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Drama at UCIrvine announces the 2019-2020 Season:

Women & Co.
A Centennial Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19 th amendment granted American women the right to vote. Achieving this was a milestone in a long and arduous struggle, but it certainly wasn’t the end of the fight for equality. 

This season, the Department of Drama pays tribute to women artists and their voices. Aside from our opening production of Company, all five remaining productions are written by a woman. Four out of the six mainstage shows this season will be directed by women. The majority of drama graduate students and doctoral students are women. And the majority of all drama undergraduate students in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts are women.

Yes, it is the year of the woman! Please come and join us in experiencing, exploring and celebrating our many diverse female artists.

Sincerely,
Don Hill
Season Producer

 Fall 2019 Productions
 

Company
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Eli Simon
Musical Direction by Lex Leigh
Choreographed by Allison Eversol

Performances:
Evenings: Nov. 21, 22, 23             8:00 p.m.
Evening: Nov. 19, 20                     7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Nov. 17*, 23                  2:00 p.m.

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

$25 / $21 / $12

Irvine Barclay Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

"Company" is a Tony Award-winning 1970 musical comedy featuring a soaring score by Stephen Sondheim. It tells the story of Robert, a confirmed bachelor who, on the night of his 35th birthday, contemplates his unmarried state. Throughout a series of dinners, drinks—and even a wedding—his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. Robert is forced to question his bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Director Eli Simon examines how the “Me Decade” launched a generation of young women and men looking for love, sometimes in all the wrong places.

 

Hoodoo Love
Written by Katori Hall
Directed by Tamiko Washington

Performances:
Evenings: Dec. 5, 6, 7                        8:00 p.m.
Evening: Dec. 8                                  7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Dec. 7*, 8                           2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

The Little Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

Danger and desires suffuse this haunting tale of a woman struggling for control in her relationships with men in her life. Set in 1930s Memphis, "Hoodoo Love" tells the story of Toulou, an aspiring blues singer who is driven to seek the power of hexes and hoodoo to bind one man to her and to escape another who is far too close.

 Winter 2020 Productions
 

The Penelopiad
Written by Margaret Atwood
Directed by Sara Rodriguez

Performances:
Evenings: Feb. 6, 7, 8                       8:00 p.m.
Evening: Feb. 5                                 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Feb. 8, 9*                          2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

Claire Trevor Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

Margaret Atwood retells Homer’s classic "The Odyssey" from Penelope’s perspective. As Odysseus is indefinitely gone to fight in the infamous Trojan Wars, his wife patiently waits for him in the company of her loyal maids while raising a child and cleverly avoiding suitors knocking at her door. "The Penelopiad" takes the audience on an epic journey from Penelope’s birth in Sparta, to her arranged marriage to Odysseus, her journey to Ithaca, her relationship with Helen, the birth of her son, and her survival. All this os told posthumously by Penelope herself.

 

Living Out
Written by Lisa Loomer
Directed by Jane Page

Performances:
Evenings: Mar. 7, 12, 13, 14         8:00 p.m.
Evenings: Mar. 11,                        7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Mar. 8*, 14, 15              2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

Robert Cohen Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

Lisa Loomer’s comic drama about immigration and working mothers could not be more timely. Ana and Nancy make the same choice to leave their children in care of others. Both do so for their families, but Ana is an undocumented Salvadoran, while Nancy is a high-powered attorney. The contrast makes for a play that is both funny and tragic as we witness the terror of the undocumented and the devastating effects of inequality in our society.

 Spring 2020 Productions
 

The Book of Will
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Joshua Max Feder

Performances:
Evenings: April 16, 17 , 18             8:00 p.m.
Evenings: April 19                          7:30 p.m.
Matinees: April 18*, 19                   2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

Claire Trevor Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

 

Hands on a Hard Body
Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Book by Doug Wright
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Musical Direction by Leslie Wickham
Choreographed by Andrew Palermo

Performances:
Evenings: Jun. 4, 5, 6                        8:00 p.m.
Evening: Jun. 7                                  7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Jun. 6*, 7                           2:00 p.m.

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

$18 / $15 / $11

Claire Trevor Theatre
For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787
Tickets may also be purchased online here.

In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. For 10 gritty contestants, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it.  Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor, and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. It's an absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, but the contest proves to be much more.

Fall 2019 Productions | Winter 2020 Productions | Spring 2020 Productions