The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the eight new plays that will be developed this summer as part of the National Playwrights Conference (July 5–28).
The lineup includes Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, which will receive its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop next season; Lightning, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart); and Celine Song's Endlings, which is being presented today in New York City as part of The Playwrights Realm's annual INK’D Festival of New Plays.
The National Playwrights Conference lineup also includes #nowall by Benjamin Benne, Lockdown by Cori Thomas, Ruth by Enid Graham, The Forest by Lia Romeo, and Marvel-ous Monica; In Which Monica Lewinsky Is a Superhero Hell-Bent On Revenge by Sarah Tuft.
The plays, which are by a mix of new, mid-career, and established writers, were selected from 1,429 plays received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. In the lead up to the conference, each play will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process, employing professional creative and support staff, including directors, dramaturgs, actors, and designers.