Love theater but hate driving up to LA?  Me, too!  So let's take advantage of having UCIrvine's Department of Drama right in our own backyard.  Check out these three upcoming shows. The Last Lifeboat looks at the Titanic tragedy from a different perspective: the sordid aftermath.   I can't wait to see Metamorphoses.  Rumor has it there'll be LOTS of water onstage; cool production values to be seen.  Cat of a Hot Tin Roof is one of those classic plays you've gotta see.  "What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?-I wish I knew... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can..."  - Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.


The Last Lifeboat -- faculty directed workshop

Written by Luke Yankee; Directed by Don Hill

 Last Lifeboat

 This world premiere of Luke Yankee's latest play, The Last Lifeboat, reveals the untold story of J. Bruce Ismay, owner of the White Star Line at the time of the sinking of the Titanic. His decision to save himself rather than go down with the ship made him the scapegoat for one of the greatest disasters of all time. An ensemble cast playing multiple roles tells this epic tale which explores not only the tragedy itself, but the sensationalized trials and aftermath of a night that changed the world forever.


Experimental Media Performance Lab Performances:

Opens: Friday, 14 November at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 15 November at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, 16 November at 2:00 pm

Thursday, 20 November at 8:00 pm

Friday, 21 November at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 22 November at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Closes: Sunday 23 November at 2:00 pm


Written by Mary Zimmerman; Directed by Annie Loui


Metamorphoses is adapted from the classic Ovid poem and was nominated for three Tony awards in 2002, and earned Zimmerman a Tony for Best Direction of a Play.  To metamorphose is to change/undergo transformation by enchantment. Zimmerman's Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change, and explores links between myth, theatre and therapy. As one character in the play states, "Myth is a public dream!"

 Claire Trevor Theatre Performances:

 Opens: Saturday, 15 November at 8:00 pm

Sunday, 16 November at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 19 November at 7:30 pm

Thursday, 20 November at 8:00 pm

Friday, 21 November at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 22 November at 2:00 pm and 8:00pm

Closes: Sunday, 23 November at 2:00 pm

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Written by Tennessee Williams; Directed by Jane Page

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the complex family relationships of the wealthy cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt. "Cat" embodies the recurring theme of mendacity, especially relative to bowing to the complicated rules of social conduct in Southern society and culture. The recurring line "Wouldn't it be funny if it was true?," in response to proclamations of love, says much about the human fascination with "love" and the uncertainty that surrounds it.

Little Theatre Performances:

Opens: Saturday, 6 December at 8:00 pm

Sunday, 7 December at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 10 December at 7:30 pm

Thursday, 11 December at 8:00 pm

Friday, 12 December at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 13 December at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Closes: Sunday, 14 December at 2:00 pm

For ticket information, please contact the UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787

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