THEM! Drama Series
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Don Hill, Director
Dennis Castellano, Music Director
June 3 – 10, 2017
Claire Trevor Theatre
Avenue Q is an "autobiographical and biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programs such as PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything." As adults, however, they have discovered (to their surprise and dismay) that in the real world options are limited, and even their defining qualities render them no more "special" than anyone else.
Evenings: June 3, 8, 9, 10 @ 8 p.m.
Evening: June 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: June 4*, 10 @ 2 p.m.
*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $14
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11
Daniel Gary Busby, Artistic Director
UCI Drama’s 2016 – 17 season, THEM!, explores our tendency – both as individuals and as societal groups – to separate and cast blame on “The Other.” Through a series of plays and musicals that investigate religious persecution and genocide, the castigation of physical difference, interpersonal alienation, and our xenophobic reaction to other cultures culminating in war, we examine the ways in which we so often look to identify a scapegoat rather than find mutual understanding and acceptance. Present throughout the plays of the season we hear the voices of “them.”