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It’s a common question. One often asked in show business. Well, to answer it, here is a roundup of what OCPA playwrights have been up to locally and nationally.

Lynn Wells Nelson‘s The Old Bird – a 2010 winner of Long Beach Playhouse’s New Works Festival – was just named Audience Favorite and Official Winner of Dezart Performs’ third annual Play Reading Series. Dezart Performs will produce Lynn’s play this fall in Palm Springs.

Robert Riemer‘s Sotto Voce is up and running at ZJU Theatre Group in North Hollywood.  You can catch the play every Saturday at 8:30pm through June 11.

Arthur Kraft’s drama Goat continues its five-week run at Oxnard’s Elite Theatre Company through May 29.

Ken La Salle’s short play Persecution Complex appears in Theatre of NOTE’s “Just the Tip” late-night show through May 21 in Hollywood.

Tira Palmquist’s Off to Summer was recently staged in the Pikes Peak Arts Council’s 6 Women Playwriting Theatre Festival in Colorado Springs.

This Life or the Next by John Franceschini and Uncomfortable Sex by Lorin Howard were just produced in New Voices Playwrights Theatre‘s Spring Voices production at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana.

John Franceschini‘s It’s Only a Minute a Guy (which opened our March Discoveries event) was just produced in Stage Door Productions‘ Fourth Annual Original One-Act Festival in Fredricksburg, VA.

North Hollywood’s Road Theatre Company recently presented Frank Farmer‘s Aging with Grace in its Road Signs reading series.

That’s all for now – more to follow.

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April 8, 2011 – OCPA and Hunger Artists Theatre Company join together for a second season of OCPA Studios

OCPA Studios burst onto the Orange County stage last year with readings of the newest, most innovative theater around. Now, it’s time to do it again with a bigger and bolder second season.

OCPA, the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (ocplaywrights.wordpress.com) and Hunger Artists Theatre Company (http://www.hungerartists.com/) have announced that they will join forces to bring back this new style of staged readings. Informal and Un-Staged, OCPA Studios presents premiere readings from many of Orange County’s most talented playwrights with the talented actors and directors of one of Orange County’s premiere store-front theaters, Hunger Artists.

OCPA Studio’s second season will begin on July 23rd, with dates extending through the end of the year. 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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DISCOVERIES: FOR LOVE & MONEY
FEBRUARY 26, 2011
SATURDAY, 3:30pm
Empire Theatre (the home of Theatre Out)
202 N. Broadway, Santa Ana
$5 suggested donation


The
Orange County Playwrights Alliance brings its Discoveries series to Santa Ana’s Artists Village on Saturday, February 26 at 3:30pm at the Empire Theatre – the home of Theatre Out. For only $5, you can see staged readings of five new one-acts from up-and-coming OC playwrights who have been produced locally and across the nation.

The Playbill

Pop, Is That You? by Gene Fiskin
– A young man with love problems (really complicated love problems) seeks advice from his grumpy dead father, who would rather be left alone. Directed by Jill Johnson (Hunger Artists Theatre Company).

A Fool and His Hardluck Story by Eric Eberwein – Wes is a young barista from a comfortable suburban home, but as a sociology major he also exhibits a growing fascination with the techniques of panhandlers and the art of lying. When he lies to get what he wants in love, he finds himself at a turning point in his life. Directed by Samantha Wellen.

It’s Only a Minute a Guy by John Franceschini – A recently divorced woman reluctantly attends a one-minute speed dating event where she experiences both disillusionment and a pleasant surprise she would never have imagined. Directed by Patricia Miller.

Les Hollywood Hills by Andrea Sloan Pink – Juliette takes a job caring for Ralph, an ailing set designer living in the Hollywood Hills. What will she learn about art and life? Directed by Tamiko Washington (Chapman University).

Shipping Out by Jerry Berning – In mid-20th-century Indiana, an abused young wife and a package delivery man arrive at a solution to a perplexing dilemma. Directed by Geoffrey Gread.


714.902.5716 information & reservations

On June 26th at 3pm, OCPA Studios brings Cutouts, a new play by Donna Bader, to the Mysterium in Orange. Admission is only $5. This informal reading is presented by the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (https://ocplaywrights.wordpress.com/) and Mysterium (http://www.mysteriumshop.com/) making new work interactive on a small stage. Not only is this a terrific introduction to Orange County Theater but it’s also a way to see new work being built before your eyes. The venue gives you an opportunity to sit very close to the actors and then become a part of the experience with your feedback after the show.

Cutouts, a war between the sexes fought on the battlefield of the highest adult fashion, features some terrific local talent sure to make the show a lot of fun. Appearing once again as a husband and wife team will be Isabella Stoloff and Scott Keister, who also played husband and wife in the Hunger Artists’ production of “Bug”. Scott has also appeared in numerous Maverick Theater and Hunger Artists shows, including “Treasure Island” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. Paul Burt has acted at STAGEStheatre, the Hunger Artists Theatre, Irvine Valley College and many other venues in a huge range of comedic and dramatic roles. Rob’n Lewis is joining us fresh from playing the role of the Archbishop in Darcy Hogan’s adaptation of “Edward II” at Theatre Out and has also appeared in Theatre Out’s “Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens”. Filmmaker, solo performer and actress, Elizabeth Szekeresh, whose work has been presented by Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble and at multiple film festivals will also be joining us. Leslie Joyce just recently appeared in the Hunger Artists’ 24 Hour Theater and she was also in OCPA’s “Holiday Stimulus Package” show at STAGEStheatre. Jennifer Pearce was recently seen in the Hunger Artists production of Johnna Adams’ “Sans Merci” and Theatre Out’s production of “Twilight of the Golds”. And rounding out the cast will be David Rusiecki, Eric Eberwein, and more!

Come join us for Cutouts on June 26th at 3pm. You can contact Mysterium for reservations at 714-602-7975 or simply purchase your $5 ticket at the door.

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.

Mysterium is a Theater, a gallery, a healing center, a retail and online shop for all Conscious Living needs. We have a retail shop to supply all mystical products from books, music, clothing and ritual supplies to ornaments, statues and art — all of which is supported by our online store. We combine the spiritual with the creative utilizing our performance and workshop space and gallery for local artists and talent. Mysterium offers theatrical productions for the entire family.

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On June 26th at 3pm, OCPA Studios returns to the Mysterium stage with a new play by Donna Bader. Mysterium (http://www.mysteriumshop.com/) and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (https://ocplaywrights.wordpress.com/) continue their new style of reading that takes brand new plays and puts them before an audience at the most affordable price around. This is your opportunity to experience how new theater is created, get involved with the creative process, and experience a little “theater of the mind” while you’re there.

This month, OCPA Studios presents an intimate reading of Donna Bader’s sexy comedy, Cutouts. The war between the sexes meets the highest fashion in this new adult romp.

Donna Bader’s first play, A High Concept Killing, was read at Theatricum Botanicum in 2008 and received a staged reading at Gallimaufry’s 2nd Annual Laguna Beach Play Festival in November 2009.  Her 10-minute play, Will Work for Food, was produced as part of the “Holiday Stimulus Package” by STAGES Theatre in Fullerton in December 2009.  Her one-act comedy, The Reading of the Will, was given a staged reading as part of OCPA’s Discoveries series at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana, California in April 2010.  She is a writer and attorney whose work has appeared in numerous legal magazines.  Donna Bader is a certified specialist in appellate law and is also the author of California Summary Judgment and Related Termination Motions.

OCPA Studios continues its first season with Cutouts on June 26th at 3pm. Admission is only $5. Contact Mysterium for reservations at 714-602-7975. You can also check their website at http://www.mysteriumshop.com/.

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.

Mysterium is a Theater, a gallery, a healing center, a retail and online shop for all Conscious Living needs. We have a retail shop to supply all mystical products from books, music, clothing and ritual supplies to ornaments, statues and art — all of which is supported by our online store. We combine the spiritual with the creative utilizing our performance and workshop space and gallery for local artists and talent. Mysterium offers theatrical productions for the entire family.

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OCPA Studios is that magical combination of fresh new plays with informal readings at one of Orange County’s best venues. The Orange County Playwrights Alliance (ocplaywrights.wordpress.com) and Mysterium (http://www.mysteriumshop.com/) continue OCPA Studio’s exciting first season this June 26th at 3pm with Donna Bader’s comedy, Cutouts. Contact Mysterium for reservations at 714-602-7975. You can also check their website at http://www.mysteriumshop.com/. Admission is $5.

To fight against diminishing lingerie sales, Hal Robbins and Stanley Morris hire a new model to increase sales. Trudy is an actress waiting for her big break in adult entertainment. With the shift to naughtier lingerie and the erotic presence of Trudy Deluxe, Hal fantasizes about re-energizing his sex life with his wife, Celeste. When Celeste resists, Hal moves out of the house. Now on her own, Celeste decides to open a lingerie shop of her own. When no one believes a middle-aged housewife knows much about sex, Celeste is reborn as “Madame Simone,” a former French courtesan, and customers flock to her for advice. As Celeste discovers a few things about herself, she embarks on a plan to win her husband back.

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.

Mysterium is a Theater, a gallery, a healing center, a retail and online shop for all Conscious Living needs. We have a retail shop to supply all mystical products from books, music, clothing and ritual supplies to ornaments, statues and art — all of which is supported by our online store. We combine the spiritual with the creative utilizing our performance and workshop space and gallery for local artists and talent. Mysterium offers theatrical productions for the entire family.

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This Saturday brings a new kind of theatrical reading to the stage at Mysterium in Orange (http://www.mysteriumshop.com/). Intimate and informal, this new reading series by the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (https://ocplaywrights.wordpress.com/) gives you an opportunity to experience theater as it is created. You’ll have a chance to see a play come to life, read in an “un-staged” format.

OCPA Studios begins its first season with Diamonds To Go on May 15th at 3pm. Admission is only $5. Contact Mysterium for reservations at 714-602-7975. You can also check their website at http://www.mysteriumshop.com/.

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.

Mysterium is a Theater, a gallery, a healing center, a retail and online shop for all Conscious Living needs. We have a retail shop to supply all mystical products from books, music, clothing and ritual supplies to ornaments, statues and art — all of which is supported by our online store. We combine the spiritual with the creative utilizing our performance and workshop space and gallery for local artists and talent. Mysterium offers theatrical productions for the entire family.

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