O'Neill's Playwrights Conference to Develop Works by Theresa Rebeck and Greg Kotis
By Adam Hetrick
New plays by Theresa Rebeck, Laura Jacqmin and Dominic Taylor will be developed this summer at the Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference. Tony-winning Urinetown writer Greg Kotis will be in residence this summer.
The annual Playwrights Conference, under the artistic direction of Wendy C. Goldberg, invites a handful of playwrights to its Waterford, CT, campus for several weeks each July to develop new works with a team of established directors and actors. Eight plays have been selected for the 2012 component.
"I am so pleased to welcome these playwrights and their projects to The O'Neill for our 2012 National Playwrights Conference," Goldberg said in a statement. "Our commitment to finding the next generation of storytellers as well as serve as a home for writers throughout their careers is truly evident in this group of artists. Although there are many development programs that have grown up over the years, our original home of new work development keeps a unique and crucial place in the theatrical landscape. I am proud of the space we can provide collaborators in an effort to move their work forward into production."
Here's a look at the selections:
Provenance by Anne García-Romero
Reclamation by Ken Weitzman
Two Lakes, Two Rivers by Laura Jacqmin
Hype Hero (King Patch) by Dominic Taylor
Alligator by Hilary Bettis
Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl
The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik
Fool by Theresa Rebeck ("Smash," Seminar)
Kotis, the Tony-winning book writer and lyricist of Urinetown, will develop a new, untitled work.
Here's how it's characterized: "Eli's a stay-at-home dad. Eli's secretly in love with Ms. Melissa, his son's 5th grade teacher. Russell just lost his job, so now he’s a stay-at-home dad, too. Russell's starting to fall for Ms. Melissa, which is a problem because Eli's been holding a torch for Ms. Melissa a lot longer than Russell. Ms. Harper is the school’s principal. She's dealing with severe budget cuts - and now, two fathers who seem to be putting the moves on her favorite teacher. Set in a public elementary school in Brooklyn, this new play explores parenthood, education, and the perils of adults playing with fire."
Tickets go on sale to the public June 8. Phone (860) 443-1238 or visit www.theoneill.org.
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.
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