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Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2021-2022 Main Stage Season:
Subject to change pending COVID realities
Special Presentation of a filmed production from last year's season
October 1-31 - On Demand
Human Error is about 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?
Our Return to the Stage
Thursday, November 11 - 8 pm (Invited Preview)
Audio Theater has been known by many names and has been around for a long time (some say the late 1800s). A quick definition is that these are plays that are conveyed purely through sound—the voice, the music, the sound effects, etc. They had their first rush of popularity through radio and now have a renewed appeal and accessibility through podcasts. Some shows are presented live (and therefore may have some visual effect) and others are produced completely in the studio. But audio theater plays share the common emphasis on sound and the imagination.
This series of six shows are diverse in their themes and characters. Each creative team will be making unique choices for how to best share the story. They’ll be offered as a show that will run about two hours and will be presented live on the stage of the Claire Trevor Theatre from November 11 to November 13. Then after the run, we’ll be sharing the recordings--highlighting one show at a time.
We look forward to sharing these vibrant aural worlds with you as we Return to the Stage in the fall.
Cynthia Bassham and Vincent Olivieri, Co-Producers
When Will Mi Hija Visit Me? by Cindy El
Nearer by Far by Erica Clare Bogan
Do You Trust Me by Summer Session
The Informant by Grace McCarney
The Happiest Bunch by Mary Hill
Lie in State by Melíza Gutierrez
Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt
Our Return to Laughter
Saturday, January 29 - 8 pm
Wednesday, February 2 - 7:30 pm
Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt by Kristoffer Diaz is a modern day five-door farce. The overarching theme is to find, express, and celebrate your true calling in life. The action takes place in a renovated hotel, The Hotelman Arms, in Chicago, where the motto is, “No privacy is the new privacy.” The cast features a wide range of idiosyncratic roles including the title bunter who just wants to have fun, a mystery writer working on her next bestseller, a blogger trying to capture the next big thing, various members of the hotel staff who are either trying to hide or make love to the guests, and baseball executives that are vying to sign Rebecca to a major league deal. The pace is fast and furious.
Written by Anton Chekhov | Translated by Ryan McKittrick and Julia Smeliansky
Our Return to Imagination
Directed by Summer Session
Saturday, March 5 - 8 pm
Wednesday, March 9 - 7:30 pm
The Seagull is the first of Anton Chekhov’s realistic plays. The Seagull is a 4 act, slice of life drama filled with comedic irony about artists navigating through life. The play deals with the human condition and the conflict between ourselves and others. Come along with us as we delve into artistic creation, anguish, compassion and the struggles of an artist in this new take on a well known classic.
Written by Lucy Prebble
Our Return to Intimacy
Saturday, April 23 - 8 pm
Wednesday, April 27 - 7:30 pm
The Effect is a cynical romantic comedy that takes place within the confines of a clinical drug trial. Tristan and Connie meet while undergoing the anti-depressant trial and become quick friends and then more. The question is: how can they know if they’re feelings are real or simply a side-effect of their treatment. The Effect asks us to examine our relationships to the world, each other, and ourselves.
Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Our Return to Sharing the Journey
Wednesday, June 1 - 7:30 pm
Into the Woods is a modern classic by James Lapine and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. It is easily one of the most popular works of the canon, and rightfully so. Through innovative storytelling, musical sophistication and dark comedy, the world's most popular fairy tale characters are brought together to create a thought-provoking piece that challenges both our perception of life and "happily ever after". Into the Woods is especially relevant as we emerge from the isolation we have experienced during pandemic lockdown, serving as an encouraging reminder that "no one is alone".