Orange County does not have a shortage of talented playwrights; learn more about some of best writers in the area below. Their award-winning, produced plays are sure to entertain, enlighten and inspire.
Johnna Adams is an award-winning playwright who has had her works produced and read all over the United States at theaters such as Flux Theatre in New York, Bootlet Theatre in Los Angeles, Wordspace in Los Angeles, Write Act Repertory in Hollywood, Hunger Artists Theatre Ensemble in Fullerton, the Company of Angels in Silver Lake, The Bug Theater in Denver, the Chicago Dramatists Workshop and DePaul University in Chicago. Her play, “The Sacred Geometry of S&M Porn” was awarded as the Best New Play in 2006 and performed to sold out crowds at the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company. Additionally, “Sans Merci” written by Adams was a recipient of the Reva Shiner Award and finalist for the Princess Grace Award. Learn more about Adams’ acclaimed plays here.
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Frank Farmer’s plays have been produced in theaters all over Los Angeles, and he is an award-winning playwright. He theater credits include national and regional tours, as well as Off-Broadway. Take a look at several of his entertaining play synopses here. In addition to his successful career in theater, Farmer is also a professional actor. Click here to check out his extensive list of acting credits on shows including “The Practice,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “General Hospital” and “Saved by the Bell: The College Years.”
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Bob Bevacqua’s diverse background provides an array of experiences to help compliment his writing. Bevacqua served as an aerospace engineer and is a retired businessman who enjoys traveling the world. He said that much of his writing “comes from a strong desire to tell a story that contains the expression of strong characters telling their own unique tale of what it is like to live in a time and place unlike the world we know today.” He is now on the board of directors at the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) and has written over 20 plays. Click here to check out some of his stories.
Eric Eberwein’s perspective on plays proved to help him be a successful playwright. Eberwein says, “I like plays that flow and move.” He added, “I think many people avoid seeing plays because they assume they’ll be watching the same unchanging visual picture for two hours – an experience more of the 19th century than of contemporary life.” His play, “Great Western Wanderlust” was the winner of the Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Competition and produced by the Hunger Artists Theatre Company in Fullerton. Learn more about “Great Western Wanderlust” here.
Known for her documentary, “Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality,” which has been aired since 2010 on Orange County’s PBS affiliate station, KOCE-TV and explores the 1945-1947 desegregation case in Orange County, Erica Bennett contributes to the Orange County playwright community with several intelligent plays. Bennett’s play, “Water Closet” was read at the Hunger Artists Theatre, and her play, “Water Closet” was read in New York at the Dramatists Guild of America’s Frederick Loewe Room. Take a look at several of the stories she created here. Additionally, Bennett possesses several professional credentials and experiences that help enhance her writing. She worked in television for almost 10 years on several shows and works at Fullerton College as a librarian, helping students learn information literacy skills.
Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.