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


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 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


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 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


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





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


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 24 & 25 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





july 26 & 27 at 7:15pm   •

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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