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