Performances for 2017-2018

Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2017-2018 Season:

The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business

Money talks. In an age when politicians are carefully-crafted public figures bought and paid for by lobbyists, Super PACs, corporate dollars and—potentially—a foreign government, a failed reality-TV star holds the office of the most powerful leader in the free world. Unsupported promises are more powerful than provable facts, and the interests of the ruling class are carried on the backs of the voiceless many… this is the era of the business of politics/the politics of business: where dirty deals are done daily.

Zotfilm Mega Auditions

October 19, 2017

Zotfilm Mega Auditions Presented by Zotfilm and UCI FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) Network   Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. SSL (Social Science Lab) 248 Open casting calls are being held for UCI students interested in acting for Zotfilm Fall 2017. Zotfilm is a subdivision of FADA (Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance) located on the UC Irvine campus. Zotfilm is a student run organization that focuses on bringing together student filmmakers from the UC Irvine campus in an effort to give students the skills and expertise needed once they join the film industry. For Mega Auditions, actors will be performing a prepared 1-minute monologue (of their choosing) in front of numerous filmmakers at UCI. Zotfilm filmmakers will be looking to cast actors... more

Chess - the Musical

November 11, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Chess Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; Lyrics by Tim Rice Directed by Robin Buck Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby   November 11 – 18, 2017 Irvine Barclay Theatre* This iconic 80s musical develops the ancient game of chess into a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue. The loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian Champion, the Hungarian-American chess second, and the discarded wife all vie for attention and dominance. Think Trump-Putin and their minions in a “reality TV-style” concert setting. Performances: Evenings: Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees: Nov. 12*, 18  at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Tickets: General $25 Seniors... more

Is There Life After Birth?

November 17, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Is There Life After Birth?   Directed by Melissa Livingston, MFA Directing Candidate   Written in collaboration with Lindsey Chanel, Sarah Medina, Monica Minix, Brooke Morris, Molly O'Donnell, Kerry Vang, Ashlyn Weatherford With so much debate in our society about when life begins, does anyone think about the life of the mother? What if the mother is a teenager and in the foster care system? For these young women, Is There Life After Birth? This production tells the story of what life before and after birth is like for the young mothers who live at Mary’s Shelter, a group home for pregnant teens and teen mothers in Orange County. Performances: Friday, November 17 @ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 18 @ 12:00 p.m. Studio 4 on the Arts Campus (CTSA STU 4... more

Intimate Apparel

December 2, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Intimate Apparel Written by Lynn Nottage Directed by Jane Page   December 2 – 10, 2017 Little Theatre Esther Mills, a skilled African-American seamstress in 1905 NYC, dreams of saving enough money to open her own beauty parlor. Romance beckons in the form of George Armstrong, a stranger who writes to her from his work on the Panama Canal; after George arrives in New York City, and after they are married, Esther discovers that she is not the only one who misrepresented herself during their correspondence courtship. Performances: Evenings: Dec. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Dec. 3*, 9, 10 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast. Recently featured on... more


January 25, 2018 - January 28, 2018

SHE Directed by Annie Loui   January 25- 28, 2018 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) Artistic Director of CounterBalance Theater and UCI Drama Professor Annie Loui, will create and premiere a new physical theater work at the xMPL (Experimental Media Performance Lab) in the Contemporary Arts Center at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, based on the recently published novel by New York Times “Editor’s Choice” novelist and UCI Professor, Michelle Latiolais. SHE will use a combined graduate and undergraduate team of performers and designers to construct the story of a runaway teenager in Los Angeles.  Exploring the strata of Los Angelenos (from the homeless under a freeway bridge, to an upscale gallery owner) our protagonist looks for a job, meaning,... more

Mrs. Packard

February 3, 2018 - February 11, 2018

Mrs. Packard Written by Emily Mann Directed by Melissa Livingston, MFA Directing Candidate   February 3 – 11, 2018 Claire Trevor Theatre Mrs. Packard tells the story of a great American woman’s struggle to right a system gone wrong. On the morning of June 18, 1860, Reverend Theophilus Packard had his wife, Elizabeth, removed against her will from their home and committed to the state-run insane asylum for her liberal beliefs. Elizabeth remains true to her principles in the face of intense hardship. The play cuts back and forth from her time in the asylum and the trial she fought for that eventually set her free. Parental guidance suggested due to mature theme and content, may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age. Ken Goldenberg from "... more

Plumas Negras

March 10, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Plumas Negras Written and Directed by Juliette Carrillo   March 10 – 18, 2018 Robert Cohen Theatre In 1963, Concha comes to Salinas, California looking for work to support her family in Mexico. Since women are not hired in the fields, she cuts her hair and dresses like a man to get work. In 1980, her abandoned daughter, Perla, follows her mother’s footsteps north for fieldwork. Perla’s daughter, Aurora, pulls her family out of the fields through education, but Perla does not understand her daughter’s ambition. Aurora turns to her ancestor, Concha, for support. Performances: Evenings: Mar. 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: Mar. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Mar. 11*, 17, 18 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the... more

Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Lear Project

March 15, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Lear Project Directed by Philip Thompson   March 15-18, 2018 Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) Sometimes the emotional weight of a great text can prevent us from really hearing what's being spoken. The actors, the sets and costumes, and we as an audience can become so wrapped up in the feeling of the play, that it's difficult to really attend to what’s being said, and to hear it as if for the first time. For King Lear, a play obsessed with the stripping away of layers of identity and attachment, this is particularly problematic. In this intimate, stripped-down production, we hope to make it possible for audiences to hear the play more simply and immediately. Performances Evenings: March 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m.... more

Giving Day 2018

April 25, 2018

Giving Day 2018: Kick-Off Party Date: 4/25/2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: The Green Room Café Spend the day at the Green Room Cafe in the Arts Plaza with the Arts Ambassadors for giveaways, coffee, treats, and fun! Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is raising funds for student scholarships. We need your help to spread the word and help us unlock $10,000 in challenge gifts. Follow us @CTSA_UCIRVINE and using the hashtags #ArtEaters & #UCIGivingDay. Click here for the official CTSA Ambassador Toolkit for images, post ideas, and tips. Check out the video below for a sneak peak.

A Bright Room Called Day

April 28, 2018 - May 6, 2018

A Bright Room Called Day Written by Tony Kushner              Directed by Andrew Borba   April 28 – May 6, 2018 Robert Cohen Theatre 1930s Berlin: a group of left-leaning friends struggle to understand the world around them as Hitler rises to power. While they claim to have lofty ideals, they do not actively resist. Meanwhile, these events are contrasted with a parallel presentation of events in America in the 1980s by a modern day activist who insists on taking action to fight repression and authoritarianism. Performances: Evenings: Apr. 28, May 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m. Evening: May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Apr. 29*, May 5, 6 at 2:00 p.m. *Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance... more

Coup de Comedy Festival 2018

May 9, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Coup de Comedy Festival 2018 May  9-12, 2018 All welcome to over 30 FREE Events & Performances (download the full schedule) For reservations and calendar updates go to: Coup de Comedy website iRev’s Facebook Page Festival registration site 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 events, workshops, and... more

Zotfest 2018

June 2, 2018

Zotfest 2018 Presented by UCI FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) Network   Saturday, June 2, 2018  4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Humanities Instruction Building (HIB 100)   FADA presents Zotfest which will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in HIB 100 at the UC Irvine campus. Zotfest is the annual student film festival hosted by Film-Arts-Drama Alliance, a UCI campus organization dedicated to collaborative student filmmaking. Our mission is to showcase and celebrate the filmmaking talent of UC Irvine students. With the inauguration of our 18th festival at UCI we are honored to invite all UCI students and faculty on campus to come and enjoy a day of screening nominated films for our different award categories.  Join us for the pre-party... more

American Idiot

June 2, 2018 - June 9, 2018

American Idiot Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer; Music by Green Day; Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong         Directed by Andrew Palermo   June 2 – 9, 2018 Claire Trevor Theatre Bold, brash, and fun, American Idiot takes Green Day’s chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. American Idiot follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia” and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence. Each of the men struggles to find the balance between rage and love — a conflict that defines their generation, in the socio-political climate of the Trump era. Performances: Evenings: Jun. 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00... more

The Winter's Tale

July 5, 2018 - September 1, 2018

The Winter's Tale New Swan Shakespeare Festival (Exit, pursued by a bear.) July 5 - September 1, 2018 Beth Lopes, Associate Artistic Director Visit the website for information: New Swan Shakespeare Festival

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 6, 2018 - August 31, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream New Swan Shakespeare Festival "The course of true love never did run smooth." July 6 -  August 31, 2018 Eli Simon, Artistic Director Visit the website for information: New Swan Shakespeare Festival