OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival
returns to the Chapman University campus this month with full productions of 5 new works from Orange County playwrights. Under the artistic direction of associate professor of theatre Tamiko Washington, Chapman theatre majors and alumni work side-by-side with professional actors and directors in this exciting event. Supported generously by a Chapman University grant, OC-centric is promoted across the Southland and is quickly becoming a destination for exciting new theatre.

Tickets are just $12 for Chapman students, staff and faculty and may be reserved at (714) 902-5716
(please identify yourself as a student, staff member or faculty member). Performances occur August 17-26 in Moulton Hall’s Studio Theatre, as follows:

August 17-18 @ 8pm, August 25-26 @ 2pm:

The Dirt and Its Harp in Her Mouth
by Megan Breen – a type of Southern Gothic Cain-and-Abel story, a coming-of-age drama that digs into the emotional struggles of Charlie, a 15-year-old tomboy who relishes the dirt of her East Texas landscape and her new harmonica. Directed by associate professor of theatre Tamiko Washington. Featuring Alexa Giuffre (’11), Katrina Klein (’12), R. Anthony Martinez, Colin Sprague (’12) & Donathan Walters (’15).

August 18-19 @ 2pm, August 24-25 @ 8pm

by John Lane – A man goes home with a classy woman he meets at a gallery opening to enter the strange world she shares with her brother. Directed by adjunct professor of theatre Paul Tavianini. Featuring Paul Jasser, Colin Stephens (’14) & ErinRose Widner.

by Colleen Bevacqua – A stranded person consumed with an affliction is discovered by others who offer a resolve. Dir. Richard Stein. Featuring Zen Josey, Emily Lappi & Meghan Muriset (’12).

by Sydney Nikols – A psychiatrist and a 17-year-old girl discuss issues surrounding self-loathing, leading them to relate on a surprising and personal level. Dir. Andrea Andresakis. Featuring Sarah Eisenberg (’12) & Angelia Formisano (’13).

Thug 4 Life
by Ken La Salle (Anaheim) – An aging white cynic and a young man of color are backed up against the cold realities of life. Only when they meet one another do they find anything like the truth. Dir. Mark Majarian. Featuring Alex Alpharaoh & Ken Dalena.

OC-centric is produced in conjunction with Tamiko Washington and Eric Eberwein.