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October 11: Original Short Plays by Osher Members

An exciting, creative experiment. The Osher membership contains so many talented writers that it seemed logical to nurture the creativity of our budding playwrights. On October 11 we will all experience the fruits of their labors.

Seven short plays have been chosen for this production. The plays vary in mood from somber to humorous. Several are autobiographical, but others are fanciful. Here is a sampling of the plays and their authors:

Did Someone Say a Musical? by Jeff Earnest. This light-hearted play concerns four people who live together in a senior community and are trying to organize a musical production.

The Awakening by Jim Wyrtzen. This short play presents a portrait of a repressed young man involved in a shocking experience that shakes up his life and causes him to seek help.

Oasis by Katie Keller. This drama centers on an American who wants to enable women in an unnamed Arab community to run an Internet business and how she copes with a very different culture.

It's Just a Friendly Game by Fran Zimmerman asks whether the game of Bridge might be a blood sport.

Sisters by Mai-Lon Gittlesohn concerns teenage romance. An older sister tries to protect her young sibling, who is experiencing budding sexual desires.

A Rose by Any Other Name by Lucy Lehman concerns an interracial woman and her experience growing up with two very different grandmothers, one white and Jewish and the other black and Christian.

People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Parties by Bob King is a funny playlet written in twisted aphorisms.

Coordinators: Jeff Earnest and Marcia Wyrtzen

November 15: California Suite by Neil Simon

After a crazy year in politics, it's time for some comic relief. So join some of Theater World's best as they present Neil Simon's hit play, California Suite. Originally produced on Broadway in 1976, it was adapted for the screen in 1978. Similar in structure to his earlier play, Plaza Suite, the comedy is composed of separate playlets centering around different visitors staying in the same suite at different times in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Meet the “Visitor from NY,” the “Visitor from Philadelphia,” the “Visitors from London,” and the “Visitors from Chicago” as they bring plenty of laughs and clever lines as only Neil Simon can provide.

Director: Ilene Hubbs retired as President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has been active in Theater World as an actress and director. She directed several short plays, including the well-received Last Night of Ballyhoo and her latest, 12 Angry Jurors.

Coordinators: Marsha Wyrtzen and Jeffrey Earnest

Course Number: OSHR-70071   Credit: 0 units

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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
10/11/2017 - 11/15/2017 In-class 127491 $0.00  

Day and Time: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla