O'Neill Conference Enters Final Week With Minnie Willet and Without You

News   O'Neill Conference Enters Final Week With Minnie Willet and Without You The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2008 National Playwrights Conference presents its final two works of the summer beginning July 24.

Ann Marie Healy's The Legend of Minnie Willet and Without You, penned by Ursula Rani Sarma, are the final two of the eight plays to be presented as part of the annual summer conference of developing works.

Passing Strange director Annie Dorsen, originally announced to direct Minnie Willet, has withdrawn from the conference. In her absence, Queens Blvd director Davis McCallum will now stage Healy's work.

Details for the final Playwrights Conference works follow:

The Legend of Minnie Willet by Ann Marie Healy (July 24 and 26)
Directed by Davis McCallum
"Ladies everywhere doing all sorts of strange things: Taking and being taken, passing on and being passed up, falling in love and falling apart. What begins as a rollicking winter season of sexual abandonment ends with a chilling blood wedding for the legendary Minnie Willet: town maverick, town eccentric and, ultimately, town martyr."

The cast comprises Mary Bacon (Rock 'n' Roll), Ross Bickell (Noises Off), Charlotte Booker (Born Yesterday), Johanna Day (Peter and Jerry), Kevin Geer (Side Man), John Jellison (Passion), Ryan King (Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) and Mattie Hawkinson. Without You by Ursula Rani Sarma (July 25 and 27)
Directed by Greg Leaming
"All Simon ever really wanted was to have someone to love…but you should be careful what you wish for. Without You looks at the wonder and chaos of love and asks how much we are willing to sacrifice for it."

The cast features Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?), Maggie Lacey (Inherit the Wind), Annie Parisse (Prelude to a Kiss) and Paul Sparks (Take Me Out).

For tickets 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.