Playwrights Festival 2019 poster.The Student Repertory Theatre Company presents the Ohlone College Playwrights Festival 2019, Premieres of 10-Minute Plays and Musicals.

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday - May 9, 10, 11, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • ASL Interpreted: May 10
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
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The Ohlone College Playwrights Festival is back for its fifth year, showcasing premieres of thought-provoking, humorous, and entertaining 10-minute plays and musicals written by professional and emerging playwrights and composers around the country. Presented by the award-winning Ohlone College Department of Theatre and Dance, this exciting selection of comedic and dramatic plays and musicals explore topics oriented toward college students and general audiences. Some of the themes explored in this year’s plays deal with love, lust, friendship, creativity, self-acceptance, human connection, life and death, and the supernatural.

Many of the playwrights and composers have been published and have had their work produced Off Broadway and at regional theatres, such as The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, La Mama, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, TheatreWorks, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and San Francisco Playhouse. This year the festival will include two Ohlone student playwrights, Gaby Simpson and Nick J. Saud, who are also directing and acting in the company. In addition, this year the festival will include Reluctant Vampire, an excerpt of a full-length play by Eugenie Chan that will premiere at Ohlone in November 2019 and then travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest and most prestigious arts festival in the world, in August 2020. Student Repertory Theatre Company, a class of student directors, producers, actors, and designers at Ohlone, is producing the Ohlone Playwrights Festival. 

Selected Plays

The selected plays are:

  • Ghosts of Resolutions by Ron Burch
  • Reluctant Vampire by Eugenie Chan
  • Burning Up by Pamela Weiler Grayson (Playwright) and Rick Bassett (Composer)
  • More Precious Than Diamonds: The Musical by Stephanie Hutchinson (Playwright and Composer)
  • Wave by Jeffrey Lo
  • The Ancestors’ Breaths by Philana Imade Omorotionmwan
  • Group Project by Jordan Ramirez Puckett
  • Itchy by Jacob Marx Rice
  • Mousetrap by Nick J. Saud
  • Cats and Hats and Other Terrifying Things by Mercedes Segesvary
  • A House on Bernard Street by Gaby Simpson
  • Horseplay by Max Tachis

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
  • Eugenie Chan
  • John Franceschini
  • George Freek
  • Anne V. Grob
  • Tanya Grove
  • Philip W. Hall
  • Grace Hoffman
  • Brett Hursey
  • Richard Lau
  • Jeffrey Lo
  • David MacGregor
  • Karen Macklin
  • Kayla Martinez
  • Paul McCormick
  • Philana Omorotionmwan
  • Adriana Palangio
  • Owen Panettierri
  • Anthony R. Pezzula
  • Syche Phillips
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett
  • Lisa Ramirez
  • Joni Ravenna
  • Jacob Marx Rice
  • Robin Lynn Rodriguez
  • Nick J. Saud
  • Mercedes Segesvary
  • Bridget Grace Sheaff
  • Aurin Squire
  • Cleavon Smith
  • Peter Tamaribuchi
  • James Anthony Tyler
  • Victor Elán Vasquez
  • Leah Nanako Winkler

Photographs from Past Playwrights Festivals

Playwrights Festival - Theatre and Dance