Ojai Playwrights Conference

Annual Gala Benefit

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Festivities begin at 4 pm
Aspen Grove Ranch in Ojai, CA

 
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Thank you to the many donors, sponsors, artists and attendees who suported the 2019 OPC Gala in Ojai to benefit the development of new plays for the American theatre.

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Cocktails al fresco

Staring at 4 pm, Sip craft cocktails, enjoy fine wines from Ojai Alisal Vineyard, savor tasty appetizers, and mouth-watering oysters from The Jolly Oyster and mingle with OPC honorees, guest artists and friends.

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Soaring Show

Join us under the big-top tent at Aspen Grove Ranch for an all-star OPC Gala Show curated by OPC’s Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan.

Featuring:

  • Soaring music from acclaimed singers

  • Moving monologues from brilliant actors

  • Stirring tributes from visionary playwrights.

Announcing the OPC Gala Show Talent:

Lucy Alibar, Barbara Bain, Aziza Barnes, Perla Batalla, Bill Cain, Steve Connell, Anthony Fedorov, Davis Gaines, Linda Gehringer, Deidrie Henry, Jennifer Paz, Ruby Rae Spiegel, Tracie Thoms, Steven Weber, and Zakiya Young. With Michael Sobie, Musical Director.

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Fabulous Feast

After the show, gather in the stable for our delectable four-course feast featuring locally sourced ingredients, prepared by two amazing chefs: Nick Barainca and Michael Hollingsworth

 

Celebrating Community Builders

PATRICK J. ADAMS, ALAN MANDELL &

HELENE GORDON FAMILY/TWIN PEAKS RANCH

PATRICK J. ADAMS  is an internationally acclaimed actor of both stage and screen. For seven seasons he charmed audiences worldwide as Mike Ross in the USA Network’s hit drama, “Suits,” a role which garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Despite an extremely demanding schedule, Patrick has for over a decade devoted himself to OPC as, a faithful member of the acting company, a dramaturge, an OPC Youth Workshop mentor, a Board Member, and a regular collaborator with playwright, Bill Cain. Patrick’s tireless commitment has been instrumental in building the OPC Community and helping it achieve national recognition. (photo by Zack DeZon)

PATRICK J. ADAMS is an internationally acclaimed actor of both stage and screen. For seven seasons he charmed audiences worldwide as Mike Ross in the USA Network’s hit drama, “Suits,” a role which garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Despite an extremely demanding schedule, Patrick has for over a decade devoted himself to OPC as, a faithful member of the acting company, a dramaturge, an OPC Youth Workshop mentor, a Board Member, and a regular collaborator with playwright, Bill Cain. Patrick’s tireless commitment has been instrumental in building the OPC Community and helping it achieve national recognition. (photo by Zack DeZon)

ALAN MANDELL  is a legendary, award-winning actor, director, and producer of productions both on and off-Broadway. He is a founding member of the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop and co-founder of the San Quentin Drama Workshop, which started with a performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” inside the prison. Alan toured with original productions of “Godot” and “Endgame” and has also performed throughout the U.S.,in Dublin, London and Italy. His film work includes “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” by John Cameron Mitchel and “A Serious Man” by the Coen Brothers. He served as general manager of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center and consulting director at LATC. His diverse efforts have helped to promote and build the theatre community throughout the United States, and especially in Los Angeles. He is the winner of numerous awards, including several Ovation Awards. (photo by Daniel Reichert)

ALAN MANDELL is a legendary, award-winning actor, director, and producer of productions both on and off-Broadway. He is a founding member of the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop and co-founder of the San Quentin Drama Workshop, which started with a performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” inside the prison. Alan toured with original productions of “Godot” and “Endgame” and has also performed throughout the U.S.,in Dublin, London and Italy. His film work includes “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” by John Cameron Mitchel and “A Serious Man” by the Coen Brothers. He served as general manager of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center and consulting director at LATC. His diverse efforts have helped to promote and build the theatre community throughout the United States, and especially in Los Angeles. He is the winner of numerous awards, including several Ovation Awards. (photo by Daniel Reichert)

For more than 20 years,  HELENE GORDON  and her family have been a guiding force of OPC, and their home,  Twin Peaks Ranch , has been the spiritual and creative center of our Summer Conference. Hundreds of OPC artists have been housed, fed, nurtured and lovingly entertained by the Gordon family and inspired by the immense natural beauty of Twin Peaks Ranch. The Gordon Family and Twin Peaks Ranch have been fundamental to the evolution of the OPC into one of the premier new play developmental communities in America.

For more than 20 years, HELENE GORDON and her family have been a guiding force of OPC, and their home, Twin Peaks Ranch, has been the spiritual and creative center of our Summer Conference. Hundreds of OPC artists have been housed, fed, nurtured and lovingly entertained by the Gordon family and inspired by the immense natural beauty of Twin Peaks Ranch. The Gordon Family and Twin Peaks Ranch have been fundamental to the evolution of the OPC into one of the premier new play developmental communities in America.


 

Tickets & Giving Options

 

Gala Host Table Package

$5,000 (12 tickets)

Includes premium seating for 12 at the show, private table at the dinner, a half page ad in the Gala program book, recognition on the e-invitation and in the program book.


VIP Table Package

$3,000 (8 tickets)

Includes preferred seating for 8 at the show, a table for you and your guests at the dinner, recognition on the e-invitation and in the Gala program book.


Benefit Patron Package

$1,000 (2 tickets)

Includes preferred seating for two at the show and at the dinner, plus recognition on the e-invitation and in the Gala program book.


Show & Dinner Ticket

$250 (per person)


Show Only Ticket

$75 (limited)


 

Other Gala Giving Options

Can’t attend, but would like to contribute and support new play development?

Artist Ticket Underwriting

Underwrite an Artist to attend the Gala with a $250 donation. Donors will be recognized in the Gala Program Book if donation received by April 20.

Program Book Advertising

Place an ad to promote your business or to honor one of this year’s OPC Award recipients. Ad rates start at $175. VIEW AD FORM

Emerging Artist Fund

Donate to the OPC Emerging Artists Fund in honor of our 2019 OPC Award Recipients. Donors of $100 or more will be recognized in the Gala Program Book if donation received by April 20. CLICK TO DONATE

Prefer to mail a check? Send to:

Ojai Playwrights Conference
Attn: Gala Benefit
P.O. Box 1288 | Ojai, CA 93024

 Have questions? Please contact Mark Seldis, Managing Director,
to discuss Gala giving opportunities in greater details.

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Sponsors

Thank you to our generous GALA sponsors and supporters.


GALA BENEFACTORS

Lucy Baines Johnson

Ressler/Gertz Family Foundation

Marc & Eva Stern

 

GALA HoSt TABLE sponsors

Helene Gordon

Susan Grode

Judy Ovitz

Peter & Iona Tompkins

VIP Table Hosts

Jane Deknatel & John Seddon

Hanson & Sasha Gifford

Hawk & Molly Koch

Alan Mandell

Carl Thelander

 
 
 

Benefit Patrons

Jon Robin Baitz, Trustee, Lillian Hellman Fund

Laurie Bernhard

Roy Conli & Mary Sherwood

Dana Delany

Kerry English & Olga Garay-English

Freya & Mark Ivener

Arla & David Manson

Charlotte Stoudt

 

EMERGING ARTIST FUND DONORS

Jon Robin Baitz

Jamie Bennett

David Coiro

Susie Cronin

Laura Dekkers

Charles Dillingham

Ara Guzelimian & Janet Clough

Christine Klotz Haney & Timothy Haney

Ron Lagarmarsino

Gillian McManus & Chris Newell

Susan Miller

James Morrison

Liza & Conan O’Brien

Madeline Puzo

Dana Stevens

Charlotte Stoudt

Allison Thomas

 
 

Artist Ticket Underwriting Fund donors

Jon Robin Baitz

Kerry English

Trieu Tran

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