national playwrights conference

Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director

The O’Neill’s founding program presents eight new works this summer season by a broad mix of brand new, mid-career, and established artists. The plays were chosen from 1,416 plays received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. Each new play undergoes the O’Neill’s signature development process and is presented in staged readings featuring award-winning casts and creative teams. 

july 3 at 8:15pm   •

about the writer


Zayd Dohrn’s plays include The Profane, Outside People, Sick, Long Way Go Down, Muckrakers, and Reborning. He is the recipient of the 2016 Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theater Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Prize. His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels, and The Public (SPF), as well as theaters around the country and internationally, including Steppenwolf First Look, SF Playhouse, Brazil’s Visceral Companhia, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the BrechtBau-Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Theatre for One, New Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog Theater. He attended Columbia University, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow at Juilliard. zayddohrn.com.




about the new play


Faculty and students at a modern university are confronted with the fallout from a political provocateur's invitation to speak on campus — and the violent reaction his appearance provokes. Zayd Dohrn's plays have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, and more. The winner of the Horton Foote Playwriting Prize, he is currently the Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University.




cast & creative team


By Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Dramaturged by John Baker
Cast Includes: Rob Campbell, Daniel Davila Jr., Glenn Davis, Emily Dorsch, Lio Mehiel, Reynaldo Piniella, & Nick Westrate





july 5 & 6 at 7:15pm   •

about the writer


Zayd Dohrn’s plays include The Profane, Outside People, Sick, Long Way Go Down, Muckrakers, and Reborning. He is the recipient of the 2016 Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theater Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Prize. His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels, and The Public (SPF), as well as theaters around the country and internationally, including Steppenwolf First Look, SF Playhouse, Brazil’s Visceral Companhia, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the BrechtBau-Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Theatre for One, New Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog Theater. He attended Columbia University, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow at Juilliard. zayddohrn.com.




about the new play


Faculty and students at a modern university are confronted with the fallout from a political provocateur's invitation to speak on campus — and the violent reaction his appearance provokes. Zayd Dohrn's plays have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, and more. The winner of the Horton Foote Playwriting Prize, he is currently the Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University.




cast & creative team


By Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Dramaturged by John Baker
Cast Includes: Rob Campbell, Daniel Davila Jr., Glenn Davis, Emily Dorsch, Lio Mehiel, Reynaldo Piniella, & Nick Westrate





july 10 & 11 at 8:15pm   •

about the writer


Zayd Dohrn’s plays include The Profane, Outside People, Sick, Long Way Go Down, Muckrakers, and Reborning. He is the recipient of the 2016 Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theater Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Prize. His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels, and The Public (SPF), as well as theaters around the country and internationally, including Steppenwolf First Look, SF Playhouse, Brazil’s Visceral Companhia, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the BrechtBau-Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Theatre for One, New Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog Theater. He attended Columbia University, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow at Juilliard. zayddohrn.com.




about the new play


Faculty and students at a modern university are confronted with the fallout from a political provocateur's invitation to speak on campus — and the violent reaction his appearance provokes. Zayd Dohrn's plays have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, and more. The winner of the Horton Foote Playwriting Prize, he is currently the Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University.




cast & creative team


By Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Dramaturged by John Baker
Cast Includes: Rob Campbell, Daniel Davila Jr., Glenn Davis, Emily Dorsch, Lio Mehiel, Reynaldo Piniella, & Nick Westrate





july 12 & 13 at 7:15pm   •

about the new play


The Hamptons: winter. When the waterfront mansion of a "summer person" burns to the ground, simmering economic and racial tensions begin to rise — and the witch-hunt for a culprit begins. In this sharply funny love-hate letter to a complicated community, Laura Neill traces this incident's impact on the lives of five local women and their families. Laura's work has been developed or commissioned by SpeakEasy Stage, OperaHub, Wilbury Theatre Group, and Fresh Ink Theatre.




about the writer


Laura Neill writes ambitious woman-centered plays. Select work includes DIVAS, commissioned and premiered by OperaHub; Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group; and Don't Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa in 2017. She is currently under commission by SpeakEasy Stage Company to write Just Cause, a dark comedy about gentrification. She was a finalist for the Todd McNerney Award (The End Will Hurt) and winner of the Eleanor Frost Award (Conditions). She co-edited the New England New Play Anthology for StageSource. Laura has taught courses on creative writing and theater at Boston University, Emerson College, and Boston College. MFA: Boston University. laurajneill.wixsite.com/home.




cast & creative team


By Laura Neill Directed by Daniella Topol Dramaturged by Ignacia Delgado Cast Includes: Sarah Herrman, Michelle Honaker, Carolyn Kettig, Flor De Liz Perez, & Kara Young





july 17 & 18 at 8:15pm   •

about the new play


A woman trapped in a cycle that bleeds through time and space looks for a way out. Kimber Lee's plays have been produced or developed at the Lincoln Center/LCT3, the Humana Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Rep/The Ground Floor, and more.




about the writer


Kimber Lee’s plays include brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Humana Festival of New American Plays, LCT3/Lincoln Center, Long Wharf Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Shotgun Players), tokyo fish story (South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley, Old Globe Theater), different words for the same thing (Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre), and to the yellow house. She has also developed and presented work with Manhattan Theatre Club, The Ground Floor/Berkeley Rep, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Southern Rep, Page 73, The Lark, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference, ACT Theatre/Seattle, and Magic Theatre. She is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage New Voices Fellowship, BAU Institute Arts Residency Award, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley Leading Ladies Award, Kilroys List, and inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright Residency in London. MFA: UT Austin.




cast & creative team


By Kimber Lee
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Dramaturged by Lexy Leuszler
Cast Includes: Erin Anderson, Deonna Bouye, Jackie Chung, Thomas Keegan, Tiffany Villarin, & Johnny Wu





about the new play


A woman trapped in a cycle that bleeds through time and space looks for a way out. Kimber Lee's plays have been produced or developed at the Lincoln Center/LCT3, the Humana Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Rep/The Ground Floor, and more.




about the writer


Kimber Lee’s plays include brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Humana Festival of New American Plays, LCT3/Lincoln Center, Long Wharf Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Shotgun Players), tokyo fish story (South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley, Old Globe Theater), different words for the same thing (Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre), and to the yellow house. She has also developed and presented work with Manhattan Theatre Club, The Ground Floor/Berkeley Rep, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Southern Rep, Page 73, The Lark, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference, ACT Theatre/Seattle, and Magic Theatre. She is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage New Voices Fellowship, BAU Institute Arts Residency Award, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley Leading Ladies Award, Kilroys List, and inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright Residency in London. MFA: UT Austin.




cast & creative team


By Kimber Lee
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Dramaturged by Lexy Leuszler
Cast Includes: Erin Anderson, Deonna Bouye, Jackie Chung, Thomas Keegan, Tiffany Villarin, & Johnny Wu





july 19 & 20 at 7:15pm   •

about the new play


A woman trapped in a cycle that bleeds through time and space looks for a way out. Kimber Lee's plays have been produced or developed at the Lincoln Center/LCT3, the Humana Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Rep/The Ground Floor, and more.




about the writer


Kimber Lee’s plays include brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Humana Festival of New American Plays, LCT3/Lincoln Center, Long Wharf Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Shotgun Players), tokyo fish story (South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley, Old Globe Theater), different words for the same thing (Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre), and to the yellow house. She has also developed and presented work with Manhattan Theatre Club, The Ground Floor/Berkeley Rep, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Southern Rep, Page 73, The Lark, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference, ACT Theatre/Seattle, and Magic Theatre. She is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage New Voices Fellowship, BAU Institute Arts Residency Award, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley Leading Ladies Award, Kilroys List, and inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright Residency in London. MFA: UT Austin.




cast & creative team


By Kimber Lee
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Dramaturged by Lexy Leuszler
Cast Includes: Erin Anderson, Deonna Bouye, Jackie Chung, Thomas Keegan, Tiffany Villarin, & Johnny Wu





july 24 & 25 at 8:15pm   •

about the new play


The Hamptons: winter. When the waterfront mansion of a "summer person" burns to the ground, simmering economic and racial tensions begin to rise — and the witch-hunt for a culprit begins. In this sharply funny love-hate letter to a complicated community, Laura Neill traces this incident's impact on the lives of five local women and their families. Laura's work has been developed or commissioned by SpeakEasy Stage, OperaHub, Wilbury Theatre Group, and Fresh Ink Theatre.




about the writer


Laura Neill writes ambitious woman-centered plays. Select work includes DIVAS, commissioned and premiered by OperaHub; Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group; and Don't Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa in 2017. She is currently under commission by SpeakEasy Stage Company to write Just Cause, a dark comedy about gentrification. She was a finalist for the Todd McNerney Award (The End Will Hurt) and winner of the Eleanor Frost Award (Conditions). She co-edited the New England New Play Anthology for StageSource. Laura has taught courses on creative writing and theater at Boston University, Emerson College, and Boston College. MFA: Boston University. laurajneill.wixsite.com/home.




cast & creative team


By Laura Neill Directed by Daniella Topol Dramaturged by Ignacia Delgado Cast Includes: Sarah Herrman, Michelle Honaker, Carolyn Kettig, Flor De Liz Perez, & Kara Young





july 26 & 27 at 7:15pm   •

about the writer


Zayd Dohrn’s plays include The Profane, Outside People, Sick, Long Way Go Down, Muckrakers, and Reborning. He is the recipient of the 2016 Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theater Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Prize. His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels, and The Public (SPF), as well as theaters around the country and internationally, including Steppenwolf First Look, SF Playhouse, Brazil’s Visceral Companhia, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the BrechtBau-Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Theatre for One, New Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog Theater. He attended Columbia University, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow at Juilliard. zayddohrn.com.




about the new play


Faculty and students at a modern university are confronted with the fallout from a political provocateur's invitation to speak on campus — and the violent reaction his appearance provokes. Zayd Dohrn's plays have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, and more. The winner of the Horton Foote Playwriting Prize, he is currently the Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University.




cast & creative team


By Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Dramaturged by John Baker
Cast Includes: Rob Campbell, Daniel Davila Jr., Glenn Davis, Emily Dorsch, Lio Mehiel, Reynaldo Piniella, & Nick Westrate





 

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