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The Repertory



The OCC Theatre Department Proudly Presents:

The OCC Repertory Theatre Company  (THE REP!)



Starting in 1985, theatre professors Bill Purkiss, Alex Golson and Rick Golson and the OCC theatre department created a revolutionary new class providing students with a theatre company of their own. Since then the very busy student members of The Rep (THEA A131-134) and of the Directing Class (THEA A181-182) have created a full season of plays, incl​​​uding many critically-acclaimed original works every year.

Today our Rep students direct, act, write, design and do all the many tasks required to create a full season of theatre productions under the faculty supervision of Tom Bruno and Cynthia Corley. 

Many Rep alumni have gone on to found their own theatre companies, to become published playwrights, or to run or work at established theatre companies and in film and television. We believe the hands-on training a dedicated Rep member receives in their time with us is a vitally important part of a comprehensive theatre training program.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see some photos of past Rep shows!


2020-2021 Repertory Productions

Fear From Afar

Tales of Terror told via Zoom

What terrifying tales of madness and horror will the Rep share this year? Join us as we explore the dark side in an evening of scenes and monologues.

Don't watch alone in the dark...

Mature audiences only, please.

Live streaming Saturday October 17 2020 at 7:30pm, and available online for viewing afterwards.

More information to follow!


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

The holidays make for some pretty dramatic stories...

Join us as The Rep explores the magic, the joys, the craziness, the laughs, the sweet and bittersweet memories and all the special moments that this time of year can bring! Sit down by the fire with a cup of mulled cider and your laptop and share our holiday spirit!

This production will be livestreamed to the public via Zoom on December 5th 2020, with online viewing afterwards. More information to follow.

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Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, the Spring Rep season will be online unless safety guidelines enable us to perform live in the Drama Lab Studio for you. We will keep you informed once events become clearer.

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2019-2020 Repertory Productions*

for photos of past Rep productions, please scroll down or visit our Facebook and Instagram pages!



It’s like a tasting menu for theatre! A variety of short dramatic and comic scenes will feature the talents of our newest members of the Rep along with our returning Rep members. Both modern and classical works provide something for everyone.      

September 13, 14 & 15 2019 at 7:30pm

Tickets are free.   Donations are gratefully accepted

Mature Audiences​






Something Wickeder 2019 written by Jill Johnson   

October 12 & 13, 19 & 20 2019 at 7:30pm

                   The Rep explores the darkness lurking behind the bright smiles of happy suburban families. What is Mother hiding behind her apron? What did Dad bury behind the garage last night? Prepare for a scare!   

Free            Donations gratefully accepted 

Recommended for mature audiences



 An Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream S​ocial 2019

The Rep's biggest show of the season!   Written by David Scaglione and Directed by Rick Golson

Featuring an original comic holiday melodrama "Christmas at the Lodge of the Slender Pine"
Boo the villain, cheer the hero, and enjoy a free ice cream treat in our annual holiday melodrama and sing-a-long. Fun for the whole family! 
​A special visitor is also expected... 

December 6 and 13 at 7pm

December 7and 14 at 2:30pm and 7:00pm 

December 8 and 15 at 2:30pm


Drama Lab Theatre

Tickets are $7 in advance, $9 at the door ($5/$7 for students, seniors and children)
Purchase tickets online at
Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes before every performance


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Plays Made in a Day!


Are we nuts? Could be! Here we go for our 9th year in a row!  Under the (brave or foolhardy-we haven't decided yet) direction of Sean "Wild Card" Engard the talented members of The Rep will write, direct and stage 5 short plays in just 24 hours. Come see what happens, and please bring us coffee!  

  February 8 and 9, 2020   at 7:30pm

Drama Lab Studio 

Tickets are Free     Donations are gratefully accepted

     Mature Audiences

Neo- Futurist plays by Greg Allen    

February 22, 23 and 29 2020 at 7:30pm

March 1 at 7:30pm

The challenge: present 30 "Neo Futurist" plays in under 60 minutes! Chosen in random order by the audience, these plays are chaotic, funny, tragic and political. This is the longest-running play in Chicago history! Prepare yourself to interact with a very energetic cast...  

This is our fourth crazy, laugh-filled year--come see what's new!

 Definitely recommended for mature audiences. No, really, adults only.    

Click below to watch our 2017 production of TMLMTBGB! 

"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" by the Orange Coast College Repertory. Spring 2017


Drama Lab Studio

Tickets are free   Donations are gratefully accepted

    Mature Audiences




Take Five

April 4, 5 and 11 2020 at 7:30 

How much can you experience in just five minutes? Find out in this festival of very short plays. 


Drama Lab Studio
Free--Donations gratefully accepted





One Act Play Festival 2020


This eclectic festival is an annual tradition. As the culmination of our year, the Rep presents a wide variety of both published plays and original works by Rep playwrights who have been working hard all year on their scripts.

Special thanks to Sean Engard for his guidance and expertise leading our REP student playwriting workshop all year!


                           Playing Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 23 at 7:30pm:


                            Playing Sunday May 17 and Saturday May 24 at 7:30pm

                                                                     Drama Lab Studio

Free-- Donations gratefully accepted

                                                                      Mature Audiences

 For a listing of our Faculty-Directed productions, please click on ​

Faculty Directed Productions​



Rick Golson and Cynthia Corley hard at work...


Something Wicked      October 2018

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The Importance of Being Earnest     April 2010

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Rep Class Meeting 2011   Rep student Artistic Director Joon Hur leads the meeting.

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Take Five    Spring 2019


Theatre Nouveau 2018     Scene from "Henry V"


Painting the stage for Something Wicked 2017  

Student Artistic Director Emerald Nguyen and director Jill Johnson

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2018 One Acts cast and crew

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30 year Rep Reunion!


Holiday Melodrama 2004
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 Holday Melodrama 2011

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All in the Timing 2014


Holday Melodrama--"One of Santa's Reindeer is Missing!"

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 Holiday Melodrama 2015. Awesome moster costumes by student costume designer Sara Egger.