Theatres combine for live reading online

Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company will perform a live staged reading online of “Quiet Cross” on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Theatres combine for live reading online

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) and Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) are teaming up together to co-produce their first online live staged reading this Thursday, April 2, starting at 7:30 p.m.

During these unprecedented times, the organizations are continuing to seek ways to share interesting stories with their community.

“Quiet Cross” is a new play by local playwright Casey Tibbitts. It was well received at its first staged reading and post reading workshop at Scripps Ranch Theatre in January and has been reworked for this online performance. Each actor will be performing from their own homes, hosted on the ZOOM platform. The community can join in and watch from the comfort of their living rooms.

“For the past three seasons we have co-produced one show each season with Oceanside Theatre Company,” SRT Artistic Director Jill Drexler said. “Sharing talent, resources and extending the reach of the stories we tell has created a wonderful collaborative relationship between the two organizations. Partnering up to continue to share stories creatively was a natural fit.”

OTC Artistic Director Ted Leib agreed.

“Now is a time for the entire arts community to come together as we all navigate the impact of COVID-19. Sharing QUIET CROSS with our community this Thursday is one way we can reach out to our friends and patrons who have believed in our organizations for so many years,” Leib said.

How to join in:

  1. Download ZOOM for free onto your computer or phone: https://zoom.us/
  2. Join the online ZOOM performance at 7:15 pm this Thursday, April 2: http://oceansidetheatre.org/quietcrosslivestream/

About ‘Quiet Cross’

Written by Casey Tibbitts

Cast includes SRT Artistic Director Jill Drexler, OTC Artistic Director Ted Leib, Susan Clausen, Fred Harlow, Olivia Hodson, Hailey Andrews and Kylie Acuña.

Faith takes love. Faith takes trust. Faith takes patience, faith takes WORK.

Scripps Ranch Theater and Oceanside Theatre Company co-produce this online staged reading of local playwright Casey Tibbitts’ ‘Quiet Cross,’ the story of one devout mother’s struggle to deal with her family’s very skeptical modern views. When crises arise, she finds herself forced to choose between the family she loves and the church she reveres, and to face her own painful past.

About the playwright

Casey Tibbitts is a lifelong San Diegan and current resident of Scripps Ranch. He is a graduate of USD and SDSU, and works in corporate IT. “Quiet Cross” is his first play.

He is deeply indebted to Tim West for his selfless generosity in mentoring an unknown playwright. Without Tim’s guidance, insights and support, this play is just a file on a hard drive. Thanks also go to Jill Drexler and Scripps Ranch Theatre for taking a chance on a new work, and to the talented director and actors who are bringing life to the characters that until now have just been on paper.

About Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre is a professional theatre company located on the campus of Alliant International University and is celebrating its 41st Season. Helmed by Artistic Director Jill Drexler, Scripps Ranch Theatre produces a five-show mainstage season in its intimate 128 seat space. SRT is a leader in the Southern California Arts Community in developing and producing new plays with their annual Out on a Limb Festival of New Plays. SRT has a thriving Educational Program that tours across San Diego Schools and also provides an annual summer camp in partnership with the YMCA. To learn more, visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org

About Oceanside Theatre Company

Helmed by Artistic Director Ted Leib, Oceanside Theatre Company is the professional production company in residence at the historic Sunshine Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside. As a nonprofit organization, OTC’s vision is to be a beacon for arts education, culture and the performing arts in North San Diego County. OTC produces a four-show mainstage theatre season in the 198-seat venue, as well as a music series featuring jazz, classical, blues, country and American roots music, and ongoing play readings in the adjacent black box theater, Studio 219. As part of a Youth Outreach program, OTC runs a four-week Youth Academy during the summer and brings theatre to Oceanside middle schools during the school year. To learn more, visit www.oceansidetheatre.org.

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