Tony Winner White Trades Good Boys for "Cavemen;" TV Star Delany Steps In

News   Tony Winner White Trades Good Boys for "Cavemen;" TV Star Delany Steps In Dana Delany will replace the previously announced Julie White — a 2007 Tony Award winner for her performance in Little Dog Laughed — in the upcoming National Playwrights Conference readings at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Dana Delany
Dana Delany

A spokesperson confirmed White would be unable to be part of the readings due to her commitment on the new ABC television series "Cavemen." Delany will assume her role in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Good Boys and True July 18 and 20.

Delany won two Emmy Awards for her work as an Army nurse on "China Beach." The actress, who appeared on Broadway in A Life and Translations, recently played in Dinner With Friends in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. She has appeared in the films "Fly Away Home," "Tombstone," "Exit to Eden" as well as on TV in "Presidio Med," "Pasadena" and the short-lived "Kidnapped."

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The O'Neill 2007 National Playwrights Conference selections (with casts and directors, all subject to change) follow:

  • End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer (July 5 and 7)
    Rebecca Taichman directs Peter Friedman, Zoe Lister Jones, Ryan King, Caitlin O'Connell and David Ross.
    "Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn't changed out of his pajamas since his narrow escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a 16 year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all."
  • The Velvet Rut by James Still (July 6 and 8)
    Lisa Peterson directs Clifton Guterman and Lenny Von Dohlen.
    "Mr. Smith is a high school English teacher who used to know this for sure: He loves his students, his wife, his poetry. When a single event unravels his world and sends him free-falling into a crisis of faith, a Boy Scout named Virgil mysteriously arrives to take him on a soul-searching trek through a haunted wilderness that begins in an empty church and ends on a front porch with a red door."
  • The Woodpecker by Samuel Brett Williams (July 11 and 13)
    Jesse Berger directs Christian Conn and Deirdre O'Connell.
    "A tale of two worlds: the small town of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and the grim reality of Guantanamo Bay. It's Jimmy's last day before joining the military: He's addicted to glue, his mom is seeing visions in the sweet potato casserole, and his wheelchair bound dad can kick his ass. He turns to God for answers, and finds… an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. A dark comedy that blurs the lines between black and white, right and wrong."
  • The Crowd You're In With by Rebecca Gilman (July 12 and 14)
    Wendy C. Goldberg directs Mike Doyle, Ryan King, Amy Redford, John Rothman, Makela Spielman and Tom Story.
    "During a barbecue in Chicago, Jasper is faced with the toughest choice of his life: whether or not to become a father. Will he follow his heart, or follow the crowd?"
  • Good Boys and True by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (July 18 and 20)
    Peter DuBois directs Rebecca Brooksher, Dana Delany, Ravenna Fahey, Kevin Geer, Billy Magnusson and Peter Stadlen.
    "Prep school senior Brandon Hardy is every parents' dream: captain of the football team, straight-A student, accepted to Dartmouth, Early Decision. But when a disturbing video tape is found on campus, the 17-year-old's world starts to crumble and his mother is forced to question everything she believed about her son..."
  • The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarias (July 19 and 21)
    Bruce Sevy directs Cherise Booth, Mike Doyle, Amy Redford, Makela Spielman, Tom Story and Jennifer Van Dyck.
    "The intricate rules and relationships of a book club are challenged when the tightly knit group invites a new member to join. A comedy about people who read books, people who say they read books, and people who prefer books to other people."
  • Guardians by Lucy Caldwell (July 25 and 27)
    Carey Perloff directs Jeremy Bobb and Rebecca Brooksher.
    "'I'm making a list of everything we have. Because we have everything. We have more than everything.' Conor and Molly, a young couple in Belfast, have been married for less than two years. But already their marriage is falling apart, and neither knows why—or what to do to save it."
  • The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza (July 26 and 28)
    Kate Whoriskey directs Nicoye Banks, Cherise Booth, Daniel Breaker, Alexis Brown, Matt D'Amico, Colman Domingo, Nic Few, John Jellison, Warner Miller, Tom Sadoski, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Jonathan Walker, Jess Weixler and John Wesley.
    "Chicago, 1955: Emmett Till is lynched, and the modern civil rights movement begins. Anchored by interviews with friends, family and witnesses, this provocative new drama explores the powerful truths at the heart of the story, creating a work of vibrant theatricality and music, a poetic elegy pierced with the poignancy of real life." The chosen playwrights will spend the month of July developing their respective works with actors, directors and dramaturgs, before they are presented in readings.

    Included in the summer line-up are two collaborations — Chicago's Goodman Theatre (artistic director Robert Falls) team on The Ballad of Emmett Till and Galway, Ireland's Druid Theatre Company (artistic director Garry Hynes) develops Guardians.

    Tickets are on sale through the O'Neill Box Office at (860) 443-1238. Outdoor performances are moved indoors in the event of rain.

    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.

    For more information, call (860) 443-5378 or visit the website at theoneill.org.