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. 

Death of the Republic - Craig Lucas GREE

july 3 at 8:15pm   •

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





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july 5 & 6 at 7:15pm   •

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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





it's not a trip it's a journey -C.Simpso
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july 10 & 11 at 8:15pm   •

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





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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





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july 17 & 18 at 8:15pm   •

about the new play


Women’s bodies and the body politic collide in this arresting new Antigone for the #metoo moment. As this funny, lyrical retelling of the classic play asks, how can we possibly change the world if we don't even own our own bodies? Anna Ziegler’s plays include the widely produced Photograph 51 (directed on the West End by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman), The Last Match (Old Globe Theatre; Roundabout Theatre) and Actually (Geffen Playhouse; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Manhattan Theatre Club), which is currently being developed as a series at HBO.




about the writer


Anna Ziegler has written the plays Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Geffen Playhouse; L.A. Ovation Award winner for Playwriting for an Original Play), the widely produced Photograph 51 (directed on the West End by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman; WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play), Boy (Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee), The Wanderers (The Old Globe; Craig Noel Award winner for Outstanding New Play; Blanche and Irving Laurie Theatre Visions Fund winner), The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company; The Old Globe; Craig Noel Award nominee for Outstanding New Play), A Delicate Ship (New York Times Critic’s Pick; The Playwrights Realm; Cincinnati Playhouse). She holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theater, and The Geffen Playhouse. Oberon Books has published a collection of her work entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One. Upcoming: Photograph 51 at Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia); Actually at Trafalgar Studios (UK); The Great Moment at Seattle Rep (world premiere). Her play, An Incident, was developed at the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference in 2011. More at annabziegler.net.




cast & creative team


By Anna Ziegler Directed by Casey Stangl Dramaturged by Kristin Leahey Cast Includes: Mary Beth Fisher, Brad Fleischer, Laura Heisler, Emma KikueI, Alex Mickiewicz, JD Mollison, Zuzanna Szadkowski, & Alok Tewari





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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 19 & 20 at 7:15pm   •

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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   •

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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   •

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about isaac gomez


Isaac Gomez is an award winning Chicago-based playwright originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His play, La Ruta, received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theater Company this past winter. His play, The Way She Spoke, will be receiving its off-Broadway premiere at the Minetta Lane Theatre (produced by Audible) in Summer 2019. He is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Steep Theatre. His plays have been supported by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Denver Center, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and others. He is the recipient of the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award, the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, an inaugural 3Arts “Make A Wave” grantee, and holds various affiliations with artistic organizations nationally and locally. He is a Professional Lecturer at The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is represented by The Gersh Agency and Circle of Confusion.





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