THEM! Drama Series
Written by Tadeusz Słobodzianek
Jane Page, Director
December 1 – 4, 2016
Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
Our Class tells the story of a group of Polish and Jewish classmates beginning in 1925, first examining the atrocities they suffer as war breaks out in their town and anti-Semitism erupts in a series of rapes, murders, and instances of torture. As we follow the few survivors throughout the remainder of their lives, they attempt to reckon with the past, trying in retrospect to make sense of seemingly senseless events. At its core this is a universal tale of collective blame, inexplicable history, and the dangers of xenophobic group think leading to the scapegoating of entire populations.
Evenings: Dec. 1, 2, 3 @ 8 p.m.
Evening: Dec. 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Dec. 3, 4* @ 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
Director Jane Page and lead actress Jennifer Holcombe on "ThisDay" live with host Ken Golendberg.
UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama’s production of Our Class partners with SOAR, the UCI on-campus Emergency Food Pantry.
An estimated 400,000 people are at risk of hunger every month in Orange County, 42% of whom are children. Our Class is a play examining individual and community responsibility and how one person can, and does, make a difference in society. Let’s share this message by making a difference today by accepting the challenge to help end hunger.
What: Non-perishable Food Drive in partnership with the UCI Emergency Food Pantry.
Where: At every performance of OUR CLASS at xMPL theatre in the Contemporary Arts Center at UCI
When: Performances December 1-4, 2016
Questions? Contact JanePage@UCI.edu
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.”