O'Neill Center Announces Casting for National Playwrights Conference

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Drama Desk Award winner Reed Birney, Michael Countryman, Hannah Cabell, Armando Riesco and Chad Goodridge will appear in new works to be developed during the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference in July.

Reed Birney
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Under the leadership of artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg, the National Playwrights Conference will nurture eight new plays July 6-30.

Jen Haley's The Nether will feature Countryman (Mary Stuart), Jon Devries, Megan Green and Jeanine Seralles under the direction of Lisa Peterson (July 6-7).

The Happiest Song Plays Last by Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) will include Riesco (Becky Shaw), Demo Chrysan, Kevin Geer, Zabryna Guevara, Najla Said, Jaime Tireli and musician Nelson Gonzales. Eddie Torres will direct (July 8-9).

Christina Anderson's Good Goods, directed by Mia Rovegno, will feature Cherise Booth, Frank Harts, Tyrone Henderson, Aja King, Curtis McClarin and Hubert Point Du Jour (July 13-14).

Giovanna Sardelli will direct Molly Coogan, Rick Foucheux, Linda Gehringer, Ben Morrow and Matt Stadleman in Anna Ziegler's An Incident (July 15-16). Keith Reddin's Acquainted with the Night, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, will include Birney (A Small Fire, Tigers Be Still), Cabell (Compulsion), Rob Cambell, Laura Heisler (Coram Boy), Scott Lowell, Natalie Payne, Thomas Jay Ryan and Ray Anthony Thomas (July 20-21).

Leveling Up, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, will feature Jessica Cummings, Evan Enderle, Stephen Ellis and Ben Morrow under the direction of NPC artistic director Goldberg (July 22-23).

Dan LeFranc's The Troublemaker Project, directed by Adam Greenfield, will include Goodridge (Passing Strange), Brett Aresco, Steve Boyer, Benjamin Katz, Gabe King, Christopher McFarland, Jenny Seastone Stern and Danielle Skraastad (July 27-28).

Martin Damien Wilkins will direct How We Got On, by Idris Goodwin, with Don Guillory, Brian Quijada and Karen Pittman (July 29-30).

For more information, call the O'Neill at (860) 443-5378, email theaterlives@theoneill.org or visit www.theoneill.org. Schedules are subject to change.

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The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, founded in 1964 in honor of Eugene O'Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, is the recipient of two Tony Awards, in 2010 for Regional Theatre, and in 1979 for Theatrical Excellence.

The O'Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O'Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and major regional theatres.

O'Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, the Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute, which conducts semester-long intensive theatre-training programs, and Theatermakers, a six-week summer program.

Former NPC plays in production this year include A Devil at Noon by Anne Washburn (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville); Spoon Lake Blues by Josh Tobiessen (April 1-24 at The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta); The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare (now on Broadway), The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Reed (to May 15 at Roundabout Underground Off-Broadway), The K of D by Laura Schellhardt (June 22-July 2 at the Adirondack Theatre Festival), Follow Me to Nellie's by Dominique Morriseau (a reading July 14-31 at Premiere Stages, New York City), The Language Archive by Julia Cho (to June 18 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

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