Keith David, Sharon Lawrence and More Set for Ojai Playwrights Conference 'TOWN AND COUNTRY' Benefit

The Ojai Playwrights Conference launches its 19th season with its annual Benefit Gala themed "TOWN AND COUNTRY: THÉÂTRE FANTASTIQUE." This very special benefit, which includes a performance component and annual dinner, take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Ojai.

The "TOWN" portion of the event begins at 3pm and is called "Théâtre Fantastique," a romantic, sexy offering of sensational theatrical moments directed by Robert Egan. It will feature stimulating, dramatic scenes and soaring, show-stopping songs will get your heart racing and spark that lovin' feeling.

Featuring some of the finest talent from the American stage: Jon Robin Baitz, Perla Batalla, Keith David, Julie Garnyé, Sharon Lawrence, Christopher Gabriel Núñez, David Pittu, James Snyder, Tracie Thoms, Steven Weber and Mae Whitman (with additional performers to be announced). Musical direction by Michael Sobie.

"Théâtre Fantastique," is part of a day-long benefit gala for OPC, which includes a private dinner honoring Zach Quinto and Sasha Emerson. Contact for more information. Conference Benefactors are the National Endowment for the Arts and Michael & Judy Ovitz. Our Hotel Partners are Casa Ojai Inn and Su Nido Inn.

This original afternoon of theatre was inspired and will be directed by OPC Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan. Egan has a history of bringing together major talent in Ojai for once-in-a-lifetime performances like this. Past OPC Benefits have featured Sally Field, Dick Van Dyke, Sandra Oh and David Hyde Pierce to name a few.

"The OPC is one of the most acclaimed new play development programs in the country, and we are honored that these extraordinary performers want to support the Conference," notes Egan. "We raise a large percentage of our operating budget at this event and most of it goes to feeding and housing the many playwrights and actors who come to Ojai in the summer months."

Ticket options for the Benefit are $75 for the Show only; $250 for the Show, Dinner and Auction; $1,000 for a Patron Package for Two and $3,000 for the VIP Package for Ten which includes preferred seating. A limited number of Student Tickets will be available for $25. Tickets may be ordered online at This event will sell out, so early ticket orders are encouraged.

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