Breaking Light: An OPC Artist Cabaret
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Breaking Light: An OPC Artist Cabaret

INTERSECTION SERIES EVENT

Directed by Casey Stangl

Experience the stories, the poems, the scenes and the songs of our exceptional 2018 OPC writers and other special guest performers as they powerfully shine brilliant, radiant light on how we move forward to build a more engaged and unified world. An array of talent that can only be celebrated and experienced once in a lifetime. 

Featuring: Jeff Augustin, Elif Batuman, Stephen Belber, Keith Bunin, Bill Cain, Steph Del Rosso, Patrick Harris, Lily Padilla, Ruby Rae Spiegel, Alice Tuan and Charlayne Woodard.

Not to be missed! One of OPC’s favorite performance events each year!

Tickets: $30

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OPC Intern Show
Aug
6
8:00 PM20:00

OPC Intern Show

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE

Directed by Alice Tuan

Aspiring artists from colleges around the country spend a week immersed in the writing process with our OPC senior artists. They each create a solo work based on the deep truth of their lives and deliver it to the OPC audience. An evening that is astounding, revelatory, and worth the trip to experience the beauty of the youthful, wise human soul!

Free Event - Tickets Required

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Ignition: New Work for A New World
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ignition: New Work for A New World

INTERSECTION SERIES EVENT

FEATURING JON ROBIN BAITZ, BILL CAIN AND QUETZAL

Directed by Hal Brooks, Bill Cain, and Robert Egan

A theatrical adventure into potent, emotionally charged creativity from three of America’s greatest theatrical and musical voices. These exceptional artists will IGNITE their newest works in public for the first time.

Jon Robin Baitz, author of Vicuña and Other Desert Cities, brings his probing and poignant new play, Faraway Friends, to Ojai. In this journey through the social, cultural turmoil of America between 2003 and 2007, a group of young peace activists confront and question the expanding wars overseas, the growing splintering of the progressive opposition, the increasing wealth of an elite capitalist class, the diminishing possibilities of love both personal and public in the American landscape of the new century. A stunning meditation of love and sex and hope.

Bill Cain, one of OPC’s most prolific playwrights, unveils scenes from his newest play, Road to Glory. Join Bill and an amazing group of actors - including Patrick J. Adams - in this explosive play about race that travels through time from a modern day, sports radio DJ to 1835 and a black and white man caught in the midst of America’s first race riots. 

Grammy-winning musical group QUETZAL - a mix of Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Rock with lead singer Martha Gonzales - is one of Los Angeles’ most significant and renowned bands. Their goal is to create music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Weaving their remarkable music with tales from the American barrio and border, they will create a powerful musical and theatrical ritual celebrating social change and engagement.

ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Tickets: $30

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Cocks Crow
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Cocks Crow

by Alice Tuan

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Braden Abraham

Cocks Crow is what happens when Americans try to do business with China – is it a bad internet connection or am I being surveilled? Compelled by ambition, anxiety, and diminishing options at home, three Americans attempt to do business on capitalism's wild new frontier. They find... well, that they're not in Kansas. The Middle Kingdom has its own rules, its own games, its own ambitious and longing entrepreneurs. A play about super power deflation in the new century.

Tickets: $30

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Blue Green
Aug
10
9:00 PM21:00

Blue Green

by Ruby Rae Spiegel

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Hallie Gordon

In the midst of a turbulent drug and alcohol fueled college frat-house party, two young strangers lock themselves in the attic bathroom. He's a white college sophomore, a lacrosse player with a criminal secret. She's a brilliant, visiting African-America high school senior with a complex past and identity she wants to escape. He's convinced she can save him; she knows that saving him could crush her. And the party rages on.

Tickets: $30

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OPC Youth Workshop Performance
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

OPC Youth Workshop Performance

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE

Directed by Kim Maxwell

After a week immersed in the writing process, with mentoring by director Kim Maxwell and our OPC playwrights, young high school writers and performers take to the stage with their raw and uncensored material. Compelling, funny and always insightful! Not recommended for children 12 and under.

Tickets: $30/$10 (students)

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Joan
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Joan

by Stephen Belber

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

There are times in our lives (probably far too many) when who we are, and who we want to be, don't quite match up. Daughter, sister, lover, mother, artist, citizen – Joan is a restless, troubled soul who wants to capture the raw truth in a world in which the truth is often fleeting. A poignant and probing play about the life of a contemporary American woman.

Tickets: $30

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53% OF
Aug
11
4:00 PM16:00

53% OF

by Steph Del Rosso

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Nataki Garrett

The president is coming to town! And the ladies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are beside themselves planning for the big event. Their husbands drink beer, talk smack and agree a good woman needs a good man. Later, a group of 20-somethings gather in Brooklyn to plan a fundraiser... or is it a march? Or is it a ritual to absolve their own guilt? A play about the complicity and violence of the status quo that asks: What happens when we stop equating white womanhood with goodness, and ignorance with innocence?

Tickets: $30

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The Garden
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

The Garden

by Charlayne Woodard

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Valerie Curtis Newton

In her beloved garden, an elderly African-American mother, Claire Rose, meets her middle-aged daughter, Cassandra. Through tough love and self-sacrifice, mom has raised an achiever, an overcomer, a bulldog in her own image. But she resents her daughter’s lifestyle, her life choices, and even her success – all opportunities she never had growing up in the Jim Crow south. These alpha women take us on rollercoaster ride full of humor and pain built on secret betrayals.

Tickets: $30

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How to Defend Yourself
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

How to Defend Yourself

by Lily Padilla

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Danya Taymor

In the aftermath of a campus rape, seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop. They learn to use their bodies as weapons. They learn to fend off attackers. They learn “not to be a victim.” It's self-defense as a channel for rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma, and desire – lots of desire. A play about what you want, how to ask for it, and the insidious ways rape culture steals one’s body and sense of belonging.

Tickets: $30

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The New Englanders
Aug
12
3:00 PM15:00

The New Englanders

by Jeff Augustin

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Hal Brooks

The newly radicalized mixed-race daughter of an interracial gay couple yearns to break out of her small town and become a legend, like her hero Lauryn Hill. Meanwhile, one of her dads reconnects with his high school love as her other dad fights for an idealized suburban family life that never existed. Told over the course of seven nights, great clarity comes when there’s nothing to see but trees and nothing to do but contemplate the stark silence.

Tickets: $30

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The Coast Starlight
Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

The Coast Starlight

by Keith Bunin

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Directed by Robert Egan

A young man boards the Coast Starlight in Los Angeles. He’s got a secret, he's on the run, and he desperately needs the help of his fellow travelers to figure out a way forward. He hopes that by the time the train makes its final stop in Seattle he will know if he has made the right decision. For a thousand miles he and his fellow passengers travel the edge of America reckoning with what they have done and not done – and might do now. A smart and compassionate play about our capacity for invention and re-invention when life goes off the rails.

Tickets: $30

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