Special Events

Not only is the O'Neill the leading developmental American theater organization, it also is a leader in hosting exciting, one-of-a-kind special events that bring together supporters of the O'Neill locally and nationally. Proceeds from these events go directly towards keeping all O'Neill programming alive. Our special events give us the opportunity to give back an evening of entertainment; or a day on one of the most pristine golf courses in the country; or a casual alumni reunion to our many friends who are part of our O'Neill family.


Monte Cristo Award

2012 Monte Cristo AwardThe Monte Cristo Award honors a theater artist who exemplifies Eugene O’Neill’s “pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, excellence, and accomplishment.” A groundbreaking playwright and the only American dramatist to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Eugene O’Neill set his masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night at his childhood home, the Monte Cristo Cottage, in New London, CT. Past Monte Cristo Award recipients include: Christopher Plummer • Michael Douglas • Kevin Spacey • Hal Prince • James Earl Jones • Wendy Wasserstein.

Monte Cristo Award DinnerThe Monte Cristo Award brings together icons from the stage, film and television.  Legendary actors, directors, writers, producers, and executives from the top entertainment companies are involved with the award gala. Held at New York City’s elegant Edison Ballroom, guests comfortably mingle with the recipient and his or her honorary committee for cocktails and hors d’oeurves, followed by dinner, dessert, special entertainment, and the presentation of the award.

Meryl StreepThis year, the O’Neill proudly honors alumna Meryl Streep with the 14th Annual Monte Cristo Award for her contributions to the American theater. Streep’s great empathy for her characters and the diversity of women she has chosen to portray have distinguished her work in film, television, and theater for nearly three decades. A graduate of Vassar College and Yale School of Drama, one of Streep’s first professional credits after Yale was with the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference in 1975, acting in five plays over six weeks. Join us for an unforgettable celebration!

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Please contact Special Events Manager Ainslie Seeber for ticket availability:
call (860) 443-5378 ext. 285 or email events@theoneill.org.


Official Florist for the 2014 Monte Cristo Award: Starbright Floral.

Summer Gala

Sponsor Table: $10,000
• 10 Guests
• Prime Seats
• Full Page Commemorative Program Ad
• Recognition on O’Neill Website & Social Media

Benefactor Table: $5,000
• 10 Guests
• Prime Seats
• Half Page Commemorative Program Ad

Program Ads
Full Page: $400
Half Page: $250
Quarter Page: $150












The Annual Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Summer Gala is one of the region’s largest events each summer. More than 250 guests mingle in the O’Neill’s pristine Sunken Garden overlooking Long Island Sound while enjoying great food & drinks, bidding on one-of-a-kind silent auction items, and experiencing entertainment only the O’Neill can bring to the stage.

Special guests for the 50th Anniversary Summer Gala include local leaders, the regional business community, and friends of the O’Neill from across its half-century of new theater development.  Past entertainment has included performances by original cast members from In the Heights, Fela!, and original performances by Charles “Roc” Dutton and Kermit the Frog.

Contact Ainslie Seeber, Special Events Manager, at (860) 443-5378 ext. 285 or events@theoneill.org to reserve your sponsorship today. 

Summer Gala



Fishers Island Golf Tournament

Fishers Island Golf TournamentFor 22 years, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has had the great fortune of hosting an exclusive golf tournament at one of the top Golf Clubs in the world; Fisher’s Island Golf Club. The tournament sells out every year, with 112 golfers eager to spend the day on the course.

Fishers Island Golf TournamentGolfers arrive by chartered ferry and private bus.  Brunch is served, followed by a full 18 holes of championship golf with stunning views of Long Island Sound. Following the tournament, cocktails and dinner are served along with an exciting live auction and prizes for the winning foursomes. Sponsors are encouraged to attend and spend the afternoon networking with the players, all while taking the views from the club's lawn.

To inquire about reserving a foursome, email events@theoneill.org.

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Eugene O'Neill Celebration

Every October at New London's Monte Cristo Cottage (childhood home of our namesake, Eugene O'Neill), we celebrate the pioneering legacy of America's greatest dramatist. We kick off his birthday weekend with a Friday night outdoor film screening featuring an adaptation of his work. We continue the Celebration the following day by opening the Cottage for tours, as well as taking in staged readings of O'Neill plays and enjoying lively scholarly panel discussions interpreting the presented work.  The annual Eugene O'Neill Celebration events are free and open to the public.

Eugene O'Neill Celebration

Alumni Reunions

NYC Alumni ReunionThe presence of O'Neill Alumni is felt all over the country and world. We love to get a group of Alumni together whenever we can by holding reunions all over the country. The following reunions will be taking place in 2014:

• Louisville, KY: April 4, 2014
• Washington, DC: April 17, 2014
• New York, NY: May 16, 2014
• Waterford, CT: July 5 & 6, 2014
• Fall 2014: Los Angeles, CA
• Fall 2014: Chicago, IL 

Alumni: what has the O'Neill meant to you? Click here to share your O'Neill story.


New York Public Library Exhibition Opening

Join us May 16 for the opening of "Launchpad of the American Theater: The O'Neill since 1964" at the New York Public Library.  This exhibit, curated by longtime NPC designer and NTI Faculty Instructor Skip Mercier, will catalog the footprint on American theater that the O'Neill has created over the past 50 years.  Stay tuned for more details and ticket information!

O'Neill 50th