Edie O Connor
14 Crescent Street
Quincy, CA 95971
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After nearly a decade, construction of the West End Theatre was completed in March of 2012, fulfilling a longtime vision of Earl Thompson and Edie O’Connor. The West End Theatre is a traditional black box theatre that provides an intimate space for community performances. With its state of the art design, Edie and Earl aspire to advance Quincy community theatre to a new level. The theatre has a flexible performance space with moveable seating that can fit up to 99 audience members and a cutting edge lighting system that provides professional features.
Earl and Edie, deeply rooted residents of Quincy, are passionate about both theatre and recognize the value of a strong community. Their concept of a high tech community theatre experience has been in the making for over a decade. It was set in motion with the founding of dramaworks, a non-profit organization established in 2000. Dramaworks promotes the enjoyment of theatre arts, facilitates children’s and community theatre programs, and utilizes its venue as an educational path to reduce societal barriers and improve the lives of rural families and children.
Edie enthusiastically believes that, “theatre is like food for children, they need it to flourish.” Dramaworks employs theatre to both entertain and educate youth. Through the various dramaworks programs, youth develop skills to help them excel in life. Dramaworks also presents an opportunity for community members to learn and grow through theatre. Individuals who have never participated in theatre before can become an actor, playwright, costume designer, or stagehand.
Earl and Edie are excited to open the doors of the West End Theatre to the community and to bring a cutting edge theatre experience to their rural community.
dramaworks is a creative outlet for all ages! Located in the beautiful Northern California town of Quincy, we are a not for profit 501(c) (3) corporation started in the year 2000 by Earl Thompson and Edie O’Connor.
Our programs provide the framework for theatrical expression at every age! The Magic Beanstalk Players consist of kindergarten through eighth grades students who love to learn about drama. They work together to create spectacular productions.
The SWEET program is comprised of high school and college students who learn to become leaders in their community and among their peers. Students discuss various social issues and work on associated projects. This year, students wrote, directed, produced and performed in a video to educate others about problem gambling.
Finally, dramaworks Community Theatre program produces productions for adults and youth alike. In March 2012 the West End Theatre officially opened, and gave dramaworks its permanent home! Since then we've produced several community theatre productions including Parallel Lives, Hermes, Nunsense, Black Comedy, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Harvey, I do! I do! and Bus Stop.