Allison Janney, Noah Wyle and Neil Patrick Harris Among Stars to Appear at Ojai Gala

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Allison Janney, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Kaczmarek, Steven Weber, Mary McCormack, Charlayne Woodard and Noah Wyle will star in the Ojai Playwrights Conference's annual winter gala performance, Jan. 19.

This year's show, entitled "An Intimate Pique," is billed as "an evening of dramatic material by America's leading playwrights," according to artistic director Robert Egan. "Pique means arousal or excitation. We will have scenes that look behind the curtain to the intimate world of backstage affairs both literal and figurative." Scenes will be penned by Bill Cain, Jon Robin Baitz, Julia Cho, Charlayne Woodard and more.

The starry line-up includes Allison Janney ("Juno," A View from the Bridge), Jane Kaczmarek (Lost in Yonkers, "Malcolm in the Middle"), Neil Patrick Harris (Assassins, "How I Met Your Mother”), David Burtka (Gypsy, The Play About the Baby), Steven Weber (The Producers, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), Mary McCormack (Cabaret, "1408"), Charlayne Woodard (In Real Life, "ER"), Noah Wyle ("ER" and L.A.'s Blank Theater Company) and Kim Maxwell (co founder of OPC and Ojai’s Theater 150) — who serves as the show's Mistress of Ceremonies.

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 5 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 or $85 for preferred seating. 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

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