Day, Eagan, O'Connell Ready Gilman's Snake Tank for O'Neill Playwrights Conference

News   Day, Eagan, O'Connell Ready Gilman's Snake Tank for O'Neill Playwrights Conference
Broadway's Johanna Day and Daisy Eagan star with Off-Broadway mainstay actress Deirdre O'Connell in the upcoming presentation of Rebecca Gilman's Snake Tank at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2005 Playwrights Conference.

OPC artistic director Wendy C. Goldberg will stage the new work with Day (Proof), Daisy Eagan (Secret Garden) and O'Connell (Pyretown, "Hearts in Atlantis") set to perform July 30 and 31.

Actor Matthew Lillard ("Scream," "Scooby Doo") will perform in Lee Blessing's Great Falls. No casting for the other productions has been announced.

The new 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:

  • Great Falls by Lee Blessing (July 8 & 9)
    Lucie Tiberghien directs the play where "A man makes a mistake. A woman compounds it," begging the question "Are families really disposable?"
  • 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 are on sale 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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