2021 Ohlone College Playwrights Festival: May 14-15, 2021, 7pm

The Student Repertory Theatre Company presents the 7th Annual Ohlone College Playwrights Festival, premieres of 10-minute plays and musicals. The festival will be broadcast for free, via a weblink, which you can view through your phone or computer. It will be closed captioned.  The pre-recorded performance will be broadcast at 7pm on Friday, May 14 and at 7pm on Saturday, May 15. The performances will only be available to be viewed during these two windows. You can watch by just clicking on one of the following: 
 

Click on the title below to view photo gallery of our past performances.

Parrhesia 2020: a Community Of Voices, Identities, and Diversity by Ohlone College Students

About
Ohlone College student Grace Romero struggles to make sense of today's world. Society is in turmoil as injustices are coming to light. The pandemic has affected Grace's relationships, family, friends, and sense of self. Disconnected, she begins a journey of self-discovery and decides to seek answers to her questions by reaching out and interviewing the people in her community. Along the way, she speaks with a diverse group of people from different backgrounds and points of view and finds connections she never had before.

Ohlone College students have developed a project using Johnny Saldaña's Ethnotheatre approach for devising an original work. The company interviewed dozens of people in the Fremont community to better understand COVID-19, its implications, and the societal injustices that have come to the foreground as a result of this unprecedented time in our history. Using these interviews, the students have created a theatrical piece which has been turned into a film that shares the stories and perspectives of their community.

Warning: Intense language and content suitable for high school age and up.

 

The Reluctant Vampire By Eugenie Chan

*A new work specifically written for Ohlone College students by nationally recognized playwright Eugenie Chan.

Production photo from Reluctant Vampire
Production photo from Reluctant Vampire

Phantom of the Opera By Andrew Lloyd Webber

Under the inspired direction of Michael Navarra, an exceptionally talented cast and crew delivered a top quality production of thrilling visuals and stunning power... a brilliant production not to be missed.”
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

Caring and passionate, frightening and desperate - every phase of this Phantom's struggle leaves your heart aching, thanks to director Navarra’s magical eye and showmanship. Applause to the ensemble artists, cast, dancers, pit singers, musicians, and tech crew who help make this production the phenomenal event and a first for the East Bay... THIS IS A MUST SEE.
—Vince Mediaa, VMEDIA

*TBA Awards Recommended Production

A masked man hugging a woman in Phantom of the OperaScene from Phantom of the opera, a group of people holding up torchesProduction photo for Phantom of the Opera, 3 womenProduction photo for Phantom of the Opera
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Wendy & Peter Pan Regional Premiere by Ella Hickson

“Directed by Michael Navarra, Wendy & Peter Pan, flies by. There is a great energy to the production and the cast is stellar, all of them instantly likeable... It's a theatrical gem that shouldn't be missed... the result is truly magical.”
—David R. Newman, Tri-City Voice

“The Ohlone Theatre & Dance Department always looks to the heights, and the regional premiere of Wendy & Peter Pan is sure to keep them soaring.”
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Wendy & Peter Pan Production - a group of men holding sticksScene from Wendy & Peter Pan, dancers lining upProduction photo for Phantom of the Opera
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Illusion by Michael Navarra

“The Ohlone College Theatre & Dance Department's The Illusion is a wonderful production not to be missed… Michael Navarra artfully weaves his own magic over a play where the audience is constantly left wondering what is real and what is, well, illusion… In the hands of Navarra and his exceptionally strong cast and crew, Ohlone College Theatre & Dance manages to transport us seamlessly between an energetic, colorful Baroque France and a dark, dank cave full of sound and fury.”
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

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Spending the End of the World on OkCupid World Premiere by Jeffrey Lo

"Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, seamlessly directed by Michael Navarra and produced and performed by the talented cast and crew of Ohlone College Theatre and Dance department is a quick paced, thought provoking, visually hypnotic piece of entertainment."
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

“The themes of power and control, courage and individuality, and the fight for dignity in the face of the ever pressing 'system' and evils of humanity are enduring subjects that Navarra and his cast bring powerfully to life. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest shows what great theatre is all about and is an experience that shouldn't be missed.”
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

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Dracula

“The audience feels as though they are sitting on stage with the actors, oftentimes with characters popping up among them or coming right up to them in their seats. Dracula purists are likely to be pleased with this adaptation; on-stage action is intense and engaging.”
—Jessica Noël Chapin, Tri-City Voice

Dracula moves to bite a woman.A woman looks worried. Dracula scrapes his chest.A woman dressed in a long white gown behind a window in the dark.
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Jesus Christ Superstar

“Damn Impressive… Scrupulous staging…glitzy but lucid, not falling into the camp arena, as other productions tend to.”
—Anna Pulley, East Bay Express

"Raw and intense." 
—Jessica Noel Flohr, Tri-City Voice

"Michael Navarra and his creative team deserve extra credit for producing one of the most technically savvy and fully realized productions I have ever seen.” 
—Derek Martin, Adjudicator, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Dracula moves to bite a woman.A woman looks worried. Dracula scrapes his chest.A woman dressed in a long white gown behind a window in the dark.
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Proof

“Proof is a strong and sure-footed production…engaging from beginning to end.”
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Man and woman talking in front of house.Equations in white on upper wal; in blue on floor.
Front of a house at night shadowed by trees.

Dog Sees God

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Finalist.

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Standing man covers mouth of seated second man.Male and female actors stand on stage floor painted with rectangular pastel colored blocks.