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Four Organizations in Oceanside to Organize a Four-day Literary Festival

Write On Oceanside! & Summer Shorts Play Festival

Oceanside CA— Three non-profits and the City of Oceanside get together to organize a four-day festival of literary arts in June, deadline for submissions coming up in 2 months

San Diego County writer or playwright? Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, in collaboration with Oceanside Public Library, MainStreet Oceanside, and hosted by Oceanside Theatre Company, will hold the 6th annual “Write On Oceanside! & Summer Shorts Play Festival”, celebrating San Diego County’s authors, Thursday, June 22nd, through Sunday, June 25th. It is already North County San Diego’s largest literary event. And this year, the organizers are adding “Summer Shorts” play competition to the program making it a four-day major event in Southern California.

Now being accepted are submissions for short plays (no longer than 10 minutes) from published and non-published amateur writers within San Diego County until the deadline of April 24th, 2017. Local actors and directors will be contributing their talents for this community event. Yes, “Summer Shorts” competition of short plays will be presented with cast of about 35 people with and without acting experience on stage of Oceanside’s oldest 200-seat Brooks Theatre with performances Friday, June 23, (6:00-9:00 PM invitational tech rehearsal), Saturday June 24 (7:00 to 9:00 pm), and Sunday June 25 (2:00 to 4:00 PM). Audience Choice ballots will be collected for the best-voted short playwright at the end of the event. A “Best Play” plaque will be given to the winner, and recognition to the 2nd and 3rd place contestants. The Brooks Theatre is located at 217 N Coast Highway in Oceanside.

Regardless of their acceptance to the staged “Summer Shorts”, this year local authors will display their works for sale at the MainStreet Oceanside’s Sunset Market held downtown Oceanside on Thursday, June 22nd, where attendees will have an opportunity to talk with their favorite writers, meet new local authors, take pictures, get autographs, and purchase books directly from the authors. Workshops and featured author’s discussions with be held during the day on Saturday, June 24th at Oceanside Civic Center Plaza and Library Community Rooms. Published and self-published authors in fiction and non-fiction categories are considered to the fair. Accepted are children’s books, teenage, how-to, comics / graphic novels, poetry, plays, science fiction / horror, biography / autobiography, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, mystery and spiritual. Lots of fun await participating writers during the course of the festival, including presentations and educational workshops. Participation is limited. San Diego based playwrights and published authors may apply for the book fair or submit their short play by email to woo@ocaf.info

See www.ocaf.info for more information.

About Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation

After OCAF was formed in 1989, OCAF first came up with an idea of Oceanside Museum of Art, then OCAF helped create the city’s Arts Commission, which nurtured the idea for what began as “Day of Art” and eventually turned into Oceanside Days of Art. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to broaden the cultural, artistic, musical and performing arts in Oceanside and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from this event will be used to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursing visual and performing arts degrees not just from Oceanside, but throughout North County San Diego, and to put out more events of arts-and-culture nature for you to enjoy.

About Write On, Oceanside

“Write On, Oceanside!,” an annual event by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and Oceanside Public Library, was initially opened only to Oceanside authors, and was later expanded to North County authors over the last couple of years. This year, it seeks participation from writers from the entire San Diego County. “Summer Shorts” festival of short plays had previously been held in Oceanside for six consecutive years. New Vision Theatre Company had produced Summer Shorts – a collection of about 8 ten minute theatrical plays that were first chosen from around 200 entries and staged at Sunshine Brooks Theatre downtown Oceanside. The audience then voted for their favorites, ranking the plays 1 through 8 determining the winner. The very last Summer Shorts 2011 were well received by the audiences, which resulted in that year’s voting being by far the closest it had ever been – with nearly 400 usable ballots in a spread of just 300 points between the first and third places, including a “dead heat” in the battle for the first place. For the first time in history of Summer Shorts there was a tie: two plays “Code 7” and “Credit Check” turned out to be the winners of the staged competition in 2011. “Code 7” was written by Michael Callahan, directed by Thom Mulligan, cast: John Kalb as Dr. Peterson, Abby Fields as Sissy, Jared Spears as Butch, Zamora Cavanaugh as Wanda. “Credit Check” was written by Eddie Zipperer, directed by Lukas Vetrak, cast: Dmitriy Demidov as David Bartley, Zamora Cavanaugh as Jessica Bartley, Savannah Fairchild-Lowe as Angela, Barry Horton as God and as Dark Angel. In the second-place that year was “Entering a Mindfield” play by John A. Donnelly and in the third-place “The Gospel According to Bowser” by Dan Borengasser. Now, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation has decided to bring the popular event back to Oceanside by partnering with Oceanside Public Library and two other non-profits MainStreet Oceanside and Oceanside Theatre Company. Many actors, writers, and theatre-goers in the community are excited that “Summer Shorts” is back on track.