national music theater conference

Alexander Gemignani, Artistic Director

Three new works will be presented this summer season. The shows were chosen from 320 musicals received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. Each new musical undergoes the O’Neill’s signature development process and is presented in staged readings featuring award-winning casts and creative teams. 

june 23, 24, 27, 29   • 

about the writers


Kate Kilbane is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Kate and her husband and bandmate, Dan Moses, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson (American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Kate has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. She played Sister in Lucy Thurber and Casey Lee Hurt’s new musical,Revival, which had a reading at ACT’s New Leaps Festival in 2017. She played bass in the band for The Bengsons’ Hundred Days at Z Space in 2014. SF Weekly named Kate one of the Bay Area's "11 Theater Artists to Watch in 2013". www.kilbanes.com Dan Moses is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Dan and his wife and bandmate, Kate Kilbane, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson ( American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Dan did a Masters in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, where he focused on saxophone, piano, and percussion. In addition to performing with The Kilbanes, he plays keyboard and saxophone with local rock bands, including nationally acclaimed band The Family Crest. www.kilbanes.com




about the new musical


Eddie’s life is going nowhere: a twentysomething, jobless high school dropout who lives with his mom, he suffers from crippling social and neural deficiencies. To cope, he retreats into his imagination and envisions himself as the charismatic frontman of a glam-rock band, just like his idol, David Bowie. But when Eddie’s mom informs him that her boyfriend is moving in, she threatens the one place in the world where he feels safe. The two plots—Eddie's actual life as a hermit and his imagined life as a rock star—first unfold in parallel and then merge as Eddie deals with the fact that his life must change.




cast & creative team


Director: Evan Yionoulis Music Director: Wiley DeWeese Dramaturg: Carrie Chapter Dream Designer: Lee Savage Cast: Annie Golden, Jo Lampert, Orville Mendoza, Reggie White





june 30, july 1, 4, 6   • 

about the writers


Kate Kilbane is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Kate and her husband and bandmate, Dan Moses, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson (American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Kate has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. She played Sister in Lucy Thurber and Casey Lee Hurt’s new musical,Revival, which had a reading at ACT’s New Leaps Festival in 2017. She played bass in the band for The Bengsons’ Hundred Days at Z Space in 2014. SF Weekly named Kate one of the Bay Area's "11 Theater Artists to Watch in 2013". www.kilbanes.com Dan Moses is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Dan and his wife and bandmate, Kate Kilbane, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson ( American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Dan did a Masters in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, where he focused on saxophone, piano, and percussion. In addition to performing with The Kilbanes, he plays keyboard and saxophone with local rock bands, including nationally acclaimed band The Family Crest. www.kilbanes.com




about the new musical


Eddie’s life is going nowhere: a twentysomething, jobless high school dropout who lives with his mom, he suffers from crippling social and neural deficiencies. To cope, he retreats into his imagination and envisions himself as the charismatic frontman of a glam-rock band, just like his idol, David Bowie. But when Eddie’s mom informs him that her boyfriend is moving in, she threatens the one place in the world where he feels safe. The two plots—Eddie's actual life as a hermit and his imagined life as a rock star—first unfold in parallel and then merge as Eddie deals with the fact that his life must change.




cast & creative team


Director: Evan Yionoulis Music Director: Wiley DeWeese Dramaturg: Carrie Chapter Dream Designer: Lee Savage Cast: Annie Golden, Jo Lampert, Orville Mendoza, Reggie White





 

july 7, 8, 11, 13   •

about the writers


Kate Kilbane is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Kate and her husband and bandmate, Dan Moses, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson (American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Kate has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. She played Sister in Lucy Thurber and Casey Lee Hurt’s new musical,Revival, which had a reading at ACT’s New Leaps Festival in 2017. She played bass in the band for The Bengsons’ Hundred Days at Z Space in 2014. SF Weekly named Kate one of the Bay Area's "11 Theater Artists to Watch in 2013". www.kilbanes.com Dan Moses is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Dan and his wife and bandmate, Kate Kilbane, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson ( American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Dan did a Masters in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, where he focused on saxophone, piano, and percussion. In addition to performing with The Kilbanes, he plays keyboard and saxophone with local rock bands, including nationally acclaimed band The Family Crest. www.kilbanes.com




about the new musical


Eddie’s life is going nowhere: a twentysomething, jobless high school dropout who lives with his mom, he suffers from crippling social and neural deficiencies. To cope, he retreats into his imagination and envisions himself as the charismatic frontman of a glam-rock band, just like his idol, David Bowie. But when Eddie’s mom informs him that her boyfriend is moving in, she threatens the one place in the world where he feels safe. The two plots—Eddie's actual life as a hermit and his imagined life as a rock star—first unfold in parallel and then merge as Eddie deals with the fact that his life must change.




cast & creative team


Director: Evan Yionoulis Music Director: Wiley DeWeese Dramaturg: Carrie Chapter Dream Designer: Lee Savage Cast: Annie Golden, Jo Lampert, Orville Mendoza, Reggie White





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