Collela, Cox, Nathan, Wilcox and Ayers Among O'Neill Center's Music Theatre Conference Stars

News   Collela, Cox, Nathan, Wilcox and Ayers Among O'Neill Center's Music Theatre Conference Stars Jenn Collela, Veanne Cox, Anne L. Nathan, Wayne Wilcox and Heather Ayers are among the stars slated to appear in The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Music Theatre Conference this summer.
Veanne Cox is scheduled to appear at the O'Neill Conference.
Veanne Cox is scheduled to appear at the O'Neill Conference.

Broadway director Robert Longbottom (Side Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel) will stage Triangle which plays July 22-29. Matt Cowart will direct Kiki Baby July 15-21. Both will play in the Rose Barn Theater.

Two musicals (from more than 100 submissions) were selected from those received by the Waterford, Connecticut company. The two musical writer-composer teams will work for two weeks, developing their respective works with actors, directors and dramaturgs, before they are presented in readings.

Jenn Collela, William Parry, Alison Briner, Dan Sharkey, Colby Foytik, David Pittu, Mary Pat Gleason, Veanne Cox, Adam Heller, Phyllis Somerville and Anne L. Nathan will star in Kiki Baby. The work — about "a four-and-a-half year old child prodigy [who] becomes the breadwinner for her destitute family and greedy neighbors, resulting in hilarious yet scathing results" — features a book by Lonny Price, music by Grant Sturiale and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. Stan Tucker serves as music director

Colin Hanlon, Stephen Bienskie, Heather Ayers, Jodie Langel, Wayne Wilcox, Megan McGinnis, Alicia Irving and David Brummel appear in Triangle. Featuring a book by Joshua V. Scher, music by Curtis Moore and lyrics by Thomas Mizer, the musical finds that "the present resurrects the past and the past rescues the present in two New York stories — one set in 1911 and the other in 2001." Dale Rieling is music director.

Tickets are sale through the O'Neill Box Office at (860) 443-1238. Outdoor performances are moved indoors in the event of rain. The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center was founded in 1964 and based in Waterford, CT. Programs at the Center include the Puppetry Conference, Playwrights Conference, Critics Institute, Music Theater Conference and the National Theater Institute. The Monte Cristo Cottage, O'Neill's childhood home, is also owned and operated by the group.

For more information, call (860) 443-5378 or visit the website at www.theoneill.org.

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