The Celebration Cometh: Lineup Announced for Eugene O'Neill Festival in Waterford, CT
The Eugene O'Neill Celebration adds three venues, two days, and two Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights to its roster for its 2002 celebration of the life and works of O'Neill. Begun as a one-day festival in 2000 at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, the celebration now features three days of performances, workshops, and discussions related to the great dramatist.
The main events of the celebration will take place on Saturday, October 19 at the center. Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden) will begin the festivities with a keynote address and August Wilson (Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) will receive the Monte Cristo Award for "achievement in the spirit of Eugene O'Neill's pursuit of excellence" at the end of the day. There will also be a panel discussion of O'Neill's early years in Provincetown, a reading and analysis of O'Neill's early one-act Where the Cross is Made, and a roundtable discussion with playwrights Lee Blessing (A Walk in the Woods), Constance Congdon (Tales of the Lost Formicans), and Israel Horovitz (My Old Lady) about O'Neill's influence on their work and the work of American playwrights in general.