Eugene O'Neill Theater Center - Announcing new work by Tom Kitt, John Logan, NOFX’s Fat Mike, Martyna Majok, Michael Tucker, Michele Lee, Judy Kuhn, Mervyn Millar, & more!
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:06 am EDT 04/20/17

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces
2017 Summer Season: Puppetry, Musicals, Plays, Cabaret

New work by Mervyn Millar, Tom Kitt, John Logan, NOFX’s Fat Mike, Jeff Marx,
Stephen Belber, Martyna Majok, Michael Tucker, Michele Lee, Judy Kuhn, and more!

Public Workshop Readings for 3 New Musicals & 8 New Plays

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announced today the 2017 summer season of plays, musicals, and other works in development at the National Puppetry Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Playwrights Conference, and Cabaret & Performance Conference.

“Last fall the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center received the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony. This summer, the O’Neill boldly continues our mission as Launchpad of the American Theater with our 2017 professional season.” O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway continues, “the artists selected across our programs, from nearly 2,000 applicants, are adding exciting and necessary voices that will play our nation’s stages for years to come. I’m grateful to my six partners – the artistic directors leading these vital programs – and encourage all those looking for the best and brightest new talents in American theater to join us this summer."

National Puppetry Conference

Pam Arciero, Artistic Director

Performances: June 16 & June 17

The National Puppetry Conference welcomes artists from around the globe to explore the range and power of the puppet, with rehearsals and workshops in puppet and mechanism building, writing, music, marionettes, and more. Artists leading Conference intensives this summer include: Ronnie Burkett, Melissa Dunphy, Alice Gottschalk, Martin Kettling, Phillip Huber, Kurt Hunter, Jim Kroupa, Tim Lagasse, Lisa Lichtenfels, Martin P. Robinson, Jim Rose, and Fred Thompson. This year theater director, puppet designer, and writer Mervyn Millar (War Horse; Circus 1903) joins for the first time with his workshop “Signs of Life.” National Puppetry Conference Artists-in-Residence are Hua Hua Zhang & Marsian DeLellis. The Conference concludes with two public performances featuring an extraordinary mix of devised work from throughout the Puppetry Conference, featuring guest artists, artists-in-residence, and a vast array of performance styles.

National Music Theater Conference

Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director

Readings: June 24 - July 14

Since its founding in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has developed more than 130 new musicals, including early works of award-winning writers and composers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kirsten Childs, Tan Dun, Andrew Lippa, Robert Lopez, Duncan Sheik, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Steven Sater, and Jeanine Tesori. Selected from 211 submissions, the following three new musicals will be developed:

Home Street Home

Book by Fat Mike & Soma Snakeoil with David Goldsmith

Music by Fat Mike

Lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, & Soma Snakeoil

iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical

Book by J Kyle Manzay & Ronvé O'Daniel

Lyrics by Ronvé O'Daniel

Music by Jevares Myrick & Ronvé O'Daniel


Book by John Logan

Music & Lyrics by Tom Kitt

National Playwrights Conference

Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director

Readings: July 5 - 29

The O’Neill’s founding program will present eight new works this summer season by a broad mix of brand new and mid-career artists. Each play will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process, employing professional creative and support staff, including acclaimed directors, dramaturgs, actors, and designers to bring new plays to life. All eight plays to be workshopped were chosen from 1,350 plays received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. Devlin Elliott joins as a Writer-in-Residence.

Stephen Belber - We Are Among Us

Mary Hamilton - The Quiet Ones

Martyna Majok - Queens

Steve DiUbaldo - Exposure

Elaine Romero - Title IX

Adam Esquenazi Douglas - The One ATM in Antarctica

Inda Craig-Galván - Black Super Hero Magic Mama

Michael Tucker - Assisted Living

Cabaret & Performance Conference

John McDaniel, Artistic Director

Performances: August 2 - August 12

The conference brings some of the biggest names in Cabaret Theater to perform at the O’Neill each summer, providing valuable development and performance training for select Cabaret Fellows (up-and-coming performers on the cabaret scene). Applications for the Fellows Program are accepted through May 1. Headliners for 2017 include:

Judy Kuhn

Christina Bianco & Brad Simmons debut a new show

Shades of Beautiful- Tracy Stark

Angel City - Spencer Day

Peaceful Easy Feeling: The music of the 1970s - Barb Jungr & John McDaniel

Nobody Does It Like Me! - Michele Lee

National Theater Institute - Theatermakers

Rachel Jett, Artistic Director

FREE Performances: Mondays, June 19 - July 24

One of six programs from the O’Neill’s flagship educational program the National Theater Institute. Theatermakers Summer Intensive trains students in a credit-earning curriculum of acting, directing, and playwriting alongside the O’Neill’s professional artists. Join us each week as students share their works-in-progress with the public.

National Critics Institute

Chris Jones, Director

July 1-15

Chris Jones, critic and columnist at the Chicago Tribune, helms America's only boot camp for arts writers. A two-week residential workshop and conference, designed for arts writers and critics looking to strengthen their skills in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced industry. Past faculty members include: Mark Blankenship, Ben Brantley, Sarah Kaufman, Peter Marks, Michael Phillips, Tejal Rao, and Dan Sullivan. Applications for NCI are accepted through April 25.

2017 Summer Gala

July 22, 2017 | 6:00pm | Sunken Garden

On July 22 the O’Neill will honor the accomplishments of the National Music Theater Conference’s founding Artistic Director Paulette Haupt and celebrate the Conference’s 40th season! The Conference has developed of more than 120 new musicals including: Nine, Avenue Q, Violet, The Wild Party, and In The Heights. Join us for an evening of music in the O’Neill’s Sunken Garden with sweeping views of Long Island Sound, while enjoying a gala dinner catered by Ivy’s Homemade.

The O’Neill Box Office opens to the public June 7. Advance ticket sales are available to O’Neill members May 17. For more information, visit www.theoneill.org or call 860-443-1238.

Funding for the summer season provided by: National Endowment for the Arts; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; BMI Foundation, Inc; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Actors' Equity Foundation; The Frederick Loewe Foundation; The Jane Henson Foundation; The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation; Dramatists Play Service, Inc; The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; The Jerome Robbins Foundation; Burry Fredrik Foundation; The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; Time Warner Foundation Inc; Drama Desk, Inc; The Joseph C. and Esther Foster Foundation, Inc; The Geraldine Stutz Trust; The Shubert Foundation; Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association; Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (Creative Entertainment) as well as Steve and Debra Darren; Stacey Lewis; and J McAraw, Northstar Wealth Partners in Old Saybrook, CT.

About the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center: Founded in 1964, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands more emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at theaters around the world. O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute – which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs. In addition, the O’Neill owns and operates Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O’Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards and National Medal of Arts. www.theoneill.org.

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