OCPA Presents…

Bailey Drake | by Mark Whicker
Directed by Brenda Kenworthy

See a staged reading of this new play with a cast including Diana Burbano, Leandro Cano, Shanelle Darlene, Seyto James, Bianca Singer, Anuar Uribe and Bill Vetrovec at …

Saturday, May 13 | 7:30pm
Grand Central Art Center
(home of The Wayward Artist)
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana
(by the fountain on the 2nd Street Plaza)
Suggested donation: $15
Reservations: 714.902.5716 or ocpabox@gmail.com

Synopsis: Bailey Drake is a hard-bitten, wisecracking businesswoman trying to make it while she runs a convenience store in the Mojave Desert, on the highway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She has a recurring war with the store that is one exit down the road, but she has built a loyal collection of sometimes exasperating friends and customers over the years. They wander in and out of her life, including a newcomer named Russell, who appears as if he might be a potential romantic interest and partner. At the end, her brother’s rocky past brings her life to a crossroads.

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance’s OCPA Presents… series celebrating new full-length work returns with this new play event.

The Playwright
Mark Whicker has worked since 1974 as a professional sports writer and columnist for newspapers in Winston-Salem, Dallas, Philadelphia and Orange County. He has won three state Sportswriter of the Year awards, twice made the list of Top 10 columnists as voted by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and won the 2014 Nat Fleischer Award for distinguished boxing writing. In 2020, he was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame. Mark’s playwriting has been presented by OCPA and Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble; his full-length play Seven Hundred Square Feet appears in the “Quill to Act” New Play Festival at Murphys Creek Theatre (Murphys, CA) in early May.

The Venue
Grand Central Art Center is the result of a unique partnership between California State University, Fullerton and the City of Santa Ana. Located ten miles south of the main CSUF campus, the Art Center is a mixed residential, commercial and educational complex anchoring Santa Ana’s Artist Village. The 45,000 sq. ft. three-level structure houses the Grand Central Main Gallery, Project Room, Education / Teaching Gallery, Grand Central Theater, The Den Café, Hipcooks, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, The Wayward Artist, living/studio spaces for visual arts graduate students, and a studio and living space dedicated to the center’s international artist-in-residence program.