Seeking to raise money for its scholarship funds, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center is harvesting material featured from its 2000 summer symposiums. In a series of winter benefit showcases at Arci's Place in New York City , O'Neill alumni and friends of the center's Cabaret Symposium will present a five-night, six performance program, Jan. 16–21.
Festival highlights include performances by Tovah Feldshuh, George Merritt, cast members from Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde, Margaret Whiting, Jack Wrangler, Carol Hall and Paul Bernhardt.
The full schedule of dates and performers follows:
Jan. 16 at 9 PM
Erv Raible presents O’Neill Symposium alumni Marnie Baumer, Debbie DeCoudreaux, Lynn Loosier, Mindy Miller Saxe and Carolyn Montgomery
Jan. 17 at 9 PM
Stan Martin presents Deborah Bean, John Bucchino, Barbara Fasano, Rick Jensen and Cynthia Scott Jan. 18 at 9 and 11 PM
Ellie Ellsworth presents George Merritt (with Jekyll & Hyde friends) Rob Evan, Barrie Ingham, Brandi Massey, Andrea Rivette with John Werking
Jan. 19 at 8:30 PM
Margaret Whiting and Jack Wrangler present Carol Hall and Paul Bernhardt
Jan. 19 at 11 PM
Harriet Fay presents "Songs From The Stork Club" with Jack Donahue, Pat Gorman and Jeff Macauley
Jan. 20 at 8:30 PM
Tovah Feldshuh with Bob Goldstone at the piano; tickets are $250 per person, which includes cocktails (6 PM) , dinner and wine (7 PM ) and dessert and show (8:30 PM).
Jan. 20 at 11 PM
Will McMillan presents "At The Movies, Cinema Songs From the '50s and '60s" with Michael Ricca and Nina Vansuch with Brian Patton
According to production notes, programs at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, based in Waterford, CN, include "the Playwrights’ Conference, Music Theater Conference, Critics Institute, Puppetry Conference and Cabaret Symposium, as well as the National Theater Institute, an accredited undergraduate training semester and the Monte Cristo Cottage, the childhood home of America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill." Recent new works developed at the O’Neill include Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Kirsten Childs’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo, and John Henry Redwood’s The Old Settler and No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs.
For the Tuesday-Friday and Saturday late show there is a $35 music charge and a $15 minimum; for O'Neill Cabaret Symposium Fellows there is a $20 music charge and a $15 minimum. For the Tovah Feldshuh/Bob Goldstone evening, tickets are $250 per person, as indicated above. Arci’s Place is located at 450 Park Avenue South at 30 St., in New York City. For further information or reservations call (212) 864-3349, (800) 8-BISTRO or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
—By Murdoch McBride