Company; and Theatre Works. 


El Henry
Written by Herbert Siguenza 

A Digital Porduction 
Directed by Herbert Siguenza (Guest Director) 

A Chicano futuristic adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One, It's the year 2045 in a huge, run-down metropolis called Aztlan City (formerly San Diego), where political apathy and corruption run the city while violent barrio families run the streets. It's a harsh new world where Hispanics, Mexicans and Chicanos rule as the majority in this new society abandoned by Anglo America. When El Hank, the ambitious leader of all the barrios, finds his street kingdom threatened by El Tomas and his hot-headed son El Bravo, he seeks the help of his brave and charismatic son El Henry. But El Hank finds his son wrapped up with a bunch of low-life thieves and drunkards headed by the lazy Fausto. Written in a unique poetic cadence called Calo, which mixes urban Spanish and English slang, this world- premiere adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One explores the universal themes of this classic through the lens of Mexican-American machismo.


Junk: A Rock Opera 
Music and Lyrics by Brainpool 
Aditional Music and Lyrics by Shakina Nyafack

A Digital Production 
Co-Directed by Shakina Nayfack (Guest Director) and Andrew Palermo

Junk takes place in a near-future urban wasteland run by Junk Incorporated. Anna, a Junk employee, dreams of starting a revolution with her all-girl rock band, the MetroJets. Her ambitions are thwarted when she finds herself caught in a dangerous triangle between her boss, Ernie, who owns the last nightclub in the city, and the office janitor, Max, who wants to help her escape the drudges of corporate life.