Ojai Playwrights Conference to Celebrate 25 Years with an Evening at the Kirk Douglas

On June 4, 2022, the Ojai Playwrights Conference will celebrate 25 successful seasons with a Benefit Gala to be directed and produced by OPC Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Gala show, “Caring and Daring Together,” will feature Luis Alfaro, Agyeiwaa Asante, Ben Feldman, Julie Garnyé, Christine Lahti, Raymond Lee, Jake Olson, Zharia O’Neal, John Ortiz, Tamberla Perry, Jeanne Sakata, Nikkole Salter, Ashley Sengstaken, Michael Shayan, Jimmy Smits, Josh Stamberg, Steven Weber, Michael Weston, Charlayne Woodard and Zakiya Young appearing in scenes from some of the best-known playwrights and plays supported through the OPC development process, along with newer work by more recent OPC playwrights.

Featured playwrights are Luis Alfaro, Jon Robin Baitz, Kimberly Belflower, Bill Cain, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Danai Gurira, Lisa Kron, Jiehae Park, Nikkole Salter, Michael Shayhan, Jeanine Tesori and Charlayne Woodard (their work developed at OPC is listed below).

The event will also honor the inspiration, vision and commitment of Luis Alfaro, Olga Garay-English and Kerry English (posthumously) with 2022 OPC Awards.

Funds from the benefit will support OPC programs, including the New Works Festival, set for August 7-14 in Ojai this year.

The Gala celebrates the rich history of OPC’s work, as well as the legacy of Egan’s leadership for the past 21 years. Egan has announced that he will pass the baton to a new artistic leader at the end of 2022.

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