Eustis, Goldberg, More to Direct New Works at O'Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference

News   Eustis, Goldberg, More to Direct New Works at O'Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference Oskar Eustis will stage Stephen Adly Guirgis' new The Little Flower of East Orange and Playwrights Conference artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg is among the directors slated to head up the new works at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

Eight plays (from nearly 750) were selected from the submissions received by the Waterford, Connecticut company. The playwrights will spend the month of July, all developing their respective works with actors, directors and dramaturgs, before they are presented in readings.

The O'Neill 2006 National Playwrights Conference selections (schedule subject to change) are:

  • Bird in the Hand by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (July 5 and 7)
    Directed by Louis Tyrrell
    "A quirky and tender comedy about a young Cuban man tied in knots by romantic complications, the specter of S.A.T.'s and the fading flamingos in Miami. It's not easy to keep your color while flying the coop."
  • Air Conditioning by Tommy Smith (July 6 & 8)
    Directed by Steve Cosson
    "A biting and darkly-comic look at the dangers of meeting up with old friends when the rich are rich and the poor are desperate."

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  • 1001 by Jason Grote (July 12 & 14)
    Directed by Kent Thompson
    "Arabian Nights meets Manhattan as a touching love story unfolds inside a troubling political fantasy."
  • The Little Flower of East Orange by Stephen Adly Guirgis (July 13 & 15)
    Directed by Oskar Eustis
    "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."
  • The Tale by Tommy Smith (July 16)
    "A hilarious, fast-paced musical comedy rendering of Greek Mythology featuring Zeus, Athena, Hermes, Apollo, Aphrodite, Dionysus and many more in a zany look at the lives of the gods on Mount Olympus." Theater for Youth Project, specially written family play for grades 5-9.
  • The K of D by Laura Schellhardt (July 19 & 21)
    Directed by Melissa Kievman
    "The truth is, Charlotte's brother kissed her on the lips before he died. The legend is, now everything she kisses also dies. An urban legend is chronicled in a one-woman tour de force."
  • False Creeds by Darren Canady (July 20 & 22)
    Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
    "While uncovering the source of his supernatural visions, a tormented young African American man discovers his own family's connection to one of American history's most horrific events." Winner of the Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Playwriting Award.
  • The Exchange by Ursula Rani Sarma (July 28 & 30)
    Directed by Michael Barakiva
    "In a small post office in the West of Ireland, one man struggles to let go of the past and, with the help of his daughters, to move into the future." Part of an international exchange with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Tickets go on sale June 15 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.