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.
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
• Wendy Wasserstein.
In 2014, the O’Neill proudly honored 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.
Official Florist for the 2014 Monte Cristo Award: Starbright Floral.
Sponsor Table: $10,000
Benefactor Table: $5,000
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.
The 8th Annual Summer Gala was held Friday, July 11, 2014.
For 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.
Golfers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two-part celebration will begin Friday, October 24. The O’Neill is pleased to relay that the New York Neo-Futurists, a theater troupe, have committed to 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: Recklessness, Warnings, Fog, Abortion, The Sniper, The Movie Man, and Personal Equation.
The Celebration will close on Saturday, October 25 with programming at the Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, CT. Audience members will participate in open-house tours of the Monte Cristo Cottage, watch public script-in-hand staged reading of O’Neill’s 1914 one-act play, Fog, and engage with panel discussions. The staged reading will be paired with dream design, or the modern rendering of a stage design absent budgetary or logistical constraints. Both the staged readings and the dream design will emphasize the subtleties of O’Neill’s stage directions within the context of the play, placing the New York Neo-Futurist performance into context.
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:
• 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
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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!