Cuesta College’s award-winning theatre department is gearing up for another original production to hit the college’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) Experimental Stage. Opening December 2nd, The Emma Peel Game is inspired by the underground punk movement.

“Set in the Oakland, CA, waterfront warehouse district, The Emma Peel Game is part rock show and part mystery thriller,” said Director and Cuesta College Performing Arts Instructor bree valle*, whose husband, Philip Valle, wrote the play based on real life events. “The production features live punk music, death metal, skateboarding, a mosh pit…all elements that will rocket the audience into the cataclysmic lives of a female indie band as they tangle with a dangerous killer.”

The Emma Peel Game hits the CPAC Experimental Theater stage during the following days and times:

  • Friday, December 2, 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3, 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11, 2:00 p.m.

The play contains adult content and is not appropriate for children under 18. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at

The college’s past two original productions have received national and international attention. In the spring of 2016, the cast and crew of the college’s theatrical production Refried Elvis received six awards from the Kennedy Center after the play was featured at the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Oahu, HI. In the spring of 2015, original play pool ’63 was selected by the Kennedy Center as the United States representative at the 2015 International University Theatre Festival (IUTF) in Mexico City. pool 63 also received five national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in the spring of 2014.

For questions about the college’s drama department, please call (805) 546-3936.

*bree valle does not capitalize her first or last name.