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OCC'S THEATRE DEPARTMENT OFFERS SIX SPRING PRODUCTIONS
Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Six productions -- highlighted by a new musical by Tim Kelly and Jack Sharkey -- will comprise Orange Coast College's spring theatre season.

The spring schedule begins with "An Evening of Ionesco," featuring a pair of short plays by one of the theatre's most famous absurdist playwrights, Eugene Ionesco. It will be offered by OCC's Repertory Theatre Company. The show is set to run Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 15-16 and 22-23, in the Drama Lab Studio. The plays will be directed by OCC students.

"Solo Voices," a festival of monologues and one-person plays, will be staged by OCC's Rep Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, in the Drama Lab Studio. OCC theatre students will direct.

"The Laramie Project," a daring, moving and important play by Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theatre Project, will run Wednesday through Sunday, March 19 23, in the Drama Lab Theatre. Directed by John Ferzacca, the play tells the story of 21 year-old University of Wyoming student, Mathew Shephard. Shephard was kidnapped, beaten and murdered in 1998 because he was gay.

A full-length play, chosen by an advanced OCC directing student, will be staged by the Repertory on Saturdays and Sundays, April 19-20 and 26-27. Three years ago a student directed his own full-length work, and, in 2001, a student directed a compelling new drama by an Orange County playwright. Last year a piece that had received its world premiere two years earlier on South Coast Repertory's Second Stage, was offered. This year's piece will be selected by Orange Coast College's Rep in December.

Alex Golson will direct a delightful new musical, "Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra," in May. The book is by Tim Kelly and the music and lyrics by Jack Sharkey. The musical contains all of the famous Holmes characters, including Moriarty, Mrs. Hudson, Queen Victoria, Lady Fitzgray, Jack the Ripper, Lestrade, Watson and, of course, the brilliantly eccentric Sherlock Holmes himself. The musical runs Thursdays through Sundays, May 8-11 and 15-18, in OCC's Drama Lab Theatre.

OCC will offer its annual "Spring One-Act Play Festival" Wednesday through Sunday, May 21-25, 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 students.

The 2002-03 season will conclude with several summer productions.

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

OCC's Spring Theatre Season

Feb. 15-16, 22-23 "An Evening of Ionesco"
March 1-2 "Solo Voices"
March 19-23 "The Laramie Project"
April 19-20, 26-27 Student Work, TBA
May 8-11, 15-18 "Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra"
May 21-25 "One-Act Festival"