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The Waste Land Drive-In Theater Production

The Waste Land Drive-In Theater Production

  • 1501 MLK Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Neighborhood: West Oakland
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by T. S. Eliot
co-created by John Wilkins, Lisa Ramirez and Michael Socrates Moran

“Here is no water but only rock /
Rock and no water and the sandy road”

T.S. Eliot’s classic poem The Waste Land comes to life in a world premiere adaptationfor the stage that speaks to the current crisis caused by the pandemic. Featuring award-winning actor and playwright Lisa Ramirez in a one-person performance, Oakland Theater Project’sproduction gives urgent expression to the mysterious blend of personal, spiritual, psychological, national and existential threads Eliot weaves together in his masterwork. The Waste Land explores the way in which life itself has been hollowed out by human hands, while within the vivid expression of the poem itself, art stands as a testament to the capacity for human hands to enliven our void and create a path toward renewal.

Running Time: 60 minutes, with no intermission



Due to COVID-19, Oakland Theater Project’s 2021 season will be presented as Drive-In Theater performances. Audiences can experience the power of live performance from the safety of their own vehicles, with the sounds of the production transmitted over FM radio.

All performances are drive-in only and require the use of a motorized vehicle. Patrons will be assigned a parking spot when they arrive, on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before the performance.

Drive-in performances are offered in compliance with the Alameda County Health Order. More info about the Drive-In Theater experience and the bathroom and safety protocols can be found on our page titled your visit.


All performances take place in the parking lot for the Oakland Theater at FLAX art & design in Downtown Oakland.

The Oakland Theater at
FLAX art & design
1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland 94612

Event Info

  • Dates: April 9, 2021 - May 16, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Visit Website
  • Address: 1501 MLK Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Price: PWYC $5+
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