Tales From the O'Neill: Highlights From The National Playwrights Conference

By Sophia Saifi
05 Aug 2013

Tom Viertel and Pat Dailey's Annual Summer Barbecue

Tom Viertel, Broadway producer and chairman of the O'Neill board, is a barbecue connoisseur and for over a decade, he and his partner Pat Daily have been hosting a decedent summer cookout for board members, conference attendees and the O'Neill staff. 

Viertel has the event catered by legendary pit-master Mike Mills's BBQ place in Illinois, and he and Pat personally smoked the ribs themselves the day before the barbecue. 

This year saw a neverending array of platters piled with ribs, deep bowls of crispy cole slaw and thick slices of white cake.

Held immediately following the quarterly board meeting in the sunken garden, there was an open bar and playwrights and designers mingled, after which most people headed down for a dip in the sea.

Pat Daily and Tom Viertel
photo by A. Vincent Scarano