Steven Sater's No One's Sonata Among Titles Announced for O'Neill Center Playwrights Conference

News   Steven Sater's No One's Sonata Among Titles Announced for O'Neill Center Playwrights Conference
 
No One's Sonata by Tony winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), and Slow Food by The House of Yes author Wendy MacLeod are among eight new plays that will be developed this summer at the annual National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.

Shows are performed on the various stages, indoor and outdoor, on the campus of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, a former farm once owned by the O'Neill family. Precise dates for the performances are yet to be announced.

Here is a complete list of the titles and authors, with play descriptions provided by the O'Neill Center:

Leftovers by Josh Wilder. In inner-city Philadelphia, an abnormally huge dandelion has grown through the sidewalk in front of the house of Jalil and Kwamaine, two brothers who are waiting for the arrival of their father. Leftovers tells the story of the brothers as they figure out their journey to discovering the reality of their dreams. A poignant, poetic, gritty play full of family, magic and Cliff Huxtable.

Good Ol' Boys by Joe Waechter. Three Southern businessmen rent a hunting cabin for a weekend of shooting some guns, drinking some beer, and hopefully finding the mysterious giant deer that lurks in the forest. When one of the men brings his son along, things take a turn for the worst. Secrets bubble up to the surface, and with all that testosterone, all that camouflage, and all those bags full of guns, someone’s bound to get hurt.

No One's Sonata by Steven Sater. Can we mediate our family pain with language? Can music help relieve us of our past? On a mound of broken glass, grown children gather -- to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their Viennese immigrant parents, and to try and bridge the distance that they feel from their father’s death. Halftime With Don by Ken Weitzman. Retired NFL player Don Devers has had over forty surgeries, experiences violent outbursts, and relies on a blizzard of yellow Post-It notes lining barcalounger in order to offset his ravaged memory. When a long-time fan appears at his doorstep, Don seeks to salvage his life with a single act of heroic self-sacrifice.

End of Shift by Jenny Connell Davis. Five teenagers gather in the back of a diner on the coast of Maine. Jesse wants Amanda, Amanda wants to party, Ben wants to know who screwed his girlfriend, and Heidi wants to know why that's Ben's business. And Max? Max wants to paint a rock. A funny/sad story about the moment when you realize everything has changed.

Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod. A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs - but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal - and their lives - the couple examine their past and their future together. A tender, uproarious comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. Alix lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers. Mason lives in a grand empty house all by himself while his father runs jobs for the Triad in Hong Kong. As they develop an unlikely friendship, both struggle to finish high school and get into college to wrest themselves out of their weird family lives. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks?

Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung. Northern Uganda on the eve of the millennium: The daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl steal into a darkened church to seal their love in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the surrounding war zone encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, Cardboard Piano explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness and love.

 

Tickets and more information are available by calling (860) 443-1238 or visiting theoneill.org.

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