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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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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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Christmas Carol @ Musical Theatre Village in Irvine – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis

Christmas time is over, but that doesn’t stop the influx of Christmas plays, especially that Classic Charles Dickson play, A Christmas Carol (we reviewed three this year but couldn’t make them all). I’ve seen the movies, the plays, and the Christmas straight-to-TV versions. There is no shortage of creative versions here. Musical Theatre Villages version, ‘Scrooge,’ is a welcome addition to the ever-growing lexicon of Christmas Carol adaptions. With catchy music, exceptional performances by a few, and a fun-filled laid back spirit, this a perfect show for the entire family. Continue Reading

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