Robert Cohen Theatre

RObert Cohen Theate

Formerly known as the Studio Theatre, the Robert Cohen Theatre was renamed in honor of founding faculty member and Claire Trevor Emeritus Professor of Drama Robert Cohen. The theatre is a 47' x 47' (approximately) black box theatre with no standard seating layout so that the theatre can be a proscenium, thrust, arena space, etc. The black-box theatre is a flexible space that can be configured for a variety of productions.  Maximum seating capacity is 96.

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The Refugee Hotel

Written by Carmen Aguirre
Directed by Juliette Carrillo


April 27 – May 5, 2019

Robert Cohen Theatre

This dark comedy, set in a modest Vancouver hotel, is about Chilean refugees who struggle with the various tragicomic effects of fleeing their homeland. Laid bare in the fictionalized autobiographical details of the play are universal truths that victims and survivors of political oppression continue to experience everywhere – and about love’s power to heal.

Conatins haze/fog/smoke & a gunshot sound effect

Evenings: Apr. 27, May 2, 3, 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Evening: May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Apr. 28*, May 4, 5 at 2:00 p.m.

General $18
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $15
Art Subscribers $14
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11

Recommended for ages 16 years and up

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


UCI Drama – 2018/19 Season

“Against All Odds”

History provides countless examples of individuals, communities, and nations facing desperate, unjust, and even seemingly impossible circumstances; yet somehow, time and again, they find the will and the means to overcome. These are the stories that make great theatre, and indeed, that keep us personally inspired and hopeful in difficult times. As citizens of this particular sociopolitical moment, when we are bombarded from every outlet to the brink of despondent apathy, we invite you to join us in living journeys of those who were faced with substantial adversity, but survived – and thrived – against all odds.

- Gary Busby, Drama Chair/Producing Artistic Director

April 27 - 8:00 pm, April 28 - 2:00 pm, May 1 - 7:30 pm, May 2 - 8:00 pm, May 3 - 8:00 pm, May 4 - 2:00 pm, May 4 - 8:00 pm, May 5 - 2:00 pm
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