Submission Period Announced for Plays and Musicals Aiming for 2009 O'Neill Conferences

News   Submission Period Announced for Plays and Musicals Aiming for 2009 O'Neill Conferences
 
Attention playwrights and musical theatre writers: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT, has announced details of its Open Submissions process for projects to be included in O'Neill's summer 2009 national new works conferences.

Applicants are invited to submit projects for the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theater Conference.

National Playwrights Conference submissions will be accepted from Sept. 15-Oct. 17, 2008. National Music Theater Conference submissions will be accepted from Sept. 1-Dec. 1, 2008.

The O'Neill's open submission process "is unique in the field of developing works for the stage," according to the not-for-profit. "It is a key element in its Conference mission to encourage creativity and develop diverse voices and new works for the American stage. Applicants may submit work for consideration through a multi-tiered selection process involving multiple readers and a panel of theatre professionals who consider projects based on each writer's voice as presented in the script and not on a recognizable name or previous accomplishments. This process enables the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to continue to seek and develop new voices for the stage. Selected artists receive a developmental residency at the O'Neill during the summer of 2009."

The O'Neill also continues to build its endowment to support the open submissions process, begun in 2006 and named in honor of O'Neill playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Income from this permanent endowment will be used to defray costs associated with the submissions and selection process. Call (860) 443-5378 ext 217 for more information about making a gift to the Wendy Wasserstein Fund.

Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference, noted, "This Conference belongs to the playwrights, and I believe that it is imperative to allow the playwrights who submit their work the opportunity to have their plays read and considered seriously for the conference. I remain committed to the open submission process and it is a priority for the Playwrights Conference to seek out the best writers through this endeavor." Submissions for the National Playwrights Conference must be postmarked from Sept. 15, 2008, through Oct. 17, 2008. Details of submission requirements for the National Playwrights Conference are available at the Oneill's website: www.theoneill.org/prog/plays/playapp.htm.

Submissions for the Music Theater Conference must be postmarked from Sept. 1, 2008, through Dec. 1, 2008. Details of submission requirements for the Music Theater Conference are available at the O'Neill's website: www.theoneill.org/prog/music/submit.htm.

For further information about either conference, please contact Martin Kettling, literary manager, at (860) 443-5378, ext 227 or via e-mail at litoffice@theoneill.org.

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