Recent Productions

Abraham and Isaac in Jerusalem

by Robert Cohen UC Irvine 2010 A group of California student actors decide to mount their production of a medieval “Abraham and Isaac” cycle play in contemporary Jerusalem’s Rova Square, where they and their Hebrew and Arabic translators face a heckling audience of Israelis and Palestinians. “Deep religious awe and ironic kitsch collide like atomic  …  Read More »


by Samuel Beckett UC Irvine Fall 2008 This production included twenty lines from Beckett’s original French edition that the author had dropped from his own translation, but, fifty years ago, had written to Cohen that “you are free to put them back if you wish” (see below program note). The designs were by Darcy Prevost  …  Read More »

Blue Shade

Performed by the Transversal Theatre Company at UC Irvine, and the Romanian National Theatre Festival, Bucharest and theatres in Wroclaw, Lodz and Legnica (Poland), and Prague (Czech Republic) May-November 2006 This production, of Bryan Reynolds’ new play, was performed at Irvine and the four above cities in Eastern Europe, earning fine receptions at each performance  …  Read More »

Kiss Me Kate

Performed by at UC Irvine Winter 2006 The production, music directed by Gary Busby and Choreographed by Donald McKayle, played to exceptional reviews and full houses.


Review Excerpts at Colorado, 1982 “A roller-coaster ride through decadent modernity. Macabre, beautiful, and indeed, topless, the witches set the keynote. Macbeth’s eloquence and hallucinations came as much from champagne as from the horror of his deeds. Lady Macbeth’s power over him was openly sexual, underlined by her slinky gowns and her uninhibited sensuality. ‘Experiment’  …  Read More »

The Good Person of Szechuan

by Bertolt Brecht directed by Robert Cohen Review Excerpts “BRECHT’S EPIC ‘SZECHUAN’ STUNNING AT UCI. Director Robert Cohen has populated the immense stage with an admirable multicultural cast… brimming with ensemble excellence and laced with the playwright’s fire in the belly. Grays [as Shen Te] brings an electric presence to the stage.” —Daily Pilot –  …  Read More »