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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” on July 23rd at 4pm. Admission is free. For complete directions on how to get to the theater, check the Hunger Artists website at
For this informal reading, director Jill Johnson has assembled some of the finest acting talent in Orange County. Playing the part of Sal, will be Anaheim Hills resident Frank Valdez, who is no stranger to Orange County theater. Having just completed his first feature film, Rodger Loftis will appear as Stanley. David Pittman, last seen in Hunger Artists’ production of The Cantor’s Tale, plays the part of Plano. Veteran actress at Stages Theater, Patty Cumby appears as Esther. Cynthia Ryanen, a working actress for much of her adult life who earned a Best Performer award for her part in Hunger Artists’ production of Sans Merci, appears as Aubrey. These are just a few of the names you’ll see in Gene Fiskin’s “Bread, Cheese, and Kisses”.
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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