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

Friday, February 27, 2015
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-The Ohlone College Playwrights Festival showcases the world premieres of dynamic, edgy, and inspiring of 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. The issues raised deal with love, hate, dating, murder, relationships, family, racism, and fame using the viewpoint of the rising generation of theatre goers.

The list of playwrights' published work has been seen Off Broadway and at the Metropolitan Playhouse, Soho Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Rep, Playground, La MaMa ETC, Playwrights Foundation and the American Globe Theatre, among others. Student Repertory Theatre Company, a class of student directors, producers, actors, and designers at Ohlone, are producing the festival.

In its inaugural year, 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. Michael Navarra, the producer of the festival and Ohlone College faculty member, spoke to this need. "For years, one of the biggest concerns in professional theatre is that, as our audience ages, we are not attracting younger people to theatre. We started this festival, soliciting original work from playwrights all over the country, to promote and cultivate new plays that will engage and speak directly to a younger audience."

The festival will have two bills. The first bill takes place on March 12 and 13, 2015 and the second bill takes place on May 7 and 8, 2015. The selected plays are:

Bill 1

  • Brendan's Damn Good Day by Jeffrey Lo
  • Brothers of Emery by Jake Arky
  • Poetic License by Karen Macklin
  • Peabrain by Jacob Marx Rice
  • Stupid Dividers by Jacob Marx Rice
  • A Joke by Cleavon Smith
  • Changing Colors by Mercedes Segesvary
  • Tumble Dry Low by Syche Phillips
  • Hooking Up by John Franceschini
  • Campfire by Richard Lau

Bill 2

  • Night Terror by Rachel Bublitz
  • Tyger, Tyger by Robin Lynn Rodriguez
  • The Random Function of a Smile by Cleavon Smith
  • Umoja by Cleavon Smith
  • The Phantom of Youth by Joni Ravenna
  • A Twin Tale by Tanya Grove
  • Send Message by Syche Phillips
  • Why Therapy is Necessary by George Freek
  • Better Safe Than Sorry by George Freek
  • Plan B by Paul McCormick

All performances are at 8 pm. Both bills will be performed at the Smith Center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (510) 659-6031, online at, or at the door.

About the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival

The aim of the festival is to cultivate plays 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. Please contact Michael Navarra at or 415-225-2985 for more information about the festival.

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