Original Student One Acts
If you’re wondering where the next generation of playwrights and screenwriters are coming from; then look no further. This production of original one act plays written, produced and directed by Moorpark College students offers something for everyone. The styles run from comedy to tragedy and there is never a dull moment as our students celebrate their generation, their culture and the trials and tribulations of going to college in this day and age. While the content can be for mature audiences, each play will force the audience to think about the most pressing issues confronting our students today. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to delve into the hearts and minds of our students as we laugh and learn about the theatrical art form.
Steven Dietz's adaptation of the Bram Stoker's classic novel, “Dracula” is a concise and suspenseful spellbinder that pays homage to the malice and seduction of the source material. The play is presented in a series creepy narratives, many of which are derived from letters and journal entries and an opening introduction from Renfield, Dracula’s rat-eating-human henchman. As the tale of horror and intrigue unwinds, the audience is taken on a journey of self-discovery as the Lord of the Vampire seduces even the most pure of heart. In an offering perfect for the Halloween season, “Dracula” promises to be a treat rolled up in a few theatrical tricks and Gothic fog. Dietz's play embraces the classic, epistolary nature of the novel and this version of “Dracula” is bound to be a satisfying (albeit old-fashioned) theater experience.
Coming This Spring!
"Much Ado About Nothing"
In “Much Ado About Nothing,”we present the perfect Shakespearean Romantic-Comedy for a spring evening. From the beginning to the end of the play, two love stories are intertwined. One story follows the formal, romantic relationship between Hero (a young woman), and Claudio (a young officer): and the other couple, Beatrice (Hero's cousin) and Benedick (another officer). In classic “Rom-Com” form, Beatrice and Benedick work hard to give the impression that neither is the least bit interested in the other, still smarting over bad experiences in earlier encounters with one another. They tease and insult one another mercilessly and repeatedly deny that they will ever marry anyone, let alone marry one another. However, the audience can tell almost immediately that they don't entirely believe their own disclaimers. Complete with hilarious misunderstandings, interfering fathers, hidden identities and classic plot twists, “Much Ado About Nothing” promises to deliver light-hearted romance for all audiences.