On the last Saturday in April, the Orange County Playwrights Alliance brings theatregoers A Sunday Kind of Love. This new full-length play from Erica Bennett kicks off OCPA's 2016 series of staged readings of longer works from OC dramatists. Giovanni Ortega (Pomona College, East West Players) directs a cast featuring Jim Astle, Heather Enriquez, Kai Fitzer, Brenda Kenworthy and Gerardo Villa-Lobos. The play also features an original song composed by Loretta Grikavicus of OC acoustic duo Sugar Sugar.
The Play

In A Sunday Kind of Love, life's cruelties force the family Phoenix into the pyre. Can fledgling Colton "Collie" Phoenix rise from the ashes and find his will to fly?

The Playwright
Dramatist Erica Bennett received her B.A. in Theater from California State University, Fullerton and studied acting with Jose Quintero and Stella Adler. She worked for nearly ten years in dramatic TV production on such shows as The Young Riders, Gabriel's Fire, Under Suspicion and The Big Easy before achieving her Master of Library & Information Science from UCLA and becoming a tenured librarian at Fullerton College.

Her short documentary, Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality, was acquired by KOCE-TV (OC's PBS affiliate) in October 2010. The film centered around El Primer Dia de Clases, her play produced and performed by the Fullerton College Mendez Project for the community and Orange County students in 2008-2009. Bennett's short play A Waffle Doesn't Cure Insomnia was published in the Best American Short Plays 2011-2012 (Applause). Her full-length plays Freed, Phishing, and Water Closet have been read in Orange County, Los Angeles, and New York City. Bender, her play with music, was produced at the OC-centric New Play Festival at Chapman University in 2014.

The Venue
As a gay and lesbian theatre, Theatre Out presents works by gay and lesbian playwrights, as well as pieces about the gay and lesbian community, and strives to explore both the classics that shaped our history and the new works that are continuing to form, examine and reshape our culture. Theatre Out fosters a creative environment open to all artists in the theatre. See TO's upcoming shows at theatreout.com.

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