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OCCA Theater

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Performing Arts Center, which is home to four resident artist groups: Porthole Players, Red Octopus Theatre Company, New Visions Arts and Coastal Act Productions. Current shows are listed as events. For more information about current OCCA theater events, please contact the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Upcoming Events in Theater

  • AUDITIONS: Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story

    June 29th, 2018 to June 29th, 2018

    Come and be a part of history, The Buddy Holly Story.. Porthole Players is producing, Erik Furuheim is directing, and Howard Lackey will be Music Director for this musical extravaganza and it calls for many 50's musical minded folks. Our Buddy has already been cast by an actor that plays this role all over the US and has for several years now but we are in need of so many other talented actors and singers to pull off this concert style show. If you have questions of schedule conflicts email me at

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  • OCCA Summer Shakespeare Camp 2018

    July 1st, 2018 to July 13rd, 2018

    Information and registration details are now available for the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) annual summer Shakespeare Camp, set for July 1-13, with performances set for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Registration forms and more information are available by calling Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652; by email, from; or at the OCCA office at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.

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  • Dinner With Will July 10

    July 10th, 2018 to July 10th, 2018

    Come and enjoy dinner with Will Shakespeare at Sylvia Beach Hotel.

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  • OCCA Shakespeare Camp Performances

    July 12nd, 2018 to July 12nd, 2018

    Join us for some of the best creative thinking paired with young enthusiastic talent when the 2018 OCCA Shakespeare Camp production "A Midsummer Night's Dream," under the direction of Shakespeare scholar Rod Molzahn, is presented in two performances.

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  • OCCA Summer Theatre Camps

    July 16th, 2018 to August 10th, 2018

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents two sessions of the Summer Theatre Camps this year. The first session runs Monday through Friday, July 16-27; the second session Monday through Friday, July 30 through August 10. Students who participate will learn about the theater and about each other, and then write and produce a play.

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  • National Theatre Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    July 20th, 2018 to July 20th, 2018

    From London's National Theatre: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20. Tennessee Williams’ 20th-century masterpiece played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017 – following his smash hit production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," Benedict Andrews’ "thrilling revival" (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

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  • National Theatre Hamlet

    July 27th, 2018 to July 27th, 2018

    From London's National Theatre: "Hamlet" at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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  • National Theatre Young Marx

    August 3rd, 2018 to August 3rd, 2018

    From London's National Theatre: "Young Marx" at 7 p.m. Friday, August 3. Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors."

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  • “On the Verge”

    August 10th, 2018 to August 26th, 2018

    The year is 1888 when Mary, Fanny, and Alex, three women who are each intrepid world explorers in their own right, band together to conquer Terra Incognita, the last and most mysterious of unexplored territories. As they bushwhack their way through jungles, brave treacherous ice sheets, and negotiate passage across a bottomless Gorge, the ladies reminisce about their past adventures and sort out their personality differences. They encounter a chameleonic cannibal, an adorable young Yeti, and a Troll demanding a toll, as well as a number of mysterious artifacts: egg beaters, dirigibles, political campaign buttons, and newspaper clippings from the 1900s. On this one-way journey through space and time, each lady discovers her own unique destiny in the beautiful, loud, and brightly lit future. Eric Overmyer’s On the Verge, or, The Geography of Yearning is a romping meditation on the outer and inner frontiers of the human condition, full of lyrical and hilarious dialogue and imagery both beautiful and surreal.

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  • OCCA Summer Theatre Camp - Advanced

    August 13rd, 2018 to August 17th, 2018

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents a new Advanced Theatre Camp this year, Monday through Friday, August 13-17, which focuses on improvisation.

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  • National Theatre Macbeth

    September 7th, 2018 to September 7th, 2018

    From The Bridge Theatre in London: "Macbeth" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris, will see Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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  • National Theatre Julie

    September 21st, 2018 to September 21st, 2018

    From London's National Theatre: "Julie" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

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  • National Theatre King Lear

    November 9th, 2018 to November 9th, 2018

    Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s "extraordinarily moving portrayal" (Independent) of "King Lear" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production, which received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

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  • National Theatre The Madness of George III

    December 28th, 2018 to December 28th, 2018

    Multi-award-winning drama "The Madness of George III" will be broadcast live in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

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