Heidi Rodewald to Develop New Musical at O'Neill Center; Directors Announced for Musical Conference

News   Heidi Rodewald to Develop New Musical at O'Neill Center; Directors Announced for Musical Conference The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced that Laura Eason, Gabriel Barre, May Adrales and Joe Calarco will shepherd new musicals at the 2011 National Music Theater Conference.

Heidi Rodewald
Heidi Rodewald

The O'Neill has also announced that Passing Strange musical collaborator Heidi Rodewald and librettist Donna DiNovelli (Little House on the Prairie) will be writers in residence this summer as they work on a new 1960's set musical Against You, freely based on Sophocles' Antigone.

As previously reported, the annual conference will develop the musicals Unknown Soldier, Son of a Gun, Suprema and The Shadow Sparrow from June 25-July 15. The musicals are developed with professional actors, directors, and music directors and culminate in performances open to the public.

Eason will direct Unknown Soldier (music by Michael Friedman, lyrics by Friedman and Daniel Goldstein; book by Goldstein); Barre will direct Son of a Gun (music and lyrics by Don Chaffer; book by Chris Cragin and Chaffer); while Adrales will direct Suprema (music and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik; book by Jordan Harrison); and Calarco will direct The Shadow Sparrow (music by Keith Gordon, lyrics by Charlie Sohne; book by Anton Dudley).

Musical directors include Thomas Murray (Unknown Solider), Matt Hinkley (Son of a Gun), Julie McBride (Suprema) and David Libby (Shadow Sparrow).

Phone (860) 443-1238 or visit www.theoneill.org.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center was founded in 1964 and is 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.

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