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 new play


june needs a journey. like now. so she convinces three friends to join her on a road trip west. it’s not a trip it’s a journey is a play about tumbleweed, friendship, being black, and needing to soothe something you don't have the words for. Charly Evon Simpson’s work has been seen or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, P73, The Lark, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and more; select plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, and form of a girl unknown.




about the writer


Charly Evon Simpson’s work has been seen or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Lark, P73, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Her plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, Scratching the Surface, form of a girl unknown, and more. Jump is in the process of receiving a NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions at Actor’s Express (Atlanta) and Shrewd Productions (Austin) in 2019. form of a girl unknown will receive its world premiere this fall at Salt Lake Acting Company. Charly is currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, The New Georges Jam, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, The Amoralists 18/19 ‘Wright Club, and she is The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. Charly is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase. She received her BA from Brown University; a Masters in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College; and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College. charlyevonsimpson.com




cast & creative team


By Charly Evon Simpson Directed by Nicole A. Watson Dramaturged by Liz Frankel Cast Includes: Deonna Bouye, Fedna Jacquet, Cristina Pitter, & Kita Updike





july 12 & 13 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 17 & 18 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





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 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 24 & 25 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 26 & 27 at 7:15pm   •

about the new play


june needs a journey. like now. so she convinces three friends to join her on a road trip west. it’s not a trip it’s a journey is a play about tumbleweed, friendship, being black, and needing to soothe something you don't have the words for. Charly Evon Simpson’s work has been seen or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, P73, The Lark, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and more; select plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, and form of a girl unknown.




about the writer


Charly Evon Simpson’s work has been seen or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Lark, P73, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Her plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, Scratching the Surface, form of a girl unknown, and more. Jump is in the process of receiving a NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions at Actor’s Express (Atlanta) and Shrewd Productions (Austin) in 2019. form of a girl unknown will receive its world premiere this fall at Salt Lake Acting Company. Charly is currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, The New Georges Jam, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, The Amoralists 18/19 ‘Wright Club, and she is The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. Charly is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase. She received her BA from Brown University; a Masters in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College; and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College. charlyevonsimpson.com




cast & creative team


By Charly Evon Simpson Directed by Nicole A. Watson Dramaturged by Liz Frankel Cast Includes: Deonna Bouye, Fedna Jacquet, Cristina Pitter, & Kita Updike





 

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