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A new work specifically written for Ohlone College students by nationally recognized playwright Eugenie Chan. It will be performed at Ohlone in November, 2019, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest and most prestigious arts festival in the world) in August, 2020. The Reluctant Vampire is a quirky, comedic love story for our time. 


  • November 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2019 at 8pm
  • ASL interpreted performance on November 9th at 8pm


Jackson Theatre/Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont CA 94539


*Language and content suitable for high school age and up




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





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

Wendy & Peter

Wendy & Peter

The Illusion

“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

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

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

actors holding cell phones with the flash set to on.

Woman in spotlight on stage with blue surrounding her and others on stage.

Several actors on stage sitting or standing in small groups or individually.

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

Two men with arms raised with hospital works behind them.Man on his knees pleading.

Five men looking up, four with arms raised.


"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.

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

Two men in masks hold a third bloody man.People in masks grab Jesus from behind.

Jesus is carried on the arms of many people.


"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.

Under spotlight in black darkness, man looks up.Standing man covers mouth of seated second man.

Male and female actors stand on stage floor painted with rectangular pastel colored blocks.