O'Neill Playwrights Conference Will Feature Reed Birney, Eisa Davis and Betty Gilpin

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12 Jun 2014

Casting has been announced for the 2014 National Playwrights Conference, held at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.



The Conference, which runs July 2-19, will be helmed by artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg and will focus on the development of six new plays.

The readings will feature Tony nominee Reed Birney (Casa Valentina, Picnic), Eisa Davis (Passing Strange, "The Good Wife") and Betty Gilpin ("Nurse Jackie," "Ghost Town").

The conference will feature works by Mike Lew, Halley Feiffer and Tanya Barfield, presented in public readings.

"I am thrilled at the return of many alumni actors, and also welcome spectacular new talent to the National Playwrights Conference," Goldberg said in a statement. "As the O'Neill celebrates its 50th anniversary season, all of these actors will help us immensely as we work through the development of these selected plays. We are grateful to have such talented and professional casts as such an important part of the O'Neill process."

This year's conference selections follow.

Tiger Style!
By Mike Lew
Public staged readings July 2-3
Featuring MaryAnn Hu, Jennifer Ikeda, Francis Jue, Jason Liebman and Eugene Young

I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard
By Halley Feiffer
Public staged readings July 4-5
Featuring Reed Birney and Betty Gilpin 

Ugly Lies the Bone
By Lindsey Ferrentino
Public staged readings July 9-10
Featuring Cassie Beck, Rebecca Henderson, Jedidiah Schultz, Chris Sullivan and Sally Wingert 

The Imaginary Music Critic Who Doesn't Exist
By David Mitchell Robinson
Public staged readings July 12-13
Featuring Eva Kaminsky, Ronete Levinson, Terrell Donnell Sledge, and Michelle Wilson

A Power Play; Or, What's-its-Name
By A. Rey Pamatmat
Public staged readings July 16-17
Featuring Teresa Avia, Scott Drummond, Morgan Everitt, Naomi Lorrain, Johnny McKeown, Brian McManamon, Alfredo Narcisco, Jon Norman Schneider, Makela Spielman and DeWanda Wise 

Bright Half Life
By Tanya Barfield
Public staged readings July 18-19
Featuring Eisa Davis and Sue Jean Kim 

All performances are at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT.

Tickets for the National Playwrights Conference may be purchased online at theoneill.org or through the O'Neill Box Office at (860) 443-1238.