For me, plays, movies, dramas — live or on TV — afford boundless satisfaction. The welcome opportunity to explore the thoughts of a creator of theatre works came during an interview enjoyed with UCI Professor Annie Loui.Read More
Author: Terry Schilling
The West Coast Premiere of “Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt” Returns Like an Ark from the Pandemic Flood
We have all been thirsting for images and dialog distinct from what’s flushing from our current insentient media portal. UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, like an ark, disembarks with something living: The west coast premiere of Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt (Rebecca). And it’s funny.
I had the good fortune of recently meeting Eli Simon, the director and helmsman of this ark. Eli has been teaching drama at UCI for the past 34 years.
Barclay President & Self-Described “Theatre Rat” Jerry Mandel Leads the Barclay Through the Pandemic
In 1990, the non-profit, 750-seat Barclay Theatre opened as a collaborative venture — owned by both the City of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned out the lights in theatres all around the world. Some, forever. Yet, the pandemic was not a show-stopper for the Barclay.
That’s because for the past six years, the Barclay’s president has been Jerry Mandel, a self-described “Theatre Rat.”
A long, l-o-n-g time ago — prior to masks and physical distancing — back in 2019, I attended an original play called Reading Frankenstein. It was staged in UCI’s Experimental Media and Performance Lab (xMPL).
UCI Arts Professor Antoinette LaFarge had worked with others on the adaptation of Mary Shelly’s classic Frankenstein.
Recently, we were able to chat face-to-face over coffee.Read More