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Ignition: New Work for A New World

  • Matilja Auditorium 703 El Paseo Road Ojai, CA, 93023 United States (map)



Directed by Hal Brooks and Robert Egan

A theatrical adventure into potent, emotionally charged creativity from three of America’s most dynamic, insightful 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, brings scenes from his newest play, The Patriots (renamed from Road to Glory). This explosive play about race 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.

Featured performers for the evening include: Patrick J. Adams, Stephen Belber, Kevin Daniels, Lily Padilla, and other amazing actors, together on stage in Ojai for one night only!

Earlier Event: August 6
OPC Intern Show
Later Event: August 10
Cocks Crow