Irvine, Calif. (July 31, 2017)—The theatre department of Concordia University Irvine has announced its theatre offerings for the 2017-2018 academic year. Six productions, directed by Concordia theatre professors and starring University students, will be performed at the University Studio Theatre located on the campus at 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, starting Friday, September 8. This year’s productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night set to Elvis Presley music; the harrowing account of life inside the Blackwell Island Asylum by New York reporter Nellie Bly in 1887, and a free Shakespeare play in the Nelson Amphitheater. General admission is $15; seniors and non-Concordia students are $12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cui.edu/gotheatre
Still Life with Iris
September 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. and September 10, 17 at 2 p.m.
In the magical land of Nocturno, Iris’ memory has been stolen from her by a selfish King and Queen. She escapes and starts a quest to find her identity and her home. Will she discover her past and make it home before it’s too late? Suitable for all ages.
The Servant of Two Masters
October 27, 28 and November 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.
October 29 and November 5 at 2 p.m.
The servant Truffaldino must use every trick in the book to get two pairs of lovers guided to their wedding days over every obstacle available. First performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this rousing adaptation of the comic classic finds all the fun and inventiveness of its farcical roots and gives it a fun, modern sensibility. Suitable for all ages.
All Shook Up
January 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.
January 28 at 2 p.m.
What happens when you take inspiration from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, set in a little Midwest town in 1955, and add Elvis Presley music? You get ALL SHOOK UP! A heartfelt story of the power of music and love, this high-energy musical filled with dance, comedy and killer vocals will have you tapping your blue suede shoes. Suitable for all ages.
Ten Days in a Madhouse
March 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.
March 18, 25 at 2 p.m.
In 1887, young Nellie Bly was determined to be a New York reporter. She dared to have herself declared insane so that she could investigate first-hand the inner workings of the infamous Blackwell Island Asylum. Her harrowing account of life in the asylum and the mistreated women there created a new
Student-Directed One Acts
April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
April 29 at 2 p.m.
Two Concordia student directors—Ann Elyse DeMuch ’18 and Kylee Sullivan ’18—each direct a one-act play.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged; revised)
May 26, 27, 28 and June 2, 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Nelson Amphitheatre, Concordia University Irvine
The entire Shakespeare canon in one show. This madcap comedy tries to smoosh all of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies into one tasty treat of high silliness. A must-see for Shakespeare lovers and those who just like a great laugh. Presented by Looseleaf Theatre Co., Concordia Irvine’s professional theatre company, that gives students an opportunity to work onstage and backstage alongside professionals, and dedicated to bringing the classics—for free—to Orange County. Suitable for all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring an outdoor lunch and refreshments.
Concordia University Irvine offers a theatre major with emphases in acting and directing, and technical theatre and design. The Theatre Department is consistently invited to participate at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival where Concordia students and faculty have been lauded for their work.
About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a non-profit Lutheran Christian liberal arts four-year university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and athletics administration. CUI’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States just behind the Catholic Church. The NCAA DII private university enrolls over 4,000 students annually.
Contact: Orith Farago