EUGENE O’NEILL THEATER CENTER ANNOUNCES
2013 NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE SELECTIONS


EIGHT NEW PLAYS TO BE DEVELOPED DURING 49TH SEASON,
TWO ADDITIONAL WRITERS IN RESIDENCE 


Waterford, Connecticut – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announced today eight plays to be developed at the 2013 National Playwrights Conference(NPC):

 THE SOLID SAND BELOW by Martín Zimmerman
SAMSARA by Lauren Yee
A GREAT WILDERNESS by Samuel D.Hunter
LITTLE CHILDREN DREAM OF GOD by Jeff Augustin
THE OREGON TRAIL by Bekah Brunstetter
ALL THE ROADS HOME by Jen Silverman
EVANSTON: A RARE COMEDY by Michael Yates Crowley
LOST LAKE by David Auburn

 Sarah Gubbins and Joshua Harmon will also be in residence working on new plays.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg (> click for bio), each play will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process, employing acclaimed professional creative and support staff, including directors, dramaturgs, actors, and designers. Playwrights spend the month of July developing and presenting staged readings of their work during NPC’s 49th season. Two directors are also confirmed: Braden Abraham will direct Samuel D. Hunter's A Great Wilderness and conference Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg will reunite with David Auburn to direct Lost Lake. Goldberg's acclaimed production of Proof was part of Arena Stage's 2002-2003 season in Washington, DC.

The eight selected works were chosen from among 1,100 plays received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process, which allows any playwright – with or without agent representation – to submit. Readers from across the country choose works based on merit, without authorship attribution.

"I am very proud of this season.” Goldberg says. “It is incredibly exciting to be developing these projects and to be working with these innovative writers this summer. The 1,100 scripts submitted are the highest ever during my tenure, and selection was a highly competitive process. Our plays come from this deep pool and also include an invited artist, David Auburn, whom I am happy to welcome to the O'Neill.”

More than fifty plays developed during Goldberg’s nine seasons have gone on to world premieres. The Nether by Jennifer Haley, developed during the 2011 NPC, was awarded the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and is currently receiving a critically acclaimed world premiere production at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.The Happiest Song Plays Last, developed at the 2011 NPC and the final installment of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Elliot Trilogy, premieres at the Goodman Theatre this spring. Meg Miroshnik’s The Tall Girls, part of the 2012 NPC season, will receive its world premiere at Alliance Theatre in 2014. The 2012-2013 theater season also saw world premieres of Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up, and Dan Lefranc’s Troublemaker.

Executive Director Preston Whiteway remarked, “I am humbled by the sheer volume of plays we received for this summer; a remarkable endorsement of the value of the O’Neill process. My congratulations to the ten playwrights working with us this July, who will join the composers, lyricists, students, and hundreds of fellow creative artists on the O’Neill’s campus.”

Box Office (860-443-1238) and online ticket sales begin Wednesday, June 5; advance ticket sales are available to O’Neill Members beginning Monday, May 13. Schedules are subject to change.

For further information, call the O’Neill at (860) 443-5378, email theaterlives@theoneill.org, or visit www.theoneill.org.


2013 NPC PLAYS FOR DEVELOPMENT

THE SOLID SAND BELOW by Martín Zimmerman
Originally commissioned by the Goodman Theatre
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Performances: Wednesday, July 3; Thursday, July 4

Julian Flores narrowly escapes a prison sentence and lands in Iraq where he’s anything but a model soldier. But when an I.E.D. blast nearly costs him his life, something changes for Flores. Soon the adrenaline, clarity, and intimacy of battle become something he can’t live without—even after he returns home.

SAMSARA by Lauren Yee
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Performances: Friday, July 5; Saturday, July 6

Katie and Craig are having a baby… with a surrogate… who lives in India. A month before the baby’s due date, Craig reluctantly travels to the subcontinent, where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three “parents” anxiously wait for the baby to be born, flights of fancy attack them from all sides, in the form of an unctuous Frenchman and a smart-mouthed fetus. A whimsical take on modern-day colonialism.

A GREAT WILDERNESS by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Braden Abraham
A Great Wilderness was commissioned by Seattle Repertory Theatre. Jerry Manning, Artistic Director; Benjamin Moore, Managing Director. Seattle, Washington.
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Performances: Wednesday, July 10; Thursday, July 11

Facing a forced retirement and early signs of dementia, a man who's devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality has taken on one last patient at his remote mountain cabin in Idaho. But when tragedy strikes and his life and mind begin to unravel, he is forced to confront some demons of his own.

LITTLE CHILDREN DREAM OF GOD by Jeff Augustin
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Performances: Friday, July 12; Saturday, July 13

Risking it all to ensure a better life for her unborn son, Sula travels from Haiti to Miami floating on a car tire. As Sula struggles to make a life for herself in America, she comes face to face with ghosts from her past. Will she be able to forge a new beginning for herself and her son or will Sula be held captive to the demons that haunt her?

THE OREGON TRAIL by Bekah Brunstetter
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Performances: Wednesday, July 17; Thursday, July 18

Jane's trapped in her middle school computer lab playing “The Oregon Trail” for what feels like hours. The game becomes life and rips us back to the trail, 1848, where we travel in a covered wagon with Jane's great great grandmother. As game moves us, back, forward and back again, Now-Jane’s and Then-Jane’s sadnesses are delicately juxtaposed in this play-meets-video game about depression, Then and Now.

ALL THE ROADS HOME by Jen Silverman
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Performances: Friday, July 19; Saturday, July 20

Madeleine wanted to be a dancer, her daughter Max wanted to be a cowboy, and Max's daughter, Nix, has no idea what she wants, but knows it has to be enough for all of them. Set in the 50's, 70's and today, three women
choose which dreams to sacrifice and when to keep fighting. All the Roads Home is about freedom,family, and finding hope where you least expect it.

EVANSTON: A RARE COMEDY by Michael Yates Crowley
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Performances Wednesday, July 24; Thursday, July 25

Evanston: A Rare Comedy begins with the disappearance of a teenage girl in deepest suburbia and ends when a meeting of the local Women's Book Club goes horribly awry. In between, a housewife dreams of Mexico, an economics professor has an affair with a check-out clerk at Whole Foods, and the financial crisis rages on. Inspired by the words of Psalm 137 and the best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love," Evanston: A Rare Comedy takes a look at Middle America and asks: how can we sing a song of joy in this strange land?

LOST LAKE by David Auburn, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
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Performances: Friday, July 26; Saturday, July 27

In this melancholy comedy/drama, the lives of two strangers become entwined when a single mother in search of a week’s escape from the city rents a decrepit lakeside cabin.