Bock's Receptionist Picks Up for Canceled Guirgis' Little Flower at O'Neill Center

News   Bock's Receptionist Picks Up for Canceled Guirgis' Little Flower at O'Neill Center Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Little Flower of East Orange has been replaced on the upcoming 2006 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center lineup.

According to a July 5 OTC release, will not appear in this summer's festivities "due to family obligations." Artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg has replaced the play with Swimming in the Shallows' playwright Adam Bock's latest work The Receptionist starring Jayne Houdyshell (Well) will star under the direction of Jeremy Cohen.

Goldberg added, "I am sorry to not have Stephen with us this summer, but am happy to be able to support the work of Adam Bock in the development of his inventive story about unconventional office politics."

The Receptionist will assume The Little Flower slot in the performance schedule, playing July 13 at 8 PM and July 15 at 5 PM.

The Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis was slated to helm the Guirgis work — which is a Manhattan Theatre Club commission (where it previously played in the company's "6 @ 7" reading series). The new play is described thusly: "In a New York City hospital a woman, identity unknown, goes in and out of consciousness. In prison, her son tries to figure out how she got there."

Tickets are on sale through the O'Neill box office at (860) 443-1238. Outdoor performances are moved indoors in the event of rain. For more information, call (860) 443-5378 or visit the website at www.theoneill.org.