Ohlone College Playwrights Festival 2017 - 2016-2017 Season of the Theatre and Dance Department

Playwrights Festival 2017 poster (stage with red drapes).

The Student Repertory Theatre Company presents the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival 2017, World Premieres of 10-Minute Plays.

The Ohlone College Playwrights Festival is back for its third year showcasing the world premieres of timely, edgy, and inspiring 10-minute plays written by professional and emerging playwrights around the country. Presented by the Ohlone College award-winning department of Theatre & Dance, this exciting selection of comedic and dramatic plays explores topics oriented toward young adult audiences. Some of the themes explored in this year’s plays are love and relationships, super heroes, politics, war, immigration, exploitation, and Trump.

Many of the playwrights have been published and have had their work produced Off Broadway and at Cherry Lane Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, The Public Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Classical Theatre of Harlem, LaMama, East West Players, SF Playhouse, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Stanford University, and Julliard. The Student Repertory Theatre Company, a class of student directors, producers, actors and designers at Ohlone, is producing the festival.

Selected Plays

The selected plays are:

  • A World of Difference by Jordan Ramirez Puckett
  • How We Got Choked/Perspectives on Hate by Grace Hoffman
  • Slings and Arrows by Peter Tamaribuchi
  • The Pit by Victor Elán Vasquez
  • when she closes/opens her eyes/and the men/they go to war by Lisa Ramirez
  • The Rise To The Top And The Rivalry That Comes Along With It by Leah Nanako Winkler
  • Bored Games by Mercedes Segesvary
  • Riya Sees Nothing by Jeffrey Lo
  • The Point by James Anthony Tyler
  • Chop-Chop: A Fable by Eugenie Chan

About the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival

The aim of the festival is to cultivate plays from professional and emerging playwrights that speak to our college students and contribute to fostering the next generation of theatre artists.

About Student Repertory Theatre Company

Student Repertory Theatre Company is a class that produces the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival. Student Rep is comprised of student directors, producers, actors, designers, and crew—budding talent for the future growth in theatre. First-time and more experienced theatre students are given the opportunity to create a full theatre ensemble geared toward producing live theatre. Student Rep introduces all aspects of theatre to new students and is a space for experienced students to hone their skills and craft.

Past Playwrights include

  • Jake Arky
  • Rachel Bublitz
  • Ron Burch
  • John Franceschini
  • George Freek
  • Anne V. Grob
  • Tanya Grove
  • Philip W. Hall
  • Brett Hursey
  • Richard Lau
  • Jeffrey Lo
  • David MacGregor
  • Karen Macklin
  • Paul McCormick
  • Adriana Palangio
  • Owen Panettierri
  • Anthony R. Pezzula
  • Syche Phillips
  • Joni Ravenna
  • Jacob Marx Rice
  • Robin Lynn Rodriguez
  • Mercedes Segesvary
  • Bridget Grace Sheaff
  • Cleavon Smith

Photographs from Past Playwrights Festivals