THEM! Drama Series
Written and Directed by Eli Simon
Composer and Sound Designer: Vincent Olivieri
March 11 – 19, 2017
Claire Trevor Theatre
Clown Aliens is a collaborative production created in 2013, when it was commissioned by the National Theater of Romania as the second installment of the Simon/Olivieri War of the Clowns saga. The story follows a family of clowns who leave their home on Clown Planet and become inhabitants of Earth, encountering the same hatred and bigotry that many outsiders face when trying to fit into contemporary American life. Clown Aliens explores the trials and tribulations of assimilation, and how strangers in a strange land desperately hold onto their heritage and family ties. This piece might best be described as “an epic clown funk musical,” with an original score composed by Vincent Olivieri.
Evenings: March 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m.
Evening: March 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: March 12*, 18, 19 @ 2 p.m.
*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.
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.”