Jon Robin Baitz stops by Ojai on his way to New York
Baitz, or Robbie, as his friends call him, is one of the most celebrated playwrights in American theater, known for his witty, politically aware examinations of contemporary family dynamics. "The Film Society" premiered off-Broadway in 1987, and "A Fair Country" was nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize.
He says he has a strong bond with Ojai and its annual Summer Works Festival. "It’s a fantastic place with a great audience, with a real avid interest in the process, willing to be generous to pieces that are only heard in the context of the reading of new work."
He describes Tuesday's presentation as "a staged reading without too much staging. There’s a little bit of staging: They might move their eyebrows."
-- Margaret Gray
Photo of Baitz by Bob Chamberlin /Los Angeles Times