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PAN DAMN IT! – A Live Zoom Reading of a New Play NOV 15th 4pm PST @ University of California, Irvine

photo credit: Steve Zylius / UCI

“Pan-Damn-It!” is a “zoom” play written by Kyung Hyun Kim, a faculty member in the Department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies at UC Irvine, and co-directed by Jane Page, a faculty member in UCI’s Drama Department, and Gavin Cameron-Webb, theater director. The script highlights the much-publicized mask debate in the US by juxtaposing the moral conflict between individual liberty and public health and by exposing the invisible social divisions that are complicated by the dynamic multi-ethnic makeup of Southern California.  Taken from the press release. Continue Reading

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Interview with Annie Loui Director and Adaptor of Longitude @ UCI Irvine – Podcast


A devised physical theatre production exploring invention, engineering & obsession in the 18th century.

LONGITUDE is a devised theater performance about 18th century inventor/clockmaker John Harrison, and his entry into the most important race of the century; to discover a means of measuring longitude.

March 16 – 18, 2017

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Performances:
Evenings: March 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m.  2017
Matinees: March 18 @ 2 p.m.

FREE

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AMB Theatre Podcast #54 presented by OCR : Evita @ Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine

May 27 & 28, 2016

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Synopsis: One of the most popular musicals of the modern era, Evita is the story of Argentina’s controversial First Lady, Eva Perón. The play opens with her awe-inspiring funeral — attended by seven million devoted followers — and takes the audience back through the previous ten years, explaining how a B-movie actress became the object of such passionate and zealous devotion. Taken from www.bandsintown.com/

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Black & White Gothic Tale : Clybourne Park @ University of California, Irvine – Review

Daniella Litvak 

Clybourne Park is a title that would not be out of place on a bookshelf of Gothic novels.  The play itself has a lot of Gothic elements and the setting is gloomy.  There is a fallen hero in the story and the characters are dealing with doubt, tragedy, and transition.  All of these features add atmosphere and tension to this satire about race and real estate. 

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Nicole Cowans and Amandla Bearden star in “Clybourne Park” Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

The play begins in the year 1959.  Bev and Russ are selling their home in Clybourne Park –a suburban neighborhood in Chicago.  However, the community is appalled to learn the buyers are African-American.  Flash forward to 2009 where Clybourne Park has become a predominately African-American neighborhood, and a white couple are moving in. Continue Reading

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Our Life : The Black Youths Stories Project – An Interview with Ross Jackson & Megan Gainey @ University of California, Irvine


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Written by Patrick Chavis 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the creators of UCI’s new original play “[Our Life] The Black Youth Stories Project”.  Writers Ross Jackson and Megan Gainey spoke freely about their journey making this extensive project. 

So how did you get together to create this project?

Megan: Well we got together because we are together. (Megan and Ross laugh together). I was just sort of the person he was venting to about his ideas, and I was like oh cool other ideas.

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