The Iliad: Menin (Rage)

THEM! Drama Series

The Iliad: Menin (Rage)

Written by Homer with translation by Stephen Mitchell 
Annie Loui, Director and Choreographer


October 13 – 16, 2016

Winifred Smith Hall

This dramatic movement piece is constructed in the style of CounterBalance Theatre, in which actors play multiple characters, as well as animals and architecture. Physical depictions of gods, monsters and nature personified are embodied by the ensemble of performers who play multiple speaking parts and all of the movement roles. Taking place ten years into the Trojan War, this is a story about reputation and honor, and how they create the ultimate THEM and US: a world in which friends and allies become enemies, and even the immortals come down to earth to take sides.

Evenings: Oct. 13, 14, 15^ @ 8 p.m.
Matinees: Oct. 15^, 16* @ 2 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.
^Ticketholders: Please us for an "after-panel" sponsored by Illuminations.

Illuminations “After-Panels”

Here’s your chance for a Q & A session with the cast and crew!

Saturday, October 15
Matinee (2:00 pm, Winifred Smith Hall)
Oren Izenberg and Annie Loui; plus the cast and artistic team

Saturday, October 15
Evening (8:00 pm, Winifred Smith Hall)
Zina Giannopoulou (Greek context) and Andrew Zizzos (epic responses); plus Annie Louie, cast, and artistic team

General $15
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.”

October 13, 2016 - 8:00 pm
October 14, 2016 - 8:00 pm
October 15, 2016 - 2:00 pm
October 15, 2016 - 8:00 pm
October 16, 2016 - 2:00 pm