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Black Rootedness, A Poetry Reading

Transcontinental Poetry Event Builds Community Across Cultures

An exploration of the themes of Mother Land, Home, The Middle Passage, The New World, Collective Memory, Love, and The Journey Home, Black Rootedness, A Poetry Reading builds community across continents through verse. Inspired by the anthology Black Rootedness: 54 Poets from Africa to America, edited by Karla Brundage of the West Oakland to West Africa project, this poetry reading features writers from California to Kenya. Join Karla Brundage and Oceanside’s Rameses Setekh of Sown in Truth Orations as they host on Saturday, December 10 at the Oceanside Theatre Company at the Brooks, 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Gather early for complimentary coffee by Coffee Beards and Bowties and to purchase treats from local black-owned Bliss Tea and Treats at 10 am followed by the poetry reading at 11 am. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 door. OceansideTheatre.org.

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Oceanside Theatre Company and Six String Society Announce 2023 Oceanside Music Series: Live! at the Brooks

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) and Six String Society present “Live! at the Brooks,” featuring an eclectic series of nine concerts that will take place throughout 2023 at the historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside. With local and national acts, ranging from blues to jazz, from soul to gospel, and from rock to hip hop, this enthralling musical collaboration promises to surprise and delight a variety of audiences.

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Oceanside Theatre Company Presents Not Your Normal Nutcracker and More December Events to Fill the Holidays

A true center for the arts with an eclectic mix of art, dance, poetry, music and comedy events, Oceanside Theatre Company’s December schedule offers entertainment for everyone. The highlight of OTC’s  holiday shows will be the quirky Not Your Normal Nutcracker presented with Megill & Company. A unique and comic take on the traditional classic, this show is the ideal way to celebrate the season! Get ready for the iconic favorite at the dance-themed artist opening. Take a symbolic journey across the Atlantic in a community building poetry event featuring black poets. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with a neoclassical concert. Laugh the night away at a safe and sober comedy show on New Year’s Eve! For more information about Oceanside Theatre Company’s December events, visit OceansideTheatre.org. or call the box office at 760-433-8900.

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Oceanside Theatre Company, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside to Present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Sixty-three students ages 8 to 18 will perform in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Jr. program as part of the annual Youth Outreach program underwritten by the Oceanside Theatre Company and the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside. This free program introduces participants to the magic of the theater arts during a 3-month long after-school program. Culminating in eight performances – six for the general public and two school performances –  this tale as old as time comes to life on November 11-20, 2022 at the Brooks Theater in the heart of the Oceanside Cultural District.

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The Bus Ride; Home:
The Buses Are Here, Our Heroes Ain’t On ‘Em, Stories from Children of Revolution 

The Bus Ride; Home: The Buses Are Here, Our Heroes Ain’t on Em is an art exhibition fundraiser showing at the Sunshine Brooks Theater. All proceeds will go towards the opening of the Creative Sols Ark, a community and cultural center in Oceanside, California with a mission of offering a safe space for systemically underprivileged individuals to gain positive opportunities in education, activism, and community building.

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Oceanside Theatre Company Presents San Diego Premiere of Billie! Backstage with Lady Day September 23 – October 2 at the Brooks Theater

The two-act play, written by Synthia L. Hardy and directed by Bryan Rasmussen, which premiered at The Whitefire Theater in 2010 and has enjoyed annual encore performances in Los Angeles, combines storytelling and song to capture the essence of Billie Holiday’s music and life. In the first act, Holiday prepares for her show while answering the questions of two unseen reporters. Hardy as Holiday entwines her biography and explanations of the inspiration for and history of her music with performances of her popular numbers. In the second act, Hardy embodies Lady Day, (a nickname given to Holiday by musician Lester Young), in a concert of her hits that includes “’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do” and “Willow, Weep for Me.”

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Musical Visionary David Arkenstone and an All-Female String Quartet to Perform Magical Candlelit Concert at The Brooks 

As part of its Music Series, Oceanside Theatre Company will host musical storyteller, contemporary composer, and instrumentalist David Arkenstone and friends for a candlelit concert at the historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. He’ll be accompanied by a percussionist and an all-female string quartet. Available online at OceansideTheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900, tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students, seniors, and active military with ID, and $45 for VIP seating in first two rows which includes a lanyard and laminate, a free CD, and a signed photograph. 

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Linguist Richard Lederer Illuminates Language Essentials in Presentation and Book Signing Benefiting Oceanside Theatre Company

(Oceanside, CA) – San Diego Union-Tribune language columnist and author of more than 60 books, Richard Lederer will give a lecture and sign books at the historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. In his comedic take on the ever-evolving English language, Lederer, known as Dr. Grammar Guy, illuminates essential grammar and usage for avoiding potentially awkward miscommunications. Laugh and learn about terminal prepositions, split infinitives, the utility of the serial comma, and “they” as a third-person singular pronoun. If you’ve ever had to ask if someone was talking about their non-binary child or multiple children – you will relate!

Oceanside Theatre Company Presents Songs for A New World in Conjunction with Teatro San Diego

The production, first seen in 1995 Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre,​​ is Co-Directed by Teatro San Diego’s Kevin “Blax” Burroughs and Julio Catano, with Choreography by Alyssa “Ajay” Junious, and Music Direction by William Ah Sing. Teatro San Diego’s original streaming production received three BroadwayWorld 2021 San Diego Awards, including Best Direction Of A Stream (Kevin “Blax” Burroughs), Best Editing Of A Stream (Christian Ezell), and Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical (Reiko Huffman) and appeared on the Pam Kragen’s Best of 2021 list for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Oceanside International Film Festival at The Brooks

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially returns this week for five days’ worth of independent cinema. The event, which is now entering its eighth annual edition offers local and international filmmakers the opportunity to screen to a wide audience. Guests this year can expect to see over 50 films from all over the world, regions represented this year will include, but not be limited to; Spain, Kosovo, Canada, Iran, Australia, the United States & France.


Oceanside Theatre, Museum Collaborate to Enhance Artistic Experience of Tony Award-Winning Production, RED

(Oceanside, CA) April 25, 2018– Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theatre company at The Brooks, is joining artistic forces with the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) Artist Alliance to bring visual and theatrical art together for OTC’s next production, RED .


Kevin Hafso-Koppman to Direct “RED” by John Logan at Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) announces its production of RED by John Logan. Produced by OTC artistic director Ted Leib, the production is directed by Kevin Hafso-Koppman and features Robert May and Luke Monday. The production will run May 4th – 20th.


Oceanside Theatre Company at The Brooks kicks off its 2018 Music Series

Oceanside Theatre Company at The Brooks kicks off its 2018 Music Series on Sunday, April 22, with two American blues treasures: The Rick Holmstrom Band and Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers.  All seats are $25.


As Part of SD Theatre Week, Tours of the Brooks Theatre to be given February 21st

In honor of San Diego Theatre Week, OTC is offering behind-the-scene tours of the historic Brooks Theatre on February 21st at 11:00am & 1:00pm. At the end of the tour, patrons will receive the option to purchase discounted tickets (2 for $30) to one of the upcoming 2017-18 season productions.

Oceanside Theater Company Takes Center Stage with Long-Term Lease, Renovation and New Leadership

Now in its 11th year of operations, Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional performing arts company at the “Sunshine” Brooks Theater, has served as stewards of the historic, city-owned theater and adjoining Studio 219 on North Coast Highway in Oceanside since the organization’s inception. Located in the heart of downtown Oceanside, the Brooks Theater is the cultural center point of this North County region, uniquely recognized as only one of 14 inaugural Cultural Districts designated by the State of California. With a new 20-year City of Oceanside Use Agreement approved last Fall, OTC is taking bold steps to chart an expansive future for the organization – and the building. The previously all volunteer management team has hired its first Managing Director and has plans for a multi-phase, multi-year renovation of the 1930’s-era  Brooks Theater to serve the cultural needs of a growing community in Oceanside and North County.

Oceanside Theatre Company Presents Songs for A New World in Conjunction with Teatro San Diego

The production, first seen in 1995 Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre,​​ is Co-Directed by Teatro San Diego’s Kevin “Blax” Burroughs and Julio Catano, with Choreography by Alyssa “Ajay” Junious, and Music Direction by William Ah Sing. Teatro San Diego’s original streaming production received three BroadwayWorld 2021 San Diego Awards, including Best Direction Of A Stream (Kevin “Blax” Burroughs), Best Editing Of A Stream (Christian Ezell), and Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical (Reiko Huffman) and appeared on the Pam Kragen’s Best of 2021 list for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Oceanside International Film Festival at The Brooks

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially returns this week for five days’ worth of independent cinema. The event, which is now entering its eighth annual edition offers local and international filmmakers the opportunity to screen to a wide audience. Guests this year can expect to see over 50 films from all over the world, regions represented this year will include, but not be limited to; Spain, Kosovo, Canada, Iran, Australia, the United States & France.


Oceanside Theatre, Museum Collaborate to Enhance Artistic Experience of Tony Award-Winning Production, RED

(Oceanside, CA) April 25, 2018– Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theatre company at The Brooks, is joining artistic forces with the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) Artist Alliance to bring visual and theatrical art together for OTC’s next production, RED .


Kevin Hafso-Koppman to Direct “RED” by John Logan at Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) announces its production of RED by John Logan. Produced by OTC artistic director Ted Leib, the production is directed by Kevin Hafso-Koppman and features Robert May and Luke Monday. The production will run May 4th – 20th.


Oceanside Theatre Company at The Brooks kicks off its 2018 Music Series

Oceanside Theatre Company at The Brooks kicks off its 2018 Music Series on Sunday, April 22, with two American blues treasures: The Rick Holmstrom Band and Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers.  All seats are $25.


As Part of SD Theatre Week, Tours of the Brooks Theatre to be given February 21st

In honor of San Diego Theatre Week, OTC is offering behind-the-scene tours of the historic Brooks Theatre on February 21st at 11:00am & 1:00pm. At the end of the tour, patrons will receive the option to purchase discounted tickets (2 for $30) to one of the upcoming 2017-18 season productions.