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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Six productions -- highlighted by Stephen Sondheim's disturbingly brilliant musical, "Assassins" -- will comprise Orange Coast College's spring theatre season.

The spring schedule begins with "Voices of American Theatre: Lanford Wilson," a production that focuses on surprising, entertaining and lesser-known short works by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, Lanford Wilson. The show runs Fridays through Sundays, Feb. 10-12 and 17-19, in the Drama Lab Studio.

Witty and fiercely intelligent, Wilson is author of such works as "Hot L Baltimore," "Talley's Folly" and "The Fifth of July." Often compared to the likes of Tennessee Williams, William Inge and Lillian Hellman, Wilson's plays usually explore themes of alienation, loneliness, and crumbling illusions.

OCC's Repertory Theatre Company will continue to showcase the works of a leading American playwright with a festival of plays by John Patrick Shanley, Friday through Sunday, March 3-5. Winner of the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony awards, Shanley writes plays that are known for their rich characters and intriguing dialog.

The production is titled "Voices of American Theatre: John Patrick Shanley." Shanley is author of "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," "Beggars in the House of Plenty" and "Women of Manhattan."

Orange Coast College theatre instructor, David Scaglione, will direct Dostoyevsky's epic work about family rivalry, love and faith, "The Brothers Karamazov," in March. The play is set to run Thursdays through Sundays, March 16-

19 and 23-26, in the Drama Lab Theatre.

A full-length play, chosen and directed by an advanced member of OCC's Repertory Company, will run Fridays through Sundays, April 7-9 and 14-16, in the Drama Lab Studio. In recent years, OCC students have mounted highly lauded productions of such works as "Wit," "‘night, Mother" and "Oleanna."

For the third year in a row, Beth Hansen will direct an OCC spring musical production. Hansen is a critically acclaimed Orange County actress, singer and director. She has taught OCC's musical theatre class for the past five years.

In 2004, Hansen offered "Pippin" at OCC. Last spring she directed "Godspell." This spring she'll direct Sondheim's, "Assassins."

Perhaps the most controversial musical ever written, "Assassins" will run Thursdays through Sundays, May 4-7 and 11-14, in the Drama Lab Theatre. OCC has twice previously mounted the musical production on campus. It was first staged in the spring of 1995, and was reprised the following summer. Both productions received lavish praise from audiences and critics alike.

The brilliantly melodic musical looks at America's presidential assassins and would-be assassins.

OCC will offer its annual "Spring One-Act Play Festival" Wednesday through Sunday, May 17-21, in the Drama Lab Studio. More than a dozen different student-

directed one-acts will be presented. The fest is expected to include classic and modern works, as well as original pieces by Orange Coast College students.

For information about OCC's spring theatre schedule -- or theatre classes -- phone (714) 432-5640.

OCC's 2005-06 Theatre Season

Feb. 10-12, 17-19 "Voices of American Theatre: Lanford Wilson"

March 3-5 "Voices of American Theatre: John Patrick Shanley"

March 16-19, 23-26 "The Brothers Karamazov"

April 7-9, 14-16 "Spring Rep Work"

May 4-7, 11-14 Spring Musical Production "Assassins"

May 17-21 "Spring One-Act Play Festival"