Announcing Theatre's 2017-18 Season
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.
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 standard in investigative journalism but may have cost her more than we know.
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.
"Still Life With Iris" Presented in the Round
For the first production of the season, "Still Life with Iris" by Steven Dietz, Concordia University Irvine’s theatre was constructed in the round, with the audience surrounding the 360 degree stage. This fantasy adventure featured scenes which played to each of the four audience sections. Patrons could attend the production multiple times and experience the featured art, music, and literature from a different audience perspective each time.
Directed by Professor Professor Lori C. Siekmann the play was set in the magical land of Nocturno, where Iris’ memory was stolen from her by a selfish King and Queen. She escapes and starts a quest to find her identity and her home. Music, movement and magic enhance the storytelling as we follow Iris on her journey. Iris must discover her past and make it home before it’s too late.
In May and June of 2017 Looseleaf Theatre Company presented Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare free to the public. Directed by Tony Vezner, the play depicted two great friends who head off in different directions—one travels, and one stays home. But their paths crossed as they fell in love with the same woman! This exciting love adventure from England’s greatest playwright had it all—music, a dog, marauding bandits, and a severe test of love and forgiveness. Audiences picnicked, laughed, and gave the performances standing ovations.
Looseleaf is the professional arm of the Concordia University Irvine Theatre Department, blending professional actors from L.A. and Hollywood with Concordia students in performances that are free and open to the public in the great open air Nelson Amphitheater on campus. The company was named “Looseleaf" in honor of Concordia’s shady outdoor amphitheater and the company’s focus on classics (which might be found in older, loose-leaf books).
Now entering its 7th season, Concordia students involved in Looseleaf work in all areas of theatre, including acting, stage management, costumes, and backstage technical production. Looseleaf provides students the chance to gain their first professional credits while still in college.