OJAI Playwrights Conference Announces Plays & Playwrights for 16th Season, Now thru 8/11
The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), one of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country, announces its 16th season with an extraordinary program of playwrights, new play workshops and special performance events from today, August 7 through 11, in Ojai, California. The OPC Summer New Works Festival will feature eleven events over five days with established and up-and-coming playwrights.
Participating in this year's conference with new works are Luis Alfaro, Lucy Alibar, Richard Cabral, Samuel D. Hunter, Sean Lewis, Jiehae Park, Laura Schellhardt and David Wiener. Alice Tuan will be this year's "Writer-In-Residence," and as always, there will be two unforgettable "Intersection Series" events: one featuring a first-ever musical theatre collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, Creative Entertainment, and the other showcasing the talents of actors, writers, songwriters and storytellers in an evening of profound solo performances.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.ojaiplays.org or by calling (805) 640-0400. An All Access Festival Pass ($219) includes admission to all eleven Festival events. Single tickets are $20 to $25. Student tickets ($10) are available to select performances. New this year, festival goers may enjoy a BBQ with the OPC Company on the campus of Besant Hill prior to the final shows on both Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The Ojai Playwrights Conference is a non-profit organization focused on playwrights and the development of their new plays. The OPC was founded on the belief that gathering a community of world-class theatre artists together in a place of extraordinary beauty can lead to a collaborative process that enables these artists to qualitatively rework and refine their dramatic vision.
Every summer for the past 15 years, theatre professionals and enthusiastic audiences from Southern California have converged in Ojai Valley to participate in the new play development process. Under the direction of Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan, playwrights from all backgrounds join together for an intensive two-week, in-residence workshop. This process culminates in OPC's popular public performance series - the Ojai Playwrights Conference Summer New Works Festival.
Egan comments, "It is our mission to help nurture playwrights and plays that speak with integrity, intelligence and imagination to the burning social, ethical & political issues of our time. We are thrilled to announce that for the first time in our 16 year history, OPC was recognized for its work with funding for new program development from the National Endowment for the Arts." With this grant, OPC will present 8 new play workshops this year, instead of just six.
In addition to the presentation of new play workshops, prominent artists from the theatre community appear in engaging public performances for an exchange of ideas on a range of cultural and artistic subjects in the "Intersection Series." On opening night, August 7, MILESTONES #2: THE MEN offers an evening of male writers, singers, actors and storytellers presenting work about profound "milestones" in their lives. Talent includes Robert Askins, Bill Cain, Stephen Adly Guirgis and other OPC writers to be announced.
On August 8, BREATHING LIFE INTO MUSICAL THEATRE: An Evening of Performance and Exploration, offers a first-ever collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, Creative Entertainment. Featured talent includes composer/lyricist Georgia Stitt, electric violinist/vocalist Valerie Vigoda, composer Brendan Milburn, Tony-nominated composer Laurence O'Keefe, and Academy Award-winning songwriter, Dean Pitchford. The evening will be moderated by OPC Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan and Chris Montan, President, Walt Disney Music.
The Ojai Playwrights Conference is also committed to nurturing the writing talents of Southern California youth. Through its Youth Workshop, high school students participate in a mentoring program with visiting theatre professionals and create their own dramatic works, which are performed during the Festival.
OPC SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2013: