The evening, which celebrates the company's tenth anniversary, will feature new short plays written for the occasion by Stephen Belber ( McReele, Tape, Match) and Keith Bunin ( The Busy World Is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas), among others, as well as a new spoken word piece created by Sekou and Steve Connell. The starry lineup currently includes Allison Janney ( A View From the Bridge, "The West Wing"), Jane Kaczmarek ( Lost in Yonkers, "Malcolm in the Middle"), Neil Patrick Harris ( Assassins, "How I Met Your Mother,”), Steven Weber ( The Producers, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), Mary McCormack ( Cabaret, "The West Wing"), Charlayne Woodard ( In Real Life, "ER"), David Burtka ( Gypsy, The Play About the Baby), Rick Cleveland ( My Buddy Bill) and spoken word artists Sekou (tha misfit) and Steve Connell ("Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam").
Founded in 1996, the OPC is set in the Ojai countryside, a retreat-like environment away from nearby Los Angeles that provides a place where scribes work in-house on their developing plays. The intensive workshop ends with the public readings.
The show starts at 6:30 PM at the Matilija Junior High School Auditorium, 708 El Paseo Rd. in Ojai, CA.
General admission — which includes the reading, complimentary refreshments and snacks — is priced at $65 while the premium ticket — which also includes a dinner with the cast and live auction — can be purchased for $225 by calling (805) 640-0400. For more information on the OPC, visit www.ojaiplaywrightsconf.org.