Blessing, Cho, Gilman More Selected for O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference

News   Blessing, Cho, Gilman More Selected for O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference
New works by Lee Blessing, Julia Cho, Rebecca Gilman and others have been announced to be developed at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2005 Playwrights Conference.

The projects — chosen from nearly 500 submissions — will undergo development with the selected playwrights during July with professional actors, directors and dramaturges then presented.

The 2005 schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Perilous Night by Lee Blessing (July 8 & 9)
    Lucie Tiberghien directs the play set "in an upscale, private mental health facility [where] two patients and a nurse try to make it through the night.
  • Cradle of Man by Melanie Marnich (July 9 & 10)
    Michael John Garcés stages the drama about "two American couples [who] meet near Olduvai Gorge, the birthplace of mankind, and their comedic, romantic and existential crises are exposed."


  • Rearviewmirror by Eric Winick (July 15 & 16)
    Carl Forsman directs "this modern-day BACCHAE set in an outdoor rock festival [where] three disaffected twentysomethings embark on a desperate search for artistic and spiritual fulfillment."
  • Norman Rockwell Killed My Father by Samuel D. Hunter (July 16 & 17)
    A young artist — obsessed with Norman Rockwell — "journeys home to the family trailer in rural Idaho desperate to reconcile with his estranged family."
  • Antebellum by Robert O'Hara (July 22 & 23)
    Carey Perloff directs the work set "on the evening of the world premiere of 'Gone with the Wind,' [when] a woman shows up on a farm outside Atlanta while a world away, a man shows up in a detention center outside Berlin and a romance unfolds."
  • The Importance of Being Orson by Jessica Cooke (July 23)
    Part of an international exchange with Dublin, Ireland's Abbey Theatre, Joe Grifasi stages the 1931-set work in which "a teenage Orson Welles persuades Hilton Edwards and his lover Micheál MacLíammóir to let him play Hamlet in their Dublin theatre, The Gate. Orson blows apart the fragile relationship between Hilton, Micheál and their favorite actress Meriel, but cannot master Hamlet without facing his own dead father."
  • Durango by Julia Cho (July 29 & 30)
    Chay Yew directs this drama about "a single father [who] takes his two sons on a road trip through the Southwest desert. As the trip goes on longer than planned, secrets are spilled, revelations are made and all three realize nothing will ever be the same."
  • Snake Tank by Rebecca Gilman (July 30 & 31)
    New OTC Playwrights Conference artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg stages this smalltown Iowa-set play which follows "the story of a social worker who becomes embroiled in one family’s problems at the expense of her own objectivity." Tickets go on sale June 7 through the O'Neill Box Office at (860) 443-1238. Outdoor performances are moved indoors in the event of rain. Some material may not be appropriate for children.

    The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center was founded in 1964 and 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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