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 new play


Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated writer Craig Lucas comes to the O’Neill for the first time with his latest work, Death of the Republic. This provocative new play dramatizes the passionate intellectual relationship between a moral philosopher and his finest pupil — and what happens when someone seems to want what they should not. Best known for Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza, and An American in Paris, the O’Neill is thrilled to kick off NPC 2019 with Lucas’s explosive new drama that explores the terrible consequences unleashed when our aspirations crash into our hidden shadows.




about the writer


Craig Lucas has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, won three Obie Awards (one for his direction of Saved and Destroyed and two for his plays, Prelude to a Kiss and Small Tragedy), and received three Tony nominations; he is also the recipient of the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Madge Evans-Sidney Kingsley Award, the Laura Pels/PEN Mid-career Award, Greenfield Prize, LAMBDA Literary Award, Hull-Warriner Award, Flora Roberts Award, Steinberg/ACTA Best Play Award (for The Singing Forest), and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation & the NEA. Plays: Missing Persons; Reckless; Blue Window; Prelude to a Kiss; God’s Heart; The Dying Gaul; Stranger; Prayer For My Enemy; The Singing Forest; Ode To Joy; I Was Most Alive With You; Death of The Republic. Screenplays: Longtime Companion; The Secret Lives of Dentists; Reckless; Blue Window; Prelude to a Kiss; The Dying Gaul. Libretti: The Light in the Piazza (music & lyrics by Adam Guettel), An American in Paris (songs by George & Ira Gershwin), 3 Postcards (songs by Craig Carnelia), Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly, Metropolitan opera), Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby), Amélie (score by Dan Messe & Nathan Tysen), Three Women (opera libretto co-authored with Frankie Krainz, composer Gerald Busby). Direction: The Light in the Piazza (world premiere, Intiman Theater), This Thing of Darkness (co-authored with David Schulner, Atlantic Theater Co.), Saved Or Destroyed (by Harry Kondoleon, Rattlestick), Play Yourself (by Harry Kondoleon, NYTW), Ode to Joy (Rattlestick at Cherry Lane), I Was Most Alive With You (Huntington Theatre Company, 2016). Films: The Dying Gaul & Birds of America and Longtime Companion won the Sundance Audience Award; The Secret Lives of Dentists won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay.




cast & creative team


By Craig Lucas Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg Dramaturged by Tanya Palmer Cast Includes: Stephen Schnetzer & Uly Schlesinger





july 5 & 6 at 7:15pm   •

about the new play


A theatrical reimagination of the 1970s Blaxploitation film genre, Black Dick follows James Flood, a jaded black detective in the Houston Special Victims Unit, as he obsesses over his latest assignment: the abduction of a 14-year-old white girl. This anti-buddy cop play pits book smarts against street smarts, with some squabbles over pricey coffee and fish store escapades thrown in for good measure. Tearrance Chisholm's work has been seen or developed at Studio Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Sundance Theater Lab, Theatre 503, and others.




about the writer


Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm received the 2018 Helen Hayes Award (the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical) for his play, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies, which premiered at Mosaic Theater in Washington DC. This spring, Tearrance presented the world premiere of P.Y.G. at Studio Theatre as both playwright and director. Last year, Tearrance’s play, Br’er Cotton, received a critically-acclaimed production by London’s Theatre 503 (nominee, Evening Standard; Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright), as well as an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, with productions at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Lower Depth Ensemble in Los Angeles, and Cleveland Public. Tearrance has developed new works with Signature Theatre, Theater J, Theater Alliance, and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He has held residencies at The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Tearrance was a part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep with his play, Anacostia Street Lions, and he developed his play, Black Lady Authority, under the auspices of the Sundance Theater Lab. Tearrance received two of the 2016 National KCACTF Awards — the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award —and he was a finalist for the Inaugural Relentless Award and the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award.Tearrance holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He is a recent graduate from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Julliard, and is a Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop.




cast & creative team


By Tearrance Chisholm Directed by Roy Alexander Weise Dramaturged by Carrie Chapter Cast Includes: Kate Abbruzzese, Carmen Salta, Kyle Vincent Terry, & Victor Williams





july 10 & 11 at 8:15pm   •

about the new play


Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated writer Craig Lucas comes to the O’Neill for the first time with his latest work, Death of the Republic. This provocative new play dramatizes the passionate intellectual relationship between a moral philosopher and his finest pupil — and what happens when someone seems to want what they should not. Best known for Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza, and An American in Paris, the O’Neill is thrilled to kick off NPC 2019 with Lucas’s explosive new drama that explores the terrible consequences unleashed when our aspirations crash into our hidden shadows.




about the writer


Craig Lucas has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, won three Obie Awards (one for his direction of Saved and Destroyed and two for his plays, Prelude to a Kiss and Small Tragedy), and received three Tony nominations; he is also the recipient of the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Madge Evans-Sidney Kingsley Award, the Laura Pels/PEN Mid-career Award, Greenfield Prize, LAMBDA Literary Award, Hull-Warriner Award, Flora Roberts Award, Steinberg/ACTA Best Play Award (for The Singing Forest), and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation & the NEA. Plays: Missing Persons; Reckless; Blue Window; Prelude to a Kiss; God’s Heart; The Dying Gaul; Stranger; Prayer For My Enemy; The Singing Forest; Ode To Joy; I Was Most Alive With You; Death of The Republic. Screenplays: Longtime Companion; The Secret Lives of Dentists; Reckless; Blue Window; Prelude to a Kiss; The Dying Gaul. Libretti: The Light in the Piazza (music & lyrics by Adam Guettel), An American in Paris (songs by George & Ira Gershwin), 3 Postcards (songs by Craig Carnelia), Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly, Metropolitan opera), Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby), Amélie (score by Dan Messe & Nathan Tysen), Three Women (opera libretto co-authored with Frankie Krainz, composer Gerald Busby). Direction: The Light in the Piazza (world premiere, Intiman Theater), This Thing of Darkness (co-authored with David Schulner, Atlantic Theater Co.), Saved Or Destroyed (by Harry Kondoleon, Rattlestick), Play Yourself (by Harry Kondoleon, NYTW), Ode to Joy (Rattlestick at Cherry Lane), I Was Most Alive With You (Huntington Theatre Company, 2016). Films: The Dying Gaul & Birds of America and Longtime Companion won the Sundance Audience Award; The Secret Lives of Dentists won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay.




cast & creative team


By Craig Lucas Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg Dramaturged by Tanya Palmer Cast Includes: Stephen Schnetzer & Uly Schlesinger





july 12 & 13 at 7:15pm   •

about the new play


Desperate for work, Martín applies for a position at the local Walmart-turned-Immigration Detention Center — and finds himself charged with the task of supervising child refugees who have been separated from their parents at the nearby southern border. When a terrifying epidemic begins to spread throughout the center, Martín has no choice but to break with protocol. George Brant's work has been produced nationally and internationally at The Public, The Atlantic Theater, London’s Gate Theatre and more; select commendations include a Lucille Lortel Award, the Smith Prize, and the Keene Prize for Literature.




about the writer


George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Elephant’s Graveyard, and Grizzly Mama. His scripts have been produced internationally by The Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, the Studio Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, and Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, among others. Brant’s awards and commendations include a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award, and the Keene Prize for Literature. Brant has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the McCarter Theatre Center, New Harmony Project, Blue Mountain Center, and Hermitage Artist’s Retreat. He is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin and is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books, S. Fischer Verlag and Smith & Kraus. Upcoming new work includes the world premiere of The Prince of Providence at Trinity Repertory Company and an operatic adaptation of Grounded with music by Jeanine Tesori at the Metropolitan Opera.




cast & creative team


By George Brant
Directed by Henry Godinez
Dramaturged by Carrie Chapter
Cast Includes: Carlo Alban





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 theatrical reimagination of the 1970s Blaxploitation film genre, Black Dick follows James Flood, a jaded black detective in the Houston Special Victims Unit, as he obsesses over his latest assignment: the abduction of a 14-year-old white girl. This anti-buddy cop play pits book smarts against street smarts, with some squabbles over pricey coffee and fish store escapades thrown in for good measure. Tearrance Chisholm's work has been seen or developed at Studio Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Sundance Theater Lab, Theatre 503, and others.




about the writer


Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm received the 2018 Helen Hayes Award (the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical) for his play, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies, which premiered at Mosaic Theater in Washington DC. This spring, Tearrance presented the world premiere of P.Y.G. at Studio Theatre as both playwright and director. Last year, Tearrance’s play, Br’er Cotton, received a critically-acclaimed production by London’s Theatre 503 (nominee, Evening Standard; Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright), as well as an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, with productions at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Lower Depth Ensemble in Los Angeles, and Cleveland Public. Tearrance has developed new works with Signature Theatre, Theater J, Theater Alliance, and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He has held residencies at The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Tearrance was a part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep with his play, Anacostia Street Lions, and he developed his play, Black Lady Authority, under the auspices of the Sundance Theater Lab. Tearrance received two of the 2016 National KCACTF Awards — the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award —and he was a finalist for the Inaugural Relentless Award and the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award.Tearrance holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He is a recent graduate from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Julliard, and is a Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop.




cast & creative team


By Tearrance Chisholm Directed by Roy Alexander Weise Dramaturged by Carrie Chapter Cast Includes: Kate Abbruzzese, Carmen Salta, Kyle Vincent Terry, & Victor Williams





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 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





 

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