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It's said that every bad decision results in a good story. That may be why there is a theme to the five plays that are part of the second annual installment of Orange County's original play festival, OC-Centric, which concludes this weekend at Chapman University.
This marks the second year of the festival, inspired by Washington's realization that Orange County, though continually marginalized in most artistic discussions, is a hotbed for dramaturgical expression.
The goal of the festival, Washington said, is two-fold. First, it gives OC playwrights a forum to see their work produced in full-fledged productions. Second, it affords them the opportunity to display their talents to a wider audience.
“There is so much quality to OC playrwrights, something that a lot of people don't know about because there aren't a great deal of local productions,” she said. “But OC playwrights are smart, they are savvy, they have great ideas and, most important, they know how to tell stories. And that's what theater is all about. To tell stories.”
This is the second year of OC-Centric and Washington says she and co-producer Eric Eberwein are committed to making it a long-term affair
“We're not going anywhere,” she says. “At some point we may open the festival to writers from Los Angeles or other (neighboring communities.) But right now, this is an Orange County new play festival and we're committed to continuing that.”
Chapman University's Studio Theater, Moulton Center Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.,. 2 & p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (714( 902-5716. http://occentric.weebly.com/