A Brea Centennial Legacy Project - Tales from the Canyon: The Olinda Story

The Olinda StoryAn original play by William Mittler, Directed by Jesse Runde
 Created in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton’s Oral History Department

November 3 - 12, 2017/ Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.


About the Show: The stillness of the hills, the opportunity of oil, the big game with Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth, the Great Depression, the flood of 1938, the Second World War and what life was like for the men, women, and children in the earliest days of Brea are all depicted in Tales from the Canyon: The Olinda Story. A play originally commissioned by the California Council for the Humanities will illuminate Brea’s rich history. Written in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton’s Oral History Department, the play focuses on Olinda, the oil lease town that preceded Brea. Based on oral histories collected by the university, the play spans from 1892 to present day and weaves recollections from Brea’s earliest residents with significant events in the region and history.
 What to expect:
While the play brings the stories of Brea’s earliest residents to life, award-winning playwright William Mittler crafted the story to illuminate the history of the region. You will encounter a large cast, local history, relatable circumstances and a good story. Whether you are a resident of Brea, or our neighbor, we hope you will join us for this glimpse at history and celebration of Brea’s 100th birthday!