Gala Benefit

Ojai Playwrights Conference


Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 4 pm

Aspen Grove Ranch in Ojai, CA


Celebrating Cultural Champions:

Perla Batalla

Jane Deknatel

Charlayne Woodard

The Ojai Playwrights Conference was thrilled to honor three cultural champions who have provided legendary leadership to make the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Southern California arts community, and the national cultural scene more vibrant.

Perla Batalla

Perla is a legendary musician who cuts across the barriers of culture, genre and language. She has recorded seven original albums, been featured on film, television and stage, and performed with great artists such as Lou Reed, k.d. lang, Jackson Browne and Leonard Cohen. Perla has been heralded as a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor by the LA Times. She brought this unique sensibility to OPC where she developed her original musical, BLUE HOUSE, inspired by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. OPC celebrates Perla for her unbridled musical artistry that transcends man-made borders to inspire healing and love.
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Jane Deknatel

Jane is a visionary leader in funding, producing and championing the storytelling arts and non-profit arts organizations that support the critical stories that speak to our time. An innovator in the making of television films and building business models that support them, Jane has been a pioneer and trail blazer for HBO and the entire cable television industry. OPC honors Jane for being a cultural force throughout California with her artistic leadership of The Broad Stage and her energizing and strategic guidance of the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
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Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne is a nationally acclaimed performer, playwright and cultural activist. A two-time Obie Award winner and Tony nominee, Charlayne is considered one of the greatest monologists of her generation, writing and performing in such plays as PRETTY FIRE, NEAT, IN REAL LIFE and NIGHT WATCHER. She has developed several of her plays at OPC including FLIGHT and NIGHT WATCHER. OPC recognizes Charlayne for her invaluable contribution to creating theatrical work that brings us closer together with humanity and mutal understanding.
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The Show!

Dramatic scenes and sensational songs under a big top tent featuring:
Sussan Deyhim, Julie Garnye, Linda Gehringer, Martha Gonzales, Sharon Lawrence, Sandra Tsing Loh,
Lisa Vroman, Michole White, and Zakiya Young.

The Schmooze! 

Craft cocktails, fine wines from Ojai Alisal Vineyard, tasty appetizers, and time to mingle with OPC artists and friends.

Auction & Awards!

Live auction fun, followed by heartfelt tributes to our honorees. New this year... an online auction!


The Feast!

A multi-course, farm-to-table style feast prepared by celebrity chefs Claud Mann and Michael Hollingsworth along with Tim Kilcoyne of Scratch, fresh oysters from The Jolly Oyster, and savory dishes from Azu Restaurant, Osteria Monte Grappa, The Bottlest Winery, Bar and Bistro

Couldn't attend the Gala, but still want to contribute?

Donate to the OPC Emerging Writers Fund in honor of our 2018 OPC Award Recipients. Donors of $100 or more will be recognized in the Summer Program Book.