More about Janice and Oscar:
Since 2002, Oscar’s one-woman play, JANKA, about his mother’s Holocaust experience, has played to audiences in theaters all over the United States including the June Havoc Theater in New York as well as the Edinburgh Festival, London, Sydney, Australia and Sighet, Romania.
Oscar Speace is an award-winning producer-director for ValleyPBS in Fresno, California. He was the creator and producer-director of Valley Press. The program ended a 19-year run in 2008. Over 750 programs were produced since its inception in 1989. He is also an Emmy-nominated (Northern California) producer-director of CONQUEST OF MY BROTHER distributed nationally by the American Program Service. John Kelly was the director of photography.
Oscar produced & directed “The Janice Noga Homecoming Concert” at The Bastille Stage in Hanford, California as a fund raising project for Valley Public Television. He also directed the first live broadcast of a regional session of the California Supreme Court, which aired on the California Channel in 2002.
Oscar was an associate director for ABC Television Network & Disney owned ABC 30 for five years. He garnered two Emmy certificates as part of the ABC30 News production team. In 2001, he wrote and directed the Radio Bilingua Mariachi Festival and Valley Children’s Hospital Telethon. During his stint at ABC 30, he continued to produce Valley Press at Valley Public Television.
Janice Noga has been performing the title role in the one-woman drama, Janka, the true story of Holocaust survivor Janka Festinger. Since 2002, Janka has played to audiences in theaters all over the United States including the June Havoc Theater in New York as well as the Edinburgh Festival, London, Sydney, Australia and Sighet, Romania. She has performed many concerts at theaters in Central California. She has performed in clubs in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and London.
She was a founding partner with Jeanette Bryon of Valley Women’s Theater. Her roles included Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, and Love Letters. She also produced King Lear for Valley Women’s Theater. She opened Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater playing Mama Rose, leading role, in Gypsy. She was an original member of the Good Company Players Cabaret Act.
Janice almost lost her ability to speak after brain surgery in 1994. To help in her recovery she took an advanced acting course in Shakespeare at California State University Fresno. Instinctively, she knew that the discipline to memorize Shakespeare and perform scenes in front of her class would speed her recovery. She also rehearsed and performed with the help and coaching of United Cerebral Palsy of Central California students, her favorite audience. She is a Past President of UCP, where she has been on the board since 1980.