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2nd Annual Ohlone College Playwrights Festival Showcases Original Work of Up and Coming Writers - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Fremont, CA—The Ohlone College Playwrights Festival is back for its second year showcasing the world premieres of dynamic, 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 and 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 relationships and love, choice and fate, perception and reality, acceptance and hope.

Young woman and man sit on park bench.—Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

Many of the playwrights have been published and have had their work produced Off Broadway and by the Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, among others.  The Student Repertory Theatre Company, a class of student directors, producers, actors and designers at Ohlone, is producing the festival.

Man eating lunch sitting at table.—Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

The festival was inspired by the need to create original material to engage college students and audiences and to reconnect this demographic with live theatre.  Last year, the festival sold out and was well received by Ohlone students and local audiences.  Michael Navarra, the producer of the festival and Ohlone College faculty member, commented on this success. “Since last year’s festival, we’ve received over 400 submissions from professional playwrights all over the country and beyond. We started this festival to promote and cultivate new plays that will engage and speak directly to a younger audience.  It’s great to see a strong interest in this endeavor.”

The selected plays are:

  • Blind Date Subconscious by Philip W. Hall
  • Riding Lessons by Brett Hursey
  • Me and My Shadow by Ron Burch
  • Grown Up Monsters by Adriana Palangio
  • Waiting for Prom by Jeffrey Lo
  • Calendar Girl by Owen Panettieri
  • Exit Interview by Bridget Grace Sheaff
  • Pop Star by David MacGregor
  • Divine Texting by Anthony R. Pezzula
  • Mouse Play by Anne V. Grob

The festival takes place on May 5 and 6, 2016 at 8pm.  All ten of the plays will be performed both nights.  The performances are at the Smith Center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at SmithCenter.com, by calling the box office at (510) 659-6031, or at the door.

About the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival

The festival cultivates plays and playwrights that speak to 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.  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. Please contact Michael Navarra at mnavarra@ohlone.edu or 415-225-2985 for more information about the festival.

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