Oakland Tech Presents "The Living"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Save the date and come see a great show: OakTechRep, our award-winning student theatre company, presents Anthony Clarvoe's "The Living," in the Oakland Tech Auditorium. The playwright himself visited with the student actors in mid-November and wrote afterwards: "Here's a powerfully moving thing: talking with the cast of your play, none of whom had been born when you wrote the play, all of whom seem to be getting ready to own the hell out of the play.

Thanks to Jessa Brie Moreno and the actors of Oakland Tech for a beautiful afternoon, and looking forward to their production of ÔThe Living.'"

Set during the Great Plague that tore through London in 1665, Anthony Clarvoe's play explores the motivations and behaviors of a group of Londoners who remained in the city after the majority of city officials fled. The play focuses on characters ranging from doctors to clergy to average citizens and city officials as they struggle to keep on living during a catastrophic epidemic.

Written during the AIDS crisis, the play remains relevant as communities around the world today encounter yet another epidemic.

OakTechRep's production features original puppets designed and fabricated by the Tech Techies and manipulated by the ensemble.

"The Living" will perform December 11-13, with three evening performances at 7 p.m. and one Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Oakland Tech Auditorium, 310-42nd Street. General admission tickets are $10 at the door; $8 for OUSD staff and students. Due to the nature of the play's content, this event is recommended for middle-school ages and older. The production is directed by Jessa Moreno with technical direction by Casey Fern and choreography by Ena Dallas. For more information, contact jessica.moreno@ousd.k12.ca.us or 510/450-5400.