Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College
We’re thrilled to be in the our new venue since last June of 2017. Our intimate theater space seats 49 in comfortable tiered seating so there is not a bad seat in the house. Doors open an hour before curtain; enjoy dinner from the Big Easy Food truck and refreshments at our concessions bar. Conveniently located in Upland close to the border with Claremont, we are centrally located close to both the Claremont Village and Downtown Upland. The OJP Studio is perfect for meetings and workshops. Call us for information about rentals.
Each July, Ophelia’s Jump presents its Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at the beautiful Sontag Greek Theatre on the campus of Pomona College who is a major sponsor of the event.
The Sontag Greek Theatre, located at the western edge of The Wash on Pomona College’s campus, was built in 1910 and renovated in 1997, when it was renamed in honor of Professor of Philosophy Frederick Sontag, who was a member of Pomona’s faculty for 57 years, and his wife Carol.
The site of the Greek Theatre had long been a location for both casual student events and more formal performances and ceremonies. In 1910, the senior class gifted $2,500 to build a permanent theatre, which included several hundred concrete seats and bleachers. Pomona College: Reflections on a Campus states that the Wash as “a civic space embedded in nature, represented both an extension of the ‘college in a garden’ concept and reference to the classical groves of academe.”
The amphitheatre is set amidst a grove of old oaks and surrounded by lawns affording an ideal space for the festival allowing patrons to arrive early and picnic while enjoying the “Green Show” before each performance. On Saturdays, local artisans, community organizations and vendors set up tables to sell their wares and provide information.
Claremont is located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, California, 30.3 miles (48.8 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. It is in the Pomona Valley, at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. It is home of The Claremont Colleges, the Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, The Claremont Loop hiking trails, and a thriving & picturesque downtown area dubbed “The Village” where visitors can find one-of-kind retail shops, art galleries, museums, frequent outdoor entertainment, and a variety of excellent restaurants all within walking distance of the Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College (Shakespeare Festival) or a short drive from our OJP Studio Theatre.
Upland is located on the north-western edge of the San BernardinoValley, 37.6 miles from Downtown LA. The highest peak in the San Gabriels, Mount San Antonio, known locally as Mount Baldy, is approximately 9.5 miles north of the Upland’s northern boundary and caps out at 10,064 feet. The College Park Center within a short drive of the OJP Studio Theatre is home to one of our favorite Upland restaurants, Nuno’s, which serves upscale European tapas and serves some of the best drinks anywhere. Right across from our Studio Theatre is the fantastic Last Name Brewing where you can enjoy excellent craft beers and top notch creole inspired faire at the resident Big Easy food truck.