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Resident Production Company of Sunshine Brooks Theater
Nerd Comedy: April Fools
April 1, 8 pm
Get ready to laugh your way into April Fools’ Day with the hilarious Rob Haze! This nerdy comedian is bringing his unique brand of humor to town for a night of side-splitting comedy that will have you rolling with laughter. Rob Haze is a master of blending his nerdy interests with his comedic talent, making him a must-see act for anyone who loves all things geeky. His quick wit and clever punchlines will keep you on the edge of your seat, and his infectious energy will have you grinning from ear to ear.
Improv Classes with Chris Shurland
April 4, May 2 & 16 – 7 pm
Join in on the fun with improv classes taught by Chicago-trained improv teacher, Chris Shurland! Improv classes will begin on February 7, 2023 at 7 pm and will meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at Studio 219 of the Brooks Theater. First class free, subsequent classes $10.
Artist Open House “Face 2 Face”
April 7, 5-8 pm
Explore the works and faces of over a dozen artists in our April exhibit focused on portraits and self-portraits. Enjoy live music, nibbles, refreshments for sale, mini theater tours and of course, art at this free event open to the public during Oceanside’s First Friday Artwalk.
Tales of O’Side: Learning to Fly
Local writers present their work on the theme of where we came from and where we are going, we look at works that touch on the societal expectations of our youth, our struggles to overcome challenges and find ourselves, and the process of becoming who we are. Tales of O’side is an opportunity for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in mainstage performances, such as lgbtq+ folks, people of color, and those who experience mental health struggles, to share their own work and perspectives. Our goal is to build a literary and theater arts community fostering interactions between artists and audiences to discuss their works.
Mad Strange Presents
April 15, 8 pm
Mad Strange returns for an all female lineup with a DJ, four musical acts, and several vendors.
Living Will: The Legacy of William Shakespeare
April 21, 7 pm
Richard Lederer returns to OTC for a night of Shakespeare. In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer will demonstrate through excerpts from the Bard’s plays and sonnets that Shakespeare is alive and well and living robustly in San Diego. A special guest will perform two Shakespeare monologues to help illustrate the brilliance of the great dramatist.
April 22, 8 pm
Authentic, soulful, intimate.
Nominated for ”Best Rock Artist” at the San Diego Music Awards, Daring Greatly blends multiple genres including soul, rock, and Americana into a vibrant master class performance rich with incredible vocal harmonies and passion. Each live performance is a dynamic and energetic experience, with the band’s tight harmonies and impressive instrumentals leaving audiences mesmerized. Originally from Canada, lead vocalists and brothers Patrick and Liam Croome bring a strong familial connection to their onstage chemistry. Drummer Brayden Tario has been best friends with the Croome brothers since high school, bringing a level of comfort and camaraderie to the group. 2019 saw the addition of Lake Elsinore native David Mills on electric guitar who brings a distinct southern California edge to the band’s sound, while also contributing on the pedal steel. Matt Spatol joined on bass in 2021. The name Daring Greatly is inspired by Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” and the writings of Brene Brown, who authored a book with the same name.
Homecoming with San Diego Poet Laureate Jason Perez
April 27, 7 pm
San Diego Poet Laureate Jason Perez comes home to Oceanside on Thursday, April 25 at 7 PM to share his work in the city where he grew up. A graduate of El Camino High School and proud alumnus of Oceanside public schools, Perez is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at CSU San Marcos. Much of his work stems from his experience growing up in Oceanside as a Filipino-American and child of immigrants. His readings at Oceanside Theatre Company draw from his two hybrid collections of poetry and prose: Phenomenology of Superhero and This is for the mostless. Accompanied by up to three local poets, Perez will combine storytelling and poetry to connect to his community and audiences, and end the program with a question and answer session moderated by a local community leader.
Shane Hall Presents Circa 94
April 28, 8 pm
Shane Hall & Blake Dean (Mrs Henry) perform an intimate acoustic tribute to the sounds of the 90s. This era shaped their young lives and heavily influenced their music trajectory. Come see, feel, and hear a warming journey back to the 90s as performed and narrated conversationally Blake and Shane style. Here’s some artists that will be on the list.
Cinco de Mayo Nerd Comedy
May 5, 8 pm
Get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with the hilarious comedian Rene Garcia! Labeled the Latino Jerry Lewis, Rene is one of the most entertaining and energetic humorists on the circuit today. He is a master of comedy, with a quick wit and a talent for making audiences of all ages laugh. Rene’s strong audience connection and blend of clever observations and relatable anecdotes will have you in stitches.
Middle-aged Margie Walsh is a nice woman from a poor neighborhood. Some of her friends might even say she’s TOO nice. When she gets fired from yet another job, her landlord threatens eviction. Determined to keep a roof over her daughter’s head, she turns to a former friend, who made it out of their neighborhood of Southie, as they call South Boston, for help finding a job. From the moment she steps into Dr. Michael Dillon’s office, tensions mount in this reunion of old friends as they navigate the decisions that led them down different life paths. An emotional, heartfelt drama broken up by poignant moments of laugh-aloud humor, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire will have audiences debating what it means to do the right thing. Preview: Friday, May 12 at 8 pm. Opening Night: Saturday, May 13 at 8 pm.
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Give the gift of theater and more with Oceanside Theatre Company gift certificates! Have a busy friend or loved one who loves the theater, but you never know when they are free to join you for a show? An OTC gift certificate lets you show you care, while offering your friends and family the flexibility to choose their event and date. (Gift certificates cannot be applied to the 2023 Music Series at this time.) Click the link to the right and go to the “Merchandise” tab to set your own amount from $5-$100.