In honor of its 20th anniversary, the 2018 festival culminated with a concert reading of 20 mini scripts penned by Oxy theater alums who currently write for theater, film, television and the web. The resulting plays were performed by student and alumni actors who celebrated afterward with an after-party, Feb. 25, 2018 in Keck Theater.
Alumni plays were created by Gladys Eva Angle '11, Brandon Baruch '07, Karen Baughn '08, Soren Bowie '04, Nina Carlin '15, Joe Chandler '01, Courtney Dusenberry '10, Kirsten Easton '13, Zee Echo Eskeets '07, Maricela Guardado '17, Hilly Hicks '92, Jeff Kauffmann '01, Winston A. Marshall '10, Laural Meade '88, Rachel Noll '08, Erik Patterson '00, Claudia Restrepo '10, Anne Garcia Romero '86, Marvin Solomon '00, Tristan Waldron '12.
For 20 years, the Occidental New Play Festival (produced by associate professor of theatre Laural Meade '88) has paired student playwrights and actors with professional guest directors and performers. Focused on writer-centric rehearsal and performance, the festival provides a real-world experience of new play development as it is practiced on the national level. Through close collaboration with Los Angeles working artists, students experience a unique process unlike other college writing programs for the theater.
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