Events & Performances

Scene from MEN ON BOATS
Photo Credit: Marc Campos

The Occidental Theater Department is excited to present two virtual plays this fall!

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Directions to Keck Theater and Thorne Hall

Spring 2021

Romeo and Juliet

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Will Power
Virtual performances: Thursday - Saturday, April 1-3, 2021 at 7:30pm PDT

A fast-paced, robust and contemporary take on Shakespeare’s timeless classic. Utilizing the very latest technological tools, and fusing them with Shakespeare’s text, this production of Romeo & Juliet is a no holds barred exploration into the themes of age-old tribalism, modern-day pain, and love for the ages. 

Lover of Lies (tentative title)

Inspired by Lucian of Samosata's The Lover of Lies
Adapted and directed by Laural Meade
Virtual performances: Thursday - Saturday, April 15-17, 2021 at 7:30pm PDT

Fall 2020



Poster for Scenes from Metamorphoses
Based on the Myths of Ovid
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx

Choreography by Shivani Thakkar
Scenic Design by Susan Gratch
Lighting Design by Adam Roy
Costume Design by Kainan Short
Sound Design by John Zalewski

Performs: October 29-31 at 7:30pm PT
Join us for a Q & A session after the October 30th performance!

Immerse yourself in a magical world of Greek mythology reimagined. This Tony Award nominated spectacle merges hyper-theatricality, heightened poetic language, and a contemporary playfulness to explore love, loss and longing. Engaging Indian gesture work, a devised visual vocabulary, and an ensemble that transforms from Gods to Mortals and back again, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses is a poetic meditation on humanity, heroism, and healing.

Read more about the show here

Highland Park is Here

Poster for Highland Park is Here. Performs Nov. 19th-22nd.
With the Cornerstone Theater Company
Written by Mark Valdez
Directed by Michael John Garcés
Performs: November 19th-22nd at 7:30pm and November 22nd at 2pm PT
Performances are live-streamed online and free, please consider making a donation at checkout.

The murals, the music, the taqueros and tamaleros, the Christmas parade and lowrider parades, the gardens, the hills, the arroyo…and the people. Highland Park is Here connects the fractured stories—past and present—of this iconic Los Angeles neighborhood in this moment of community change, searching for shared spaces and experiences. From our homes to our street corners to on-line, if you are there, then Highland Park is Here.

Performed by a cast of 30+ people from Highland Park, Occidental College and Cornerstone,  Highland Park is Here takes us on a virtual journey from York to Figueroa and the Arroyo, from yesterday to tomorrow, from fact to fantasy, all told through the stories of the people who live there.

The play is told in two paths, Llegamos - the multigenerational story of one family from the 1950s to today - and Movements & Moments, local stories from the 1990s to today.

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30pm - Llegamos will be performed
  • Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30pm - Movements & Moments will be performed
  • Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30pm - Llegamos will be performed
  • Sunday, Nov. 22 Matinee at 2:00pm - Movements & Moments will be performed

Attend two performances if you want to see all of Highland Park is Here, but each path can be experienced without the other, too.

Highland Park is Here is created in/with/for the residents of Highland Park and Cornerstone Theater Company, Oxy Arts, and the Occidental College Theater Department. 

Directions to Keck Theater & Thorne Hall

Click here for maps and directions. Keck Theater is building #30 on the printable campus map. From Campus Road, enter at the Bird Road entrance. From Bird Road, turn left onto Gilman Road. Turn right onto AG Coons Road, Keck Theater is on the left. Parking is located next to the theater in the first lot on the left. There is also street parking in front of the theater. Handicap parking available on either side of the theater.

Thorne Hall is #52 on the map. Parking is available on the street or at the visitor parking lot (#43). Handicap parking is available on Thorne Road next to the theater.

Click here for directions to Oxy Arts, located at 4757 York Boulevard (Los Angeles).

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