Special Events

The O'Neill is a leading American developmental theater, hosting one-of-a-kind special events that bring together supporters of the O'Neill locally and nationally. These exclusive events are an opportunity to give back an evening of entertainment; a day on one of the most pristine golf courses in the country; or a night under the stars in the Sunken Garden for O’Neill friends and family.

Proceeds from all O’Neill special events go directly towards keeping all O'Neill programming alive.
As a sponsor or event attendee, you directly impact the future of American theater.


Contact: O'Neill Special Events Manager Ainslie Seeber
events@theoneill.org or (860) 443-5378 x 285


Summer Gala

July 18, 6:00pm

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 that attend the Summer Gala include local leaders, business owners, 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.

Saturday, July 18, 2015






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Honoring Nathan Lane 

Nathan Lane has created a wide footprint on American stage, film, and television and encompasses the ethos of the Monte Cristo Award - artistic excellence and lifelong commitment to theater. He starred alongside O’Neill Trustee Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade in the revival of the Eugene O'Neill play The Iceman Cometh at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2012, and reprised his role as Hickey in Robert Falls’ production of The Iceman Cometh at Brooklyn Academy of Music February 5th – March 15th, 2015.

Lane made his Broadway debut opposite George C. Scott in Present Laughter, followed by Merlin, The Wind In The Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys And Dolls, Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion!, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Producers, The Frogs, The Odd Couple, Butley, November, Waiting For Godot, The Addams Family, The Nance, and It’s Only A Play. On television, Lane most recently held recurring roles on “The Good Wife” and “Modern Family.” Lane has appeared in over 35 films including “The Birdcage,” “Ironweed,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Mousehunt,” “Jeffrey,” “The Lion King,” “Stuart Little,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Producers,” “Swing Vote,” “Mirror, Mirror,” and “The English Teacher.”

Inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2008, Mr. Lane has been honored for his work on stage and screen, including two Tonys, five Drama Desk Awards, two Obies, an Oliver Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Golden Globe Nominations, and two Emmy Awards.

About the Monte Cristo Award: 


The 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 Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, Hal Prince, James Earl Jones, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Gain access and visibility to the entertainment industry’s most high-profile outlets and be part of the Monte Cristo Award community, while supporting the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s mission to nurture, discover, and develop new work and new artists for the stage. Sponsors receive lasting recognition before the event through press releases, marketing materials & social media, during the event with premium logo visibility , and long after the event is over through the press, O’Neill website, as well as many other television, press & online media outlets. All sponsorships are customizable to fit your business needs and visibility goals, offering incredible brand building opportunities for your organization.


Annual O'Neill Golf Tournament

For 23 years, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has had the great fortune of hosting an exclusive golf tournament on the beautiful Fishers Island. The tournament sells out every year, with 112 golfers eager to spend the day on the course.


Golfers arrive by chartered ferry and private bus. Brunch is served, followed by a full 18 holes of championship golf with panoramic views of Long Island Sound. 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 in the views from the club’s lawn.

Foursomes will go on sale January 20, please contact events@theoneill.org for more information.




Eugene O'Neill Celebration
October 24 & 25, 2014 

The two-part celebration took place on Friday, October 24.  The O’Neill was pleased to have the New York Neo-Futurists, a theater troupe, perform The Complete & Condensed Staged Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 2, at Connecticut College.

The original work is an “adventure into the subconscious of an American theater legend by removing his dialogue and condensing his plays down to pure action.” The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 2 are based on the stage directions of seven plays, written between 1913 and 1915: RecklessnessWarningsFogAbortionThe SniperThe Movie Man, and Personal Equation


The celebration closed on Saturday, October 25 with programming at the Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, CT.  Audience members participated in open-house tours of the Monte Cristo Cottage, watched a public script-in-hand staged reading of O’Neill’s 1914 one-act play Fog, and engage with panel discussions.  The staged reading was paired with dream design, or the modern rendering of a stage design, absent budgetary, or logistical constraints. Both the staged reading and the dream design emphasized the subtleties of O’Neill’s stage directions within the context of the play, placing the New York Neo-Futurist performance into context.

Alumni Reunions

The 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:



25th Anniversary National Puppetry Conference Reunion: June 12, 2015 | Click to learn more

45th Anniversary National Theater Institute Reunion: October 8-11, 2015 | Click to learn more


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