(Ojai, CA — December 22, 2021) The Ojai Art Center Theater announces its 2022 Season, a series of all-time audience favorites. There is something for everyone, as this season promises whacky comedies, classic musicals, and a heartfelt drama.
The season opens January 21 with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a Tony award-winning play by Christopher Durang. We are excited to welcome back the multi-talented Taylor Kasch to direct. Taylor has acted and directed numerous plays in Ventura County and is sure to put his exceptional spin on this hilarious and offbeat comedy.
Jill Dolan is directing the second show of the season in her directorial debut on our stage. She has the challenge of directing the all-female cast of Steel Magnolias, which takes place in a Louisiana beauty parlor and is a powerful story of friendship and close female relationships.
A perfect way to escape and enjoy a night of laughter is through the third play of the season, All in the Timing, and the fifth play of the season, Just the Ticket. All in the Timing, written by David Ives, is filled with Ives satire and wit. Just the Ticket is a one-woman show starring Ojai’s own Lynn Van Emmerik. This hilarious journey follows a loud and lonely woman to Australia on her 60th birthday.
The big summer musical is Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is coming to Ojai at the very same time it is being revived on Broadway with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Directed by award-winning actress and director Tracey Williams Sutton, this show is an American classic and is an absolute family favorite.
Just in time for the spooky season of Halloween, the theater is offering one of the most popular hits of the London and Broadway stages, Blithe Spirit, a hilarious and somewhat terrifying story of a novelist who is being haunted by the ghost of his late first wife. This will be the séance of all séances, so don’t miss this delightfully horrific comedy by the great Noël Coward.
To top off the end of the year, we are bringing to Ojai the uproarious adventures of Buddy the Elf in Elf: The Musical presented during December to conclude the 2022 season. Directed by veteran director Gai Jones, all expect this brand-new musical (based on the movie starring Will Ferrell) to be a holiday smash!
Grab your 2022 season tickets now and join the Ojai Community as we welcome back live theater, laughter, singing, and the carefully picked favorites of theatergoers for years. To learn more about the season or purchase tickets visit www.ojaiact.org.
The Art Center Theater will enforce whatever COVID restrictions are in effect from Ventura County. Currently this includes proof of vaccination and masks.
Kathleen Kaiser, [email protected]