JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN by Kimberly Belflower

Directed by Casey Stangl

At a small public high school in Appalachian Georgia, the junior class studies the iconic American drama, The Crucible. Meanwhile some of the girls start a feminism club. And some of the boys want to join. When sexual scandal envelops the community, the young women question both their literary ‘heroes’ and the male authority figures in town. What does it mean to inherit centuries of trauma and come of age in a world that prioritizes a man’s reputation above a woman’s experience? The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-#MeToo examination of power, literature, and sex education. Plus there’s the music of Lorde!

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WELCOME TO MATTESON!
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

WELCOME TO MATTESON!

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

WELCOME TO MATTESON! by Inda Craig-Galván

Directed by Logan Vaughn

In the nice Chicago suburb of Matteson, African American couple Patricia and Gerald Griffith believe they are achieving their dream of upward-mobility and the 'good life.' Tonight, they're having dinner with their new neighbors, Regina and Corey Baker, a couple from the inner-city, who have relocated to Matteson as part of Chicago's gentrification of the notorious Cabrini-Green Housing Project. But how welcoming can the newly-haves be to the newly-arrived have-nots? An intra-racial comedy about class and how we deal with the ‘other’ when the other looks just like us.

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LOCUSTS
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

LOCUSTS

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

LOCUSTS by Christopher Gabriel Núñez

Directed by Hal Brooks

A group of young and gifted writers, artists, educators, intellectuals, and activists – all people-of-color from across America and around the world -- meet to celebrate their friendship, community, and shared progressive ideals. But one friend is missing – Piedad. She was brutally attacked on the subway months before. And as the conversation keeps returning to the morality of justice and reconciliation, it's clear the missing woman's story threatens these idealists' fundamental faith in goodness and forgiveness.

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LOVE
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

LOVE

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

LOVE by Kate Cortesi

Directed by Christina Baldwin

A decade after quitting a small arts non-profit, Penelope is approached by former colleagues who want her to join them in exposing their ex-boss’ sexual misconduct. Penelope did have a relationship with the man, but wasn't coerced. In fact, he was one of the great loves of her youth. Or was he? What really happened? What should Penelope do now? Love is a provocative exploration of relationships in which the reckoning of sex and power, accountability and accusation is murky and complex. A raw and nuanced re-investigation of a seminal love grappling with the grey area in our collectively evolving conversation around consent and coercion.

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TAMBO & BONES
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

TAMBO & BONES

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

TAMBO & BONES by Dave Harris

Directed by Taylor Reynolds

Tambo and Bones are two characters in a minstrel show. Tambo and Bones realize that they are characters in a minstrel show -- very distressing. But -- handled right a minstrel show can get you a lot of money and a lot of money can get you a lot of power. But if money and power won't end the distress or the minstrel show, there may be only one solution: find the source of the problem and destroy it. Imaginative and provocative, Tambo & Bones is a daring theatrical exploration of the intersection of racism and capitalism.

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MONUMENT, OR FOUR SISTERS (A SLOTH PLAY)
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

MONUMENT, OR FOUR SISTERS (A SLOTH PLAY)

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

MONUMENT, OR FOUR SISTERS (A SLOTH PLAY) by Sam Chanse

Directed by Lucie Tiberghian

Four gifted Asian American sisters should be thriving. But Amy, a successful biologist studying the collapse of coral reefs, ignores her failing domestic world. Constance, the lone female and non-white writer on a children's cartoon series about animated sloths, compromises for every little victory against stereotypes. Mac is adrift after quitting, for personal reasons she won't discuss, a job she loved. And missing-in-action Lina, the eldest, abandons a stellar academic career to please her toxic husband. A play about fragile ecosystems and how not to go extinct. Is there hope for building resiliency and intimacy?

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“untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play”
Aug
9
8:30 PM20:30

“untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play”

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

“untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play” by Kimber Lee

Directed by Anton Dudley

Ever felt trapped in a story people keep telling about you? A story that is pure fantasy but which people keep telling over and over and over as if it were true? Such is the outrageous déjù vu fate of the Asian-American everywoman heroine of f*ck m*ss s**gon, Kimber Lee's exuberant and trenchant comic fantasia on the West's perpetual fascination with stories of tragic, self-destructive, western-idolizing Asian women who are trapped in a cycle that bleeds through time and space. Here -- they look for a way out. Welcome to the world of Asian American women.

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LEAVE YOUR FEARS HERE
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

LEAVE YOUR FEARS HERE

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

LEAVE YOUR FEARS HERE by James Morrison

Directed by Robert Egan

In this intensely personal one-man play, James Morrison recounts his beloved son's struggle with and ultimate recovery from brain cancer. It is a tale of losing a language and learning a new one, of a child teaching the parent, and the power of hope in the darkest of times. Please reveal the ending to your friends. It may save us all.

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WAKE UP! COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

WAKE UP! COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

INTERSECTION SERIES EVENT

Art, Science and Community intersect in an electrifying performance event!

Producer/Co-Director: Robert Egan

Co-Director: Ron Lagomarsino

Co-Producer: Jerry Cope

Musical Advisor/Creator: T Bone Burnett

A powerful collaboration between OPC playwrights, expert scientists and an all-star cast in a series of profound, dramatic works addressing the dire importance of dealing with the climate challenge NOW.

Arrive early! Local climate change and environmental groups will have information tables on-site. Show begins promptly at 7pm.

Featuring original works created for this event by acclaimed OPC playwrights!

Jon Robin Baitz, Keith Bunin, Bill Cain, Sandra Tsing Loh, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta and Bess Wohl

Outstanding Ojai talent and guest artists!

George Ball, Corey Brill, Joshua W. Coleman, Anton Dudley, Oded Fehr, Riad Galayini, Linda Gehringer, Robin Gerber, Eliza Helm, Amanda McBroom, Madeline Miller, James Morrison, Seamus Morrison, Peter Strauss, Carl Thelander, Rachel Ticotin, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, Patricia Wettig and Michole White.

Discussion with Climate Change specialists after the show!

Neil Berg, Associated Director, UCLA Center for Climate Science

Jerry Cope, Film and Event Producer/Climate Change Advocate

Steven D. Colome, SC.D., Co-Founder, EcoPAS, LLC

Artist reception following the event at Osteria Monte Grappa.

Participants subject to change without notice.

Student tickets available for 21 and under with current ID.

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OPC YOUTH WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

OPC YOUTH WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE EVENT

Directed by Kim Maxwell

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

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OPC ARTISTIC INTERN PRESENTATION
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

OPC ARTISTIC INTERN PRESENTATION

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE EVENT

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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WAKE UP! IMAGINING OUR FUTURE
Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

WAKE UP! IMAGINING OUR FUTURE

INTERSECTION SERIES EVENT

Highly-charged original works from activist artists!

Directed by: Robert Egan and Ron Lagomarsino

Inspiring. Provocative. Enlightening. Entertaining. Hear directly from the extraordinary imaginations of our 2019 OPC Playwright and special guests luminaries in a series of short, original works envisioning our future challenges and possibilities.

A call for society to WAKE UP! in an electrifying kick-off event for the OPC New Works Festival.

Featuring Kimberly Belflower, Sam Chanse, Kate Cortesi, Inda Craig-Galvan, Dave Harris, Kimber Lee, Sandra Tsing Loh, Thandiwe Mawungwa, James Morrison, Liliana Padilla, Christopher Gabriel Nunez and Alice Tuan.


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