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“I Dream of Chang and Eng”

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 7:00am to Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 7:00am
Mainstage Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Theater Arts Department


by Philip Kan Gotanda

Directed by Gina Marie Hayes

I Dream of Chang and Eng follows the story of the original Siamese twins as they attempt to re-mount their successful European “freak-show” tour under the watchful eye of circus impresario P.T. Barnum. From this perspective, the twins look back on their life together – a childhood in Siam (Thailand), a long voyage across the ocean, life on a plantation in America – and their search for meaning in a life spent center stage. 

Featuring puppetry, a greek chorus, and freak-show trickery, I Dream of Chang and Eng spans three continents and several decades in a sweeping, surrealistic journey of discovery.

Fri-Sun, May 25-27 and Thu-Sun, May 31-June 3

7:00 pm (Sundays at 3:00 pm)

Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.

Running time: approx. 2 hrs 15 min (including one intermission)



POST-SHOW TALK-BACKS after both Saturday performances!

Saturday, May 26

Director Gina Marie Hayes and members of the cast of "I Dream of Chang and Eng"

Saturday, June 2

Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, UCSC alumna and writer/performer Brenda Wong Aoki, and musician Mark Izu (supported by UCSC's Merrill College and UCSC Alumni Association Distinguished Visiting Professor Funding)



Unreserved seating

$15 adults

$12 seniors (62+)

$12 students w/ ID


SPECIAL OFFER:  Buy-1-Get-1 FREE for Sunday, May 27 and Thursday, May 31 performances

Click HERE for 2-for-1 adult price tickets

Click HERE for 2-for-1 senior/student tickets


Tickets on sale ONLINE [click here] at the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159) and Santa Cruz Civic (831-420-5260) 



(Molly Intersimone's artwork used by permission)