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


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





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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


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





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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


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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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   •

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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 24 & 25 at 8:15pm   •

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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





july 26 & 27 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





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