O'Neill Theatre Center's Music Theatre Conference Launches June 26

News   O'Neill Theatre Center's Music Theatre Conference Launches June 26
The Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's 2010 Music Theatre Conference, presenting Buddy's Tavern, Clear and Eden, begins June 26 in Waterford, CT.

Paulette Haupt serves as artistic director of the conference that will run through July 16.

Buddy’s Tavern, with a score by Kim Oler, lyrics by Alison Hubbard and a book by Raymond De Felitta, features Darius de Haas, Allison Briner, Jordan Gelber, Michaela Koerner, Jodie Langel, William Parry, Steve Routman and Lindsey Van Winkle. Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow) directs (June 26, 27, 30 and July 2).

According to the O'Neill, "Buddy’s Tavern tells the story of an Italian-American factory worker on Staten Island, and his quest to run his own business – a bar where he can sing his heart out to his customers. Family pressures, race relations, unexpected love, and the struggle to achieve one’s dreams, come alive in this new romantic comedy." The musical is based on the film "Two Family House."

Clear has book, music and lyrics by Paul Oakley Stovall and additional music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, and Irv Johnson and Stephen Goers. Daniel Goldstein directs a cast including Yasmin Alers, Ken Barnett, Clifton Duncan, George Farmer, Ryan Link, Leenya Rideout, Brad Simmons and Stovall (July 3, 4, 7 and 9).

"Clear sings a tale of destiny, luck, and the commonality of the human experience. From the slave castles of Ghana to a rooftop in Sweden; from the shores of Lake Michigan to the streets of Seoul, our storytellers continue to find that change is inevitable... and (r)evolutionary. A spiritual quest in our decidedly computerized times, Clear fuses music, memory and pure love to remind us how best to live life." Eden, featuring a score by Mel Marvin and book and lyrics by Jonathan Levi, features Angel Desai, Ed Dixon, Janine LaManna, Celisse Henderson, Matthew Scott and Bob Stillman. Stuart Ross directs (July 10, 11, 14 and 16).

"Eden is a musical of chaos in two acts, a story of natural and unnatural disaster. Ranging between the Scylla of Hurricane Katrina and the Charybdis of the War in Iraq, Eden follows the story of six characters in search of survival, who bump up against one another and come away with varying degrees of triumphs and bruises."

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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