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OCPA Studios opens its second season with a new home at Hunger Artists Theatre and a new play by Gene Fiskin, “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses”. “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on July 23rd at 4pm. Admission is free. For complete directions on how to get to the theater, check the Hunger Artists website at http://www.hungerartists.com/.

“Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” is about finding love at any age and realizing you may also be a little full of yourself in the process. It is filled with the kind of wry humor and one-liners and warmth that any viewer of Gene’s other work has come to expect and love. After producing advertising campaigns for more than 200 major corporations, Gene joined the Orange County Playwrights Alliance, and has since written for the enjoyment of all with plays, short stories, novels, and screenplays. He has acted and directed as well.

Directing “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” will be accomplished director and Hunger Artists Company member, Jill Johnson. Jill previously directed The Insanity of Mary Girard for Hunger Artist’s 2006 season. Having directed the Hunger Artists 2010 season opener, Sans Merci written by Johnna Adams, Johnson directed a second show in 2010 The Ballad of Don Q or The High Adventures of “Sixgun” Q by Yale alumnus Jason Lindner. She recently directed the Hunger Artists 15th year anniversary season opener The Cantor’s Tale written by Fengar Gael.

Bringing members of the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (ocplaywrights.wordpress.com) and Hunger Artists Theatre Company (http://www.hungerartists.com/) to collaborate together on one stage is exactly what OCPA Studios @ Hunger Artists strives to do. So what better way to kick off their first season together? “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses” will appear at Hunger Artists Theatre on July 23rd at 4pm. Admission is free. OCPA Studio’s second season will extend through the end of the year, with informal readings of some of the best plays by local writers. Both organizations enthusiastically anticipate a season that will bring new and exciting theater to Orange County.

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) began on April 1, 1995 with an informal meeting in an oncologist’s office in Anaheim. Since then, OCPA has become the fundamental group for playwrights in O.C., presenting staged readings and productions of plays at venues such as the Hunger Artists Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre, Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company, STAGESTheatre, Chapman University, the Curtis Theatre, and Newport Theatre Arts Center. OCPA playwrights have been produced across the United States, and have won national and regional playwrighting awards.

Hunger Artists Theatre Company was founded in 1996 and is the first Orange County based alternative theater. Located on the east end of Fullerton’s vibrant Theatre Community, Hunger Artists has transformed an industrial warehouse into an unexpected art-house gem. This intimate storefront theatre seats 50 and stages an array of alternative theatrical entertainment. The Hunger Artists have a long tradition of premiering local playwrights from Fengar Gael’s “The Cantor’s Tale” to Johnna Adams’s “Cockfighters” and “Sans Merci”. Focusing on innovative storytelling and producing thought-provoking art, The Hunger Artists pride themselves on hosting an annual playwriting festival, “Beyond Convention” to push the boundaries of traditional theater.

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