ARTeater Alumni: Enjoy a pre-show reception in Studio 4, 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., with light refreshments. Alumni with tickets to the Friday show are invited and welcome to attend.
Only UCI alumni can enjoy 2-for-1 tickets for Friday nights only. Normally priced $22 alumni tickets will be sold in multiples of two for $11 each yielding a $22 total per pair.
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- The fall season opens with Cabaret, written by Joe Masteroff and directed by Angela Cruz, and features choreography by Cyrian Reed, an asst. professor in the Department of Dance. Set in a tumultuous post-World War I Berlin, during the rise of the Nazi Party, American writer Clifford "Cliff" Bradshaw becomes romantically involved with cabaret performer Sally Bowles, whom he meets at the Kit Kat Club. As Nazi occupation in Germany mounts, Cliff's and Sally's relationship is similarly brought to bear in a series of increasingly dire and violent events. Cabaret will be staged at the Claire Trevor Theatre from November 11-18, 2023.
- In the winter, the department presents King Lear, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Lucas James Nelson. King Lear tells the tragic tale of King Lear, the aging king of Britain, who intends to divide his kingdom among his daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. Goneril and Regan smother him with provocations of love; Cordelia, however, declines to flatter her father and is consequently disowned and banished by Lear. In true Shakespearian tradition, betrayal ensues. King Lear will be staged at the Claire Trevor Theatre from February 3-10, 2024.
- Next will be The Bald Soprano, written by Romanian-French avant-garde playwright Eugène Ionesco and directed by Mihai Maniutiu. Considered an absurdist "anti-play," The Bald Soprano introduces the Smiths, a traditional, middle-class English couple who have invited the Martins—a similar couple—over for a visit. The two couples exchange rote, elliptical, nonsensical dialogue and are occasionally joined by Mary, the Smiths' housemaid, and the Fire Chief—Mary's former lover. The Bald Soprano kicks off at the Robert Cohen Theatre from March 9-16, 2024.
- Spring of 2024 introduces The Brothers Paranormal, written by Prince Gomolvilas. Two Thai American brothers set out to launch a ghost-hunting business after a nationwide rise in sightings of "Asian-looking ghosts." The two are soon called on to investigate the home of a couple who've been displaced by Hurricane Katrina—all of whom experience the haunting of a particularly malevolent spirit. The Brothers Paranormal will be staged at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) from April 27 to May 4, 2024.
- The season concludes with the latest Broadway hit, The Prom, written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin and co-directed by Don Hill and Daniel Keeling, with music direction by Trevor Bourland. The Prom follows four Broadway actors who journey to the conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, after learning that the town's local high school has banned Emma Nolan—a lesbian student—from bringing her girlfriend to the dance. The Prom plays at the Claire Trevor Theatre from June 1-8, 2024.